THE Cork hurlers are determined to drive forward in Sunday’s clash with Limerick despite their disappointing loss to Tipp in the Munster opener.
In the round robin format, the Rebels don’t have time to feel sorry for themselves with the All-Ireland champions waiting for them in the Gaelic Grounds.
“Obviously we went into the Tipp game hoping for a win and it didn’t go our way so you’ve to regroup, forget about it and go again for the Limerick game,” said Shane Kingston at the launch of the www.winagaff.ie competition yesterday.
He was speaking at an event to signal the start of a new fundraiser which has brought Douglas together with Cork City and Kinsale soccer clubs. The top prize is a two-bed apartment in the new Aylesbury development, next to Cork Constitution in Ballintemple.
The Douglas attacker explained the mental side of the preparation will be more important than any physical work this week.
“We just take your learnings from the game and move forward. It’s just another game from my perspective, you try and control the controllables and prepare as best as you can. With only a week between them you just try and look forward.
“There’s not a whole lot you can do because you’re recovering for two or three days and then you’re sharpening the touch because the rest of the work has been done over the winter. You try and prepare mentally as best as you can.”
Kingston refused to cite the loss of hardy midfielder Bill Cooper in the warm-up as a reason for their subpar display against the Premier.
“Bill is a huge player for us and getting injured wasn’t ideal but we always look at that it opens up to give another player an opportunity.
"We stuck to our game-plan and even though we didn’t get going we still were only a few points down when Harnedy got the goal.”
Cork and Douglas footballer Kevin Flahive was also on hand at what is pitched as a ground-breaking partnership between the Cork clubs and follows on from other sporting groups nationwide who have been successful with similar draws. Cork City’s Colin Healy, Garry Buckley and Shane Griffin, as well as general manager Paul Wycherly also attended along with young players from Kinsale AFC.
Tickets are €100 each and there is a second prize of a car and a cash prize as well with the draw taking place in October.