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PwC All-Stars 2017 Hurling Nominations

PwC All-Stars 2017 Hurling Nominations

 

GALWAY’S success in winning league, Leinster and All-Ireland titles has been reflected in the final list of nominations in this year’s PwC All-Star awards.

The release today by the GAA and the GPA of the 45 best hurlers of the 2017 season has yielded 14 nominations in total for Micheál Donoghue’s men after a campaign that saw them win a first All-Ireland senior crown since 1988, as well as the Leinster championship, and the Allianz League title.

As is tradition, the nominations are divided into three goalkeepers, 18 defenders, six midfielders and 18 forwards. It has also been agreed to honour all of those nominated with a specially commissioned certificate of achievement.

The final 15 that make up the PwC All-Star Hurling team of 2017 will be presented with their coveted awards at a gala black tie banquet in Dublin’s Convention Centre on Friday, November 3 - an event to be screened live by RTE TV.

Beaten All-Ireland finalists Waterford have received 11 nominations. The remainder of the breakdown is Cork 8, Tipperary 5, Wexford 4, Kilkenny 2 and Clare 1 with the selections having been voted on by a committee made up of GAA media, and chaired by Uachtarán Chumann Luthchleas Gael, Aogán Ó Fearghail.

Also announced today is the short list for this year’s Hurler of the Year and Young Hurler of the Year award.

These overall awards will be voted on exclusively by inter county players and they will choose between Galway’s Joe Canning and Waterford duo Jamie Barron and Kevin Moran for the Hurler of the Year accolade.

Shortlisted for the Young Hurlers of the Year prize are Cork’s Mark Coleman, Waterford’s Conor Gleeson and Galway’s Conor Whelan.

The GAA and GPA have announced PwC as the new sponsors of the All-Star awards in an arrangement that will run until 2020 and see the rebranding of the awards under the title of PwC All-Stars.

PwC All-Star Hurling Nominations

GOALKEEPERS

Colm Callanan (Galway), Anthony Nash (Cork), Stephen O’Keeffe (Waterford),

DEFENDERS

Mark Coleman (Cork), Daithí Burke (Galway), Gearóid McInerney (Galway), Padraic Maher (Tipperary), Padraig Mannion (Galway), Noel Connors (Waterford), Tadhg de Búrca (Waterford), Aidan Harte (Galway), Adrian Tuohey (Galway), Darragh Fives (Waterford), Diarmuid O’Keeffe(Wexford), Colm Spillane (Cork), John Hanbury (Galway), Damien Cahalane (Cork), Cillian Buckley (Kilkenny), Conor Gleeson (Waterford), Philip Mahony (Waterford), Matthew O’Hanlon (Wexford)

 

MIDFIELDERS

David Burke (Galway), Jamie Barron (Waterford), Brendan Maher (Tipperary), Johnny Coen (Galway), Darragh Fitzgibbon (Cork), Lee Chin (Wexford)

 

FORWARDS

Kevin Moran (Waterford), Joe Canning (Galway), Conor Coone

20 September 2017/Author: Media GPA/Number of views (1572)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 2.5
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TOGETHER WE RISE

Final call for past and present inter-county players for TOGETHER WE RISE community leaders gathering this coming Saturday. Over 30 lads confirmed coming (list below) and places now limited. It's in the Chocolate Factory in Dublin kicking off 12 noon sharp until 3pm. Feel free to invite any lads you think would be good to have there. More info and registration link below. Any questions, please shout. Thanks, Ruairí McKiernan
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- Venue: (3rd floor) The Chocolate Factory, 26 Kings Inn St. Map = http://bit.ly/2ykfllf

- Car park (1 min walk away): http://bit.ly/2xhm6Gd

- Registration: http://bit.ly/2fuJ82X

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Together We Rise – a special gathering of inter-county players who are passionate about social leadership and community action

Saturday September 23rd, Dublin (Chocolate Factory). 12noon SHARP to 3pm.

