Replying To galway19: "Watched the Div 1 Celtic Challenge final on Saturday and we must be absolute shoe ins for the Minor All Ireland this year, some unreal talent coming through. Galway maroon team (probably not even a quarter of the minor panel this year) were four points down to North Cork at half time and won the second half by 22 points, playing some lovely hurling. Colum Molloy from Kilnadeema Leitrim a livewire at corner forward and Killeen from Loughrea at centre back were exceptional but David Slattery from Larkins was different class to everyone on the field at wing forward. Not the biggest but caught puckouts clean in the air and was so fast running with the ball. Got 2-6 from play I think. Our minor championship team will be made up of the best of these lads, also the McDonagh U17 team (who only lost by a couple of points to the maroon team in semi final) and anyone underage from last year's team, Sean McDonagh being the obvious one."
Now in fairness as regards the Celtic Challenge none of the other counties played lads that are on their county minor panels as their provincial campaigns overlapped with it whereas the Galway minors get going a lot later so would have had their best talent available for Celtic Challenge. Still don't see any team that will even run the minors close though they will win it easily.