Cronin to captain Cork

Pa Cronin will captain the Cork senior hurling team for 2013.

“We put a lot of thought into it, as we do into everything we do though people mightn’t think so. Pa had an outstanding year last year and is a very popular figure. He has great leadership qualities, that’s why we appointed him,” explained Cork manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy after the side’s 3-20 to 1-16 Waterford Crystal Cup victory over UCC on Saturday.

Cronin takes the role from Donal Óg Cusack whose term as skipper was ended early last season when the veteran custodian suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon in Cork’s league semi-final win over Tipperary.

Cusack’s replacement, Anthony Nash, went on to have a stellar season and is now firmly established as the number one.

On the evidence of Saturday, the role will prove no great burden for Cronin.

The Bishopstown star notched four points from play as his side collected their first silverware of the season, becoming the first recipient of the newly-minted Canon O’Brien Cup.

Cronin explained: “It’s a massive honour. Jimmy gave me a call during the week and I was delighted to get that call and hopefully we have a good year ahead.”

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