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The HS Readers' Hurling Team Of The Year as chosen by you.

Thanks to all who took part!

HS Readers' Hurling Team Of The Year

GOALKEEPER:

1. Eoin Murphy (Kilkenny)

DEFENDERS:

2. Sean Finn (Limerick)

3. Liam Ryan (Wexford)

4. Cathal Barrett (Tipperary)

5. Brendan Maher (Tipperary)

6. Padraic Maher (Tipperary)

7. Ronan Maher (Tipperary)

MIDFIELDERS:

8. Noel McGrath (Tipperary)

9. Diarmuid O'Keeffe (Wexford)

FORWARDS:

10. John O'Dwyer (Tipperary)

11. TJ Reid (Kilkenny)

12. Lee Chin (Wexford)

13. Aaron Gillane (Limerick)

14. Seamus Callanan (Tipperary)

15. Patrick Horgan (Cork)

Administrator (None) - Posts: 2194 - 04/09/2019 20:04:30    2232861

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Replying To Administrator:  "The HS Readers' Hurling Team Of The Year as chosen by you.

Thanks to all who took part!

HS Readers' Hurling Team Of The Year

GOALKEEPER:

1. Eoin Murphy (Kilkenny)

DEFENDERS:

2. Sean Finn (Limerick)

3. Liam Ryan (Wexford)

4. Cathal Barrett (Tipperary)

5. Brendan Maher (Tipperary)

6. Padraic Maher (Tipperary)

7. Ronan Maher (Tipperary)

MIDFIELDERS:

8. Noel McGrath (Tipperary)

9. Diarmuid O'Keeffe (Wexford)

FORWARDS:

10. John O'Dwyer (Tipperary)

11. TJ Reid (Kilkenny)

12. Lee Chin (Wexford)

13. Aaron Gillane (Limerick)

14. Seamus Callanan (Tipperary)

15. Patrick Horgan (Cork)"
Only one I'd completely disagree with is Murphy, Top class keeper but not at his bes this year and missed too much to deserve an all star. I wouldnt be sure he will be nominated for an All Star.

tiobraid (Tipperary) - Posts: 2758 - 05/09/2019 00:13:53    2232910

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Can we replace the Sunday Game pundits with Hogan Stand pundits?

Hurling people on this board talk far more sense and are more entertaining than those we see on screen :-)

slayer (Limerick) - Posts: 6189 - 05/09/2019 10:04:39    2232946

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No matter who picks a team, some of them can't differentiate between 'Best Ever', 'My Favourite' and 'Best This Year'. They are not interchangeable!

m_the_d (None) - Posts: 1092 - 05/09/2019 10:40:42    2232960

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Great idea by HS to do this. It will be interesting to see how this team compares with the All-Stars team.

Killarney.87 (Tipperary) - Posts: 2513 - 05/09/2019 12:20:13    2232996

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Replying To tiobraid:  "
Replying To Administrator:  "The HS Readers' Hurling Team Of The Year as chosen by you.

Thanks to all who took part!

HS Readers' Hurling Team Of The Year

GOALKEEPER:

1. Eoin Murphy (Kilkenny)

DEFENDERS:

2. Sean Finn (Limerick)

3. Liam Ryan (Wexford)

4. Cathal Barrett (Tipperary)

5. Brendan Maher (Tipperary)

6. Padraic Maher (Tipperary)

7. Ronan Maher (Tipperary)

MIDFIELDERS:

8. Noel McGrath (Tipperary)

9. Diarmuid O'Keeffe (Wexford)

FORWARDS:

10. John O'Dwyer (Tipperary)

11. TJ Reid (Kilkenny)

12. Lee Chin (Wexford)

13. Aaron Gillane (Limerick)

14. Seamus Callanan (Tipperary)

15. Patrick Horgan (Cork)"
Only one I'd completely disagree with is Murphy, Top class keeper but not at his bes this year and missed too much to deserve an all star. I wouldnt be sure he will be nominated for an All Star."
Sure Brian Lohan won all-star full back in 95 from one display against Limerick.
I know Murphy had a shortened season he was still quality and that should be acknowledged.

Bon (Kildare) - Posts: 786 - 05/09/2019 12:39:15    2233002

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Pretty fair and pretty close to the real all stars I reckon

Breezy (Limerick) - Posts: 367 - 05/09/2019 19:48:42    2233130

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I had Matthew O'Hanlon at No. 6 with Ronan Maher at 4 instead of Barrett but I wouldn't argue with the selected 15. Can't see why some people have a problem with Eoin Murphy. Maybe he wasn't as spectacular as other years but for me he was still the best, even in a year when we had several very good goalkeepers.

midlands (Westmeath) - Posts: 110 - 05/09/2019 19:56:01    2233133

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While not exactly the team I picked, and granted Eoin Murphy wasnt as good as previous years, it wouldnt be a surprise if the All star team is the same.

