Cork v Waterford at Riverstown

10 February, 2010

Sarsfields welcome Cork and Waterford as they re-open their Riverstown grounds

Declan Barron reports

Sarsfields will re-open their magnificent club grounds at Riverstown on this Saturday night when Waterford Crystal winners Waterford take on Cork in a senior hurling challenge as both teams continue their build up to the national league opener on the following weekend. Cork had a workout against Clare on last Saturday night cancelled by fog at the turning on of the lights in Fermoy, while Waterford were winning the Waterford Crystal trophy with victory over UCC at the Fraher Field on Sunday.

Sarsfields have certainly built on their success in the 2008 county hurling final, by undertaking the re-development of their main playing pitch and installing a new flood lighting system. The development spearheaded by club chairman Tadgh Murphy and the fundraising effort in the hands of John O’Driscoll has seen the Sarsfields club not alone complete the job in record time, but also to have it fully paid for. The project aided by grants from Munster Council received tremendous local support, and the fruits of all their fundraising endeavours can be seen as the club opens its doors for business again as the new playing season gets underway.

With home grown Kieran Murphy taking the Cork captaincy, it is expected that a number of other Sars players will be included by Cork manager Denis Walsh in the Cork line up with Ray Ryan, Conor O’Sullivan, Cian McCarthy, Tadgh Og Murphy and Michael Cussen all likely to see action at some stage. Waterford too will likely travel with a strong side so a good game is in prospect with the likes of Tomas Ryan from Tallow and Maurice Shanahan from Lismore likely to be included in Davy Fitzgerald’s side.

Munster Council Chairman, Jimmy O’Gorman from Lismore, who steps down in two weeks time after completing a three year term will perform the official opening before the match. A good crowd is expected from the East Cork and West Waterford area despite the added attraction of Cork v Kerry in the national football league at Pairc Ui Rinn.