Monday 21 August 2017

Aisake sees room for improvement

Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

CORK'S Aisake O hAilpin feels his game has improved since his return from the AFL, but that he still has plenty to work on as the Leesiders prepare to take on Galway in Sunday's NHL Division 1 final.

The Na Piarsaigh man only returned from a four-year stint with Australian Rules side Carlton last summer and is making a claim for a regular starting spot in the Rebels' ultra-competitive forward line.

"I'm still working on it (my touch); it can always get better, slowly but surely. Hopefully, it comes good for the championship especially," O hAilpin said.

"I can always improve, especially with my older brother Sean Og there. He always keeps me on track, always looks after me on the field, with mistakes as well; we go through my game after I play.

"It's just important I don't look at the negatives, there are positives as well. It'd be nice if I could get on the scoreboard a small bit more. As a forward, scoring settles you into the game that bit quicker."

Cork boss Denis Walsh is spoiled for choice when it comes to target men in attack with the totemic Michael Cussen also at his disposal. There is a possibility that the Rebels will start both players on Sunday, in hurling's version of the Twin Towers.

"Hopefully, it does work and the two of us can offer something different to the team," O hAilpin said.

"The other forwards are all pretty good. They mightn't be as tall as us, but they do work off us a lot and they are good finishers. We will see in the next couple of weeks how things pan out. It is up to the management if they want to play the two of us or not."

Irish Independent

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