THE Cork U17 All-Ireland winning hurling team were honoured at an awards ceremony this week.
Manager, John Considine, his panel and backroom team were honoured with the Rebel Óg August award after their win over Dublin in the All-Ireland final earlier this month.
This was a historic win for the young Rebel side as they were the inaugural winners of this competition as the minor grade now moves to U17 from this year on.
However, for eight of the squad, they hope to create another bit of history next Sunday, as they will be part of the minor (U18) panel that is in the All-Ireland final against Galway.
John wished them the best of luck as well as congratulating the whole panel for the U17 win.
“We knew from the start there was an All-Ireland in this team and we said it from the start. We never hid it from the lads, but it was a case of getting there then. If we were beaten then we were beaten, but the experience of getting there was almost as important as the win itself.
“We said to them afterwards that they should look on this as a start and it was great to win an underage title for Cork. We are all looking forward now to hopefully adding another one next Sunday.
“We want to wish Denis Ring, and all involved the best of luck and a hopefully they can make it a super year for Cork. They have a tough job ahead of them and when you are in an All-Ireland final you are going to be facing a good team.
“The experience of being there already should stand to the eight lads and they are part of a good Cork side and they will be travelling confident in their own ability.
“There is a great hunger for success in Cork for hurling and you saw it with the senior side as well. It has been a good summer and hopefully, the minors can round it off with a win on Sunday,” concluded John.