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‘Onwards and upwards,’ Laois intermediate camogie manager Franks gives his review of the year

Donal Franks, Pat Collier and Mary Dunne on the Laois sideline

The Laois intermediate camogie side finished their league on a high in Durrow last weekend, defeating Antrim to assure their status in division two.

Offaly man Donal Franks took over the head role as manager in November last year, and spoke about his first league term in charge of Laois after the game.

“The league went very well. We went down for the first game against Kilkenny, they won the All-Ireland a couple of years ago and we gave them a good game there when we where short a good few girls.”

Following losses to Kilkenny and Derry, Laois pulled through two dazzling performances against Dublin and Antrim, which Franks praised.

“We’re after finishing strong in the league for the last two games – it’s onwards and upwards now.”

He emphasized the importance of retaining their division 2 status to keep playing at a high level.

Speaking on the match, Franks praised the aptitude and intensity of his side.

“Very good now I thought the girls worked very hard, the attitude was good and the intensity they brought to it was good. They worked hard all over the field.”

One aspect of the game Franks does hope to diminish is the amount of frees given. Antrim only scored one of their nine points from play.

While Franks appreciated his team limiting scores from play, he said that conceding frees would be something to look at.

Camross man Pat Collier, who is a selector with the Laois camogie minor team, has continued as selector with the senior team.

It was hoped that a bridge the link between minor players and intermediate players would be forged and this appears to be working.

“We had a few girls who were playing minor yesterday, they were a bit tired so we brought them off and put on another few girls. Everyone worked well – from 1 to 20.”

Laois intermediates now have over a two month gap before they’re out again in the championship on June 15.

“We’ve a good bit of work to do before then but the girls are working hard at the minute so we’re happy.”

The Laois intermediate camogie group fixtures are as follows:

Saturday June 15
Derry v Laois (A)

Saturday June 22
Down v Laois (A)

Saturday July 6
Laois (H) v Tipperary

Saturday July 20
Laois (H) v Wexford

Saturday August 3
Carlow v Laois (A)

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