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Poll: Who do you think will lift the senior and minor All-Ireland hurling titles today?

Galway, Waterford and Cork are the counties involved today.

Image: Mike Shaughnessy/INPHO

FOR THE FIRST time since 1996, each member of hurling’s big three – Kilkenny, Tipperary and Cork – failed to make it to the All-Ireland SHC final.

Instead it’s Galway and Waterford who go head-to-head for the title, in a novel final pairing.

The Liam MacCarthy has been a ‘missing person’ in Galway since 1988 and Waterford since 1959. Unusually, the Deise have never been beaten by Galway in the championship with a record that stands at 10-0.

They first met in the championship in the 1938 All-Ireland semi-final, and Waterford have dominated the fixture in the intervening years.

Galway last appeared in the final in 2015, when they lost to Kilkenny on a scoreline of 1-22 to 1-18. Waterford’s last trip to the final was in 2008, when they were demolished by the Cats by 3-30 to 1-13.

Before all that, Cork and Galway meet in the minor final which throws-in at 1.15pm.

Cork are searching for their first All-Ireland at this grade since 2001, while Galway were last crowned champions in 2015.

Who do think will win today?

Poll Results:

Galway seniors and minors (1728)
Galway seniors and Cork minors (1182)
Waterford seniors and Cork minors (520)
Waterford seniors and Galway minors (487)

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Kevin O'Brien

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