Cronin wants dual stars back fit and with medals in pocket

Pa Cronin: Preparing for Cork's hurling final against Limerick.

Cork hurling captain Pa Cronin says he’ll be glued to Sunday’s Munster football final — to make sure the county’s dual stars all avoid injury.

Three key hurlers — Eoin Cadogan, Damien Cahalane and Aidan Walsh — have been named to start against Kerry in the provincial football decider.

Cronin naturally hopes his county wins the first of two Munster senior finals involving Cork teams at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on consecutive weekends. But he’s equally focused on the trio simply pulling through what’s likely to be a hard-hitting encounter without any fresh injuries ahead of the hurlers’ clash with Limerick.

“Yeah, you would have a bit of concern,” admitted Cronin. “I think in fairness to them, since they came into our panel, they’ve been fantastic. All of them have played really well and standards haven’t dropped at all.

“But, yeah, you would have that concern. I obviously know myself from playing inter-county that if you’re playing week on week, it’s very tough. So having a seven-day turnaround for those lads is going to be very tough for them but hopefully they can come through it.”

The trio have shown no signs of finding the balancing act difficult. Asked if that’s because they possess unique talents, Cronin nodded.

“I think so, yeah. Aidan Walsh especially has taken to it very well. Cadogan has been out injured a small bit but he’s obviously a fantastic player and Damien Cahalane has been very good as well.


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