Carlow V Galway: Who would have thought that Carlow would ever play Galway in a Leinster competition? But in 2013 that's what is about to happen as the prize for either Carlow or Antrim was a clash with last year's All-Ireland finalists.
Straight away the youngsters, and even some of the older folk want to know, will Joe be playing? It looks unlikely that the man who forced the All-Ireland final to a replay for the first time since 1959 will feature in the Walsh Cup but were he to make an appearance it wouldn't be his first time in Dr. Cullen Park and it wouldn't be his first time to hurl in Carlow.
When lining out at full forward for L.I.T in the Fitzgibbon Cup under the stewardship of Davy Fitsgerald when I.T Carlow hosted the competition the big attacker gave a wonderful display of hurling and then earlier this year his other half was playing camogie for Truagh Clonlara as they took on Myshall in Dr. Cullen Park as Joe watched on from the stand.
Now that's enough about him. Carlow have a panel full talented hurlers and if they perform like they did last Sunday a surprise result could be on the cards. The likelihood is that we will see an unfamiliar Galway team and a strong Carlow performance could see Carlow face the winners of UCD and Dublin in a semi-final spot.
Either way you can be guaranteed a few things, the crowd will turn up to Dr. Cullen Park, and to be fair there wasn't a bad turn out last Sunday on a freezing day in January. You can be guaranteed John Meyler will have the Carlow players ready for a battle, and you can be guaranteed Carlow's hurlers will be well up for a test.
The prediction is very simple and straight forward, if and when Galway field what many would call a second team, you could back a Carlow win, and even if Galway's All Stars line out, Carlow will fight to the bitter end regardless of the competition.