Eamonn Fitzmaurice links up with ex-teammate Griffin to manage Kerry school side

The Kingdom All-Ireland winners are guiding the Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne side the Corn Uí Mhuirí this year

Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice.
Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice.
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KERRY BOSS EAMONN Fitzmaurice has linked up with former teammate Tommy Griffin on the Gaelic football management front.

The pair are at the helm of the Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne side that are this year chasing the school’s third successive Munster senior A football colleges title.

Today the Kerry side face Cork school Coláiste Chríost Rí at the quarter-final stage of the Corn Uí Mhuirí competition. Fitzmaurice has paid tribute to Griffin in helping him combine the role with his demanding position as Kerry manager.

“Tommy is more hands on this year. He was probably dipping his toes a bit into coaching last year but he’s doing a lot of the sessions for me this year. It’s not as demanding as a result.

“I wouldn’t be able to do this if he wasn’t involved. Schools football has become a serious business, there’s  more training and preparation involved. I wanted to stay with this team as well because I started with them in first year.

“We’ve lost the spine of our team from our last year but we’ve a lot of players still around. We’d a very young team last year with four or five students from Fourth Year. Chríost Rí will be a big challenge for us.”

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The quarter-final fixtures for today are:

Corn Uí Mhuirí
St Brendan’s (Killarney) v St Flannan’s (Ennis), Rathkeale, 1.30pm
PS Dingle v Coláiste Chríost Rí, Dr Crokes GAA, Killarney, 1.30pm
DLS Macroom v IS Killorglin, Rathmore, 1.30pm
Coláiste na Sceilge v St Fachtna’s (Skibbereen), Kenmare, 1.30pm

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