Saturday 15 December 2018

Results whet the appetite for Munster campaign

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Tipperary manager Michael Ryan. Photo: Sportsfile
Tipperary manager Michael Ryan. Photo: Sportsfile
Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

If there were any doubts about how competitive the new-look Munster hurling championship would be, they have been dispelled by the Allianz League where results have whetted the appetite for the ten-game series.

Understandably so, since all five teams did enough to convince themselves they will be okay (three will remain in All-Ireland contention) at the end. Obviously, two will not, but which two? Michael Ryan and Tipperary are happiest at present, having booked a place in the league final.

They lost to Clare and drew with Limerick (in ordinary time). They beat Waterford and Cork. Clare beat Tipperary and Cork, lost to Waterford and drew with Limerick in ordinary time.

Waterford beat Clare and Cork and lost to Tipperary. They later lost to Cork in the relegation play-off.

Cork lost to Clare, Waterford and Tipperary but signed off with the relegation play-off success over Waterford.

Having won 1B, where there were no Munster teams, Limerick drew with both Clare and Tipperary in ordinary time before winning one and losing one in extra-time time.

It all points to a really fascinating Munster Championship.

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