Carlow's St Mullins at odds of 50/1 to be crowned All-Ireland senior club champions

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Carlow's St Mullins are at odds of 50/1 to be crowned All-Ireland senior club champions after victory over Cuala at the weekend. 

Kilkenny's Ballyhale Shamrocks have been backed into odds-on for the first time to retain their All-Ireland crown after they eased into the semi-finals of the Leinster Championship on Sunday.

Henry Shefflin’s side never looked in danger as they ran out 9-point winners over Clonkill at Cusack Park but it was events at Cullen Park that helped trigger such a significant gamble on the Kilkenny men as Cuala went down to a shock defeat at the hands of St Mullins.

St Mullins knocked out the two-time All-Ireland champions with a 2-13 to 0-18 victory, sealing their semi-final date against Rathdowney-Errill of Laois next Sunday week.

That saw BoyleSports cut Ballyhale into 8/13 from 2/1 to retain their status as All-Ireland champions with a semi-final tie against Wexford’s St Martin's next on the agenda.

Ballygunner are now their biggest dangers according to the betting after they shortened into 6/1 from 10/1 following their comfortable victory over Sixmilebridge in Munster.

Lawrence Lyons, spokesperson for BoyleSports said: "There was already some very strong support around for Ballyhale but the weekend’s action has seen them backed off the boards.

"We have no choice but to make them odds-on shots now at 8/13 from 2/1 to go all the way with one of their biggest rivals wiped from the market."

All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling Championship

8/13       Ballyhale Shamrocks

6/1         Ballygunner

8/1         St Thomas

9/1         Patrickswell

16/1       Glen Rovers

16/1       Liam Mellows

20/1       Dunloy

22/1       Rathdowney/Errill

25/1       St Martins

28/1       Slaughtneil

28/1       Borris-Ileigh

50/1       St Mullins