This has been a decade where the Cork hurlers failed to capture the Liam MacCarthy Cup. An unwelcome first for those who love the game on Leeside, with the famous trophy not making a visit in the aforementioned timespan.

It's 2009 since a Cork club (Newtownshandrum) won the Munster senior championship. We're not saying that there is a crisis down south, but it's just that teams from the county aren't winning often enough.

Yes, the county senior side claimed three provincial titles this decade, but a subsequent heavy defeat and two instances where they failed to seal the deal when in winning positions, put pay to their chances of reaching an All-Ireland decider.  

And when they did reach the big day in 2013, a lack of cuteness in those dying seconds against Clare cost them dearly in the drawn game.

Tom Kenny (l) was part of the Cork management set-up during this year's championship

In 2018, the U21s looked odds on for All-Ireland glory after thumping Tipperary in the Munster final. When the sides met again, it was Tipp who showed the greater hunger and deservedly took home the main prize.

Cork have an abundance of hurling talent coming through at underage level. Silverware is expected, but Rebel fans, like most counties are impatient and want success now.

This evening, the remaining two quarter-finals in the senior championship take place, with Newtownshandrum taking on Glen Rovers, while holders Imokilly face Sarsfields, Both games are fixed for Páirc Ui Rinn and are live on RTÉ2 television.  

Two-time Cork All-Ireland winner, Tom Kenny, not surprisingly would like to see Cork clubs again make waves at provincial and All-Ireland level.

"We've been struggling to gain a foothold at club level for far too long now," he told RTÉ Sport.

"If a club team are doing well, then that pushes onto the county team.

"Yet I would have to say that the Cork championship as a whole now lacks a bit of excitement. We don't have those absorbing, hell-for-leather games we had in years game by. A lot of the matches are one sided.

"When it comes to the Munster campaign, the Cork representative in latter times have more often than not fallen at the first hurdle.

"Next year will see a change in the structure of the Cork championship, with a Senior A and B division and that may result in more competitive games."

Seamus Harnedy (l) in action for Imokilly during last year's county final against Midleton

Divisional side Imokilly are going for a hat-trick of county titles. Their status currently precludes them from entering Munster, and next year's changes may make it harder for them to reign supreme on Leeside.

That said, Kenny is impressed with Imokilly's application in recent seasons.

"If it's hard work you want, then Imokilly are an example of that. More so than other divisional teams, they have that drive to succeed. The last day out they hit 34 points against Midleton.

"Okay, they will be disappointed with the concession of four goals, but in Declan Dalton and Seamus Harnedy you have players who can steady the ship with scores at vital times."

Kenny believes Imokilly are well placed to win a fifth county title  .

"Imokilly's strength in depth I think will carry them through. Sarsfields are second favourites, so we should have a good quarter-final today. Eoin O'Sullivan's accuracy from placed ball will be key for the Sars.

 Patrick Horgan in the colours of Glen Rovers 

"Glen Rovers would be next in the pecking order but they won't get anything easy against Newtownshandrum, who no doubt will be out to curb Patrick Horgan. Jamie Coughlan has been in brilliant form up front for Newtown' all season.

"With both games live on telly, I hope we'll have a showcase of what's good about Cork hurling. That's just part of the story, though."   

Watch Newtownshandrum v Glen Rovers and Imokilly v Sarsfields in the Cork SHC quarter-finals on Saturday GAA Live from 4.45pm on RTÉ 2 television and the RTÉ Player.