Muskerry sports star award for Ó Corcora
THE Auld Triangle and Muskerry Sports Star Award winner for the month of October was Tadhg Ó Corcora.
The talented Cill na Martra youngster played a key role in helping his side beat Mitchelstown in the county IFC semifinal 0-10 to 0-9 in early October, before the Gaeltacht side defeated Muskerry rivals Aghabullogue in the decider, 2-17 to 1-10. The final was played in Páirc Uí Chaoimh on October 28.
Second-best in four county s e mi - f i n a l s s i n c e 2 0 1 2 a n d coming up short against Carrigaline in the 2009 decider, but things certainty came together this year, as Cill na Martra finally reached the summit.
Ó Corcora was joined by his family, team mates and Cill na Martra representatives at the p re s e n t at i o n i n t h e A u l d Triangle recently and he was only too delighted to reflect afterwards on a historic season. “It’s a massive honour on behalf of my family, friends, the Cill na Martra club and the intermediate team.
“Personally, to be the face of it, is just surreal to be honest. I was shocked when I received the call from the Muskerry board that I won the award for October.
“I didn’t know much about the process or anything like that. It’s fantastic for everyone involved with the club, all the hard work is worthwhile.”
October opened up with potentially a humdinger, as two of the fancied sides clashed in the IFC semi-final. Mitchelstown defeated Cill na Martra at the same stage last year, but the Muskerry men were more experienced this year and prevailed by a point. Then it was onto the big day.
“We have been trying for many years to get over the line at intermediate level, so it was nice to finally reach the summit this year. We were bit worried about Mitchelstown in t h e s e m i - f i n a l a f t er b e i n g beaten by them last year. They are a top team, I would know a lot of t h e M i t ch e l s t o w n players, so we were probably apprehensive, but thankfully we wo n i t . T h e f i n a l wa s tough, the score line probably fl a t t e r e d u s , b u t a g a i n t h e final was there to be won, and we did more than enough to emerge victorious.”