The senior hurling championship may be over but there is plenty of action to keep us busy this weekend.
Using a scale of 1-5 we have rated these bets ahead of another weekend that promises some top quality action.
U-21 All-Ireland hurling final
Following last weekend’s fantastic occasion in Croke Park, it is the turn of the u-21 hurlers of Kilkenny and Limerick to do battle this Saturday in Thurles.
Kilkenny are aiming for their first All-Ireland at this level since 2008 (a drought by their standards) while Limerick were successful two years ago.
Limerick have had a tough route to this final, defeating Tipperary, Clare, Cork and Galway along the way. Kilkenny have had a much easier route, defeating Dublin, Westmeath, Wexford and Derry to get here.
Limerick are strong favourites on the basis of their tougher route. While also they still possess six players from their All Ireland u-21 winning team of 2015.
They have a number of players who are already established senior players, in particular Cian and Ronan Lynch.
These teams clashed in the All-Ireland minor final of 2014, with Kilkenny upsetting the odds and defeating the fancied Shannonsiders.
Hopes are high down Noreside way that this side can kick start another period of Kilkenny dominance at senior level.
What has impressed us so far is their point scoring ability. Senior players Richie Leahy and Liam Blanchfield have really impressed while they have serious options to use from the bench.
To put this into context their top scorer Alan Murphy has been named on the bench.
We believe that this has the potential to be a high scoring classic. The open spaces of Tom Semple’s field are a forwards dream.
Based on this, we will have a three-point stake on Kilkenny to score over 21.5 points at 5/6.
All-Ireland camogie final
Kilkenny and Cork clash in a repeat of last year’s final where the Cats dethroned the champions.
One thing for certain is that there will no love lost between the sides on Sunday. Tensions nearly bubbled over in the pre-match handshake last year while a war of words erupted after this years league final between both sets of management.
Both sides have lined out defensively in different games this year and have operated with a sweeper at times.
We expect a very tight and tense affair. Kilkenny’s form this year has not hit the heights of 2016.
They will however, take confidence from the fact they ended a famine of 22 years without an All-Ireland last year.
A major worry for Cork is the fitness of their stalwart Gemma O’Connor. We believe their hopes will be badly dented if she does not play.
If absent, we have a leaning towards Kilkenny but as it is nearly too close to call, we will have a 0.5 point stake on the draw for the first time since 1981 at 8/1.
The Club Championship Accumulator
We go again with another look at the hurling and football club action.
We landed a nice 5/1 shot just two weeks ago so hopefully we can do something similar here.
In the hurling we like the look of Holycross (3/10) and Toomevara (3/10) in Tipp.
In the football, we go with St Bridgets (1/2) Western Gaels (1/4) and Clan na Gael (2/9) in Roscommon. While in Sligo we like Tubbercurry (2/9) and Mountbeller/Moylough (8/13) in Galway.
We will have one point on this at just over 6/1.
Bear in the Square, Pundit Arena
Check out this week’s episode of The 16th Man where we heard from Micheal Donoghue and Joseph Cooney after Galway’s All-Ireland success.