Tipperary scaled to hurling’s peak on Sunday, capturing the Liam McCarthy Cup for the first time since 2010. As the Premier heroes wake up in Thurles this morning with sore heads, the last thing on their minds for the immediate future will be the defence of their title.
However, the new year is not far away, as Kilkenny, Galway, Waterford and the rest of the chasing pack devise plans to go the extra yard in 12 months’ time.
Bookmakers have wasted little time in calculating odds for next season’s Championship, and Tipp have been installed as favourites.
The odds are very much reflective of the state of play following this year’s Championship. Kilkenny are just behind Tipperary, while beaten semi-finalists Galway and Waterford are third and fourth favourites respectively.
2013 All-Ireland champions Clare are at 8/1, while Limerick are at 10/1.
Dublin, Cork and Wexford are all at long prices.
Considering Tipp’s dominance on Sunday, they are justifiably favourites, as their young stars rose to the occasion on Sunday to blow the Cats away. The likes of John McGrath, Dan McCormack and Seamus Kennedy will have more senior roles next year, and it will be up to the rest of the country to match the Premier if they are to be overthrown.