Mark Ellis points out that the entire Cork hurling squad is flying this year.
The Leesiders have enjoyed a superb summer to date, defeating Tipperary, Waterford and Clare to claim the Munster SHC. On Sunday, they renew acquaintances with Na Deise for a place in the All-Ireland final against Galway.
Centre back Ellis says competition for places in the team is as intense as he's ever seen it:
"Everything we do in training, our A v B games, are hugely competitive, way more competitive than before," the Millstreet clubman notes in The Irish Independent. "If you were a stranger coming to training look out at the pitch on any given night you could pick one or two of the best fellas and they mightn't even be on the match-day panel.
"Fellas are going really well that haven't been seen yet. The subs aren't being forced. We're bringing on subs because they're making a huge difference. Fellas are coming on because they can bring something different and everyone knows that."