05 May, 2011

Cork missing Twin Towers ahead of GAA Hurling Championship 2011; the impact of their brother's loss is yet to be known:

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Though he left these shores some seven and a half years ago; Cork are still struggling to replace 6'6" full forward Setanta Ó hAilpín.  The then 20 year old was headhunted by Melbourne's Carlton Blues and has since made a name for himself - and a lucrative income - Down Under.
Having faced many obstacles - including racism - the 2003 All-Star and Young Hurler of the Year is now an established Aussie Rules star.  Cork's loss is indeed Carlton's gain.

Aisake Ó hAilpín leading defences amok as ever

Having spent four years at Carlton with his brother;  6'8" Aisake Ó hAilpín came back to Cork in 2008 and immediately had a big impact on the Championship campaign.  Since the enforced inter - county retirement of eldest sibling Seán Óg over the winter; Aisake has returned to Australia to try his hand at Aussie Rules again.  When you've got two forwards winning every high ball they aim for and capable of running 50metres in close to 5seconds flat; well - they're absence will be missed by any team.

Seán Óg in full flight
Now that Cork Senior Hurling manager has told Seán Óg that he will not line out for the Rebel County again, I wonder to what extent the impact of the loss of the Three Titans will have on Cork's upcoming campaigns.  I also wonder if the manager's decision will cost him his job.

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