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Game On

Wednesday, 28th March, 2018 5:14pm

The first weekend in February 2018 will forever be remembered in the homes and hills of Duhallow clubs, Knockngaree and Kanturk, as they captured All-Ireland Club titles in Croke Park. How good it was to hear ‘The Bank’s' reverberate around the famous stadium at the conclusion of both finals - let’s hope we will hear that again before the year is out.

In recognition of this feat, the respective captains, Matthew Dilworth of Knocknagree and Kanturk’s Lorcan O’Neill, were joint winners of the 96FM/C103 GAA Sports Star Award for February, in association with the Rochestown Park Hotel.

The presentation took place last week, and in their respective speeches, both Matthew and Lorcan expressed delight at been chosen and were accepting the award on behalf of all in their clubs on and off the field.

Matthew paid particular tribute to John Fintan Daly whose belief in the team was phenomenal.

While Lorcan, who was also on the Intermediate Football team that won the County Championship, said that their coaches, Jim McCarthy and Donagh Duane, were exceptional.

County Chairperson Tracey Kennedy said: “This is indeed a very special occasion, as was that weekend in Croke Park, and my sincere congratulations to Matthew and Lorcan and all involved as they brought great glory to Cork.”

Diarmuid Vaughan, Sales Manager for Rochestown Park Hotel, also congratulated the winners and said: “We are delighted and very proud to be associated with these awards, our biggest sponsorship, and sincere congratulations to Matthew and Lorcan and all in both clubs on their wonderful victories and I wish them both all the best for the coming season.”

The function was attended by family and friends and playing colleagues and selectors from the winning teams.

A special mention also to John Fintan Daly and to long serving Kanturk Runaí Francis Kenneally, while also in attendance were Jackie Carroll and Joe Kearns, Chairman of the Duhallow Board, along with County Board Officers Jerry Walsh and Donal Leahy.

Quiet weekend

With Cork’s intercounty commitments at senior level on hold for a few weeks it’s a case of the calm before the storm, with the County Football Championship involving the clubs due to get underway next weekend, clubs will be fine tuning their preparation.

In camogie, Cork are doubly involved on Saturday; in Division 2 of the National League Westmeath are visitors to Castle Road at 2.30pm and needing a win to join the home side in next month’s semi-final.

It's a a similar story with the minors who travel to play Wexford content that they too are in the semi-final and will use this game to give their panel members a taste of championship action.

Having got the better of Mayo last Sunday, it’s another Connacht side for Cork in the Ladies Football Division 1 League when they travel to Clonberne to play Galway on Sunday at 2pm, who last week beat Dublin, and they will test the league champions.

Two more games in the Divisional/Colleges section of the County Senior Hurling C’ship to determine which two will join the clubs in the knockout phase, and both games are in Páirc Ui Rinn, tonight (Thursday). At 7.45pm it’s UCC vs Avondhu, while on Monday at 4pm champions Imokilly meet CIT.

In football Duhallow and CIT are through to the knockout phase.

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