Na Piarsaigh defeated Kilmallock to win their seventh Limerick SHC title last year, captained by Limerick star William O’Donoghue.
With under a week until the beginning of the Limerick Senior Hurling Championship, the bookies are favouring the defending champions to retain their crown.
Na Piarsaigh defeated Kilmallock to win their seventh Limerick SHC title last year, captained by Limerick star William O’Donoghue, and are expected to clinch the championship yet again, coming in at odds of 4/6.
O’Donoghue is one of four Limerick players that featured in the final that will line out for the Caherdavin men less than a fortnight after claiming a fourth successive All-Ireland title.
In terms of the betting, Patrickswell come in just behind the defending champions, fielding a side including Hurler of the Years Cian Lynch and Diarmaid Byrnes as well as the bookies favourite for the 2023 award, Aaron Gillane. Priced at 9/2, Patrickswell were disapppointed to have been knocked out at the quarter final stage last year, losing to South Liberties, who themselves are 25/1 to go all the way.
Doon are the third favourites at 11/2 to win their first ever title and they themselves have a number of All-Ireland winners to call upon but will be without Richie English who suffered a knee injury in the build up the final.
They are followed by last year’s finalists Kilmallock at 6/1. The Balbec were champions in 2021 and have won four titles since the turn of the century.
Declan Hannon and Adare can be got slightly further out at 20/1, while the Morrissey brothers, Dan and Tom, are the outsiders with Ahane coming in at 25/1, the same as Liberties.
Ballybrown and Kildimo/Pallaskenry are joined by Intermediate champions Monaleen in forming a trio of 33/1 shouts. KP are in the top tier for the very first time following promotion in 2022 while Ballybrown and Monaleen will fancy themselves to reach the quarter-final stages.
Mungret St Pauls (66/1) and Garryspillane (100/1) are the lowest ranked sides in the championship, but will be backing themselves to upset the odds and finish in the top two in group two.
The championship kicks off this Friday with Na Piarsaigh and Patrickswell clashing in the opener. Kilmallock meet Doon, while Kildimo Pallaskenry and Ahane face off in group one’s other game.
In group two, Monaleen face off with Ballybrown. South Liberties side clash with Mungret, while Garryspillane take on Adare.
2023 Limerick SHC Odds
- Na Piarsaigh (4/6)
- Patrickswell (9/2)
- Doon (11/2)
- Kilmallock (6/1)
- Adare (20/1)
- South Liberties (25/1)
- Ahane (25/1)
- Ballybrown (33/1)
- Kildimo/Pallaskenry (33/1)
- Monaleen (33/1)
- Mungret (66/1)
- Garryspillane (100/1)
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