2010 GAA Vodafone All-Star Hurling nominations

Tipperary top hurling All Stars nominations

From the RTE.ie web site

Friday, 24 September 2010 08:33

Tipperary have been rewarded for their stunning defeat of Kilkenny in this year’s All-Ireland final as 14 of the team have been nominated for 2010 GAA All Stars, sponsored by Vodafone. The newly crowned All-Ireland champions last year claimed four All Stars, after they also topped the nominations leaderboard at the end of an epic season which saw them pipped at the death by great rivals Kilkenny in the All-Ireland final. Tipp will be looking forward to crowning a magnificent year when the awards, along with the Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards in both hurling and football, are presented live on RTÉ 2 on Friday night, 15 October.

The football awards will be announced the day before. But a coronation of a different kind is still on the cards as Henry Shefflin remains on course for a record 10th All Star after also being nominated for this year’s awards. Shefflin, who is nominated for a ninth successive time, will be hoping to surpass the record jointly held by his fellow county-man DJ Carey and Kerry football legend Pat Spillane, whom he joined on nine awards last year. The seven-time All-Ireland senior hurling medal winner is one of 11 Kilkenny players nominated for awards this year, just one less than last year’s 12 nominees. Shefflin’s Kilkenny teammate Tommy Walsh, who has seven awards to his name, received his eighth successive nomination.

All-Ireland winning captain Eoin Kelly will be going for his sixth All Star while Tipperary’s hat-trick hero of the All-Ireland final Lar Corbett will be hoping to pick up his second award. Some 21 of the 45 nominees will be going for their first award – seven more than last year. In all, seven counties have players nominated, with Offaly and Antrim with the smallest number of nominees, with one each. Three players from last year’s All Stars – goalkeeper PJ Ryan (Kilkenny), defender Conor O’Mahony (Tipperary) and midfielder Alan McCrabbe (Dublin) – were not nominated.

The GAA All Stars, sponsored by Vodafone, Hurling Nominations for 2010 are:

Goalkeepers:

Brendan Cummins (Tipperary)

Donal Óg Cusack (Cork)

Clinton Hennessy (Waterford)

Full backs:

Jackie Tyrell (Kilkenny)

Noel Connors (Waterford)

Ollie Canning (Galway)

Paddy Stapleton (Tipperary)

Paul Curran (Tipperary)

John Dalton (Kilkenny)

Shane Kavanagh (Galway)

Shane O’Neill (Cork)

Michael Cahill (Tipperary)

Half backs:

Tommy Walsh (Kilkenny)

JJ Delaney (Kilkenny)

Michael Walsh (Waterford)

Tony Browne (Waterford)

Pádraic Maher (Tipperary)

Tony Óg Regan (Galway)

Ronan Curran (Cork)

Declan Fanning (Tipperary)

John Gardiner (Cork)

Midfield:

Michael Fennelly (Kilkenny)

Shane McGrath (Tipperary)

Brendan Maher (Tipperary

Ger Farragher (Galway)

Shane O’Sullivan (Waterford)

Michael Rice (Kilkenny)

Half forwards:

Noel McGrath (Tipperary)

Eoin Larkin (Kilkenny)

Gearoid Ryan (Tipperary)

Henry Shefflin (Kilkenny)

Niall McCarthy (Cork)

Damien Hayes (Galway)

TJ Reid (Kilkenny)

Lar Corbett (Tipperary)

Patrick Maher

Full forwards:

John Mullane (Waterford)

Eoin Kelly (Tipperary)

Richie Power (Kilkenny)

Shane Dooley (Offaly)

Patrick Horgan (Cork)

Joe Canning (Galway)

Liam Watson (Antrim)

Aidan Fogarty (Kilkenny)

John O’Brien (Tipperary)

Breakdown of nominations by counties is as follows:

