Lonesharkoy previews the Munster Club Football Championship and he thinks Castlehaven can take the title from other more vaunted rivals.
Munster Club SFC
It’s entirely possible that there is value to be had in the top half of the draw here, given how the Kerry and Cork sides are likely to meet at the semi-final stage (while Waterford club football is arguably the best of the rest and they too are in the bottom half of the draw) yet picking out where that value might actually lie is no easy task.
The Tipperary SFC quarter finals will be played this weekend, so there are eight teams still in the hunt there, but it’s now been nine years since a Tipperary team won a match in the Munster club championship. In fact the majority of their defeats have been by heavy margins so we’re happy to overlook the Premier County sides in this context.
Neither would we expect a potential Munster club winner to come from Clare, since the two finalists have played in one county senior final between them in the last quarter of a century. This leaves Limerick, where both Drom-Broadford and Newcastlewest have some chance, but not so good of a one that we’d tip them up at 25/1.
It’s been all about Kerry in this competition for some time now and realistically, if Dr Crokes or Dingle hit the kind of form that they’re capable of, they are the most likely winners once again. That said, Colm Cooper has lost a step or two, while Dingle are a young, free flowing team that might struggle as the ground slows down – so instead we’ll go for a tried and trusted outfit in the shape of Cork champions in 2012 and 2013, Castlehaven.
The re-emergence of Nemo Rangers as a force has got a lot of people excited in Cork and the manner of their devastating win over St Nicks in the quarter final has led some people to believe that they are poised to break back into the provincial championships and fly the flag for Cork as only they can. However they’ll get plenty of it against Carbery Rangers this Sunday, while Castlehaven were arguably at least as impressive in the way they overcame a very strong Ballincollig side three weeks ago.
Castlehaven have Munster club experience, their hunger will be sharpened from their year away from the top table and at 10/1, they look like the best option down south.
1 point win Castlehaven to win the Munster club SFC at 10/1 with Ladbrokes