Na Piarsaigh 5/1 for All-Ireland SHC

Victorious Na Piarsaigh captain Mike Casey celebrates at the TUS Gaelic Grounds in Limerick. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach

NOT surprisingly, Ballygunner (Waterford) have been named as favourites for the upcoming Munster and All-Ireland Club Hurling Championships.

The Waterford kingpins are a shade of odds-on to retain their provincial title, and 9/4 for national glory.

Limerick champions Na Piarsaigh are 2/1 second favourites for Munster success, and chalked-up at 5/1 to win a second All-Ireland crown.

In Munster, the betting is: Ballygunner 5/6, Na Piarsaigh 2/1, Kiladangan (Tipperary) 11/2, Clonlara (Clare) 12/1 and Sarsfields (Cork) 20/1.

At the weekend, Sarsfields host Ballygunner, with the winners out against Na Piarsaigh in the Munster semi-final a fortnight later.

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If Ballygunner come through, Na Piarsaigh will have home advantage at the Gaelic Grounds.