DOIREANN O’Sullivan has been ruled out of Cork’s Munster Senior Championship opener against Waterford on Sunday (Fraher Field, 3pm).
The interim captain underwent keyhole surgery on her knee last week and will be out of action for up to six weeks.
O’Sullivan, who lifted the Division 1 National League trophy at the start of September, was a doubt ahead of that showdown against Donegal, however having taken over the captaincy in the absence of her sister Ciara who is presently travelling, and with Brid Stack also ruled out on the day, O’Sullivan opted to play battling through the pain.
Cork manager praised O’Sullivan in the aftermath, stating that: "Doireann probably shouldn't have even played, but she did, and it just goes to show her quality and how much she gives to the game.”
Fitzgerald, however, will have to make do in her absence, while O’Sullivan’s Mourneabbey teammate Eimear Meaney is also unavailable for selection due to work commitments.
Both players started in the National League final, but Aine Terry O'Sullivan and Brid Stack have been named in their absence to line out against Waterford in Fraher Field, Dungarvan, on Sunday.
Waterford made life difficult for Cork in last year’s Munster SFC tie, with former Cork senior selector Noel O’Connor on the sideline for the Deise, and it is expected that they will once again put it up to the reigning All-Ireland champions given that they have already defeated Kerry in the preliminary round two weeks ago.
Elsewhere, 2016 Players’ Player of the Year winner Bríd Stack is to line out for St Val’s in the Cork Senior County Championship this summer. Stack, who previously played with Rockchapel and St Mary’s has no club to play for with St Mary’s LGFC unable to field and adult team this season. Stack and a number of St Mary’s players sought 'Permission to Play' with other clubs, and Stack’s appeal to play with play with St Val’s was recently sanctioned by Central Council. She will be entitled to play with St Val's for the 2017 season only.
CORK: M O’Brien; M Ambrose, R Phelan, E Spillane; M Duggan, B Stack, S Kelly; N Cotter, J O’Shea; L Coppinger, B O’Sullivan, O Farmer; E Scally, A O’Sullivan, O Finn.
Meanwhile, three Cork players were named on the Division 1 Lidl Team of the League at a function at Croke Park.
Defenders Marie Ambrose and forwards Eimear Scally and Orla Finn attended the function alongside Cork senior ladies football coach Ephie Fitzgerald, who was also honoured with his Manager of the Month award for May.
The players were nominated by opposition managers after each round of the league, with the players that received the most nominations selected on their divisional representative team.
It was the first such award for Cork's Eimear Scally, while Orla Finn and Marie Ambrose have previous collected this accolade.
Armagh's Caroline O'Hanlon continued her remarkable record of having been named on the Lidl NFL Team of the League every year, except one, since the awards were established in 2009, O'Hanlon was joined on the Division 1 team by her teammate Aimee Mackin.
Lidl NFL Team of the League Division 1: Yvonne Byrne (Mayo); Marie Ambrose (Cork), Olwyn Carey (Dublin), Aislinn Desmond (Kerry); Aoife McAnespie (Monaghan), Noelle Healy (Dublin), Sinead Burke (Galway); Caroline O’Hanlon (Armagh), Karen Guthrie (Donegal); Yvonne McMonagle (Donegal), Aimee Mackin (Armagh), Carla Rowe (Dublin); Eimear Scally (Cork), Geradline McLaughlin (Donegal), Orla Finn (Cork).
Lidl Manager of the League: Stephen Maxwell (Westmeath).
Lidl Managers of the Month: May: Ephie Fitzgerald (Cork); April: James Daly (Longford); March: Shane Ronayne (Tipperary); February: Kevin Doogue (Laois).