I think there might actually be a bit of optimism around. The big nomination question is who will not make it out of Munster if its not us. Clare and Waterford is it? I think we would make it out of Leinster easier.
Looks like some mainstays are developing. Cahalane at 5 looks to be nailed on. Downey at 3. cadogan at 4 means a following men policy can be adopted as 2,3,4 need to be comfortable at full back. Spillane fits this bill too I would have Millerick in there too if he is fit. His willingness for ugly work is fantastic. In many ways he is the opposite of Mark Ellis in that he never shirks the man to man role at the expense of his own game. Cooper at 6 to be the quarter back with a steely core has a nice look about it. Coleman is not a marker in the way that Cody loves his half backs and is better deployed in 8/9 . Fitzgibbon needs to be where its at. I am probably alone in saying that I thought he was quiet enough in the Fitzgibbon final. Hoggie, Harnedy, Cadogan, nailed on. O Mahony and Kingston and Walsh/Dalton makes the team look strong. The first game again Limerick is so important.
Spillane Downey Cadogan
Cahalane Cooper Millerick
O Mahony Harnedy Walsh/Dalton
Cadogan Hoggie Kingston