January 24: TJ Reid and Kieran Fitzgerald
History was made and dynasties were further enhanced on All-Ireland club final day in Croke Park last Sunday. Corofin became the first club to win three football titles in a row while Ballyhale Shamrocks put back-to-back hurling titles together for the first time in their history and further extend their lead at the top of the club game’s roll of honour.
There were key men on both sides but it’s hard to look past the contribution of two in particular. TJ Reid led from the front for the Kilkenny men, enhancing his status as one of the game’s greats while in the football final, evergreen 39-year-old Kieran Fitzgerald played every minute to claim another All-Ireland title, 19 years after he helped Galway lift Sam Maguire back in 2001.