It was an introduction on the national stage for Damien Gore, his first league point for Cork and if it felt like the beginning of something, the thought struck that it was also the end of a process that started an awfully long time ago. Sometimes we can forget the work that’s happened all along the way to make this happen.
Very early, like from the age of six or so. Kevin O’Driscoll tells of taking an U12 team out for games and everyone would be looking at the small eight-year-old inside-forward wondering what he was doing out there.
When Kilmac won the West Cork U21 two years back, Gore scored 0-11 in the final against Bandon, even being double-marked – something he’s well used to. O’Driscoll remembers even games U14 where opposition seemed to allocate their whole full-back line to the job of stopping him, and he’s clever enough to find spaces or run different angles or lay ball off to still be an influence.
“If his hamstrings are tight you’ll see him cycling up to training. It all comes from him you know, he knows what’s needed and the dedication is there.”