All Ireland favourites Kerry open the defence of their Munster crown this afternoon when they face Tipperary at Semple Stadium today (thrown in 2pm)
Kerry be looking for their 75th Munster title this year and will be keen to show the footballing world that Mayo’s surprise semi final win in the League playoff’s was just that.
Peter Crowley and Patrick Curtin are the new kids on the block for Kerry however Jack O’Connor will be looking to the old guard of Paul Galvin, Darren O’Sullivan and Colm Cooper to lead his side through to the semi finals.
Tipperary, under the new man Peter Creedon, making his championship bow in charge of the Premier County after replacing John Evans in March, will be looking to avenge last year’s defeat at the same stage when they went down 2-16 to 0-11.
Creedon’s side have won just two senior Munster games since 2000 and they will head into the Championship encounter on the back of a poor league campaign that saw them relegated to division four of the NFL.
Tipperary will look to the Minor’s for inspiration after they travelled to Kerry and claimed a notable scalp on their way to the Munster minor final.
The winner will face Cork in the semi final with Clare and Limerick set to face off in the other semi final on June 9th.
Tipperary – Paul Fitzgerald; Andrew Morrissey, Paddy Codd, Ciarán McDonald; Brian Fox, Robbie Costigan, Alan Campbell; George Hannigan, Hugh Coghlan; Lorcan Egan, Peter Acheson, Shane Scully; Alan Maloney, Michael Quinlivan, Philip Austin
Kerry – Brendan Kealy, Shane Enright, Daniel Bohan, Killian Young, Tomás Ó Sé, Eoin Brosnan, Peter Crowley, Anthony Maher, Bryan Sheehan, Paul Galvin, Darran O’Sullivan, Kieran O’Leary, Colm Cooper, Declan O’Sullivan, Patrick Curtin.