New look Rockchapel face Kildorrery in county league debut
Rockchapel Intermediate side make their debut at county level on an away meeting against Kildorrery in the County Football League Division 4 on Sunday.
It's a new start for the reigning county Junior A championship and league winners where the memorable highlight from a long and arduous campaign during 2012 surfaced on a win over Kilmurry in the championship decider after a replay.
A new dawn begins for Rockchapel with changes on and off the field. Management wise, Rathmore's Seamus Cooper assumes the position of team coach in succession to retired Tom Doody. Existing selector Kevin Carroll remains but Den O'Mahony has called time too after sampling two County Junior triumphs.
Inspirational captain from 2012 Kevin Collins has emigrated to Canada for a number of months at least while a number of injuries may hamper Rockchapel's team plans. Opponents Kildorrery had concentrated on hurling for a number of months yet they are a formidable football outfit as well and are sure to provide Rockchapel with a competitive tussle.
Also in Division 4, Kanturk encounter Mayfield in Mallow on Sunday (2.30pm). After a good win over Grenagh in the opening round to the Tom Creedon Cup, a weakened Kanturk side came a cropper to Na Piarsaigh.
From Division 2 fare, Kiskeam welcome senior side Dohenys on Saturday. The season began promisingly for Kiskeam on a win over Carrigaline in the Tom Creedon Cup before a brave rally came up short to Macroom in the quarter final. Kiskeam operated in Division 1 last season where the superior playing numbers of senior clubs told. Dohenys head into Duhallow, fresh from tasting outright success after overcoming both Clonakilty and Ballincollig in the Tadhg Crowley Plate.
Meanwhile Newmarket are away to Beal Athan Ghaorthaigh on Sunday 3.30pm, the Duhallow side moving up a division after finishing runners up to Eire Og in Division 3 last season. Their confidence is sure to be boosted after a thrilling 1-8 to 1-7 win after extra time over Douglas to progress to the semi finals of the Tadhg Crowley Plate.
Meanwhile in Division 3, Ballydesmond's debut for the season take the long haul to Adrigole on Sunday for a 2.30pm throw in.
Also on Sunday, Knocknagree houses the attractive clash of De La Salle Macroom and Pobal Scoil Chorca Dhuibhne in the Munster Colleges SFC semi-final to determine who plays St. Brendans in the decider.