The top ten hurling teams in Ireland rated.
We have compiled hurling power rankings after the first weekend of the 2021 championship. Let us know your thoughts on these rankings.
10. Antrim (no change).
Antrim had an excellent league campaign and took five points from a possible 10, which would have been beyond their wildest dreams.
However, Darren Gleeson’s side will be bitterly disappointed with their performance against Dublin in the Leinster championship.
The Saffrons were outclassed and lost by 18 points. It was a very disappointing display and Antrim now have to beat Laois to avoid relegation back to the Joe McDonagh Cup.
9. Dublin (no change).
Dublin’s 18 point win over Antrim wasn’t enough to move them up the rankings but it was certainly good enough to widen the gap between ninth and tenth.
Mattie Kenny’s side answered a lot of their critics with a very efficient, professional demolition of Antrim.
Dublin will hope for a similar performance against Galway in the semi-finals this weekend if they are to have any chance of reaching the decider.
8. Cork (no change).
Cork hurlers championship season begins on Saturday against Limerick and we will know far more about them then.
7. Wexford (no change).
Wexford claimed a comprehensive 20-point-win after an excellent performance against Laois on Saturday. It wasn’t quite enough to move them up the rankings however, victory over Kilkenny on Saturday will see Davy Fitzgerald’s side do exactly that.
6. Waterford (down three).
Waterford were the big movers at the end of the weekend’s hurling action. Defeat to Clare meant that the Deise have won just one of their last 13 Munster championship encounters.
Liam Cahill’s side were second best throughout against Clare and deserved to lose the tie.
The All-Ireland runners-up did not cope well with the absence of key players and it will be a big challenge for Cahill to get his group to make an impact in the qualifiers.
It is do or die now for Waterford and they will need a far better performance if they are to stay in the championship for much longer.
5. Kilkenny (up one).
Kilkenny’s season begins against Wexford on Saturday and fifth in the rankings seems fair on Brian Cody’s group.
4. Clare (up one).
Clare were fantastic against Waterford on Sunday but one area will really concern Brian Lohan. The Banner county hit 22 wides and some of them should have been easy scores.
Tipperary are next up for Clare in the provincial semi-final. The Munster championship trophy has not resided in Clare since 1998.
The 2013 All-Ireland champions have won their last four games and the only guarantee is that they won’t go down easily.
A win over Tipperary on Sunday would see Clare back in a Munster final and overtake their fierce foes in the hurling power rankings.
3. Tipperary (up one).
Tipperary open their season against Clare on Sunday and Liam Sheedy’s side were unbeaten in four of their five league matches.
2. Galway (no change).
Galway were arguably the team of the league as the Connacht finished top of their group following four wins from their five games. Shane O’Neill’s team face Dublin on Saturday afternoon.
1. Limerick (no change).
Limerick are the best team in the country without question. The Treaty county produced some flamboyant hurling on route to the 2020 All-Ireland title and fans of the sport will look forward to their clash with Cork on Saturday evening.