Cork Hurlers - Part 2

You might end up being right but I'm not sure on what basis you'd write Clare off, The evidence we have would suggest they are a better team then both Cork & Tipp and not that far behind Limerick based on the last 2/3 years of championship hurling
Ah my comment was a little tongue in check. And certainly not writing Clare off. And I wouldn't even be writing Waterford off - that Davy lad is capable of anything.

But I do think the 3 I called are best placed to go through.

Limerick if they get it right will win the AI but getting out of Munster will be their biggest challenge. Come out of Munster and they WILL be AI champs again.
Tipp are building very nicely imo. They now have strength in depth in their panel and will be a match for Limerick in the physical stakes.
And I think Cork will be formidable when they get relatively injury free.

But I also think Clare have maxed out for the moment under Lohan and I expect them to slip a little this year. This combined with what I reckon will be significant improvement from Cork means we go through at their expense.

I have no doubt that Munster is going to the most competitive it's ever been - we are in for 7 weeks of absolute blockbuster games.

All of this of course is just my opinion and I could be wildly off the mark. But here's the thing - if I was down to my last euro and had to back three to go through I would put that euro on Cork, Tipp and Limerick.

Q.E.D.!
 
Limerick a formidable team but they’re trying to achieve 5 in a row with pretty much an unchanged team over five years. Dublin did it in football but there was significant change in personnel over the winning period.
They’re favourites for certain but at current odds (8/11) I’d be laying against them rather than putting money on
 
Limerick a formidable team but they’re trying to achieve 5 in a row with pretty much an unchanged team over five years. Dublin did it in football but there was significant change in personnel over the winning period.
They’re favourites for certain but at current odds (8/11) I’d be laying against them rather than putting money on
unchanged team yes, but they are all at the peak of their powers.

Cork need to change from pretenders into contenders. We were a puck of a ball away in all the games we lost last year, so we are not far off but I think game management and the right substitutions are key for us.
 
unchanged team yes, but they are all at the peak of their powers.

Cork need to change from pretenders into contenders. We were a puck of a ball away in all the games we lost last year, so we are not far off but I think game management and the right substitutions are key for us.
Every team in our Munster championship deserve huge respect, anything other that would be the height of foolishness.
Waterford, Clare and Tipperary on their day can beat any team including Cork or Limerick or conversely could equally be beaten by any of the others.

Limerick chasing a fifth title in a row with what is basically the same starting fifteen over that period is an enormous challenge, it would be for any team.
My own belief is that Limerick were at their peak in 2021 when they cantered to the title , 2022 was a bigger challenge for them and in 2023 they nearly exited the competition in Munster.

2024 starts all over again for everybody and at this stage it is way too early to tell which teams are likely to get out of Munster. Impressive league results in early February count for very little at the end of April and into May.

Obviously Limerick are favourites , they have been adopting a different strategy this year whereby they are playing far more young players in the league and saving the big guns for later , that may work for them, or not.

At the moment Clare and Tipp are the form teams and nobody( ourselves included) know what Cork will produce this year and Waterford have lost several players but will lie down against anyone.

I think Limerick have come back a bit, how could they not , but have other counties improved sufficiently to turn them over is the key question.
 
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