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Manager picks Limerick footballers over his camogie side in All-Ireland final

John Brudair will race to Croke Park after the Kildare game in the hope of seeing the second half of Milford’s decider.

Limerick manager John Brudair.
Limerick manager John Brudair.
Image: Presseye/Andrew Paton/INPHO

JOHN BRUDAIR HAS chosen St Conleth’s Park in Newbridge ahead of the Croke Park touchline next Sunday after being faced with a selection dilemma.

Brudair is manager of the relegation-threatened Limerick footballers as they prepare for a crunch Allianz League Division 3 clash with Kildare — and he’s also in charge of the Milford team preparing for an All-Ireland senior camogie final against Killimor at GAA HQ.

The footballers throw in at 1.30pm and the camogie final is fixed for 3.15, which could enable Brudair to make the second half after he high-tails it from Newbridge.

And Brudair confirmed: “My priority is with Limerick at the moment and hopefully I can get to some of the camogie after.

“That’s the plan, to make it for the second half, if all goes to schedule.”

Milford are aiming for a third senior title in three seasons but will go into battle once again without captain Sarah Sexton, who’s recovering from her second cruciate knee ligament injury.

Apart from Sexton’s absence, Brudair is picking from a full deck as the Cork outfit look to regain the Bill Carroll Cup they last won two years ago.

Milford went through a light training session on Wednesday evening and Brudair put the Limerick footballers through their paces on Tuesday and Thursday.

With just one point from three outings to date, at home to Tipperary on the opening day, Brudair is acutely aware of Limerick’s plight.

He said: “We were disappointed with our return after the first three games.

In the first two, we put ourselves in a great position to get full points but we didn’t play well the last day (against Clare).

“We made too many silly individual errors and never got the pace of the game. We had the first two games by the scruff of the neck with ten minutes to go and they could come back to haunt us.

“We’re now facing the toughest team in the league, who have seemed very comfortable in their games so far — it’s a big ask.

“But in this division, every team can genuinely beat the others. I haven’t come across Kildare yet so I’ll hold judgement there but the other teams involved will fancy their chances in each game.

“Limerick played very well in a qualifier against Kildare a few years ago (2012) and should have beaten them. With every game, you go in with the expectation of performing and if you perform well, you never know.

“Kildare will be warm favourites at home but someone is probably going to turn them over and it could be us.”

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