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Cork aim to make it 9 underage All-Ireland titles on the trot. By Fr Liam Kelleher
On Sunday next at Claughan in Limerick, Cork under 16 girls take on Galway, in the under 16 All-Ireland final. Since the beginning of the new millennium ,Cork have captured at least  one under age All-Ireland tile in a magnificent run,  which has certainly impacted, on the brilliant  run of the Seniors now seeking their 4th title in a row. This is the 5th year in a row, that  the under 16 team,  8 time Munster champions in a row,  have reached the final,  with just one loss 2 years ago, to an exceptional Dublin team, who proved their worth with a 17 point Minor final  win over Tyrone last Monday. One must never underestimate, the role the underage structure in Cork has played and is playing in the reamarkable process.  While Cork have become accustomed to winning National titles, last year alone the Co won the Senior A, Senior B Minor and under 16,  while the under 14’s despite  scoring 7-11 lost out to eventual champions Dublin in the quarter final. This year while the Senior A and B remain on track,  the Cork minors suffered a shock,  when beaten by Monaghan while the under 14’s lost out to an exceptional Kerry team, who went on to win the All-Ireland convincingly. The Cork formula of success at underage level,  has continued virtually unchanged,  for the past 10 years,  it all emanated from the School of excellence, the brainchild of Charlie McLaughlin as well as the summer camps and he has had a huge input into all these and continues to devotee a phenomenal amount of time. There is no doubt other counties have learned from Corks success and the gap has been getting closer each year. New initiatives are needed and indeed another phase, was introduced, this year, with the introduction of the under  13 development squad,  this seems to have worked very well, but only time will tell how effective it will be
Huge task.
Cork face a huge task on Sunday,  as they confront Galway in the final. Mind you it is one of Cork’s fortes, to triumph over adversity. Cork has been very impressive in reaching the final, but injuries to 3 key players will place an extra burden on them for the final. On the positive side, Cork have a very strong panel and those who will be introduced, will be well in tune with what they have to do. Cork will be missing fullback and capt Denise Cronin with and ankle injury, her club mate from Liscarroll and influential full forward Ciara Sherlock has a similar injury and is still in plaster while corner forward the bustling Tara Maguire, running into a rich vein of form unfortunately broke her hand last week.  While the absence of these 3 girls would be huge loss to any team,  that fact will not be used as a negative,  but rather as a positive. Cork’s backline apart from Denise Cronin’s absence has a very settled and solid look. Aideen Hegarty is a fine keeper the full line in the All-Ireland Semi against Donegal of Laura O’Sullivan, Patricia Dunne and Deirdre O’Driscoll gave nothing away, to a much vaunted attack. Sinead O’Reilly in the pivotal role in defence inspires confidence around her and will be  flanked by Kate Harrington and Roisin O’Mahony. No combination has been able to get the better of Cork’s midfield partnership of Aine O’Leary and Niamh. Crowley The speedy half forward line, all top athletes , Orla Finn Orlagh Farmer and Jessica O’Shea have been playing a vital role in the scoring stakes and should do so again on Sunday. With 2 of the regular full forward line out, the likely girls to join Aoife O’Driscoll, are International soccer star Yvonne Cahill, coming back from injury and Kate O’Brien who impressed when introduced against Donegal. No stone has been left unturned by the management team of Charlie McLaughlin, Ted O’Donovan, Brian Enright, Nelius Carroll, Kathleen Kearney and Fr Liam Kelleher, whose activity has been curtailed in recent months, with parish responsibilities, to ensure that Cork will give their all for the cause on Sunday evening. Hopefully with the proximity of the venue to Cork that this committed team will be supported, they really deserve it.
Cork Panel

1        Aídín Hegarty

2        Laura O’Sullivan
3        Denise Cronin
4        Deirdre O’Driscoll
5        Kate Harrington
6        Sineád O’Reilly
7         Rosiemarie O’Mahony
8        Áine O’Leary
9        Niamh Crowley
10      Orlagh Farmer
11      Jessica O’Shea
12      Orla Finn
13      Tara McGuire
14      Ciara Sherlock
15      Yvonne Cahill       i
16      Amanda Budden
17      Patricia Dunne
18      Kate O’Brien
19      Sineád Dilworth
20      Aoife O’Driscoll
21      Bríd O’Sullivan
22      Jennifer O’Leary
23      Hollie Hayes
24      Emma Haughney
25      Áine Hayes
26      Aimee Kavanagh
27      Danielle Downey
28      Marika Cottrell
29      Sarah Harrington
30         Lauren O’Callaghan

Summer School of excellence final weeks
Mon, 11th – Fri, 15th August 2008 Banteer 10am-1pm Newmarket 2-5pm
Mon, 18th – Fri, 22nd August 2008 Éire Óg 10am-1pm Boherbue 2-5pm
Mon, 25th – Fri, 29th August 2008 Dohenys 2-5pm

For further information please contact :Charlie McLaughlin on 087-2807966, Tom Scally on 086-8918362, Caitríona Mac Manamon on 085-1100826, &
Co Senior Championship
Balingeary/Inchigeelagh 2-11 Rockchapel 2-11
Beara 1-15 Mourneabbey 0-5
Co Junior Championship
Mitchelstown 0-10. Dromtariffe 1-2
Inch Rovers 7-15 Rosscarbery 1-5
Junior D
Tadgh McCaraigh 4-4 Inch Rovers 1-3


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