Thursday 17 August 2017

Results show change is an illusion in the hurling world

Joey Holden will turn out for Kilkenny in the Leinster final
Joey Holden will turn out for Kilkenny in the Leinster final

Donny Mahoney

The summer solstice has come and gone. By the time the sun had set on the year's longest day, the hurling public gained much-needed clarity on how the championship might play out. It's clear the more things change, the more things stay the same.

I was someone who naively thought hurling might be entering an age of parity. Kilkenny were ageing; JJ was gone. Tipp would inevitably be jaded after bottling last year's All-Ireland. The slow gains of Laois and Wexford were ready to make Leinster the most competitive provincial championship.

Wrong on all counts. Essentially, we have two megapowers (Tipp and Kilkenny), two wannabe contenders (Galway, Waterford) and Clare, who could either implode majestically or catch fire.

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