Viking66 (Wexford) - Posts: 800 - 06/09/2019 10:23:35    2233239

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Better team than the official one named this morning:

2019 PwC Hurling All-Stars:

Goalkeeper

1 Brian Hogan (Tipperary)

Defenders

2 Seán Finn (Limerick)

3 Ronan Maher (Tipperary)

4 Cathal Barrett (Tipperary)

5 Brendan Maher (Tipperary)

6 Pádraig Walsh (Kilkenny)

7 Pádraic Maher (Tipperary)

Midfield

8 Noel McGrath (Tipperary)

9 Diarmuid O'Keeffe (Wexford)

Forwards

10 Lee Chin (Wexford)

11 TJ Reid (Kilkenny)

12 Colin Fennelly (Kilkenny)

13 Aaron Gillane (Limerick)

14 Séamus Callanan (Tipperary)

15 Patrick Horgan (Cork)

gaelicgab (USA) - Posts: 850 - 31/10/2019 10:20:39    2246727

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Replying To gaelicgab:  "Better team than the official one named this morning:

2019 PwC Hurling All-Stars:

Goalkeeper

1 Brian Hogan (Tipperary)

Defenders

2 Seán Finn (Limerick)

3 Ronan Maher (Tipperary)

4 Cathal Barrett (Tipperary)

5 Brendan Maher (Tipperary)

6 Pádraig Walsh (Kilkenny)

7 Pádraic Maher (Tipperary)

Midfield

8 Noel McGrath (Tipperary)

9 Diarmuid O'Keeffe (Wexford)

Forwards

10 Lee Chin (Wexford)

11 TJ Reid (Kilkenny)

12 Colin Fennelly (Kilkenny)

13 Aaron Gillane (Limerick)

14 Séamus Callanan (Tipperary)

15 Patrick Horgan (Cork)"
I would have had Rowland in goal instead of Hogan and bubbles in instead of fennelly, complete and utter bias on this 1 but 1 of liam ryan or Matthew O'Hanlon could have got in the team too...

wexico15 (Wexford) - Posts: 1719 - 31/10/2019 11:17:33    2246753

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To be fair to Hogan, he conceded less than a goal a game and only 1 in the munster group games. For me Mark Fanning deserved it, no matter what defence he had in front of him. 3 goals in 6 games is unbelievable. Wasn't even nominated.
Padraig Walsh and Fennelly - I wouldn't have had them in.
I think the rest of the tipp forwards are unlucky. I stand to be corrected but I think on average per game no team scored more from play Throughout a season and only one forward selected. Granted though they all had 1 or 2 quiet days.
I think wexford deserved at least one more if not 2

tiobraid (Tipperary) - Posts: 2758 - 31/10/2019 13:47:07    2246795

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Very disappointed that Wexford did not get one or two more - Ryan and OHanlon unlucky. It was obvious what was coming when we saw the nominees for the goal-keeper position. Hogan despite having 4 All star backs in front of him let in 5 goals in munster final and all Ireland semi-final. Fanning despite having no all star backs in front of him had a very successful season yet not even a nomination. Who are these geezers who do the picking and which counties do they come from - although I probably can guess.

lochgarmanabu (Wexford) - Posts: 983 - 31/10/2019 14:40:23    2246813

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Replying To tiobraid:  "To be fair to Hogan, he conceded less than a goal a game and only 1 in the munster group games. For me Mark Fanning deserved it, no matter what defence he had in front of him. 3 goals in 6 games is unbelievable. Wasn't even nominated.
Padraig Walsh and Fennelly - I wouldn't have had them in.
I think the rest of the tipp forwards are unlucky. I stand to be corrected but I think on average per game no team scored more from play Throughout a season and only one forward selected. Granted though they all had 1 or 2 quiet days.
I think wexford deserved at least one more if not 2"
I'd have picked Murphy in goals, Deegan at half back instead of Padraig Walsh and Ford at wing forward.

KK are entitled to 3 having made the final. Wexford had to get two. Both Limerick players were automatic as was Horgan so the max Tipp could get was 7. The only argument is as to how to share out the 3 and the 7.

This is unprecedented from me but I'd hope that Callinan does get player of the year because he's a fabulous player and deserves it (both for this year and his career to-date).

