APART from a slight Achilles injury to Daniel Kearney, Cork have a clean bill of health going into next Sunday’s Munster SHC showdown with Tipperary in Thurles, according to selector and team coach Pat Ryan.
“We have a clean bill of health. We trained over the weekend and the feeling is good in the camp.
“The players went back to their clubs there recently and we were delighted with the form that they showed.
“That’s what Kieran (Kingston) wanted, a strong showing in club games and in the majority of cases we got that.
“Players showed up very well, some of them put up good scores like Darragh Fitzgibbon for Charleville and UCC, he got 12 points between both games.
“Patrick Horgan got 1-10 for the Glen against Bride Rovers, Seamus Harnedy got some fine points for Imokilly against Bishopstown, Bill Cooper got a few for Youghal, that’s just a few examples of players doing well for their clubs.
“That was good from our viewpoint because we had stressed to the players that we wanted them to show up very well for their clubs, to produce a high level of performance.’’ So it is very much a case of all systems go now in the Cork camp, the ultimate test awaiting against the country’s number one ranked team.
“You’d have to say that. Tipp are the Munster and All-Ireland champions and the game will be a great barometer for us to see where we are at.
“We were not happy with how things went last season for us but we believe we are in a better place now and that we have come on a good bit.
“We believe the panel as a unit is stronger too but we’ll have to wait until Sunday to see where we really are at.’’
And the composition of the starting team?
“Selecting the first 15 won’t be easy nor will it be easy naming the match day 26. There is competition for places and that’s what we wanted from the outset.’’