Ian O’Rior­dan

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

If it doesn’t snow in May and ev­ery game stays as close as they prom­ise to do, then ab­so­lutely. Even bet­ter than the real thing. With six wins from their last six league games, in­clud­ing the fi­nal, they’re un­ques­tion­ably go­ing in the right di­rec­tion, but Septem­ber is still a long way off. If it comes down to in­flu­ence and im­por­tance and con­sis­tency then TJ Reid should be there or

there­abouts.

Not sure if Wex­ford still count as a ‘sur­prise’ pack­age but they will have a longer say again than last year, and Lim­er­ick too are knock, knock knock­ing . . . Gal­way? Tip­per­ary? Kilkenny? Okay Tip­per­ary . . .

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