Dealer (Limerick) - Posts: 690 - 31/10/2019 14:49:55    2246816

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Replying To wexico15:  "I would have had Rowland in goal instead of Hogan and bubbles in instead of fennelly, complete and utter bias on this 1 but 1 of liam ryan or Matthew O'Hanlon could have got in the team too..."
Agreed Wexico. In fact a case could be made for Ryan and O'Hanlon to be both on the team. I would certainly have Ryan at full back with Ronan Maher either at corner or centre back. I know Padraig Walsh is a darling of the media because he performs some spectacular stuff from time to time but he is very inconsistent and had a bad All-Ireland final, highlighted by a terrible mistake leading to Tipp's early second half goal. I would rate O'Hanlon a much better centre back - very steady and consistent, if not often spectacular.

midlands (Westmeath) - Posts: 110 - 31/10/2019 15:05:46    2246820

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Replying To tiobraid:  "To be fair to Hogan, he conceded less than a goal a game and only 1 in the munster group games. For me Mark Fanning deserved it, no matter what defence he had in front of him. 3 goals in 6 games is unbelievable. Wasn't even nominated.
Padraig Walsh and Fennelly - I wouldn't have had them in.
I think the rest of the tipp forwards are unlucky. I stand to be corrected but I think on average per game no team scored more from play Throughout a season and only one forward selected. Granted though they all had 1 or 2 quiet days.
I think wexford deserved at least one more if not 2"
Surely looking at any mistakes made and shots that possibly could have been saved is more meaningful than focusing on the number of goals conceded when evaluating a goal keepers performances. If it came down to numbers of goals conceded then Kilkenny should have cleaned up the all-star goal keeper position during their period of dominance, but of course that didn't happen. Of course, distribution is another important aspect of a keepers performance in today's game, but it should be secondary to shot stopping IMO, unlike a few years ago where simply keeping your puck outs below 45 degrees was enough to win All-stars and obvious deficiencies in shot stopping were overlooked

Heftydickonem (Kilkenny) - Posts: 147 - 31/10/2019 15:05:57    2246821

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Replying To Heftydickonem:  "Surely looking at any mistakes made and shots that possibly could have been saved is more meaningful than focusing on the number of goals conceded when evaluating a goal keepers performances. If it came down to numbers of goals conceded then Kilkenny should have cleaned up the all-star goal keeper position during their period of dominance, but of course that didn't happen. Of course, distribution is another important aspect of a keepers performance in today's game, but it should be secondary to shot stopping IMO, unlike a few years ago where simply keeping your puck outs below 45 degrees was enough to win All-stars and obvious deficiencies in shot stopping were overlooked"
You're correct but it wasn't a stand out year for keepers. Eoin Murphy for me is by far the goalie in the country and on his way to being the greatest ever but by his standards he certainly hadn't a great year in my opinion. For what it's worth I wouldn't have given it to Hogan. Was between Rowland and fanning for me.

tiobraid (Tipperary) - Posts: 2758 - 31/10/2019 16:19:07    2246843

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Replying To midlands:  "Agreed Wexico. In fact a case could be made for Ryan and O'Hanlon to be both on the team. I would certainly have Ryan at full back with Ronan Maher either at corner or centre back. I know Padraig Walsh is a darling of the media because he performs some spectacular stuff from time to time but he is very inconsistent and had a bad All-Ireland final, highlighted by a terrible mistake leading to Tipp's early second half goal. I would rate O'Hanlon a much better centre back - very steady and consistent, if not often spectacular."
100% agree. O'Hanlon regularly puts all the top half forwards in his pocket but doesn't get the recognition.

tiobraid (Tipperary) - Posts: 2758 - 31/10/2019 17:56:44    2246862

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Walsh and Fennelly are the two big talking points. Huw Lawlor may have been a better shout than Walsh. I think O'Hanlon has improved his all round game. I am not sure he is All Star quality yet though.

Plenty of alternatives to Fennelly, Bubbles and Forde to name just two. We had bubbles on the hogan stand team. The other 5 forwards pick themselves, midfield was very straightforward. Finn and the four tipp backs was an easy call too.

I think like most people that murphy is the best keeper at the minute but not this summer. It wasn't a vintage year for goalkeepers. Hogan was solid and his puckouts were very good and crucial to our success.

Killarney.87 (Tipperary) - Posts: 2513 - 31/10/2019 20:19:23    2246889

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All-Stars are to be taken with a grain of salt. If you look down through the years they usually are just talk for the winter. Or maybe just a week or so. 1998 Brian Whelahan was Hurler of the Year but didn't get an All-Star. DJ and Noel Hickey both got All-Stars after playing just 2 championship matches. Austin Gleeson got HOTY after being taken off in the Munster Final while Seamus Callinan had an exceptional year. How does every year go by and the most consistent hurler for the last decade never get a HOTY that is Paudric Maher of Tipp. These are only a few examples congrats to the winners but don't loose any sleep over it.

gatha (Kilkenny) - Posts: 33 - 31/10/2019 20:35:06    2246891

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