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Munster SHC: County-by-county guide to the 2020 championship

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Pauric Mahony

Pauric Mahony

Clare: All-Ireland titles: 4 (2013).

Munster titles: 6 (1998).

Manager: Brian Lohan (first season).

Captain: John Conlon.

Last year: Clare 1-20; Waterford 0-22. Tipperary 3-21; Clare 0-17. Limerick 1-28; Clare 0-13. Clare 2-23; Cork 2-18.

2020 NHL: 1st Div 1B, P5, W4, D1, L0.

Last big Championship achievement: All-Ireland champions 2013.

Key man: Tony Kelly.

Prospects: Difficult to make any strong case for them given a penal draw and the absence of Peter Duggan, Colm Galvin and (probably) John Conlon from the new manager's first-season deck. With Munster opener doubling up as a League final, Thurles game against Limerick could define their season.

Betting: Munster 10/1; All-Ireland 16/1.

First game: October 25 v Limerick, Thurles (3.45).

Cork

All-Ireland titles: 30 (2005).

Munster titles: 54 (2018).

Manager: Kieran Kingston (first season, second stint).

Captain: Patrick Horgan.

Last year: Tipperary 2-28; Cork 1-24. Cork 1-26; Limerick 1-19. Cork 2-30; Waterford 2-17. Clare 2-23; Cork 2-18. Cork 1-40; Westmeath 0-20. Kilkenny 2-27; Cork 3-18.

2020 NHL: 4th Div 1A, P5, W2, D0, L3.

Last big Championship achievement: 2018 Munster champions.

Key man: Patrick Horgan.

Prospects: Easy consensus seems to hold that winter championship just won't suit Cork's top-of-the-ground style. But on uniformly decent pitches, can weather be that big a factor? Will fancy their chances of making the Munster final, but now 15 years since last All-Ireland win.

Betting: Munster 3/1; All-Ireland 7/1.

First game: October 31 v Waterford, Semple Stadium (3.30).

Limerick

All-Ireland titles: 8 (2018).

Munster titles: 20 (2019).

Manager: John Kiely (fourth season).

Captain: Declan Hannon.

Last year: Cork 1-26; Limerick 1-19. Limerick 2-24; Waterford 0-10. Limerick 1-28; Clare 0-13. Tipperary 1-22; Limerick 0-21. Limerick 2-26; Tipperary 2-14 (Munster final). Kilkenny 1-21; Limerick 2-17.

2020 NHL: 1st Div 1A, P5, W5, D0, L0.

Last big Championship achievement: Munster champions 2019.

Key man: Aaron Gillane

Prospects: They are the bookies' marginal favourites to win the All-Ireland and little reason to argue with that. Suspicion remains that they were caught by a Kilkenny sucker-punch last year. That said, the toughest Munster draw imaginable will pose severe questions from the off.

Betting: Munster 2/1; All-Ireland 11/4.

First game: October 25 v Clare, Semple Stadium (3.45).

Tipperary

All-Ireland titles: 28 (2019).

Munster titles: 44 (2016).

Manager: Liam Sheedy (second season, second stint).

Captain: Seamus Callanan.

Last year: Tipperary 2-28; Cork 1-24. Tipperary 2-30; Waterford 0-18. Tipperary 3-21; Clare 0-17. Tipperary 1-22; Limerick 0-21. Limerick 2-26; Tipperary 2-14 (Munster final). Tipperary 2-25; Laois 1-18. Tipperary 1-28; Wexford 3-20. Tipperary 3-25; Kilkenny 0-20 (All-Ireland final).

2020 NHL: 5th Div 1A, P5, W2, D0, L3.

Last big Championship achievement: All-Ireland champions 2019.

Key man: Pádraic Maher.

Prospects: Heading into the summer of 2019, Tipperary were two years without a single championship win. Yet Liam Sheedy's return to management worked the All-Ireland oracle even if they did suffer a Munster final hammering to Limerick. Will be hugely motivated to retain the Liam MacCarthy Cup for the first time since 1965.

Betting: Munster 2/1, All-Ireland 3/1.

First game: November 1 v Limerick or Clare, Páirc Uí Chaoimh or LIT Gaelic Grounds (4.0).

Waterford

All-Ireland titles: 2 (1959).

Munster titles: 9 (2010).

Manager: Liam Cahill (first season).

Captain: Pauric Mahony.

Last year: Clare 1-20; Waterford 0-22. Tipperary 2-30; Waterford 0-18. Limerick 2-24; Waterford 0-10. Cork 2-30; Waterford 2-17.

2020 NHL: 2nd Div 1A, P5, W3, D0, L2.

Last big Championship achievement: All-Ireland finalists 2017.

Key man: Pauric Mahony.

Prospects: Some signs in league of a stiffening resolve under new manager, Liam Cahill, and the championship draw pitches them straight into a Munster semi-final. Will new manager Cahill deploy Austin Gleeson at centre-back? How will the absence of Noel Connors be felt? Who will be their attacking fulcrum? Game against Cork should start answering key questions.

Betting: Munster 7/1; All-Ireland 14/1.

First game: October 31 v Cork, Semple Stadium (3.30).


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