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If you think you're busy, check out this Limerick manager's hectic Saturday schedule

John Brudair has fitness testing with the Limerick footballers and two massive club games on his hands today.

Limerick senior football manager John Brudair is looking after two club sides today.
Limerick senior football manager John Brudair is looking after two club sides today.
Image: Presseye/Andrew Paton/INPHO

IF YOU THINK you’re having a busy Saturday, think again.

It’s probably nothing like John Brudair’s.

The Limerick senior football manager is in St Munchin’s College this morning to oversee fitness testing ahead of a return to collective training on Tuesday evening.

At 1pm, he’s manager of Cork’s Milford camogie team in the Munster final against Clare outfit Newmarket-on-Fergus. 

After the final whistle in Kilmallock, he’ll high-tail it ten minutes in the car to Ballyagran for a 2.30pm throw-in, where his native Dromcollogher-Broadford take on Dungourney of Cork in the Munster junior club hurling semi-final.

Ray Lynch is the Drom-Broadford player-manager but Brudair has been providing invaluable assistance this year.

In his absence before throw-in, Lynch will take care of pre-match preparations before Brudair lands in Ballyagran.

“It’s not the end of the world,” Brudair smiles.

“Newmarket-on-Fergus have been very obliging, with the camogie game moved back half an hour.

“The Munster Council moved forward the junior hurling by half an hour so there’s an extra hour there.

“It’s brilliant for Drom, where it’s good to see the hurling back.

John Brudair speaks to his team John Brudair with the Limerick footballers. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

“Historically we would be a hurling club but we’ve had a great run in the football in the last 20 years,” Brudair told The42. 

“There’s a massive overlap between the hurling and football panels. We’re a small parish with ten lads who play both.”

Milford are appearing in their fourth successive Munster final and Brudair has been with them for the last number of months.

“It’s easy enough to see why they have been successful, they’re serious about their sport,” he says.

“It’s grand when you’re dealing with a team that are into it.”

Brudair is relishing the prospect of getting his hands dirty with Limerick again, as the Shannonsiders prepare for pre-season training.  

Iain Corbett 31/5/2014 Iain Corbett is Limerick's new senior football captain. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

He’s confirmed that Iain Corbett, from Newcastle West, will captain the team next year.

“We had a great meeting last Friday night, a good turnout and we hope to have a squad picked in the first week of December.

“Iain’s after having a great year with his own club and he’s matured into a serious intercounty player with Limerick.

“It was his time. Seanie Buckley has been a brilliant captain but I felt it was time to freshen things up.

“The aim for next year is to be as good as we can be, that’s the reality.

“Where we’re coming from, that’s what we have to aim for but we have our own private ambitions too.”

Limerick will operate in Division 3 of the Allianz League again next year, before facing Clare in the Munster SFC quarter-final at the Gaelic Grounds.

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