It is hard to tell how good an underage team is at the time, but three years of hindsight would suggest that they won that All-Ireland for a good reason. A lot of the panel are starring at senior level now, and most are in contention at this grade this year. It is worth noting that the likes of Shane Barrett, Shane O’Regan, Jamie Copps and Owen McCarthy were only subs on that side that beat Dublin 1-19 to 1-17 in the 2017 final.
In terms of scoring power, Blackrock’s Alan Connolly, Watergrasshill’s Shane O’Regan, and Blarney pair Pádraig Power and Barrett did not start in 2017 but have been shooting the lights out for their clubs. A full-forward line of Connolly, O’Regan, and Power, with Barrett at wing-forward, would be hard to stop if they could be balanced with big men such as Hankard, Twomey, O’Brien and Hanlon.