The hurling league got under way this past weekend and with most teams now realising the importance of a good league campaign in terms of championship form we should be in for some top class action.
There’s no doubting the result of round 1, Dublin getting a draw with reigning champions Kilkenny in Parnell Park, Dublin 2-13 to Kilkenny’s 0-19. No one predicted it but it was great to see a surprise. The question is though - Is it a sign of Dublin revival backed by their recent underage success or just one of those surprise results you get from time to time taking into account the fact Kilkenny probably weren’t firing on all cylinders. Either way it gives Dublin hurling a boost and offers them a great chance to maintain their division one status.
Elsewhere in division 1B Galway got the Ger Loughnane era off to a good start with a thrashing of Antrim, hopefully Loughane can drill some steel & consistency into them and they’ll maintain that form. And Limerick surprised Tipperary in Nenagh where once again Tipp were almost totally reliant on Eoin Kelly. Babs requirements for the league must surely to be to unearth one or two other forwards to help poor old Eoin out occasionally and in that regard it was interesting to see Paul Kelly playing at corner forward.
In Division 1A Clare has their expected easy win over Down and Cork and Waterford put up good scores in easy wins over Offaly and Wexford respectively.
Might aswell make a prediction here, I reckon Clare and Waterford will top 1A and Galway and Kilkenny in 1B.
2008 Hurling League Fixtures
Ulster Championship starts this Sunday