Cork haven’t lifted Liam McCarthy since 2005. Since then the Cats have brought the cup back to Noreside a staggering eight times.
This time there were no excuses. Kilkenny wanted it more, were more physical and a bit more clinical. That’s why they’re in the last four and the Cork hurlers are back on club duty.
Midleton CBS defeated CBC in this year’s final but what an occasion it was to have four Cork schools drawing a crowd into Páirc Uí Rinn, with Rochestown College taking on Hamilton High School in the B decider.
The last team standing are the U20s, who have Tipp in the Munster final next Tuesday night up in Thurles. They were good, without hitting any great heights, in getting past Limerick and Clare in recent weeks at Páirc Uí Rinn and will need to up the gears to down the Premier, who dismantled Waterford last week.
We’ve to wait and see if John Meyler, O’Mahony and Kieran Murphy go forward into next season but whoever is at the helm will want to refresh the Cork senior team. The reality is many of the hurlers who were to the fore across the past three seasons when the Rebels fell to cruel defeats on Jones Road will have to make way for the next generation.