For most, representing your county at minor level is the pinnacle of a sporting career. For others, it is a stepping stone to bigger and better things.
Brian Turnbull played a major role in the Cork U20 side this season and is expected to make the breakthrough at senior level in the coming years.
However, the Douglas man’s first breakthrough came at minor level when he was selected to represent the Rebels in their Electric Ireland Minor Hurling campaign.
Turnbull would go on to have a season to remember for Cork despite the heartache of losing in an All-Ireland final to Galway.
His experience helped create memories to last a lifetime but not just for him but for his family also. During a recent sit down with Brian Turnbull and his mother, Margaret, she regaled a story of visiting Croke Park for the first time only to see her son win the Man of the Match award.
“I’d never been in Croke Park before, it was fantastic.
“I remember it so clearly that he was Man of the Match that game as well against Dublin.
“I saw him just coming up on the screen and the girl next to me, I didn’t even realise, the girl next to me said: ‘Oh, that boy is Man of the Match.’ And I went: ‘Oh my God, that’s Brian.'”