WHAT Castlehaven have achieved over the past 20 years or so is truly remarkable.
Crowned county champions for the first time in 1989 with a team backboned by Cork senior stars Larry Tompkins, Niall Cahalane and John Cleary, they now have four titles to their credit, as well as three Munster club crowns.
And, aside from mighty Nemo Rangers, they have been the most feared, respected and consistent club team in Cork in modern times.
But it's only when you consider their limited resources that it becomes possible to put their track record into perspective.
Castlehaven is a small rural parish, and it simply defies logic that they been able to make a sustained impact at the top level since they initially tested the water in senior ranks in 1979.
The spirit of the Haven is legendary at this stage, and it was very much in evidence in the county final a few weeks ago when, despite losing a player with a quarter of an hour to go, they came from behind to lift the title at the expense of Duhallow, a divisional side boasting two current Cork seniors in Aidan Walsh and Donncha O'Connor.
Coming just 12 months after they had filled the runners-up slot behind UCC, the victory spoke volumes for Castlehaven's resilience, and it was built on the back of county u21 triumphs in 2007 and 2010.
It's basically a youthful Castlehaven side, containing less than a handful of survivors from the team that previously reached the summit in Cork in 2003, including former ace forward Paudie Hurley, who is now the goalkeeper.
Talismanic centre forward Mark Collins was their only player involved with the Cork senior squad this year, although it's expected that u-21 stars Damien Cahalane and Brian Hurley will be getting a call-up from Conor Counihan in the very near future.
Cahalane has been a colossus in the half back line all season, not least in the county final when he did a competent policing-job on Donncha O'Connor.
While the Haven possess quality forwards in Collins, Hurley and Seanie Cahalane, who, along with Collins and defender David Limrick, is one of three All-Ireland u21 medal winners in the team, they normally play with an extra man at the back, and they aren't exactly noted for putting a big score on the board.
They won the county final by 1-7 to 0-9, and their tally was two points less when they came through by the bare minimum against Waterford's Stradbally in the Munster semi final played in horrendous conditions a fortnight ago.
Their work-rate and support play has been the key to their progress this year, not to mention a never-say-die attitude that again enabled them to haul themselves back from the brink against Stradbally.
This might not be the most accomplished team ever to represent Castlehaven, and Dr Crokes – in view of their greater experience, and with marquee names like Colm Cooper and Eoin Brosnan in their ranks – must be warmly fancied to complete the two-in-a-row in their third consecutive appearance in the Munster final.
But the ferocious resolve and desire for glory that has been the hall-mark of all Castlehaven teams over the past two decades is again a feature in the make-up of the club's current standard-bearers, who can be relied upon to make it one hell of a battle on Sunday.