Camross have turned to a former Leinster club-winning manager to guide them in 2018 – with news that Offaly’s Danny Owens from Kilcormac-Killoughey in Offaly – confirmed as their new boss for the 2018 season.
Owens takes over from Arien Delaney, who stepped down after five years in charge last November.
Owens comes to the job with a fine track record having won three Offaly championships in a row (2012-2014) with his native Kilcormac-Killoughey as well as a Leinster club title with them in 2012. They later reached the All Ireland club final where they were narrowly beaten by Galway side St Thomas’s.
Indeed Owens has managaed against Camross previously when Kilcormac-Killoughey met the Laois side in the 2013 Leinster championship.
Owens has also a glittering playing career having won All Irelands with Offaly in 1981 and 1985 as well as five Leinster medals and one National League. Since finishing up with Kilcormac-Killoughey he spent a while over the Tullamore hurlers.
No selectors have been appointed yet but the players were told of his appointment last night.
Owens becomes only the second outside manager to be appointed to the Camross job – Offaly legend Brian Whelehan was over them for a couple of seasons prior to Arien Delaney.
Delaney helped Camross to two Laois SHC titles in his time in charge, including their 25th success in 2017, but opted to step aside from the position following their Leinster club loss to Mount Leinster Rangers.
As a club, Camross enjoyed an incredibly successful 2017 season, claiming championship, league and Palmer Cup honours with their senior team as well as minor and U-17 hurling glory and senior camogie.
They will celebrate their 2017 success at their Dinner Dance in the Rackett Hall in Roscrea on Saturday, February 10.