DUBLIN Camogie have already set the ground running for 2020 with the appointment of John Treacy and Willie Braine as joint senior managers for the coming year.
Braine will also take on the role of Skills Coach, with Tadhg Doran (Bray Emmets) on Match day Statistics; Laura McCague as Physio; Shane Nicoletti (Naomh Jude) working on Athletic Development Coach and Strength/conditioning and Lorraine Greene (Cuala) theFemale Liaison Officer, Facilities and communications; also involved in the back-room set-up.
Treacy is delighted to be back involved with the senior camogie management.
“I’m more than thrilled, it’s a huge honour,” he told the Dublin Gazette.
“I worked with the girls three or four years ago, working with then manager Shane O’Brien. What I found was that the difference between the men and the girls, was that there is much more commitment with the girls.
“The guys just like the game and sport, but the girls are totally committed to it. They will give up an awful lot to follow their passion which is camogie.
“I respect that hugely, and for myself and Willie to be asked to run it is a huge honour.”
Treacy says that they will be taking a different approach to management, and empowering and listening to the players throughout the process.
“The way we are going to run it is different. Dublin Camogie Board have been exceptionally good this year. I look across the ditch and see the men’s footballers getting five-in-a-row, and the ladies winning three-in-a-row; then I look at the hurlers and the camogie, and see we are far off it still, and what can I do to try and help get us up to where we should be.
“The County Board have taken a hugely professional approach for the next year, block-booking [the indoor sports arena] in Abbotstown. We have that Wednesdays, Fridays and on Sunday mornings.
“We’ll probably play our league matches in IT Blanchardstown which is a fabulous facility.
“What they have done is provided the same professionalism that is there for the ladies football, hurling and football, which is a tremendous asset.”
Treacy says no stone has been left unturned in ensuring the best talent is given a chance to be part of the squad for 2020.
“The County Board have sent out scouts to look at all of the senior and intermediate championship games, and will also be looking at the minor championship games to find players that can get into a Dublin panel.
“We had a really good meeting, with about 40 of the 60 players, and had a very good session with them, and really the message we are giving to them is ‘this is professional now, this is a professional approach, and the training is going to be excellent,.”
Dublin’s fixtures for 2020 get underway with a Division 1 home league game against Galway before facing Tipperary.