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Cork & Blackrock Legend..One Of The Greatest Man Markers In The History Of Hurling
A former Cork and Blackrock senior hurler reared and schooled in the suburban satellite parish of Mahon, Blackrock, Cork City, Wayne is reputed by shrewd hurling analysts to be one of the greatest ever man markers in corner back play.
Wayne Sherlock attended Holy Cross National School and Nagle Community College, and it was at the latter establishment that Wayne’s interest in hurling developed. On his own doorstep existed Ballinure G.A.A. junior club and Wayne wore the renowned green shirt of the local club on his introduction to underage hurling.
He won an U12 City Division Championship medal with Ballinure and such was his prominence at under age grades, Wayne came under the radar of local rivals and famous hurling club, Blackrock, popularly known as ‘The Rockies’. When a transfer was arranged from Ballinure, Wayne notified Ballinure personally of his intentions to leave the club. His honesty and integrity would later be greatly expanded on the field of play and he was rewarded with captaincy of Blackrock’s senior hurling team in 2001/02/03.
Wayne played under 16 and minor with Cork and his rise to fame came through back to back All Ireland U21 triumphs in 1997/98. With Jimmy Barry Murphy at the helm in 1999 for Cork senior hurlers and managing a Cork team revealing great potential in 1998, by winning the National Hurling League, Wayne Sherlock was a player under close scrutiny by JBM for the 1999 season.
The year 1999 would prove to be a bench mark year for Wayne as he won All Ireland, Munster and Cork senior hurling titles. In 2001 and 2002 Wayne captained Blackrock to successive county titles and lost out to Kilkenny in the 2003 All Ireland final. In 2004, aged 26, Wayne was at the zenith of his hurling career and creating national headlines for his excellence. The year exploded with great rejoicing for Cork fans when Wayne won his second All Ireland title.
A major injury hampered his preparations for the 2005 season and resulted in Wayne sitting on the bench as a sub, as Cork retained their All Ireland title. At 29 Wayne called time in 2007 on a glittering and very successful inter county hurling career. Expert judges considered Wayne Sherlock, an All Star in 2004, as one of the greatest corner backs of the modern hurling era.
A brief trawl of his medals C.V. will confirm Wayne Sherlock as a giant of Cork hurling.
Wayne’s Roll Of Honour
Born: 21st June 1978
Parents: Joe & Mary Sherlock, 1 brother (John)
Ballinure Roll of Honour:
Under 12 City Division Hurling (1st medal won)
Blackrock Roll of Honour:
3 Cork senior hurling medals : 1999, 2001, 2002
1 Cork minor county medal: 1994
1996 senior championship debut with Blackrock
St. Michaels (Football)
Cork intermediate county championship medal: 1998
Cork Roll of Honour:
3 All Ireland senior hurling medals: 1999, 2004, 2005
5 Munster senior hurling medals: 1999, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006
All Star hurling award - Right corner back: 2004
2 All Ireland under 21 medals: 1997, 1998
2 Munster under 21 medals: 1997, 1998
Man of the match V Clare – 1999 Munster senior hurling final
Cork senior hurling debut V Kilkenny February 1999 N.H.L.
Cork senior hurling championship debut V Waterford June 1999
Captain of Cork senior hurlers: 2002
Senior inter county career: 1999-2006
(26 appearances – scored 0-1)
Munster under 16 medal: 1994 - played centre back
Chosen on Cork minor hurling team: 1996 (beaten by Tipp)
1989 Holy Cross N.S
1989 Sciath na Scoil B Championship ( beat Carrigaline by
one point after extra time, first time playing in Pairce Uí Chaoimh
Nagle Community College
Under 18 Colleges ‘B’ Hurling championship 1995/96
Soccer: Under 14 & Under 16 school cups.
Wayne's SportsLife Tribute Show
On Saturday 21st March 2015 Mahon Community Association, Cork, Ireland, hosted a special reception for Wayne Sherlock, a former pupil of Holy Cross National School and Nagle Community College, Mahon. Wayne resided in the parish of Mahon all through his schooling life and became the first ever Cork senior hurler to emerge from the local schools.
Derry JF Doody