The club would like to wish the best of luck to Sean Walsh and James Mulcahy who are part of the East Cork panel that are contesting the Bank of Ireland U17 Celtic Challenge final in Bord na Móna O’Connor Park, Tullamore tomorrow.
The Bank of Ireland Celtic Challenge was introduced in 2016 as the national hurling development competition for 16 and 17-year old hurlers who are not sitting Leaving Certificate examinations. Panellists on county minor teams are also not eligible to participate. This year’s competition included 41 teams from all 32 counties, divided into 8 groups across geographical and developmental lines. There were 26 full county teams and 15 teams that represented regions from within counties (for instance Cork had four teams: East Cork, West Cork, North Cork and Cork City).
East Cork take on Galway McDonagh in the Corn Michael Hogan (Division 1 final) at 14.20. It is the second of five finals taking place this Saturday with West Cork taking on South Tipperary in the Division 2 final at 12.30.
East Cork were drawn in Group E and secured wins against Cork City, Waterford and South Tipperary and they had one loss against Kilkenny. This was enough to progress from the group and they went on to defeat Kerry in the quarter-final and had a comprehensive win over Kilkenny in the semi-final. For the group win over Waterford, Sean Walsh was awarded ‘Best and Fairest’ by the referee for his fairness and skill on the field.
All 5 finals are being broadcast on the Pundit Arena website. You can view the matches here.