Sky Sports GAA pundits make their 2019 predictions
Last Updated: 03/01/19 6:12pm
Sky Sports GAA pundits Ollie Canning and Peter Canavan look ahead to 2019, and make their predictions.
Who will win the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship?
Former Tribe star Ollie Canning feels that last year's All-Ireland finalists, Limerick and Galway, will be there or thereabout once again, while he is also backing Tipperary to bounce back following a disappointing 2018.
"Champions Limerick will be back to defend their title. And Galway, the beaten finalists last year, will have a say as well.
"But for me, a very exciting development is Liam Sheedy coming back in as manager for Tipperary for the year ahead. So I expect big things from Tipperary this year and I give them a good chance to maybe get back to a final this year and contest."
"I expect big things from Tipperary this year."
Who can stop Dublin's 'drive for five'?
Dublin are hot favourites to defend the Sam Maguire Cup in 2019, and in the process make history by becoming the first team to win five All-Ireland titles in a row. Peter Canavan feels that the most likely side to stop Jim Gavin's charges are a young Kerry team.
"I would like to be able to say the next team to beat Dublin will be Tyrone, but I don't think it will be," laughed the firmer Red Hands sharpshooter. "Dublin are going for five in a row. The nearest team we've seen to getting five in a row has been Kerry, they were denied by Offaly back in 1982. Wouldn't it be ironic if Kerry were the team to stop the Dubs in 2019?"
Player to watch in 2019?
Canning is backing Treaty star Kyle Hayes for another big 2019: "He (Hayes) ended up winning Young Hurler of the Year last year, and he's a very very exciting player. Being so young, I'm interested to see how he deals with the extra attention and the spotlight that winning an award like that brings."
Meanwhile, Canavan picked out two young footballers: "2019 is going to belong to two young men who performed brilliantly in 2018 and who I think there's more to come from. They are Brian Howard from Dublin and David Clifford from Kerry. For a youngster, Clifford's performances last year were as good as I've ever seen. I'm really looking forward to seeing him play in 2019."