It’s one of the most open leagues seasons that I can remember since I stopped playing. There’s always the question mark over how serious the contenders for the Liam McCarthy will take it. We know Kilkenny will probably experiment like they did last year, there’s new managers at four other teams so it’s a tough proving ground for them.
My accumulator for week one is Galway, Tipperary, Limerick and Clare. Throw them into an accumulator and you get odds of just over 3/1
Tipperary vs Dublin – Setanta – 7pm Saturday
This is a reverse of last year’s opening fixture in Parnell Park when the Dubs absolutely obliterated Tipperary. Tipp are minus Seamus Callinan for the first two games and he’ll be a big loss as their main threat in front of goal.
Dublin were very impressive in the Walsh Cup, they were playing the style of hurling that Cork used to back in their glory days. Tipp have no match preparation as they didn’t take part in the Munster League pre-season but have been training very hard since September. i think they’ll have too much for Dublin. Look at Patrick ‘Bonner’ Maher to score the first goal.
Mystic Mullane says : Tipperary -2 at
Galway vs Cork – Sunday 2pm
There is an awful lot of pressure on Galway after what happened with their managerial situation over the winter. They’ll be very keen to hit the ground running in order to impress, and their record against Cork is quite good over the last few years. This is the game which will be closest to a draw for me, but I’m expecting Galway to just have enough and hand Kieran Kingston a loss in his league managerial debut.
Mystic Mullane says: Galway win at
Kilkenny vs Waterford – TG4 – Sunday 2pm
The talk coming out of Waterford is that they are going to put out a very strong team for this opener in Walsh Park. They’re missing the All-Star Tadgh De Burca but apart from that it’ll be full strength. Kilkenny are weakened without Ger Awylward and Eoin Larkin and it’ll be interesting to see what kind of team they put out. They struggled in the league last year, and are only back training for a couple of weeks. I’m tipping a Deise win.
Mystic Mullane says:Waterford win at
Clare vs Offaly – Sunday 2pm
This is a chance for Clare’s players to make a statement to Davy Fitz and Donal Óg and get into that starting 15 for Championship. It’s a hugely talented panel down in Ennis. Offaly are racked with injuries so take on the 9 point handicap for the Banner.
Mystic Mullane says :Clare -9 at
Limerick vs Wexford – Setanta 2 – 7pm Saturday
From listening to some of the Limerick staff they’ve been back training since November as well, and they will be raring to go for this one. Wexford are never an easy game though, and there’s always a chance they could pull out a result. But I think the fact they’re away will not help them. Back the Shannonsiders
Mystic Mullane says: Limerick to win at
Laois vs Kerry – Sunday 2pm
This is a new ground for Kerry, it’s a massive jump up from 2A to 1B, unlike the football. I don’t think they’ll have enough quality in them to reach within six points of Laois so again, look at the handicap
Mystic Mullane says : Laois -6 at