Kilkenny are the strongest based on average ratings, closely followed by Rathmines & Bray. Malahide are a mixture of youth and experience, and their narrow defeat to Kilkenny will make them believe that they can chase a promotion spot with confidence. Elm Mount are experienced enough to mount their own challenge, but surprise packet Naomh Barrog are showing their Ennis/Bea counterparts that a low team average does not always equate with a low league placing. Enniscorthy have some emerging talent coming through, but a heavy reverse in the first game was not planned for last season’s third placed team. Can they come roaring back? St Benildus will always be forward thinking, and their respected coach called this the toughest league to call…..whilst Balbriggan showed in the latter half of last season, they cannot be taken for granted. Dun Laoghire stunned 2nd seeds Rathmines to serve early notice of intent and Inchicore will want to reverse early results. Bray are in hibernation until they start their campaign next week. Sure is going to be interesting!