Monday 22 January 2018

Kilkenny (7) and Galway (4) dominate The Sunday Game Hurling team of the Year

Waterford's Tadhg De Burca, along with Kilkenny pair Richie Hogan and TJ Reid, pictured here during the All-Ireland semi-final, were selected in The Sunday Game's Hurling Team of the Year.
Waterford's Tadhg De Burca, along with Kilkenny pair Richie Hogan and TJ Reid, pictured here during the All-Ireland semi-final, were selected in The Sunday Game's Hurling Team of the Year.
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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

Goalkeeper

1. Colm Callanan (Galway)

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6 September 2015; Colm Callanan, Galway, hits the ball downfield. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Galway, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Seb Daly / SPORTSFILE

Full-back line

2. Paul Murphy (Kilkenny)

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Kilkenny's Paul Murphy attempts to block a shot from Conor Whelan, Galway

3. Joey Holden (Kilkenny)

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Kilkenny’s Joey Holden clears the danger under pressure from Galway’s Jonathan Glynn

4. Cathal Barrett (Tipperary)

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Cathal Barrett

Half-back line

5. Daithí Burke (Galway)

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6. Tadhg de Búrca (Waterford)

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7. Cillian Buckley (Kilkenny)

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Cillian Buckley

Midfielders

8. Michael Fennelly (Kilkenny)

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Michael Fennelly

9. David Burke (Galway)

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David Burke

 

Half-forward line

10. Jonathan Glynn (Galway)

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Galway's Jonathan Glynn in action against James Barry in the 2014 championship

11. Richie Hogan (Kilkenny)

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Richie Hogan, Kilkenny, in action against Padraig Mannion, Galway. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Galway, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

12. TJ Reid (Kilkenny)

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Of course, Galway have to be very wary of TJ Reid, pictured, Richie Hogan etc, but Brian Cody knows what Joe Canning and the rest of the Galway forwards can do if the team’s overall game is going well

Full-forward line

13. Ger Aylward (Kilkenny)

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14. Seamus Callanan (Tipperary)

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The fastest ball speed in last year’s All-Ireland final replay, struck by Seamus Callanan, was over 107mph. It will be almost impossible to save a penality at that speed – if it’s placed properly

15. Maurice Shanahan (Waterford)

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Maurice Shanahan

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