Cork’s dynamic twins Ben and Jerry O'Connor are sure Cork can still be contenders in 2008 despite the lack of preseason preparation due to the ongoing strike.
The Newtown aces explained at the launch of the Supervalu Kids in Action programme yesterday that the hurlers are keeping fit until they resume collective training.
“I suppose the way it has gone fellas come back and they are nearly in top shape. So they fine tune before the league,” said Ben.
With Thursday’s night rescheduled Waterford Crystal Cup clash with LIT almost certain to be postponed due to the impasse, hurling manager Gerald McCarthy will miss out on a chance to audition new players for 2008.
Ben feels that because this is the Barrs’ man’s second year in charge it won’t be a problem.
“Having seen a county championship go ahead he knows exactly what players he has. In a way he has an advantage from last year because he knows what he wants,” argued Ben.
Jerry O’Connor insisted that the players are united in their opposition to the County Board decision to strip manager’s of the right to pick their own selectors.
“Before it started there were player meetings and everyone had a chance to voice their opinion. All players discussed different points and then they all agreed on the one thing after that,” said Jerry.
Ben explained: “The one thing we've always had in Cork is it's one for all and all for one.”
He also said Cork are gunning for three-in-row chasing Kilkenny.
“If they got three-in-a-row you would feel they are superior because you haven't done three-in-a-row so it is kind of tit-for-tat,” he said. “You don't want anyone saying they are better than you.”