Galway-Tipperary combined XV - Tribesmen shade it after a lot of close calls
What would a Galway-Tipperary composite team look like? I think it would have an almost even split.
For the third time in three years Galway and Tipperary are locking horns in an All-Ireland semi-final and the previous two meetings have been decided by a solitary point.
According to the betting markets and the Tribemen's comprehensive victory over Tipp in the league final, Michael O'Donoghue's side appear to have the edge.
Eight players from west of the Shannon make the team with the seven remaining positions occupied by Premier players.
Here is the Galway-Tipperary combined XV:
1. Colm Callanan (Galway)
Callanan made three terrific saves against Wexford and is firmly established as Galway's netminder. It helps when the lions share of his puck-outs are being won by teammates.
2. Cathal Barrett (Tipperary)
He won't be involved on Sunday after being dropped for disciplinary reasons earlier in the year. Arguably, the best corner-back in the game when available.
3. Daithi Burke (Galway)
He got the better of Seamus Callanan in last year's semi-final and similar heroics will be required this time around.
4. Aidan Harte (Galway)
The Gort man is a no-nonsense defender and is a vital cog in the Galway defensive unit.
5. John Hanbury (Galway)
Hanbury has really benefited from his move out to the half-back line and has been given more of a chance to display his skills.
6. Ronan Maher (Tipperary)
Paddy Stapleton would have marked Joe Canning in the past but the mantle may pass to Maher. This clash is worth the admission fee alone.
7. Padraic Maher (Tipperary)
Few Galway fans will forget the monster hit on Joe Canning in the first half of last year's semi. He's been out-of-sorts in 2017 but returning to Croke Park can rekindle his form.
8. David Burke (Galway)
A Rolls Royce of a midfielder and often the driving force behind the Tribesmen.
9. Brendan Maher (Tipperary)
He works tirelessly around the pitch and provides leadership when required. One of the best readers of the game in hurling.
10. Joseph Cooney (Galway)
Uses his 6'4" frame to massive effect and it not just a juggernaut. His ability to field a ball and flash over a snapshot is a joy to behold.
11. Joe Canning (Galway)
Is operating effectively in either half, dropping into his own defence and acting as a playmaker or tormenting opponents in attack. Looks more assured from frees too.
12. Noel McGrath (Tipperary)
His ability to score off the back foot is incredible and so difficult to defend against, rarely makes an error on the ball.
13. Conor Cooney (Galway)
This man is the reason Galway are the favourites for the All-Ireland. His scoring prowess has eased the burden on Canning and he is fast becoming a superstar in his own right.
14. Seamus Callanan (Tipperary)
His clash with Daithi Burke could decide the game. He's the most potent attacker in the game and he'll need to be hitting his straps in what should prove to be a high-scoring affair.
15. John McGrath (Tipperary)
McGrath is still just 23 years of age but he has the poaching instincts of the veteran. Always a decent bet to be first goalscorer.