This past weekend saw round two of the National Hurling League played out as well as All-Ireland club finals in the Intermediate Hurling Championship and Junior Hurling Championship.
Here are our top five talking points from the past 48 hours.
5. Clare Hammer Kilkenny
Clare had the most eye-catching result of the weekend, claiming a 2-19 to 0-12 win over Kilkenny. Cody’s men looked out of sorts throughout, but take nothing away from the Banner who thoroughly outclassed their opponents.
After flying out to a 1-3 to 0-0 lead inside four minutes, Clare pushed on as Kilkenny suffered back-to-back defeats – a rare occurrence under Brian Cody.
4. Dubs Bounce Back
Cork’s winning record at the start of 2017 came to a crashing halt on Saturday night. Despite a good start, the Rebels were well and truly outclassed by Ger Cunningham’s Dublin. Despite being reduced to 14 players after the harshest red card we will see all year (we can confidently make that claim, even though it’s only February), the Dubs saw out what turned out to be a facile win.
Overall, the men from the capital will be thrilled with their response after a heavy defeat at the hands of Tipp in Croke Park in round one.
3. Tipp On Top
Waterford came crashing back down to earth after beating Kilkenny last week, as they lost out to Tipperary in Walsh Park.
After an intense first half, the champions had too much firepower after the break as they saw out a comfortable victory.
2. Wexford All But Promoted
With a dramatic victory over Galway, Wexford gained their second win in Division 1B, having beaten both of their main promotion rivals. Surely they cannot slip up against either Kerry, Laois or Offaly given their previous two results.
Seeing out the group phase with three more wins will see Davy Fitz obtain promotion after a very successful early season run of form for the Clare man.
1. Carrickshock And Mayfield Win All-Ireland Titles At Croke Park
Richie Power hit 0-6 as Kilkenny and Leinster champions Carrickshock added the All-Ireland IHC title to their impressive recent trophy haul. It was the sixth time the title has been won by a Kilkenny outfit.
There was, however, defeat for the Cats’ representatives in the JHC decider, as Cork and Munster kingpins Mayfield overcame the challenge of Mooncoin.
It was the twelfth time in 14 years that the title has gone to either Cork or Kilkenny, with the exceptions being Limerick Blackrock in 2014 and Creggan Kickhams of Antrim in 2014.
Joel Slattery, Pundit Arena