Galway Hurling Championship preview

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Updated: April 21, 2011

The Galway Senior Hurling Championship kicks off this weekend with main contenders Portumna, Clarinbridge and Loughrea all have a bye this weekend.

The betting market has it as Portumna’s year and is openly dismissing last year’s Galway championship and All Ireland winners Clarinbridge of a repeat at 10/1. A post hangover from their heroics in March may see Clarinbridge struggle to get involved this season and punters having nibbling at St Thomas’s to win their group at 2/1 into 7/4.

Athenry have suffered from the recession seeing many of their best players heading off on the emigration ships and will take a few seasons to blood the youngsters back into action and are dismissed by John Mulholland’s at 20/1

Loughrea are perhaps a generous price at 16/1 after slaying Portumna in the Semi Finals but it’s really a case of expecting Portumna to use the disappointment of last season to spur them back to victory. They have all the big weapons like Joe Canning, Damien Hayes and Ollie Canning; it’s really hard to bet against them even if 4/7 is not exactly working man’s price. They were 1/3 in 2009 and 2010 so perhaps theirs value in the price for the money buyers.

Here are the odds for this weekends matches

Saturday 23rd April
Price Team 1 Draw Team 2 Price Time
2/5 Mullagh 8/1 Tommie Larkins 9/4 4.00pm Loughrea
4/6 Gort 7/1 Craughwell 11/8 5.30pm Athenry
Sunday 24th April
Price Team 1 Draw Team 2 Price Time
4/7 Beagh 7/1 Kinvara 13/8 2.00pm Loughrea
2/9 Athenry 9/1 Padraig Pearses 7/2 3.30pm Ballinrobe
8/11 St Thomas 7/1 Sarsfields 5/4 3.30pm Loughrea
8/11 Castlegar 7/1 Turloughmore 5/4 3.30pm Pearse Std.
4/6 Kiltormer 7/1 Carnmore 11/8 5.00pm Athenry
4/6 Liam Mellows 7/1 Ardrahan 11/8 6.30pm Athenry

Also here are the outright markets.

CO. GALWAY LOCAL HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP 2011
OUTRIGHT BETTING
4/7 Portumna 40/1 Tynagh Abbey Duniry
10/1 Clarinbridge 40/1 Tommie Larkins
14/1 Gort 40/1 Beagh
14/1 St. Thomas 40/1 Ardrahan
16/1 Loughrea 50/1 Kiltormer
20/1 Mullagh 50/1 Castlegar
20/1 Athenry 66/1 Turloughmore
25/1 Liam Mellows 66/1 Carnmore
33/1 Sarsfields 66/1 Kinvara
33/1 Craughwell 150/1 Padraig Pearses
E/W 1/3 ODDS 1-2
CO. GALWAY LOCAL HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP 2011
GROUP BETTING
Group A Group B
1/3 Portumna 11/8 Liam Mellows
5/1 Mullagh 9/4 Tynagh Abbey Duniry
5/1 Athenry 3/1 Ardrahan
8/1 Tommie Larkins 11/2 Kiltormer
33/1 Padraig Pearses 10/1 Carnmore
Group C Group D
5/4 Clarinbridge 13/8 Gort
7/4 St Thomas 7/4 Loughrea
11/2 Sarsfields 3/1 Craughwell
6/1 Castlegar 7/1 Beagh
8/1 Turloughmore 9/1 Kinvara
ALL PRICES ARE TO WIN THE GROUPS

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