Youghal GAA Notes

13 December, 2021

Youghal GAA Notes.

Cooper Calls Time on Cork Career.

Youghal GAA wish to take this opportunity to wish Bill Cooper the very best on his retirement from intercounty hurling and congratulate him on an outstanding Cork career over the past decade.

Bill first put on the red jersey for the Cork intermediates in 2010 where he won a Munster title against Waterford in the Fraher Field.  From there, Bill's determination and hard work earned him a call up to the Cork Seniors in 2011 where, through ups and downs, injuries and management changes, he established himself as a mainstay in the starting 15 under the legendary Jimmy Barry Murphy in 2014. That same year, he was instrumental in securing Cork's first Munster title since 2006.

While we may be a bit biased in Youghal, it's fair to say that Bill's commitment and dedication ensured that he was the first name on the teamsheet for any Cork manager who had the pleasure of picking him. Two more Munster Championship medals in 2017 & 2018 ensured Bill's legacy as a true Cork great and while an All Ireland medal eluded him and his teammates, it wasn't for the lack of trying on Cooper's part.

Bill's role was never to take the limelight, his man of the match performances sometimes went under the radar and it allowed his teammates around him to take such accolades.
Such was Bill's influence on the Cork team, he was given the honour of vice-captain in 2018 & 19 along with Imokilly teammate, friend and captain, Seamie Harnedy.
Everyone in Youghal GAA, young and old, were always so proud to see Bill lining out in Thurles, Pairc Ui Chaoimh and Croke Park.

He will continue wear the Youghal jersey and there is no doubt that he will be a role model to the younger players in our club and someone that our underage members will hope to emulate in the years to come.

Up The Youghal Boys Every Time