THE hurling season gets underway this Thursday night with the commencement of the RedFM Cork County Senior Hurling League.
Holders Sarsfields are first into the fray when they take on Erin’s Own in a local derby clash at Riverstown, 7.30pm
The Riverstown outfit are bidding for three-in-a-row in the secondary competition and their games with the Caherlag outfit always generate quite a bit of interest.
Barry O’Neill will take charge of Erin’s Own again while Brian Roche will be at the helm for Sars alongside selectors Dave O’Sullivan and former star Eoin Quigley who has retired from playing senior hurling.
There is another attractive fixture pencilled in for tonight as well with age-old city rivals the Barrs and the Glen clashing in Togher at 7pm.
Ritchie Kelleher takes charge of the Glen again while Ronan Curran leads the Barrs and both sides will be anxious to put one over on the other.
Douglas, with a new management team that includes Kieran Kingston on board as a selector and former Kerry star Shane Brick as coach, will be away to Bishopstown on Saturday, 3pm as new team boss Fearghal Hayes takes charge for the first time.
Midleton have home advantage against Ballyhea also on Saturday at 3.30pm while newcomers to the top flight Ballinhassig face Na Piarsaigh at 5pm in Farranree.
On Sunday Newtownshandrum take on Ballymartle at Newtown at 11.30am while Kanturk face Bride Rovers in Newmarket at 2pm.
Mark Landers will be taking charge of the Rovers for the first time in this encounter.