The Munster championship is notoriously a two horse race, though Tipperary’s recent underage success may increase the competition in the coming years, especially when the senior Kerry players are no longer on the scene.
Kerry meet Tipperary in a quarter final clash. Tipp should make it competitive but the Kingdom should have too much to spare. The winner takes on Waterford six days after their quarter final in a bizarre arranging of fixtures, especially as there is a 5 week gap to the Munster final. Despite the short time between games Kerry will advance to the final.
On the other side Cork have already disposed of LImerick in devastating fashion on a 3-17 to 0-8 scoreline. They now take on Mick O Dwyer’s Clare. Clare will be competitive in championship fare under O Dwyer but Cork have far too much talent for any upset to occur.
So the predictable Cork and Kerry final should take place on the 7th of July.
This game is hard to call in Munster as they play each other so regularly, Kerry have had the upper hand in Croke Park meetings.
Eamonn Fitzmaurice is a new manager and with plenty of competition for places it may be this freshness that sees Kerry be crowned Kings of Munster come July.