Hurling review: Summer of 69+1

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More often than not, Kilkenny win the Leinster championship. Just under half the time they do it, they end up winning the All-Ireland. Galway might have put up a show and given them sixty minutes of discomfort, but take the two magical goals out of the equation, either side of half-time, and the scoreline becomes 1-25 to 0-15. For the Cats, it’s Leinster title number 70.

Little surprise in the Round 1 qualifiers, with Clare demolishing Offaly, Cork putting enough daylight ahead of Wexford that a late rally didn’t scare them, Limerick disposing of Westmeath and Dublin doing just fine over Laois. Next week’s qualifiers will tell us more about the true state of the four victors – but just as quickly as those games come around, the summer will be over. Including the provincial final in Ulster, there are now just nine senior hurling matches left this year. (There are 23 in football.)

It’s getting to the time of year where we can soon dispense with the rankings from the lower rungs of the hurling table – true to form, the sides rated 9th, 10th, 12th and 13th were all defeated by sides rated 4th, 6th, 7th and 8th. The ratings contract but the only switch in rankings, after this weekend, is that Offaly’s hammering in Cusack Park sees them nudge below Kerry on the table.

Hurling rankings
(w/e July 5th, 2015)
1 Kilkenny 2202
2 Tipperary 2142
3 Waterford 1982
4 Cork 1979
5 Galway 1914
6 Dublin 1875
7 Limerick 1864
8 Clare 1834
9 Wexford 1683
10 (+1) Kerry 1534
11 (-1) Offaly 1531
12 Laois 1499
13 Westmeath 1334
14 Carlow 1311
15 Kildare 1286
16 Down 1286
17 Antrim 1279
18 Meath 1199
19 Derry 1184
20 London 1097
21 Roscommon 1080
22 Wicklow 1061
23 Armagh 988
24 Tyrone 922
25 Donegal 894
26 Mayo 863
27 Fingal 768
28 Monaghan 743
29 Longford 610
30 Fermanagh 609
31 Louth 575
32 Warwicks 522
33 Leitrim 367
34 Sligo 364
35 Lancashire 173

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