Mallow in early January will never be mistaken for Broadway, and the chill in the north Cork evening made it a testing venture for the 2,021 spectators in attendance for Cork and Waterford in last night’s Co-Op Superstores Munster SHL clash.
When defeated in a big game you cannot wait to get a crack at the same opposition, seeking revenge. There’s a matter of pride and unity of purpose involved. This is a powerful stimulus which provides a strong incentive for a committed response.
With the destination of the Liam MacCarthy Cup wide open, this could prove to be the All-Ireland series from heaven. Herelooks at seven individuals — not all of them superstars — who’ll have a say in the outcome of the 2017 hurling championship