THE GAA’s decision to indefinitely suspend club action last autumn owing to growing Covid-19 cases came at the worst possible time for teams positioned at the business end of county championships.
That applied to the eagerly awaited clash of Kanturk and Knocknagree in the all-Duhallow meeting in the Premier IFC Final and new Kanturk GAA chairman Kieran Fitzgerald feels the ongoing uncertainly may well benefit teams remaining involved in unfinished fixtures from 2020.
“It’s understandable for we must keep it all in perspective, it's only sport and the impact of the pandemic has been significant but managements and players are chomping at the bit to play that final.
“On the positive side, the 2020 final will occur and one couldn’t ask for a better game to look ahead than a Cork County Premier IFC Final to whet the appetite and focus too on the subsequent 2021 championship,” said Fitzgerald.
Associated with a previous management, Fitzgerald applauds the workings of the current football management impacted by restrictions from last March yet as the delayed championship progressed, an energised Kanturk created an impression, none more so than their impressive victory over a fancied Cill na Martra in the semi-final.
It's been a phenomenal past decade for the flourishing Kanturk club with a litany of achievements for both club teams and individual players culminating with an All-Ireland IHC victory in Croke Park.
“We have a hardcore of coaches that put in the hard work that nobody sees, the county players are accessible to the young stars and a great committee are the unsung heroes, running a set up that takes a lot of support.”
With the club action returning last summer, it provided a glut of games in a short time frame with dual clubs facing into a heavy schedule.
“Things didn’t go our way against a Charleville side.
“That was Anthony’s last game, what an asset to any club, he performed at the highest level, an impeccable player and I wished him well on his journey.”
One man leaves and another arrives sums up Kanturk welcoming Frank Flannery as the manager to the Kanturk seniors for 2021.