Selector Ger Cunningham says Cork are determined to make an impact in the Allianz Hurling League.
After a couple of disappointing seasons,
supporters are hoping Jimmy Barry-Murphy's return to the managerial hotseat will
herald a new and exciting era for Cork hurling.
"It would be a big boost
if we can do well in the league because there is nothing like winning matches to
give you a bit of momentum and self-belief," Cunningham told the Corkman ahead
of tomorrow night's league opener against Waterford at Pairc Ui
"Our pre-season preparations couldn't have gone much better, we
played two games in the Waterford Crystal Cup, and a number of challenge games
and I thought they went off fine.
"It gave us a chance to look at a few
new players, although it was a bit of a drawback that we couldn't get a full
panel together because of Fitzgibbon Cup commitments. But we have trained very
hard, and Jimmy has already brought everything together very well.
has been a great reaction to his appointment and, all in all, the attitude of
the players has been very positive since we came in."
The former star
goalkeeper is expecting nothing easy against a Waterford side that is also under
"They have a good record against Cork over the last
number of years, but you'd be hoping that home advantage might swing it for us,
even though Pairc Ui Rinn is a venue that most of our lads wouldn't have played
too many league matches in," he added.
"I expect it to be a close game,
but if we get good support and the crowd gets behind the team, it might make the