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John Bennett (hurler)

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John Bennett 1934 – 10 August 2016 was an Irish hurler whose league and championship career with the Cork senior team spanned eight years from 1960 to 1968 He is regarded as one of Cork's greatest ever players

Born in Douglas on the south side of Cork city, Bennett was introduced to hurling in his youth The lack of an underage structure with the Douglas club prompted his move to Blackrock where he quickly joined the senior team Bennett went on to enjoy a successful career with the club and won two county senior championship medals As Gaelic footballer with St Michael's, he finished his club career with Douglas

Bennett made his debut on the inter-county scene when he was added to the Cork senior panel for the 1960 championship Over the next few years he found it difficult to establish himself on the team, however, by 1966 he was a regular in the forward line Bennett won a set of All-Ireland and Munster medals that year He played his last game for Cork in July 1968

In 1965 Bennett lined out with the Munster inter-provincial team, however, he never won a Railway Cup medal

In retirement from playing Bennett became involved in team management and administrative affairs He was a selector with the Blackrock senior team before serving as club chairman for six years As a selector with the Cork senior team Bennett helped guide the team to Munster and National Hurling League successes in 1972

Bennett died on 10 August 2016

Contents

  • 1 Playing career
    • 11 Club
    • 12 Inter-county
  • 2 Honours
    • 21 Player
  • 3 References

Playing career

Club

Although eligible to play with the Douglas club, Bennett transferred to Blackrock who were in the midst of a 25-year era without success In 1954 he was at right wing-forward as Blackrock qualified for their first county final in six years The Rockies fielded a young team, however, Glen Rovers had eight inter-county players on their team and held a 2-4 to 0-2 half-time lead Bennett's side fought back after the interval with goals from Eddie John O'Sullivan, Tom Furlong and Seán Horgan, leaving the result in doubt up to the end At the full-time whistle Blackrock were defeated by 3-7 to 3-2

Two years later in 1956 Blackrock qualified for a second county final in three years, with Glen Rovers providing the opposition once again The Glen were now regarded as a team in transition and were defeated by a Mick Cashman-captained Rockies on a scoreline of 2-10 to 2-2 It was Bennett's first championship medal and a first for Blackrock since 1931

After a six-point defeat by Glen Rovers in 1959, Blackrock were back in yet another county final in 1961 North Cork divisional side Avondhu were the opponents on that occasion and a fats-paced and high-scoring game developed over the hour At the full-time whistle Blackrock were the champions by 4-10 to 3-7, with Bennett collecting a second championship medal

Inter-county

Bennett first played for Cork as a member of the senior hurling team He made his senior championship debut on 31 July 1960 when he came on as a substitute in Cork's 4-13 to 4-11 Munster final defeat by Tipperary

After a decade in the wilderness Cork bounced back in 1966 A 4-9 to 2-9 defeat of Waterford in the provincial decider gave him his first Munster medal The subsequent All-Ireland final on 4 September 1966 pitted Kilkenny against Cork for the first time in nineteen years Kilkenny were the favourites, however, a hat-trick of goals from Colm Sheehan gave Cork a merited 3-9 to 1-10 victory over an Eddie Keher-inspired Kilkenny Not only was it a first championship for Cork in twelve years, but it was Bennett's first All-Ireland medal

Bennett retired from inter-county hurling following Cork's exit from the championship in 1968

Honours

Player

Blackrock
  • Cork Senior Club Hurling Championship 2: 1956, 1961
Cork
  • All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship 1: 1966
  • Munster Senior Hurling Championship 1: 1966

References

  1. ^ O'Sullivan, Jim 11 August 2016 "Cork mourns hero John Bennett" Irish Examiner Retrieved 11 August 2016 
  2. ^ Horgan, John 11 August 2016 "John Bennett: a giant of Cork hurling" Evening Echo Archived from the original on 14 August 2016 Retrieved 11 August 2016 
  3. ^ "Death of Cork hurling legend John Bennett" Hogan Stand 11 August 2016 Retrieved 11 August 2016 
  4. ^ Crowe, Dermot 5 January 2014 "Kings for a day find it hard to repeat trick" Irish Independent Retrieved 8 April 2015 

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