AUDIO: Nemo's Brian Twomey says champions happy to wear the 'bullseye' in 2016

A look ahead to the Cork club SFC with some of the players and management involved. Interviews by Lisa Lawlor

Brian Twomey, Nemo Rangers player

Nemo Rangers are the defending champions in 2016, but player Brian Twomey says the group are happy to wear that "bullseye" into the new year.

Eoin Delaney, Valley Rovers corner-forward

Valley Rovers pulled off a big round one win over Carbery Rangers in their step up to the Senior grade last year, and look to build on last years progress.

However, they have yet to find out their round one opposition as they take on the winners of Ilen Rovers V Avondhu.

Tomas O'Leary, Castlehaven corner-back

Last year's beaten finalists are determined to put that disappointment behind them.

Coming up against Clonakilty in the opening round, O'Leary has labelled Clon as a potential surprise package in 2016.

AJ O'Connor, Kiskeam and Duhallow

The divisional side are relishing the opportunity to start their championship against the clubs under the new structure and are confident they can cause an upset in their opener against defending champions Nemo Rangers.

Diarmuid Vaughan, Bishopstown selector

Vaughan is part of a whole new backroom team with the Ballincollig footballers. He discusses the freshness brought to the set up as they open against 2014 champions Ballincollig.

Michael O'Donovan, Doheny's selector

Michéal O'Sullivan from Carbery Rangers is involved with Doheny's for the upcoming championship, but selector O'Donovan says they have lost a number of players before their bow.

He's also admitted that they are not happy with their preparation ahead of an opener against Douglas.

Thomas Hegarty, O'Donovan Rossa full-forward

Don Davis has been enlisted to the Skibbereen management team as they look to go one better than their last-four disappointment last year.

Donal O'Relly, Carrigaline chairman

Carrigaline join the senior ranks after their Premier Intermediate success of 2015, and chairman Donal O'Reilly describes the enthusiasm it's brought out in the entire club.

They hope to emulate the success of Valley Rovers of 2015 in their senior opener but recognise that St Nicks proved they can't be discounted by reaching the last eight last year.

Karl O'Mahony, Carbery selector

Carbery prepare for a west Cork derby meeting with O'Donovan Rossa in their round one clash.

O'Mahony discusses pool of talent at their disposal, championship ambitions, and how the restructure has the potential to strongly benefit the progress of divisional sides.

John Newman, Ballincollig corner-forward

Newman says the panel are hungry to return to top honors, with competition for places very high with new talent boosting their squad following Under 21 success last year.


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