Munster and Connacht meet in the final of the M. Donnelly Interprovincial Hurling Championship, at Cusack Park in Ennis this Sunday at 2pm.
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The Connacht team is effectively the current Galway team, who have made such a great start to the league season.
Sunday represents the 19th occasion the sides have met in the final of the competition. While Munster lead the way with nine wins, Connacht can draw level with a victory this weekend, the 1969 final was drawn.
Munster had an easy 3-20 to 1-14 win over Ulster in the semi-final at the Athletic Grounds, Armagh on February 17. In the second semi-final, played at O’Connor Park, Tullamore, an all-Galway Connacht side beat reigning champions Leinster 3-13 to 1-16.
Brendan Cummins (Tipperary) and Waterford pair Pauric Mahony and Noel Connors are unavailable for Munster, and have been replaced by Pádraic Maher and Lar Corbett (both Tipperary), and Clare’s Patrick Kelly. Galway are likely to try out a number of fringe players, and continue with the experiment of Joseph Cooney at centreback.
Players To Watch
Cork forward Pa Cronin is one of the best players in the Munster attack and should be watched on Sunday. On the Connacht team, Galway’s Joe Canning is arguably the nest hurler in the country at the present time.