The 2017 Premiership gets underway this Saturday, with the reigning Premiers hosting, and they will be a tough team to beat again this season. Strength in depth, a blend of Youth and Experience and the imposition of great structures delivered the Flag to Cork last year, and the team have subsequently gone on to represent Ireland in the Champions League in Amsterdam.

Last year the Lions joined the South Dublin Swans on five Premierships, and the chance to go out on top on their own on the roll of honour will be a huge motivation, if they can do it, it’ll be the second time the club has gone back to back too.

The Lions open their title defence this weekend with games against Galway and Belfast(Repeating last years Grand Final), so they do have a difficult start, but they will be buoyed by the recent selection victory of their partner club the UCC Bombers in the Fitzpatrick Cup, a development which will surely see a fresh influx of new players to join the experience of Cian Quigley, Eoin O Suileabhain and Vincent Manning and the fast maturing Paul Murphy, Muiris Bartley and Padraic O’ Connell