THIS Saturday sees Dr Crokes honour one of its most famous members and a living legend in Gaelic Football with the inaugural hosting of the Cooper Invitational Blitz. This 13-aside competition is for U-13 Boys and will, this first year, consist of eight teams drawn from counties Kerry, Cork, Clare and Limerick and will be held at Dr Crokes grounds on Lewis Rd.
Dr Crokes Vice-Chairman and Chairman of the club's Juvenile Board Terry Potts said the club were anxious to honor the Kerry captain's achievements while he was still actively playing the game.
"Many sportsmen and women are not fully appreciated until after their careers have finished, therefore the Dr Crokes club want to show their appreciation of Colm's ability and acknowledge his successful career to date while he continues to display his unique talents for both club and county.
"While Colm would not seek the spotlight and would be modest about his achievements, the fact remains that he is one of the most talented and decorated footballers in the history of the game and this year in the qualifiers against Clare, became the highest scorer in the history of the All Ireland Senior Football Championship," the Crokes Vice-Chairman said.
All sports enthusiasts to come along and enjoy this competition on the day where along with all the action on the pitch it is hoped to have a number of entertaining off-field activities. Games commence at 11am.
The club hopes that this blitz will become an annual event and will develop further in the coming years to become a stand out fixture for juvenile football in the country.
"A small but fitting tribute to a Kerry great, who we should all enjoy while we can," in the words of Mr. Potts.
"The exquisite quality of his football, his pride in the sport and the manner, in which he represents the association single him out as almost unique among a glittering array of legendary Gaelic Footballers"