Cap­tain Ver­ling: it is great to be part of cre­at­ing a bit of his­tory

The Corkman - - SPORT -

CLOUGH­DUV cap­tain Mark Ver­ling was the toast of Mallow GAA Club last Sun­day af­ter­noon as he posed for pic­tures with Clough­duv’s ador­ing fans - young and old.

Ver­ling had to bat­tle hard to make the fi­nal and even though he had just guided his side to the Holy Grail of pro­vin­cial glory and de­liv­ered a rous­ing ac­cep­tance speech he re­ally was only touch-and-go right the way up to throw-in - how­ever thank­fully for all con­cerned he was able to prove his fit­ness.

“I didn’t get to train too much com­ing up to the game. I trained on Thurs­day for the first time and I came through that train­ing, strapped up the leg and thank­fully it held up fine thank God.

“It re­ally is a spe­cial day, a huge day for the club and it is great to be part of cre­at­ing a bit of his­tory. All along your goal is to win Mid-Cork and take it ev­ery game at a time but when you are in th­ese po­si­tions (fi­nals) you just have to make the most of it and en­joy it and we did that to­day. When you try to en­joy it you find it eas­ier to re­lax and to­day I think we just en­joyed it more than any­thing.”

While Clough­duv may have dom­i­nated the ma­jor­ity of the show-piece fix­ture the con­di­tions meant that this was a game of chang­ing tac­tics and the vic­tors needed to adapt to the vary­ing con­di­tions.

“It re­ally was a game of two halves. We had to work re­ally hard in the first half, it was tough and we had to bring a man back against the wind but we went in two points up at half time and we just said at the break that we would start again at nil all and try to get the early scores.

“We had the wind in that sec­ond half but the wind won’t win you any game so luck­ily we man­aged to get on top and dom­i­nated there. They were com­ing back at us for a while but we just pulled some men back and man­aged to pull away again. We were com­fort­able enough late on as they needed goals so once we didn’t leak a goal we had that cush­ion.

“It was tough there in the mid­dle third, packed in to be fair - I don’t know whether that was our do­ing or theirs but for the last 10 min­utes we were try­ing to get our hands on the ball and ease the pres­sure and get it as far down the pitch as pos­si­ble to re­group – but all that doesn’t mat­ter now, we won the Mun­ster Cham­pi­onship and that is all that mat­ters.”

The side have been to­gether for the best part of 11 months how­ever Ver­ling feels that isn’t a prob­lem for his side as their col­lec­tive love of the game trumps all.

“We have had a long year but we are all en­joy­ing it. We just love hurl­ing and that is the main thing. I am not sure if we will get a rest or not and I wouldn’t mind a week or two off over Christ­mas but know­ing the lads they will have us back train­ing straight away but either way we will just look for­ward to it again.”

Whether Ver­ling and his team­mates get some time off or not re­ally de­pends on the pow­ers that be in Clough­duv how­ever whether they get to put the legs up or not there is lit­tle doubt that this side de­serve what­ever pos­i­tives are com­ing their way.

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