McGarry joins the Development Squads

FORMER star goalkeeper, James McGarry, has joined the Kilkenny network of coaches working with the hurling Development Squads.

FORMER star goalkeeper, James McGarry, has joined the Kilkenny network of coaches working with the hurling Development Squads.

The Bennettsbridge ace, who was part of the Shamrocks (Ballyhale) backroom team when they won the All-Ireland club final in 2010, has completed his training in coaching and he will join the ever expanding band of officials working with youngsters.

The group this season will include former county minor team manager, Richie Mulrooney, current Laois senior boss Brendan Fennelly, former All-Star Joe Hennessy and Matt Ruth, who played at All-Ireland level with Limerick and Kilkenny in his time.

In all, there are over 50 coaches working with under-age players throughout the county. All have progressed to at least a Level I coaching standard under courses run by County Board coaches, Brian Ryan and James Meagher.

The Development Squads will spring back into action this evening (Wednesday) after a long break.

The under-14 Squads will meet in Thomastown (South), Clara (Central) and St Kieran’s College (North) while the centres for the under-15 groups are Ballyhale (South) and Freshford (North).

The under-16 Squads will have their get-togethers in Mullinavat (South) and Palmerstown (North). As well as playing boots, the latter group have been asked to bring along runners because they will have an opportunity to do some work on a Hurling Wall.

All the groups will meet at 6.30pm.

Meanwhile, on April 25 all the Kilkenny Development Squads will be involved in Leinster blitz in Kilkenny (under-14), Wexford (under-15) and Laois (under-16).

And on April 30 over 30 players from the under-16 Squads will travel to Carlow IT for a joint work-out with students under the supervision of the sports faculty co-ordinator there, Michael Dempsey.