BLACKROCK captain Michael O'Halloran paid tribute to their super-subs after lifting the Seán Óg Murphy Cup after a thrilling clash with Glen Rovers at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.
Rockies' duo Tadhg Deasy and Robbie Cotter struck for 3-3 between them, with Alan O'Callghan landing another two points, as they eventually saw off their northside rivals 4-26 to 4-18 after extra time.
Just like they had in the semi-final against UCC eight days earlier, Fergal Ryan's side had to grab an equaliser late on before sealing the deal in the additional 20 minutes.
“We've a great panel and even the lads who didn't get to come on today make all the difference because our training has been really intense all season. We've a brilliant management team, club legends, and it was great to get over the line in extra time for them,” said the 23-year-old.
The Cork panellist hit two classy points himself, as Blackrock won their first senior title since 2002 and 33rd overall. The Rockies have collected a number of minor and U21 counties in the modern era but it took everything to secure the Co-Op Superstores Premier Senior Hurling crown.
“We had no easy games. The group was tough and then we had Douglas, UCC and now the Glen, who have been the best club team in Cork for a while now.”