Batt Duggan has trained two-year old Brocco to collect sliotars from around the Ballygiblin pitch. (Picture: Marian Roche)

Brocco the dog is hard at work for the Ballygiblin boys ahead of their club championship final in January.

The two-year old sheepdog is a master collector of sliotars – and owner Batt Duggan is determined that the bags of found balls are returned to the team in time for training.

Ballygiblin will face neighbours Skeheenarinky in the upcoming Munster Club Junior Hurling Championship final.

The Cork boys will face their South Tipperary rivals in Mallow on January 9, in what promises to be a closely-fought battle.

Brocco came down from Galtee Castle, where he still likes to return from time to time for a swim. The dog, who has been with Batt since he was a pup, is trained to find and collect wayward sliotars – and as the pictures will demonstrate, he has some serious skills.

A source close to Ballygiblin says there is a possibility of an ambush for the Skeheen’ boys up by the Fingerpost – so watch out! Brocco is supplying the ammo, and ready for the charge.

The Munster Club Junior Hurling Championship final will take place in Mallow on 9th January, and in the interests of neutrality, The Avondhu would like to wish both teams the very best of luck!