Barrs hurlers appoint a new management team featuring a Cork legend

Barrs hurlers appoint a new management team featuring a Cork legend
Former St Finbarr's manager Aidan Fitzpatrick against Glen Rovers in the Co-Op Stores Cork PSHC at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Aidan Fitzpatrick and his selectors have stepped down following disappointing performances in defeats to Glen Rovers and Na Piarsaigh, which leaves the club battling to avoid a relegation play-off.

Former Blues dual ace John Cremin, Cork legend Ger Cunningham, the club's Barrs Óg chairman Seán McCarthy and ex-player Ger Regan will be at the helm when they face Carrigtwohill on Saturday week.

The Barrs were expecting more from their senior squad this season, considering they made the semi-finals in 2019. They were knocked out 3-19 to 1-19 by three-in-a-row chasing Imokilly but after putting up a serious fight.

Cunningham is in a position to come on board as his commitments as a Cork selector are currently on hold due to the revised championship format.

Ger Cunningham out for a puck with his sons Ben and Sam. He is joining the Barrs management for the rest of this championship. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Ger Cunningham out for a puck with his sons Ben and Sam. He is joining the Barrs management for the rest of this championship. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Carrigtwohill drew with Na Piarsaigh in their first group game and gave the Glen a fright for long spells before being beaten. 

There are two other clubs of the 12 in the Premier Senior grade yet to record a victory: Ballyhea and Bishopstown. The Town meet high-flying Blackrock in their last group game while Ballyhea will be underdogs against a Sars unit that already got the better of Midleton and Douglas.

The Barrs will be hoping a result for against Carrigtwohill and that Bishopstown and Ballyhea lose.

The bottom two teams when scoring difference is factored in, if needed, will contest the relegation play-off. 

Currently, the Barrs have a -26 differential, Ballyhea are -22 and Bishopstown -5. Indeed the Town were unlucky not to win at least one of their games against Newtown and Erin's Own.

One positive for the Barrs is their strong underage section. Donal O'Grady is at the helm of the U16 group that topped their group in the Premier 1 grade and will now face Bride Rovers, who they beat two years ago in a cracking Féile final.

The other semi-final at that age is Midleton versus Ballincollig.

They're also one of the favourites for the Premier 1 minor crown, with the likes of Jack Cahalane, Ger Cunningham's son Ben, Ethan Twomey and William Buckley in a talented line-up.

The hugely experienced Brian Hurley is the bainisteoir, with Jimmy Barry-Murphy and Pat Keane in the set-up as well.

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