Register http://bit.ly/2fuJ82X

Last December the Westmeath hurling squad made national headlines for their efforts in supporting homeless people. Their action shone a light on an important national issue and the symbolism of their leadership was an example of how we as GAA players can use our status as role models and community leaders to inspire others to action. This at a time when we need new voices, new leadership, and a new vision for our country.

There are many players and former players who are deeply committed to changing Ireland for the better. Some, like Alan Kerins, Philly McMahon and Tony Griffin, have become charity founders and recognised national community leaders. Others like Joe Canning, Niall McNamee, Alan O’Mara, and Timmy Hammersly have become campaigners, advocates and activists, while people like Kevin McManamon, Eamonn McGee and many others are supporting charities, causes and campaigns in Ireland and abroad.

Recognising our ability to affect change on a national scale, we are coming together on Saturday September 23rd to join forces and explore what more we can do as community leaders to support each other while forging a player-led movement of men who are passionate about building a better country.  
We will be supported by leading social campaigner, charity founder and Presidential appointee to the Council of State Ruairi McKiernan who will share his experiences and insights and support us in exploring how we can develop our interest and commitment to social change. We will also have inputs from Dermot Earley and some very special guest speakers.

The afternoon will be about hearing your views, your hopes, dreams, concerns and ideas for action.

Please join us for what is sure to be a lively, inspiring and historic gathering of hearts and minds.

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"Dublin are the better team individually, but Mayo can still do it," Mickey Conroy's take on the All-Ireland final

Former Mayo star breaks down every line and sees where the advantage lies in the race for Sam Maguire

Mickey Conroy soldiered for over a decade trying to get his hands on Sam Maguire and the former Mayo attacker breaks down Sunday's eagerly-anticipated final between his native county and the three-in-a-row seeking Dubs.

 

GOALKEEPER

The two best goalkeepers in the country and no one is going to argue that Stephen Cluxton is going to go down as probably the best goalkeeper of all time. Nine out of ten of his kick-outs are reaching the intended destination this year and that's phenomenal.

Cluxton is probably the best kick passer in the game, he's so quick from the tee, it's pinpoint. David Clarke is having a fantastic year as well and how his kick-outs go will decide a lot of how this final is played out. He's the best shot stopper in the game but there's still a marginal preference for Cluxton.

Advantage: Slight advantage to Dublin

 

FULL-BACK LINE

With Cian O'Sullivan back sweeping Dublin give very little away at the back and in Philly McMahon and Mick Fitzsimons (who is probably odds on to win an All-Star), they have two outstanding corner-backs.

They look rock solid but you'd have to be excited about that line with Mayo as well. Keith Higgins is playing the football of his life, Vaughan and Harrison are flying it too and I think they're evenly matched in that department.

Advantage: Honours even

 

HALF-BACK LINE

It's actually laughable how much talent is in the two half-back lines. Lee Keegan would get into any team in Ireland and Colm Boyle is playing super stuff while Chris Barrett goes about his business quietly but has had a huge effect on what they've done this year. Barrett is more defensive-minded than attack-minded which gives the two wing backs a chance to bomb forward more because he'll mind the house.

Having Jack McCaffrey back is some boost for Dublin allowing James McCarthy to go to midfield and McCaffrey has shown no ill effects of his year away. Jonny Cooper has been out the field a bit more and is a fine player but I'd take 'Boyler' ahead of him all day and Mayo just edge this outstanding line.

This division shows how Mayo and Dublin are the cream of the crop, the best of the best. Some other counties have one or two lads that would make the best team in the county but Sunday's finalists are peppered with them.

Advantage: Mayo

 

MIDFIELD

Brian Fenton is the best in the business for me and James McCarthy isn't half bad either. Tom Parsons is having some year and Seamus O'Shea had a great game in the replay against Kerry but consistently, the two Dublin lads shade it there.

Advantage: Dublin

 

HALF-FORWARD LINE

I hear Paul Flynn is absolutely flying it and I expect him to start, Niall Scully is a good player too but Flynn would have the ex

15 September 2017/Author: Media GPA/Number of views (982)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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"You knew you were working and dealing with a different breed, they wanted it more," Paul Clarke looks back on his O'Byrne Cup reign with the Dubs

Former Dublin star outlines what sets Jim Gavin apart

 

It's amazing what you can learn about someone from their Twitter handle – be it a nickname, their age or something that means a lot to them – and when you search for former Dublin star Paul Clarke, the year 1995 immediately comes to the fore.

