The Kilkenny connection to the White's Cross tilt at a Munster title

The Kilkenny connection to the White's Cross tilt at a Munster title
Picture: Gavin Browne

WHITE’S Cross will break new ground on Saturday when they represent Cork in the Munster JBHC.

Cappamore from Limerick will provide the opposition in what will be a historic occasion for the city club.

They won the Cork county junior B title for the first time this season, defeating O’Donovan Rossa in the final.

It was a major breakthrough for the club after losing in two previous final to Dromtariffe and Killavullen.

White’s Cross’ Robert McElhinney and O’Donovan Rossa’s Stevie Cotter in action in the Cork Junior B Hurling Championship final. Picture: Gavin Browne
White’s Cross’ Robert McElhinney and O’Donovan Rossa’s Stevie Cotter in action in the Cork Junior B Hurling Championship final. Picture: Gavin Browne

There is a great buzz in the club in advance of Saturday’s game with team selector Pat Reid declaring that it was a new adventure for the players.

Reid is an uncle to Kilkenny star TJ Reid who will be lining out on Sunday with Ballyhale-Shamrocks in the Leinster club SHC final.

Another Kilkenny native is another selector, Dominic Cahill, whose son Shane will be in goal on Saturday.

“Winning the county was the big priority for us and, while we lost to Douglas in the city final, we had finally broken through the county championship barrier,” Reid said. “This Munster competition has been going for a few years now and we are delighted to be in it.

“We don’t know too much about our opponents Cappamore and, obviously, conditions will play a part at this time of the season.”

Reid said that the club was in a strong place at the moment with a very good underage structure.

“Yes, we won a few trophies this year with the U12s, U14s and U16s and we have good numbers involved at those levels.

Sean Twohig, chairman of Rebel Óg East, presents the U12 medals to White's Cross. Picture: David Keane.
Sean Twohig, chairman of Rebel Óg East, presents the U12 medals to White's Cross. Picture: David Keane.

“The team for Saturday is a good mix of youth and experience and it would be great to get into the final of this competition.’’

En route to their participation on Saturday, the vibrant city club had a number of very good wins after losing to Rathpeacon in the opening round.

However, they bounced back from that loss to see off Gabriel Rangers which was followed by another win over Lough Rovers.

They defeated Belgooly next before taking on Rathpeacon again in the county semi-final.

The sides drew the first day, 0-10 apiece but White’s Cross prevailed in the replay, winning 0-9 to 0-4.

The final against O’Donovan Rossa was a very close affair with the city team finally coming out on top by the bare minimum, 0-12 to 0-11.

The team is backboned by some very good players, John O’Connell is one of the veterans of the side still doing a great job in defence while Brendan, Donnacha, Padraig and Eoin are among six Murnane brothers on the squad.

Murt Kelleher, a very accomplished footballer in his day, is still a key member as is Kevin Buckley, Conor Buckley and TJ Reid’s first cousin, Fergal who is a very promising younger member of the squad.

Victory on Sunday would see the club kill two birds with the one stone as the two Munster final teams would progress to the All-Ireland series.

The squad has continued to train diligently for this game and there will be very strong support travelling to the county Limerick venue on Saturday.

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