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TOP HURLER: Limerick hurler Cian Lynch with his
PwC hurler of the year award at the Convention
Centre in Dublin Pic: Sportsfile

TOP HURLER: Limerick hurler Cian Lynch with his PwC hurler of the year award at the Convention Centre in Dublin Pic: Sportsfile

TOP HURLER: Limerick hurler Cian Lynch with his PwC hurler of the year award at the Convention Centre in Dublin Pic: Sportsfile

The first thing that struck Cian Lynch about Brian Fenton when they arrived in the Convention Centre yesterday to have their photographs taken as the newly-crowned PwC Hurler and Footballer of the Year was the height of the Dublin midfielder.

"The size of him!," laughs Lynch.

"I didn't realise how big he is."

The second thing that Lynch discovered is that although Limerick are All-Ireland champions, there are plenty more kingdoms for them to conquer.

"They've set the standard in the football," he said of Fenton's Dublin team, "and they're a professional outfit who keep going about their business no matter what's said or what's done or what's thrown at them.They just keep going.

absentee "For us as hurlers, we'd aspire to be like them, be the Dublin of hurling if you like.

"But, for us at the moment, it's about enjoying this year and now we'll be getting back to the drawing board now.

"We'll get back training and we'll keep our heads down. There's no point looking beyond the next few months and there's no point getting carried away.

"2018 is going to be gone soon enough and 2019's doors will open. It's going to be open country again and I think anything is possible."

Lynch's Limerick have been given six places in the annual PwC All Stars team.

All six are first time recipients.

As expected, Kilkenny's Eoin Murphy is picked in goal, the only player in the team not from one of this year's All-Ireland semi-finalists.

A couple of other strong Treaty candidates also missed out.

Diarmuid Byrnes, outstanding at wing-back all year, is one notable absentee, presumably on a tight call with his team mate, Dan Morrissey.

In attack, TJ Reid, Daniel Kearney and Tom Morrissey all had their moments but the forward line is already rammed with shoo-ins.

Joe Canning was nominated for Hurler of the Year was thus the Galway star was an automatic choice for a fifth All Star.

Similarly, both Peter Duggan and John Conlon were certs after Clare's agonising All-Ireland semi-final replay loss to the Tribesmen and their respective parts therein.

2018 PwC All Stars Hurling team: Eoin Murphy (Kilkenny); Seán Finn (Limerick), Daithí Burke (Galway), Richie English (Limerick); Páraic Mannion (Galway), Declan Hannon (Limerick), Dan Morrissey (Limerick); Darragh Fitzgibbon (Cork), Cian Lynch (Limerick); Peter Duggan (Clare), Joe Canning (Galway), Seamus Harnedy (Cork); Patrick Horgan (Cork), John Conlon (Clare) Graeme Mulcahy (Limerick).


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