Today Cork U21 captain, Damien Cahalane and Galway U21 captain, Fiontán Ó Curraoin met at Croke Park ahead of the final of the Cadbury GAA Football U21 All-Ireland Championship. The two teams will meet this Saturday (4th May) in the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick at 7pm to battle it out to be named Cadbury GAA Football U21 All-Ireland Champions 2013.
It has been an exciting Championship to date with both teams facing tough challenges in the provincial stages and the semi-finals. Cork overcame Tipperary in their provincial final and then held on in the semi-final to beat Cavan by a single point in and exciting contest. Meanwhile Galway’s provincial final with Roscommon has been one of the highlights of the Championship as they came back to win in extra time after they were trailing by three points with five minutes remaining. Their almighty effort set them up for a semi-final with Kildare which they won by five points.
Both teams have had some great individual efforts and the Cadbury Hero of the Future judges Kildare Senior Footballer Dermot Earley, former Dublin Manager Paul Caffrey and TG4 journalist Micheal Ó Domhnaill have been keeping a close eye throughout the Championship. The Cadbury Hero of the Future initiative began in 2006 to recognise and highlight the skill and commitment of U21 footballers and Cadbury is once again looking for a winner. The winner is selected by the panel of judges in May.
The Cadbury Hero of the Future award winner will receive a specially commissioned bronze award and €1,000. In addition to these the winner’s club will also each receive a grant of €1,000. The winner will be announced after the Championship and further details can be found on the Cadbury GAA Football U21 All-Ireland Championship Facebook page.
Speaking at the event, Shane Guest, Cadbury Ireland Senior Brand Manager commented; "We have had a great Championship so far this year and both the Galway and Cork team have worked hard to get to this stage. The Cadbury GAA Football U21 Championship continues to get better each year and it has become an integral part of the GAA calendar. It is fantastic to see the county fans get behind their teams and they have been rewarded with some fantastic displays of talent and skill. Cadbury Ireland is delighted to sponsor the Championship for a 9th year and we look forward to finding out the nominations for the Cadbury Hero of the Future awards later this month.”
Also speaking at Croke Park, Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael, Liam Ó Néill, said; “The Cadbury GAA U21 Championship has been a fantastic competition to date and the meeting of Cork and Galway in the final should see the championship continue in that vein. As ever some impressive emerging talents has come to the fore, some of which we will see over the remainder of the summer but the games have underlined how players make the most of this exciting grade to develop their skills and in some cases bridge the gap between the minor and senior ranks. I’d like to acknowledge the role played by Cadbury in not only acknowledging the promising stars of the future but for their role in promoting U21 football as a whole at county level.”
For more information about Cadbury GAA Football U21Championship, find Cadbury GAA on Facebook www.facebook.com/U21GAAFootball.