Cork U20 football selector Maurice Moore was thrilled with the manner in which the young Rebels secured Munster final glory against Kerry recently.
Cork cruised to a comprehensive 13 point win which enabled them secure a much cherished Munster football championship title. Maurice was delighted with the manner of their win.
“It was a great victory. We were hungry for success. We produced a very good display. They are very serious about their football,” revealed the Carbery Rangers clubman.
Defeating their old rivals in such a convincing manner has provided Cork football with a massive fillip and confidence boost going forward. He is pleased they are helping lift morale within Cork football circles.
“We had not won a Munster title in a number of years. It was very sweet. We did it playing great football. The players focus on doing their own job on the pitch and doing it to the best of their ability.”
Cork and Kerry had played out a thrilling draw in the John Kerins Development League only a few weeks previous to their Munster final clash. The Cork U20 team enjoyed a very productive campaign in the John Kerins Cup which greatly aided their Munster championship preparations.
“We got a lot out of the John Kerins Cup. There is great competition for places in our squad. We have had over 45 players training with us in the last few months. All the players are driving each other on which is great.
"The intensity and standard is really high. All the players are being made to work hard to get places in the squad and then in the starting 15.
"The management team want to create a standard and we want players to keep performing on a regular basis. There is plenty of talent in Cork football. The minors are progressing nicely. There is great positivity in Cork football once again. The future is bright for Cork football.”
The reward for their Munster championship success is an appetising All-Ireland semi-final against the Ulster champions Tyrone in Tullamore, this Sunday afternoon. He is looking forward to the big game.
“They are a very strong team. They are a strong running team. They have a lot of skillful players. They are a very physical team.
"They will be hit us hard from the off.”
Moore, who has a very strong coaching pedigree owing to his very successful time with his beloved Carbery Rangers, is very much enjoying his first season working with the Cork U20 football team.
“I am loving it. My family have been great.
"They have been so supportive and I am very grateful to them. It is great working with so many talented players.
"They are a joy to work with. They are eager to improve and succeed. I am learning a lot from Keith. He has some very original strategies and his man-management is very good.
"The players are buying into what we are trying to do. Working with Pat Spratt, Mícheál Ó Cróinín and Colm O’Neill is very enjoyable. We all have the same coaching beliefs.”
Tomorrow promises to be a great day for Cork underage football as the Cork minor footballers are due to play Monaghan in a quarter-final tie in Tullamore, straight after the U20 game.
Carbery Rangers GAA Club will have four club personnel involved in both games. Maurice Moore along with ace forward Mark Hodnett will be hoping to defeat Tyrone, while Kelan Scannell and Barry Kerr are members of the Cork minor football panel.
Ross are very proud of the quartet’s achievements revealed club PRO Oonagh Hodnett.
“The club are extremely proud of both Mark and Maurice. It is particularly special having both a player and coach involved. They have both put in a huge effort and commitment since February. Kelan Scannell and Barry Kerr are also involved with the minors, which makes it an extra special occasion for everyone involved with our club and their families.”
Cork U20 footballer Mark Hodnett played a key role in helping the Rebels win the Munster football championship. Mark comes from a family steeped in Carbery Rangers GAA. All involved with the club are thrilled for the forward.
“Mark is a very talented player and a smashing young man both on and off the field. It has been a pleasure for all the underage coaches, players and the club to watch Mark develop into the player and team mate that he is today. He is a fantastic role model.
"His commitment and dedication to both his club and county are to be commended. His family are steeped in Carbery Rangers tradition. They like us all are hugely proud of him.”
The ease in which Maurice Moore has settled into his role as selector with the Cork U20 team has impressed all within Carbery Rangers GAA Club. They are justifiably proud of his continued progress as Oonagh elaborated.
“Following their victory against Kerry, Maurice was back with his club on Saturday morning, out on the field training the U10 team.
"The club are very lucky to have coaches like Maurice passing on their knowledge and experience to the younger players.
"Maurice is a great coach. He was a great player himself. Maurice has a very impressive CV. No doubt his wife Elaine and their four children are immensely proud of their dad and husband.”