Embarrassing defeats in 2001 and 2002 saw the Cork hurling team reach rock bottom and call a players’ strike in 2002. Donal Óg Cusack played a huge role as one of the main spokesmen in representing the welfare of his fellow players. Had the strike failed it could have meant the end of his and his teammates’ careers, however, in the end the county board relented and met the demands. Although still amateur sportsmen the Cork senior hurling team were treated as professional athletes.
Photo: Donal Óg Cusack