That was the year Dublin ended a 12-year wait, deemed as a famine in the capital, for Sam Maguire and for Clarke it was a time when everything came together for him after some frustrating years in sky blue.

Scoring from play in every championship game that year, the Whitehall Colmcille forward, then 29, was playing the football of his career as the Dubs denied Tyrone their first All-Ireland crown, and a five in a row for Ulster counties.

It's funny what sticks out with some people from their playing days and when looking back at the '95 final it's not Charlie Redmond's sending off that he recalls, or Peter Canavan hitting 11 points, all but one of the Red Hand tally that day.

 

Redmond's red mist

Instead it was the immediate shift in Dublin's mentality when Redmond was given his marching orders and the responsibility which then lay in his hands with free-taking duties, a couple of which he spurned, before delivering the final blow to Tyrone's coffin in their 1-10 to 0-12 win.

"There was a bit of a mix-up over Charlie but if you look at the coverage straight away when he is sent off and goes off, a number of us in that forward line started pulling strings and pointing what had to be done," Clarke tells gaelicplayers.com

"Jason Sherlock, a young player like him, was very much included in that and we knew we had to work harder if we wanted to get over the line. Charlie was sent off and all of a sudden I was thrown in as free taker.

 

"A lot of people forget that I missed a few difficult frees under the Hogan Stand but I haven't, that could have been the winning of the game for us and I could've made it a lot easier. Thankfully, the head didn't drop though.

"I could've dropped it but instead I got into a good position and kicked the winning score, a really good score, from a position that I was comfortable in and that I'd practiced a lot in training. It sailed over and that was the final score of our championship."

After the euphoria of an All-Ireland win and receiving his first and only All-Star, Clarke was keen to push on the following year but instead he watched on from Hill 16 the following year alongside a handful of other All-Ireland winners.

Clarke didn't feature in the plans of new boss Mickey Whelan and when subsequent All-Ireland kingpins Meath put them to the sword in the Leinster final he went from being "on top of the world to crashing back down to earth".

 

11 September 2017/Author: Media GPA/Number of views (968)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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EXCLUSIVE: "I'd be absolutely delighted for them but a slight bit jealous too I'm sure,” former Galway star David Collins on his emotions if Galway claim All-Ireland SHC title

 

 

WALKING away from the game you love is never easy and David Collins doesn't hide his struggles as Galway bid to break their 29-year wait for an All-Ireland SHC title without him against Waterford on Sunday.

 

For 13 years he soldiered with the Tribesmen as they flirted with Liam MacCarthy success but when you're time is up, there's no turning back and the former senior skipper has no regrets about his time in maroon and white.

 

It was his "lifelong dream" to climb the Hogan Stand steps on the first Sunday in September but with that ambition extinguished, the 33-year-old will put his full weight behind supporting the current crop, many of which he stays in regular contact with.

 

It's just over a year since his last Galway appearance, a late cameo as they fell narrowly to eventual champions Tipperary in the All-Ireland semi-final, and it's a strange position to be an outsider looking in as the county stands on the cusp of just their fifth All-Ireland crown.

 

"I do miss it," Collins says candidly. "I miss the intensity, I miss the competitiveness, the structure that it gives you. You lose a lot of discipline in terms of where you're going, what you're doing. When you're involved, you're so engrossed in hurling and that's one of the biggest issues at the moment that I see. 

 

"Everything revolves around it, you forget about your life, your family, your career and when you leave like I did you can be left with a hole or a void to fill, luckily I have the club and my job, which I lined up properly over the past two years because I knew my time was coming to an end.

 

"That's so important for players to realise that once it finishes, and it could finish at any time, it's crucial to have that there. It's not an easy transition period but you look back with fond memories and that's the one thing I'll always have."

 

 

The Liam Mellows clubman, who is

01 September 2017/Author: Media GPA/Number of views (762)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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