Grace Walsh says Ann Downey has paved the way for other women to take charge of men's teams following her appointment as manager of the St Patrick's, Ballyragget senior hurlers.
Downey assumes the role after completing her second term as Kilkenny senior camogie manager.
"I'd say best of luck to the lads training under her! She's tough, but I'd say they'll all have a lot of respect for her. I think she'll do great things with them," Kilkenny camogie star Walsh told Sky Sports at the launch of Avonmore Protein Gold.
"She's done a huge amount for camogie in the last few years and I think everything is changing and do you know, it's not just going to be men anymore. It's going to be men and women.
"It is brilliant because you could have a woman like Ann Downey, who'd be so much better than any man, like she could do a better job than any man with that Ballyragget team and I just think it's brilliant for the future of women's and men's sport, that we're going to be coming together as well."
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