The Munster Senior Hurling Championship begins on the 21st of May with Cork playing Tipperary, before Clare meet Limerick in the semi-final. The winners of the Cork/Tipperary tie will play Waterford in the other semi-final. We here at Sportstalk.ie have cast the eye over 6 young players who should have an impact in Munster.
- Shane Kingston (Cork) – The son of the manager, Kieran, Shane is an exciting talent and has shown this especially in the U21 grade in 2016. He had some superb games in the league where he notched up 1-07 from play in four games. At only 19 Kingston still has a year or two left at underage so in a few years’ time he is sure to be one of Cork’s best hurlers. Keep an eye out for him this summer!
- Ian Galvin (Clare) – Galvin was a part of the Clare U-21 side for the last number of years and has now made the step up to the senior side. He is strong, powerful and has a keen eye for a score. He normally operates in the half forward or full forward line. He could be one of the surprising stars this summer if he gets his chance in what is a very hard Clare team to get into going by the players they have. He will look to line out for Clare when they meet Limerick in June.
- Kyle Hayes (Limerick) – Hayes captained the Limerick minor hurlers in 2016 and made his first start for the Shannonsiders this year in the Allianz League win over Kerry. Hayes at 19 is and superb talent. He normally operates in the half forward line but is quite versatile and can play midfield or in the full forward line. The Kidimo-Pallaskenry club man will be hoping he can make an impact come June when the Shannonsiders play Clare.
- DJ Foran (Waterford) – Foran helped Waterford to victory in last year’s U21 Hurling Final win over Galway and scored a goal in the process. He has also been performing well for his college UCD over the winter so there could be big things ahead for the Portlaw club man. Derek McGrath may give him is opportunity to shine now on the big stage now that Tom Devine has gone travelling. Wouldn’t be surprised to see him also have a big Munster Championship. Waterford will play the winners of Cork/Tipperary in the Munster semi-final.
- Tomas Hamill (Tipperary) – Hamill has been a part of the Tipperary squad for the last number of years, but only showed that he can be a vital part of the team in this year’s league. The Moyne –Templetuohy club man won Leinster and All-Ireland medals at minor grade in 2011 and 2012 playing at centre back. He is a versatile players and can play at any position in defence. At 23 years of age, Tomas will be hoping to get into the Tipperary team for their opening game against Cork in under 2 weeks’ time.
- Luke Meade (Cork) – At 20 years of age Meade from the Newcestown club in Cork is going to be some talent when he reaches his prime in his late to mid-20s. He made his debut for Cork in a challenge game in 2015, but has only came to prominence this season. He has strong aerial ability, can take a challenge and can give a challenge and can get vital scores from centre forward. He has represented Cork at minor and U21 and the step up to the senior side doesn’t seem to phase him too much. He will be a pivotal player for Cork in this championship if they are to make any marks and improvements they should build the team around the young Newcestown man. He will surely have a big part to play come the 21st of May when Cork play Tipperary in the opening round of the Munster senior hurling championship.