By Tommy O’Callaghan
New Galway Ladies Football manager, Gerry Fahy, continues to plan for the season ahead, despite Covid-19 restrictions, which impact Gaelic Games.
Fahy was ratified as Galway manager for the 2021 season with the Lidl Ladies National Football League, originally due to start at the end of this month. The season ahead will be effected by the postponements.
“You have expectations built up and then you hear something is different, so naturally, you’d be a bit disappointed,” Fahy told Galway Pulse, reacting to the postponement of the new season.
“It’s very important that you keep this in the context. We have a lot of our young ladies who are trying to get into our panel who are working on the frontline and obviously their health and safety is priority, so I think we have to understand that”
After being ratified, Fahy and his team had three weeks to get organised until the commencement of the Lidl Ladies national league. With the postponement, Fahy has more time to get his plans in place.
“We’ll be starting off with trials and assembling a new squad. There’s been great interest expressed, so we’re looking forward for when we do get the go-ahead and start our sessions going from there,” said Fahy.
Galway has not won an All-Ireland since 2004. Gerry’s brother, PJ, was the manager that year. Last season, Galway lost out to Cork in the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies’ semi-final.
Gerry believes a lot of good work has been done in previous years. He is focused on working on the developments made. Gerry sees good underage talent coming through the ranks.
Gerry had kind words about the former manager Tim Rabbitt and complimented the players he nurtured over the years.
“We’re hoping that we can add something to it as well. There has been some good talent in Galway, particularly at underage level in the past couple of years, and that’s the challenge for us now to see if we can nurture a team and grow a team together and make further improvements,” he said.
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