New management takes over the Na Piarsaigh hurlers as they bid to get back on track

New management takes over the Na Piarsaigh hurlers as they bid to get back on track
Na Piarsaigh's Dayne Lee keeps possession under pressure from Carrigtwohill's Aaron Walsh-Barry, during their Cork SHC relegation play-off clash in Cobh. Picture: David Keane.

NA PIARSAIGH senior hurlers will have a new management team for the coming season with John Gardiner senior, Liam Martin and Bill Kelleher taking the reins.

There may be further additions to that line-up but it is already a very experienced one.

Both Gardiner and Kelleher were previously involved with county senior winning teams while Martin is very experienced too. Liam O’Connor will be the physical trainer as the Northside club bid to get back up among the serious championship contenders again.

They were beaten in the semi-final of 2017 by the Rockies by just a point but had a disappointing 2018 campaign.

However, they possess some of the best, young hurlers in the county in Eddie Gunning, Evan Sheehan, Daire Connery, Shane Forde and Padraig Guest.

Others like Christopher Joyce and Pa O’Rourke gives the side a firm base to become a force again and they will eagerly await the championship draws next Tuesday night at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

Meanwhile, in nearby Glen Rovers, Ritchie Kelleher remains at the helm in his role as manager but Ian Lynam and Des Cullinane have stepped down after successful stints.

Former star Seanie McGrath will be on board again with Dermot O’Callaghan and Ted Owens joining the ranks on the sideline.

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