Yes. Hurling is currently very competitive in Munster and more so than usual in Leinster. Given the small number of elite counties, there was always a need for more fixtures. It changes the nature of championship from big collisions to a more even tempo but the best teams will emerge. Kilkenny got the most out of themselves in the league but are still a work in progress. One thing that was obvious during the league was the number of players being tried out by many counties –- a reflection of the expected demands of the round-robin championship format. Galway are unlikely to retain the title without a good campaign from Joe Canning but his role has become more integrated in recent years – one of the reasons that they’re champions – and it would be possible for a team-mate to outshine him individually. Someone like David Burke, who has the quality to deliver a big season. In a congested Munster championship and with Tipperary coming to the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick can continue to rise. When champions plea-bargain away their league campaign, it’s easy to get suspicious but there are valid reasons for Galway to have idled a bit after last year’s double. Proven power, pace and marksmanship are a fair combination.