Tipp's star man Maher set to shine
Brendan Maher is on course for one of the two individual hurling awards at tonight's Vodafone All Star function in Citywest, WRITES COLM KEYS.
The hurling selection will be unveiled, as will the name of the Hurler of the Year and the Young Hurler of the Year.
Maher, the influential Tipperary midfielder, is on the shortlist for both awards.
Lar Corbett, scorer of three goals in this year's All-Ireland final and six during the season, is also one of three nominees for the senior award while Michael Fennelly, the Kilkenny midfielder, is also in contention.
Fennelly had a magnificent year for Kilkenny and, with Maher, looks sure to be chosen at midfield on the All Star team.
Maher will be a strong favourite to win the Young Hurler of the Year if he fails to pick up the senior award.
The other nominees are Noel Connors, Waterford's tigerish corner-back, and Tipperary's Noel McGrath, who won the award last year but is still eligible for consideration for his outstanding play at centre-forward in the All-Ireland semi-final and final.
Tipperary are expected to dominate the Vodafone hurling team tonight with Kilkenny and Waterford also featuring strongly.
Hurler of the Year: Lar Corbett ( Tipperary ), Michael Fennelly (Kilkenny), Brendan Maher ( Tipperary).
Young Hurler of the Year: Noel Connors ( Waterford ), Noel McGrath ( Tipperary ), Brendan Maher (Tipperary).