Fixing junior championship games for two nights later is not the kind of leadership one expects from the top, and little wonder clubs won’t release their players.
Intermediate clubs Mayfield and St Vincents both of whom won their first round championship matches, will backbone the side, along with players from Delanys, Whites Cross, Passage and Brian Dillons.
Mayfield’s Kieran Brosnan, Dan Lucey, Liam Crowley; Vincent’s Stephen Rea, Paddy O’Shea, along with Paul O’Connell (Delanys) will spearhead the city division’s challenge.
Muskerry’s are one of the few divisions which make an effort in preparation, and with former inter-county man Gary McPolin now in charge, a certain amount of work has been done.
They are boosted by the availability of county senior Noel O’Leary, Peadar Concannon (Ballingeary), and Grenagh’s Tom Kenny, all three of whom didn’t play last season.
Castlehaven are without county player Dermot Hurley for the game against Na Piarsaigh at Bandon, 7.15pm, because of suspension, and he will be missed. League form has been good for the Haven, winning four of the five games they’ve played. Their team will be backboned by a number of seasoned campaigners in Bernie Collins, Liam Collins, Colin Corkery, county U21 player David Limrick, David Burns and Stephen Connolly.
The fact that Piarsaigh tend to concentrate most of their energies on hurling, suggests Castlehaven will win this game, but when the city side put their mind to it, they are more than a match for the best as they proved against Bishopstown in last year’s championship.
Na Piarsaigh’s league form is mixed, winning two and losing two games. Because of the Cork hurling scene they’ve been forced to play without their inter-county players but they are all available for this game.
Seán Óg Ó hAilpín, John Gardiner, Ronan McGregor, Gary Sheehan and Stephen O’Sullivan will all start but their lack of serious preparation may prove their undoing.