Munster Club Hurling Championship Preview

Lonesharkoy looks at the Munster Club Hurling Championship and believed Cork side Sarsfields are the value at this stage.

Munster Club SHC

In recent seasons the balance of power has shifted heavily towards Clare and Limerick in Munster club competition, to the point that taking the best price on the four clubs still standing in those two counties would force you to cover 38% of the book, even though they’ll only produce one semi-finalist between them – and that semi-finalist will then play Tipperary opposition, possibly championship favourites Thurles Sarsfields.

There isn’t a huge amount of value there, not least in a competition where the standard has tended to be quite equal. Unexceptional, but equal.

Not unlike Offaly in Leinster, Cork’s performances in Munster have seen them lose a step or two in relation to their peers; admittedly not as spectacularly as the Faithful County, but at club level they aren’t too far off the mark. The last eight Munster club finals have taken place without Cork involvement, but it would be hard to fault Sarsfields for their effort in 2014 and the Glanmire club are right back in the hunt again this year.

They’ll meet Glen Rovers in the final after putting the city club to the sword in 2014, but the beauty of this Sars’ team has been their consistency – they simply don’t deliver a poor performance and quite frankly, anything better than below par should get them to a Munster final.

De la Salle are the only Waterford club that have won a contest outside of their own county since 2009 and they, along with fellow contenders Mount Sion, have already fallen by the wayside in the land of the Déise men. Ballygunner will be expected to prevail, but they will be short of full strength due to the continued absence of star county man Pauric Mahony and will start as underdogs if they reach the Munster semi-final on the 8th of November.

Here too, the price is worth an outright bet with the each-way add on.

Advised Bet: 

1 point each way each way, Sarsfields to win the Munster club SHC at 4/1 with Paddy Power