Twomey highlights demands of inter-county management

September 08, 2023

Cork camogie manager Matthew Twomey ©INPHO/James Crombie

Departing Cork camogie manager Matthew Twomey has spoken about the demands of managing at the highest level.

The Douglas clubman spent two years at the helm, during which he guided the Rebels to back-to-back National League and All-Ireland finals. After losing the 2022 National League and All-Ireland finals to Galway and Kilkenny respectively, and this year’s League final to Galway, Cork’s perseverance finally paid off when they romped to victory over Waterford in last month’s All-Ireland decider.

"Originally I got the two-year term and my thought process was to see out the two years," Twomey said in an interview with 2FM’s Game On.

"I've been managing for two years, but I've been involved in the background for another four years as well on top of it.

"When I make a decision to get involved in something I know myself there's a lot of sacrifices there. You have to miss out on stuff. Unfortunately, that affects everyone around you as well. I was putting pressure on myself here, with my kids and all that.

"It was an easy enough decision (to step down), personally, but it was very hard in a sporting sense because I know I'm leaving probably the most lethal team I've ever been involved with. That side of things was hard, but on a personal level it was an easy decision to make."

He added: "There was one day I was on the phone from quarter past six to quarter to 12, and this was a day where we weren't training.

"When I came in, I handed the phone to Maria, and said 'Would you count how many calls [I made]?'

"There were 23 phone calls trying to sort out stuff. That kind of stuff is taxing, especially when it's very avoidable.”

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