A YOUNG hurler who was forced off through injury in a Scaith na Scol final was a special guest at Cork U21 hurling training last night.
Scoil Oilibhéir student Luke Ring captained his school in their Sciath final against St Mary's Carrigtwohill last week but had to go off early in the game as his prosthetic leg snapped.
The Glen Rovers club man was born with a birth defect which affected his fibular bone but it hasn't stopped him playing sport, and hurling is his first love.
Despite his devastation at being forced off in the crunch clash for Scoil Oilibhéir, the 12-year-old cheered his team-mates on until the final whistle and gave them a half-time speech. He was invited by the Cork panel to join in at U21 training and was presented with a signed jersey and training gear by Rebel ace Shane Kingston, who starred against Tipp last Sunday and scored 1-5 from play.
“Luke is an inspiration to all of us because of his brilliant attitude and his love for hurling,” explained Cork U21 coach Johnny Dwyer.
“We were delighted that he agreed to come in because he's a super hurler and a super young lad. He tested Shane's first touch in a few drills and showed his own talent too.
“All the lads had a chat with Luke and were delighted to meet him.”
Luke was joined at the session by his mother Regina and brother Mikey, along with his cousin Cian and his friend Tomás Horgan.
“Luke is going for an operation on Friday and everyone in the U21 set-up wishes him the best of luck.”
Cork U21 manager Denis Ring and his backroom team are preparing for a Munster semi-final on June 20 against Waterford in Páirc Uí Rinn, with Limerick and Tipp on the other side of the draw.