Hurling Team of the Week: Galway, Kilkenny and Limerick lead the way after impressive wins
The provincial hurling championships are nearing their conclusion and Tipperary are the biggest casualty so far of the new round-robin system after losing to Clare in a gripping finale in Thurles.
There were also wins for Kilkenny, Limerick and Galway on a busy weekend of hurling action.
We look at the top performers from across the country in our hurling team of the week:
1 Alan Nolan (Dublin)
Dublin have conceded just one goal this championship campaign and the Dublin keeper registered another clean sheet against Galway on Saturday, but he couldn't stop his side from slipping to another defeat.
2 Paul Murphy (Kilkenny)
Murphy played his part in Kilkenny's second-half comeback, which was as ominous as it was thrilling, and the other championship contenders will surely have taken note.
3 Padraig Walsh (Kilkenny)
Along with TJ Reid, Walsh was one of the Cats' star performers as they survived the early Wexford storm to turn around their championship clash in Nowlan Park.
4 Richie English (Limerick)
The excellent Limerick defence ensured it was a miserable afternoon for Waterford as the home side stormed to victory. Next weekend's trip to Clare will perhaps be a bigger challenge for the Shannonsiders.
5 Padraic Mannion (Galway)
Contributed three points in Pearse Stadium as Galway, eventually, saw off the determined challenge of Dublin, and Mannion will certainly be crucial in Galway's final meeting with Kilkenny.
6 Declan Hannon (Limerick)
Part of Limerick's outstanding half-back line, Waterford found little joy in the Gaelic Grounds and Hannon, along with Byrnes and Morrissey, are a big reason why.
7 Paudie Foley (Wexford)
Out of position in this team but it is justified by his performance, albeit ultimately in a losing effort. The second-half was Kilkenny's but Foley was part of an awesome first-half display that shouldn't be completely forgotten.
8 Rian McBride (Dublin)
Perhaps the outstanding performer in a losing effort for the Dubs, the midfielder scored four points including a sideline cut as Dublin fought back in the second-half in Pearse Stadium.
9 Cathal Malone (Clare)
Formed a solid midfield partnership with Colm Galvin that will play an important role as the Banner go deeper into the championship.
10 Peter Duggan (Clare)
Fifteen points on the afternoon but the most important were the two in the closing minutes as Clare's late blitz dumped Tipp out of the championship.
11 TJ Reid (Kilkenny)
Always likely to be the man to inspire Kilkenny after a dismal first-half and so it proved in the second period, scoring half of his side's points on the day and acting as the experienced hand to guide the Cats into the Leinster final.
12 Cathal Mannion (Galway)
Mannion was part of a first-half effort that gave Galway a commanding lead in Pearse Stadium.
13 Conor Whelan (Galway)
Three points and an excellent all-round contribution from Whelan helping Galway to victory over Dublin, despite the late scare.
14 Shane Dowling (Limerick)
The unavailability of Aaron Gillane provided the opportunity and Dowling certainly seized it, 15 points on a day when Limerick blew Waterford away.
15 John McGrath (Tipperary)
Ultimately a losing effort but Tipp did produce possibly their best hurling of the championship at times on Sunday and McGrath showed several touches of class, but given the result it will largely fade into irrelevance.
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