Malachy Clerkin

The Irish Times - Sports Weekend - - CHAMPIONSHIP 2018 HURLING -

Def­i­nitely. Which doesn’t mean there won’t be apoc­a­lyp­tic lev­els of moan­ing about it, of course. The best teams wil l play each other and the best of them will progress. What’s not to like? I don’t think they’re on top but they’re in a bet­ter place than they were in early Fe­bru­ary. The only thing we can take from the league is that it’s hard to hurl in the snow. I would say Conor Whe­lan but the last seven win­ners of the award have broadly played down the mid­dle of the pitch. So I’ll take a swing at Brendan Ma­her at 80/1. The group for­mat cuts down on the chances of a sur­prise team go­ing on a run from nowhere but maybe Wex­ford can squeeze into an­other Le­in­ster fi­nal and pos­si­bly even win it. Every­one comes with mul­ti­ple ques­tions at­tached. I sus­pect more of the an­swers lie within Tip­per­ary’s panel than else­where so I’ll take them to make amends for 2017.

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