January 26, 2021
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Lockdown blues: Waterford managers struggle with Covid crisis teamwork

The GAA still hopes it can play some Championship games this year but Waterford’s hurling boss has warned that action “is still along way away”.

Even before the GAA banned all inter-county training, Liam Cahill (pictured above) had released his Déise hurlers from formal sessions.

“We’re getting a dab hand now at all of these Zoom meetings,” he said. “We try to meet collectively once every week as a group.”

Waterford had been due to host Cahill’s native Tipperary in the Munster SHC on Sunday.But with no county games expected until October, at the earliest, Cahill thought it would be wrong to keep his team in training.

“Keeping physically active and keeping your mental health right is very important,” he said.

“But it can also be a mental burden, that feeling that you have to be constantly on training to meet the demands of Championship hurling. That was why we cancelled training. It’s a balancing act and we’ve asked them not to lose total accountability, but to realise we’ve taken away that rigid strictness of a training programme.”

Cahill believes we may all have to learn to live with the Covid-19 threat.

“There’s risk in everything we do,” he said. “It could very well be a case that, as a nation, how do we learn to live alongside this in some form or fashion.”

Meanwhile, on the soccer front, Waterford FC manager Alan Reynolds is considering his position after the club decided to layoff its players until the Covid-19 rules allow the League of Ireland to return.

Reynolds was highly crfitical of the club’s decision to inform the players of the temporary layoff in an an email. He said it was a disgrace and he was unsure whether he would return as manager.

“I’ve said what I had to say, I’m just a little bit disappointed,” he expalined. “I suppose what hasn’t come out is that we have been on the 70/30 Covid scheme (with the club topping up the government’s emergency subvention) for the last eight or nine weeks. People might be thinking we were getting paid as normal but that is not the case.”

The Bllues have not played for eleven weeks but Reynolds and his staff have continued to engage remotely with the players.

“It was important to give the players guidelines, information and programmes to work with and we’ll continue to do that,” said the manager.


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