IN keeping with its policy of playing club games in between inter-county fixtures, the Cork County Board will host a very busy hurling programme next weekend which will feature the core of the 26 man squad that were togged out in Thurles last Sunday.
While other counties have suspended their club fixture list, it’s full steam ahead in Cork and that policy has served the Rebels very well so far.
Colm Spillane will feature for Castlelyons on Friday night when they take on Fr O’Neill’s at Killeagh while sub goalkeeper Patrick Collins will be in the Ballinhassig line-up against Carrigaline at Brinny.
On Saturday night, Dean Brosnan, Stephen McDonnell, Patrick Horgan and Damien Cahalane will be on the starting block when the Glen take on the Barrs in the SHC at Páirc Uí Rinn.
Christopher Joyce will be a major figure for Na Piarsaigh against Carbery while Bill Cooper will be Youghal’s main man against Newtownshandrum at Kilworth.
Mikey Cahalane will feature for Bandon against Carrigtwohill at Ovens while Brian Lawton will lead Castlemartyr against Grenagh in the IHC at Mayfield.
Valley Rovers' Chris O'Leary will be a key player for Valley Rovers against Inniscarra in the PIHC.
Next Sunday in the PIHC young Mark Coleman will be hoping for another good day when he lines out for Blarney against Mallow in Mourneabbey, the latter will have Cormac Murphy in their starting 15.
The big game on Sunday brings Midleton and Erin's Own together in the SHC and Midleton’s team will feature Killian Burke and Luke O’Farrell although Conor Lehane is not expected to figure because of injury.
Erin’s Own will have Robbie O’Flynn in their ranks.
Finally, on Sunday Newcestown will look to Luke Meade in their SHC encounter with Cork IT at a venue to be confirmed It will be a busy day too for the Cork selectors as they monitor their players although the likelihood is that the status quo will prevail for the Munster final against Clare on July 9.