Cork ladies football: Inch by Inch Rovers return to training

Cork ladies football: Inch by Inch Rovers return to training
Inch Rovers' Lydia Williams bursting past Templemore's Grainne Hennessy during the Munster intermediate final at Mallow last year. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

THE Inch Rovers LGFA club’s adult and underage squads are preparing for a return to on-field action following the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions.

In terms of the number of teams returning to training and on-field activities, Inch Rovers’ adult and underage schedules will be extremely busy over the next four months.

“At the moment, it doesn’t look like there are going to be county championships for underage level, but nonetheless, Inch Rovers expects to be very busy,” Rovers manager Noel O’Connor told The Echo.

“We hope the U12, 14, 16, 18, juniors/seniors will all be back in play very soon. The U8’s are also expected to start up as well in due course.

“Our club is constantly looking for help but especially in the current situation as we are coming out of the lockdown. Thankfully, we have a couple of new Covid-19 Supervisors signed up to help us out which will be important once our training sessions resume.

“From the adults point of view, a lot of the health checks and eLearning courses are being done online. It is just a case of keeping on top of things, keep reminding players and parents of their responsibilities. We are sending out messages to remind everyone about the return to play protocols all the time.

“One thing people are finding, just as we start to come back training, is that even if you fill out the health questionnaire hours before attending your first session, you may have to wait a good while before it is signed off.”

Inch are coming off a terrific 2019 season in which the East Cork club claimed county and provincial intermediate honours before losing to Offaly’s Naomh Ciarán in the All-Ireland club semi-finals.

Now, in a streamlined 2020 Cork LGFA championship, Rovers have been drawn alongside Aghada and Fermoy in group C of the senior competition. It is a tough draw but one Inch Rovers and their manager are clearly relishing.

“Everyone is looking forward to the championship,” Noel O’Connor concluded.

“Inch Rovers had plenty of good times when we were previously up at senior level. Then we struggled a bit, went down intermediate and got a good run at things after starting slowly. There are a lot of young players involved with us and we hope that they will keep things going again this year and beyond.

“I guess, a few months ago, if someone had told you would get the chance to play championship football before the end of September, you wouldn’t have believed them. Now everyone has something to look forward to and we cannot wait to have a crack off the senior championship.”

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