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Christy Ring, Nicky Rackard & Lory Meagher Championship 15 Nominees

Christy Ring, Nicky Rackard and Lory Meagher Champion 15 Nominees Announced

The GAA and the GPA are pleased to announce 45 nominees for the 2019 Champion 15 Team. These players have been nominated based on their outstanding performances in this year’s Ring, Rackard and Meagher Hurling Championships.

The Champion 15 selection will be awarded as part of the PwC All-Stars event in Dublin’s Convention Centre on Friday 1st November.

In all 20 counties feature on the list of 45.

Christy Ring Champions Meath are well represented with six nominees while beaten finalists Down have four nominees. The six other competing counties in the competition are also represented.

Eight counties from the Nicky Rackard Championship make the shortlist with Sligo taking four places after their title success.

Leitrim’s victory in the Lory Meagher Final sees them claim five spots with captain Declan Molloy seeking a second consecutive Champion 15 award. Lancashire’s Ronan Crowley also makes the cut after scoring 1-9 in their final defeat to Leitrim.

GAA President John Horan said: “Congratulations to all 45 players who have been named on the nominations list.

“I am delighted to see the excellence of these players honoured and their inclusion on the list of 45 is an acknowledgement of their committment to the game and some of the superb matches they featured in over the course of the summer.

“I wish them all well and look forward to the announcement of the final selection.”

Paul Flynn, Chief Executive of the Gaelic Players Association, said:

“Congratulations to all 45 nominees for their stellar performances on the pitch this year. It’s been a truly memorable year of hurling so it’s important that we recognise the talent that these players have and worked hard for. Well done to everyone involved and congratulations also to all of the hurlers nominated for a PwC All-Star Award for 2019.”

This is the first year that a selection of 45 players has been chosen from the Ring, Rackard and Meagher competitions. The new selection process has introduced player and coach feedback and has been finalised by an independent selection committee of journalists and referees. Players competing in the Joe McDonagh Cup were considered in the PwC All-Stars for the Liam MacCarthy.

The Champion 15 Nominations are listed below.

Simon Doherty             Armagh (Nicky Rackard Cup)

Dean Gaffney               Armagh (Nicky Rackard Cup)

Caolan Rice                 Armagh (Nicky Rackard Cup)

Diarmaid Carney          Cavan (Lory Meagher Cup)

Brian Óg McGilligan     Derry (Christy Ring Cup)

Sé McGuigan               Derry (Christy Ring Cup)

Danny  Cullen              Donegal (Christy Ring Cup)

Stephen Keith              Down (Christy Ring Cup)

Dáithi Sands                Down (Christy Ring Cup)

Eoghan Sands              Down (Christy Ring Cup)

Caolan Taggart             Down (Christy Ring Cup)

John Duffy                    Fermanagh (Lory Meagher Cup)

James  Burke                Kildare (Christy Ring Cup)

Jack Sheridan               Kildare (Christy Ring Cup)

Darren Crowley            Lancashire (Lory Meagher Cup)

Ronan  Crowley            Lancashire (Lory Meagher Cup)

Greg Jacob                    Lancashire (Lory Meagher Cup)

James  Glancy               Leitrim (Lory Meagher Cup)

Declan Molloy               Leitrim (Lory Meagher Cup)

Enda Moreton               Leitrim (Lory Meagher Cup)

Liam Moreton               Leitrim (Lory Meagher Cup)

Gavin O’Hagan              Leitrim (Lory Meagher Cup)

Shane Lawless               London (Christy Ring Cup)

David Buckley                Longford (Nicky Rackard Cup)

Darren Geoghegan        Louth (Nicky Rackard Cup)

Shane Boland                 Mayo (Nicky Rackard Cup)

Shane Brennan              Meath (Christy Ring Cup)

Sean Geraghty                Meath (Christy Ring Cup)

Damien Healy                Meath (Christy Ring Cup)

Keith Keoghan               Meath (Christy Ring Cup)

Jack Regan                     Meath (Christy Ring Cup)

Shane Whitty                 Meath (Christy Ring Cup)

Fergal Rafter                  Monaghan (Nicky Rackard Cup)

Cathal Dolan                  Roscommon (Christy Ring Cup)

Pádraig Kelly                  Roscommon (Christy Ring Cup)

Gerard O’Kelly-Lynch  Sligo (Nicky Rackard Cup)

Keith Raymond             Sligo (Nicky Rackard Cup)

Joe Starr                         Sligo (Nicky Rackard Cup)

James  Weir                   Sligo (Nicky Rackard Cup)

Damian Casey               Tyrone (Nicky Rackard Cup)

Tiernan Morgan           Tyrone (Nicky Rackard Cup)

Willie Allen                    Warwickshire (Nicky Rackard Cup)

John Collins                  Warwickshire (Nicky Rackard Cup)

John Henderson           Wicklow (Christy Ring Cup)

Stephen Kelly                Wicklow (Christy Ring Cup)

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