Five young hurlers to keep an eye on during Championship 2016
Five hurlers to keep track of as the battle for the Liam McCarthy rages.
1. Ronan Lynch (Limerick)
A prodigious talent who played three years with the Limerick minors, Lynch is used to winning. He was key in the county’s run to an All-Ireland U21 title last year and continued that good form as Na Piarsaigh powered to an All-Ireland club final. Will be expected to be a key part of TJ Ryan’s plans.
2. Patrick Curran (Waterford)
Curran made his championship debut against Cork last year but was to the fore for the Deise in the league, hitting four points in the drawn decider with Clare. A former Harty and Croke Cup medallist with Dungarvan Colleges, Curran won a minor All-Ireland title in 2013 and can carry a threat up front for Derek McGrath’s side.
3. Conor Dooley (Dublin)
Judging by the league, Dooley seems to have shifted his Ballyboden club mate and former All-Star Gary Maguire out from the Dublin No 1 jersey, which in itself is no mean feat. Ger Cunningham has shown great faith in him during the league and he is an imposing physical presence with a good puck out.
4. Conor Cleary (Clare)
Cleary is the latest in a long line of talented players to come off the Clare production line. He skippered the county’s U21s last year but picked up a serious injury while in action for his club, Kilmaley. Looked to be finding some good form in the league.
5. Michael Breen (Tipperary)
There’s likely to be some new faces in the Tipp team, given the number of retirements over the winter, and Breen, who featured regularly off the bench last year, looks well placed to come in and take a midfield spot, with Shane McGrath and James Woodlock having hung up their boots.