Patrick Horgan, Seamus Callanan, Joe Canning and TJ Reid have ripped up the scoring charts in an outstanding era for marksmen writes Eoin Keane...
What we didn’t know then, however, was that in the space of twenty days, we had borne witness to a prodigious quartet taking their fledgling steps on the inter-county scene.
Canning, Horgan, Reid and Callanan currently sit second, third, sixth and seventh respectively.
While Cork and Galway were already relying heavily on their precocious young talents to carry the scoring burden, the depth of attacking talents available to Kilkenny and Tipperary meant that both Reid and Callanan would have to bide their time before becoming their county’s primary marksmen.
Either way, the exploits of Horgan, Callanan, Reid and Canning have imbued the game with moments of magic that can’t be captured in record tables, feats of individual brilliance which have transcended parochial rivalries and enthused the hurling community as a whole.