COLM Cooper will start for Dr Crokes against Rathmore in Saturday's County Senior Club final, after shaking off an ankle injury he picked up in the semifinal win over Laune Rangers.
Dr Crokes comanager Vince Casey confirmed on Tuesday that the management are "very hopeful that Colm well be okay", and the expectation is that the Kerry star will be passed fit to start against their East Kerry rivals for the final in Fitzgerald Stadium (6.45).
The final is a repeat of last year's Senior Club Championship semi-final, which Rathmore won before going on to win the title, and it is also a repeat of last January's East Kerry SFC (O'donoghue Cup) final, which Dr Crokes won quite comprehensively.
Saturday's final could carry more significance for the winner than just winning a county title, something Crokes co-manager and club chairman, Vince Casey, is well aware of. The senior club champions will represent Kerry at the end of the year in the Munster Club Championship in the event that a divisional team wins the county senior football championship.
"This is a competition that we have done poorly in over the last three years, so it was a trophy we targetted to win at the start of the year," Cooper said. "Playing Rathmore in the final definitely makes it more difficult for us because they have proven to be a very difficult side for us in recent years. They beat in the semi-final of this competition last year so we will be going all out to reverse that," Casey added.
Luke Quinn is the only long-term absentee for Crokes ahead of the final, while Rathmore are expected to pick from a fully fit squad, following their 1-12 to 0-13 point win over St Michaels/foilmore last Saturday. Elsewhere, one of the county intermediate championship semi-finals goes ahead with the meeting of Dromid Pearses and Spa in Killorglin on Saturday evening. The two Junior Championship semi-finals sees St Pats play Na Gaeil while Glenbeigh/glencar take on Kenmare. The Novice Championship semi-finals pits Scartaglin against Templenoe, with Lispole and Valentia meeting in the second game.