Nemo stalwart Tucker is up for Christmas Day training as Cork champs prepare for toughest test against Corofin

Nemo stalwart Tucker is up for Christmas Day training as Cork champs prepare for toughest test against Corofin

Colin O'Brien of Nemo Rangers celebrates with Nemo Rangers selector Billy Morgan. Picture: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

HE started out as a defender but in recent years has moved to the forward line and if you asked him to play in goal he probably would do that as well.

When it comes to club stalwarts they don’t come much better than Colin ‘Tucker’ O’Brien. He has been a key member of the Nemo set-up now since 2006 and that doesn’t look like letting up soon.

His ability to cover back and help their defence and then drive forward is crucial to Nemo’s efforts and you will see Tucker pop up in the full-back line and within a minute find him tormenting a corner-back at the other end.

He may not be their most prolific scorer but you can bet he is one of the first names on the team sheet championship game after championship game.

Tucker takes nothing for granted and was thrilled to add another Munster medal to his tally on Sunday as Nemo beat Clonmel Commercials by 0-15 to 0-6 in the final at Dungarvan.

“We knew coming into the game it was going to be one of our toughest tests of the year as we know all about them, as they do us. Obviously 2015 (when Clonmel beat them) was in the back of our minds and we had to come up here to prove a point, not just to everyone who was watching us but to ourselves as well and I thought we done that accordingly on the pitch.”

Luke Connolly takes a free. Picture: INPHO/Bryan Keane
Luke Connolly takes a free. Picture: INPHO/Bryan Keane

On their defence, which was outstanding he said: “Anyone who has been watching us all year will know that our defence has been incredible. We set a target for ourselves in games at the start of the year to try and keep teams to nine points or less and I can’t remember the last time we conceded a goal in championship.

“You have to give credit to the likes of young Briain Murphy who has come in at corner-back this year and is playing incredible stuff, as well as all back there are. 

"We will enjoy this win for a day or two, but it will be back to training fairly fast with the game being so early in January, we might even be like the Premiership teams and train Christmas morning.

“But it’s great to be still training at this time of the year and have an All-Ireland semi-final to look forward to,” concluded Tucker.

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