No shortage of action in intermediate grades
While the concentration in the main is on the senior grade there is some interesting ties in both intermediate grades.
A double-header in Pairc Ui Rinn on Sunday night, with relegated Ballinhassig meeting Mallow in the opener at 6pm and the south-east men will be anxious to make a winning start in a grade where they will be hoping not to exit at the first time of asking.
It is followed by a local derby between Carrigaline and Tracton at 7.45pm and the young guns of Carrig might shade this one.
Earlier in the day Mallow is the venue for the meeting, for the third year in a row of Ballyhea and Newcestown at 3pm, the latter have won the last two and look good enough to complete a hat-trick of wins.
Three games also in this grade all on Saturday night. Argideen Rangers and Kanturk meet in Coachford at 7.30pm and buoyed by their winning debut in the football championship, Kanturk will start as favourites especially with the likes of Anthony Nash, John and Lorcan McLoughlin and Aidan Walsh in their side.
Last year’s Junior champions Charleville make their championship bow at this level against Eire Og, in Mallow at 7.30pm, who are laced with good players not least Daniel Goulding, Ciaran Sheehan, Kevin Hallissey and John Dineen.
Equally once they put the disappointment of their All-Ireland final defeat behind them Charleville have adapted well to this grade and with James O’Brien, Danny Flynn and Mervyn Gammell still performing well they look capable of making a winning start.
Ballynoe, at 7.30pm, houses the clash of Fermoy and Aghada and with the latter facing a second round game in football they will be keen to avoid an unwanted double.
Congratulations to Cork footballer Colm O’Neill on being named the Opel/GPA player of the month winner for April, just reward for the Ballyclough star who made a big contribution to the retention of the Division 1 league title.
Equally Conor Counihan was named as the Phillips Manager of the month for guiding the Rebels to that third title in a row, it’s not before time that the excellent feats of the football team is being acknowledged outside our own county, long overdue I might add.
By 6pm Sunday evening barring draws, Conor Counihan and Jimmy Barry Murphy will know exactly who they will face in the semi-finals in the coming weeks.
The expectation is that it will be Kerry on 10 June for Conor and Tipperary for JBM on 24 June with both games programmed for the Park.
Interesting comments about how Cork hurlers should play from Antrim manager Jerry Wallis, who then watched as his side bowed out of the Leinster Championship to 14 man Westmeath, you would think guys would have enough to do with their own teams without telling others how to play.
50 year teams
Last week the Irish Independent announced their best Cork teams of the last 50 years and as usual they evoked plenty of discussion.
By and large it’s difficult to argue with the 15 footballers chosen, but anybody who could exclude Gerald Mc Carthy from the hurling team, in my opinion is not a good judge of our ancient game.
For the record, the football team named: Billy Morgan, Frank Cogan, Steven O’Brien, Kevin Kehily, Niall Cahalane, Conor Counihan, Jimmy Kerrigan, Shay Fahy and Teddy Mac, Davey Barry, Larry Tompkin, Dinny Allen, JBM, Ray Cummins and Declan Barron.
The hurling: Ger Cunningham, Brian Corcoran, Martin Doherty, Denis Murphy, Sean Og, Ronan Curran, Denis Coughlan, Tom Cashman and John Fenton, Tony O’Sullivan, JBM, Ben O’Connor, Charle Mac, Ray Cummins and Joe Deane.
Plenty to mull over there, I would suggest, what do you think?