Kilkenny (7) and Galway (4) dominate The Sunday Game Hurling team of the Year
All-Ireland finalists Galway and Kilkenny provided 11 players in The Sunday Game's Hurling Team of the Year.
Not long after the dust had settled on yet another Liam McCarthy title for Brian Cody, his 11th since taking charge of the Noresiders, the hurling analysts selected seven of the victorious team on their annual selection.
Paul Murphy, Joey Holden and Cillian Buckley were chose in the backs, man-of-the-match Michael Fennelly got the nod in midfield, while Richie Hogan and TJ Reid were shoe-ins in the half-forward line. Ger Aylward made it a year to remember after getting the number 13 jersey.
The tribesmen were recognised for their efforts which ultimately came up just short.
Colm Callanan was selected in goals, largely on the back of an inspired performance in the semi-final victory over Tipperary, with Daithi Burke getting a wing-back berth.
David Burke, who had a fine game in the engine room yesterday, partners Fennelly in the middle of the pitch while Jonathan Glynn's electrifying performances were acknolwledged as he was given the nod at wing-forward.
Tipperary pair Cathal Barrett and inspirational Seamus Callanan were chosen by the panel while the surprise package of the season Waterford also had two players who made the cut.
Tadhg de Búrca claimed the pivotal centre-back position while Maurice Shanahan was named in the corner.
The Sunday Game 2015 Hurling Team of the Year
1. Colm Callanan (Galway)
2. Paul Murphy (Kilkenny)
3. Joey Holden (Kilkenny)
4. Cathal Barrett (Tipperary)
5. Daithí Burke (Galway)
6. Tadhg de Búrca (Waterford)
7. Cillian Buckley (Kilkenny)
8. Michael Fennelly (Kilkenny)
9. David Burke (Galway)
10. Jonathan Glynn (Galway)
11. Richie Hogan (Kilkenny)
12. TJ Reid (Kilkenny)
13. Ger Aylward (Kilkenny)
14. Seamus Callanan (Tipperary)
15. Maurice Shanahan (Waterford)