*Sean Stack. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill
TWO-TIME NATIONAL HURLING LEAGUE winner, Sean Stack is to continue as manager of the Sixmilebridge senior hurlers.
Stack was appointed Bridge boss in February and saw his side storm through to the knockout stages of the Clare SHC with comprehensive wins over Newmarket-on-Fergus, Feakle, Clonlara and Whitegate.
They had a thirteen point quarter-final win over Wolfe Tones before coming out on the wrong side of a pulsating semi-final with Éire Óg where it finished 2-23 2-17 in favour of the Ennis club following extra time.
A holder of seven Clare SHC medals, Stack previously took charge of The Bridge’s senior side in 2004. The 1981 All Star managed Na Piarsaigh to win their first ever Limerick SHC title in 2011, helping them to win two county and provincial titles during his five year tenure.
He has also been involved with Tipperary club Toomevara and was over Clonlara when they reached the Clare SHC final in 2015 losing out to Sixmilebridge.
Niall Gilligan who was a selector during Stack’s first year back with The Bridge will not be involved for 2023, the club have confirmed. Two-time All-Ireland winner Michael O’Halloran remains as selector along with Adrian Chaplin and Jim Fitzgerald.
Sixmilebridge ratified their management teams for 2023 following a recent meeting of the Club Committee.
Pat Keane succeeds Jamesy Hassett as manager of the Bridge’s intermediates. Under Hassett’s watch, they contested this year’s Clare IHC semi-final, losing out to beaten finalists Tulla. Keane had been a selector in 2022 and is to begin the process of assembling his management team.
Ex Clare minor hurling manager, Terence Chaplin is to manage Sixmilebridge’s Junior A side while the Junior Bs will be managed by Mikey Corbett.
Brian Culbert is to continue in charge of The Bridge’s U21 side where his management of Aidan Quilligan, Ian Chaplin, Caimin Morey, Noel Flannery, Mark O’ Donovan and Noel Purcell remains unchanged.