Former Waterford football boss John Kiely believes that The Nire will capture the Conway Cup for the third year in a row.
Michael Ryan's men start their title defence with a repeat of last year's county final against Rathgormack on Sunday evening at 6 o'clock in Fraher Field. "They are a well balanced side and they work really hard," Kiely told WLR's Lár Na Páirce show. "I would tip them to go all the way and win the county title. I think they'll start on a good note on Sunday evening by beating Rathgormack."
Kiely was impressed by midfield pairing Sean Walsh and Tholom Guiry in that final. "They gave one of the best midfield exhibitions I saw in a county final in a long time. Young Walsh made seven or eight high fetches and young Guiry made three or four as well. The two of them were outstanding in Lár Na Páirce."
Waterford SFC Round 1
Stradbally v An Rinn Saturday 7 o'clock Fraher Field
Ballinacourty v Kilrossanty Sunday 1.30 Fraher Field
Gaultier v Brickey Rangers Sunday 3.00 Fraher Field
The Nire v Rathgormack Sunday 6 o'clock Fraher Field
Listen back to the full interview with John Kiely from Friday's Lár Na Páirce.