Cork Hurlers - Part 2

What does Keane add to the panel that they haven't already added to the panel recently? His height? He's the same build as Sean Twomey and Colin O'Brien but with not near there level of hurling. Downey was comfortable on Keane last night. Mark's point came from a turnover in the middle of the field, you had Harnedy carrying the ball down the middle and Keane out on the right. Downey made the simple decision to leave Keane and go to close down Harnedy, Seamie played a pass out to the unmarked Keane and he got a point.
I'd love to proven wrong, I'd love nothing more than the lad to turn in to a great inter County hurler, but from seeing him at inter County level last night, and having seen him play in the Avondhu championship with Ballygiblin I just can't see it happening. At the same time lads it's the second week of January, we've a long road ahead of us so let's just wait and see. There was more positives from the new lads last night than negatives.
 
I didn’t mention Twomey not starting v UCC, it’s pre season and he’s has a long year, my point is he is being consistently overlooked for a starting role with cork, and the only reason I can see for that is he doesn’t suit the short passing running style the management favour

Twomey was a senior panellist when taken off in a few u-20 championship games. He’s a good player but inconsistent.

I’m sure management would cut him altogether if they had no plans to ever use him.

I’m sure he’ll be given the opportunity to impress in time.

Good hurlers can work in any system by the way. Casey and Mulcahy aren’t typical Limerick hurlers but they’re good enough to play. Fergal McCormack and Timmy Mac were stylistically night and day from the twins, Seanie McGrath and Joe Deane.

If a player is good enough he’ll play. Suggesting management will only use a certain prototype player is wildly off the mark.
 

Thistlecrack

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What does Keane add to the panel that they haven't already added to the panel recently? His height? He's the same build as Sean Twomey and Colin O'Brien but with not near there level of hurling. Downey was comfortable on Keane last night. Mark's point came from a turnover in the middle of the field, you had Harnedy carrying the ball down the middle and Keane out on the right. Downey made the simple decision to leave Keane and go to close down Harnedy, Seamie played a pass out to the unmarked Keane and he got a point.
I'd love to proven wrong, I'd love nothing more than the lad to turn in to a great inter County hurler, but from seeing him at inter County level last night, and having seen him play in the Avondhu championship with Ballygiblin I just can't see it happening. At the same time lads it's the second week of January, we've a long road ahead of us so let's just wait and see. There was more positives from the new lads last night than negatives.
Yeah I have to agree with this. Wish the lad well and would love to be proven wrong but this crap of trying to be too cute and look for the unorthodox and playing lads in different positions drives me mad. Nearly fell off my chair when I saw he was starting, even if it's a going through the motions game in January.
 

red&blue

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Twomey was a senior panellist when taken off in a few u-20 championship games. He’s a good player but inconsistent.

I’m sure management would cut him altogether if they had no plans to ever use him.

I’m sure he’ll be given the opportunity to impress in time.

Good hurlers can work in any system by the way. Casey and Mulcahy aren’t typical Limerick hurlers but they’re good enough to play. Fergal McCormack and Timmy Mac were stylistically night and day from the twins, Seanie McGrath and Joe Deane.

If a player is good enough he’ll play. Suggesting management will only use a certain prototype player is wildly off the mark.
Conor Cahalane, Seamus Harnedy, Robbie O Flynn, Shane Kingston, Patrick Horgan, Jack O Connor

That is the foward line our management picked in the all ireland final to take on one of the most physically imposing defences to ever play hurling so don’t be telling me I’m wide of the mark
 
I think there is still a predisposition towards the knacky wrists hurler in cork and the balance in the team has suffered from that for a long while. It’s clear balance is critical but so is coaching and Limerick prove that with the massive improvements over the last few years amongst the likes of hegarty for example.
Cork now have a number of potentially very good physical ball winning forwards and they need game time and perseverance like the management showed with Jack o Connor in fairness. Keane is a huge gamble imo and I just wonder will he be a viable option in reality come May?
 
What does Keane add to the panel that they haven't already added to the panel recently? His height? He's the same build as Sean Twomey and Colin O'Brien but with not near there level of hurling. Downey was comfortable on Keane last night. Mark's point came from a turnover in the middle of the field, you had Harnedy carrying the ball down the middle and Keane out on the right. Downey made the simple decision to leave Keane and go to close down Harnedy, Seamie played a pass out to the unmarked Keane and he got a point.
I'd love to proven wrong, I'd love nothing more than the lad to turn in to a great inter County hurler, but from seeing him at inter County level last night, and having seen him play in the Avondhu championship with Ballygiblin I just can't see it happening. At the same time lads it's the second week of January, we've a long road ahead of us so let's just wait and see. There was more positives from the new lads last night than negatives.
Mark would be seen as another potential ball winner in a squad that has few enough of them.
In time I think he may prove to be a better back or even midfielder.
He brings serious aerial ability toughness and aggression.
He has built up a collection of red cards during his career and curbing his temper is just one of the challenges he faces.
However, if you are tough enough to play in the Collingwood senior team at twenty you are tough enough to play senior hurling.

Management obviously feel he is worth looking at for a length of time and Mark now has to learnto hurl and think at a faster pace than before.
That is the next challenge for him.

BTW, I thought James O Flynn did himself no harm at all last night, I thought he played a lot of ball.
I also noticed that Daire O Leary has turned into a seriously big young man.
Colin O Brien is just about as tall as Rob Downey and Tim O Mahony seems much stronger physically this year.
 

red&blue

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I think there is still a predisposition towards the knacky wrists hurler in cork and the balance in the team has suffered from that for a long while. It’s clear balance is critical but so is coaching and Limerick prove that with the massive improvements over the last few years amongst the likes of hegarty for example.
Cork now have a number of potentially very good physical ball winning forwards and they need game time and perseverance like the management showed with Jack o Connor in fairness. Keane is a huge gamble imo and I just wonder will he be a viable option in reality come May?
said with a bit more subtlety than I could muster 😀

I hope we try utilise our ball winners a bit more than we have in the past, we have practically wasted Hoggy for the last few years by not building a foward line capable of supplying him with regular ball, I hope we come to our senses before it is too late for him

On mark keane, I wouldn’t be placing any pressure on him this year, if he can get up to speed this year great, if not let’s develop him and wait until he is ready. And if it doesn’t work out so what, at least he (and the selectors) had the balls to try it
 
Conor Cahalane, Seamus Harnedy, Robbie O Flynn, Shane Kingston, Patrick Horgan, Jack O Connor

That is the foward line our management picked in the all ireland final to take on one of the most physically imposing defences to ever play hurling so don’t be telling me I’m wide of the mark

Is Conor Cahalane a Seanie McGrath type is he?

Maybe, just maybe, the selectors looked at Twomey for the role and decided Cahalane was better.

-Seamie is a better ball winner and hurler than Twomey.
-O Flynn was flying it and is a big man
-Kingston won the semi final.
-O Connor was our biggest goal threat all year.
-Hoggy is hoggy.

The Coleman centre back experiment and the short passing at the back does my head in too R&B so you using Twomey is a strange hill to die.

Dalton is also a better bet than him.
 

don

 
I would hope Keane is being viewed by management as a two or three year project as he cannot be seriously considered a contender for a place this season. He does have a lot of experience, is only 22 but the Cork football setup must be seriously pissed off with this.
 
There was some unexpectedly rough hurling last night to be fair, some of the lads really up for it on both sides. Niall O'Leary I felt did a fantastic job in the full back line.

Great to see such a big crowd too, arrived 25 mins before start and barely a spot to be seen around the barriers.
 

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