Tipperary 14

Kilkenny 11

Cork 6

Galway 6

Waterford 6

Antrim 1

Offaly 1

Tipperary top All Star list

O’Mahony odd man out as Shefflin chases record 10th award

By Cliona Foley for the Irish Independent web site

Friday September 24 2010

TIPPERARY’S dream season looks set for a highly decorated conclusion, after all but one of their All-Ireland final starters received nominations for the 2010 Vodafone Hurling All Stars last night. Centre-back Conor O’Mahony, who won his second award at wing-back last year, is the only Premier man to miss out as Tipp dominate the shortlist. They receive 14 nominations, three more than Kilkenny — whose five-in-a-row ambitions Tipp so resoundingly buried in the All-Ireland final. Kilkenny’s Henry Shefflin received his 10th successive nomination — despite the infamous cruciate injury that restricted his appearance in both the semi-final and final. The Ballyhale star is on course to surpass the record nine All Stars that he jointly holds with fellow county legend DJ Carey and Kerry footballer Pat Spillane.

The seven-time All-Ireland champion is one of 11 Kilkenny players nominated, which is just one less than last year — and includes an eighth successive nomination for wing-back star Tommy Walsh. Beaten All-Ireland semi-finalists Waterford and Cork, like Galway, have six nominations each, with four of the Deise’s in defence. Ulster champions Antrim had only one nominee, in forward Liam Watson. Just seven counties are represented and Galway fans may quibble about their share. Joe Canning is included, despite a less than sparkling summer by his stellar standards, yet there was no room for wing-back David Collins who was consistent all season after returning from a long injury lay-off.

Galway supporters may also wonder how goalkeeper Colm Callanan, one of the stars of their Division 1 league title, was not included — though there is no disputing the inclusion of Brendan Cummins, Donal Og Cusack and Clinton Hennessy as contenders for the No 1 jersey. Offaly top-scorer Shane Dooley is his side’s only representative and, after getting several nominees last year when Alan McCrabbe made the final cut in midfield, the Dublin hurlers, like Wexford, failed to get a single nomination this time round. One feature of this year’s selection is how many first-time nominees — 21 of the 45 selected — are included but that also reflects the youth of the Tipperary team in particular.

All-Ireland winning captain Eoin Kelly may be going for his sixth All Star and Lar Corbett — tipped to win Player of the Year — is in line for his second in-a-row, but Tipperary’s Michael Cahill, Gearoid Ryan and Patrick ‘Bonner’ Maher have all received nominations in their first senior championship seasons. And though he only battled his way back off the bench in the late stages of Tipperary’s championship run, John O’Brien’s performances did enough to get him noticed. The 2010 All Star hurling team will be revealed live on television on Friday, October 15, a day after the football winners are announced.

Tipperary top list while Shefflin aims for number 10

By SEÁN MORAN Gaelic Games Correspondent for the Irish Times newspaper

GAELIC GAMES: TIPPERARY’S status as All-Ireland champions, acquired earlier this month, has been recognised in the list of nominations for this year’s GAA hurling All Stars, sponsored by Vodafone. With 14 nominations, Tipp are at the top of the list for next month’s awards, with defeated finalists Kilkenny next in line with 11. Munster champions Waterford, league winners Galway and the team they beat in the final, Cork, who also lost the Munster final after a replay, get six each. Two counties are allocated one single nomination, Offaly and Antrim.

Henry Shefflin, whose place in Kilkenny’s pursuit of a fifth successive All-Ireland was unfortunately taken away by injury in the 13th minute of the final, is nominated despite limited game time in the All-Ireland series and is on the verge of what would be a record 10th award, moving him past fellow countyman DJ Carey and Kerry footballer Pat Spillane. Another record in the offing is the possibility of Cork goalkeeper Donal Cusack becoming the first player to win an All Star in three successive decades, having been honoured in 1999 and 2006. He is joined in that category by Waterford’s Tony Browne, who was Hurler of the Year as well as an All Star in 1998 and added awards in 2006 and ’07.

Another goalkeeper, Tipperary’s Brendan Cummins, misses out on the possibility by a year, having won his first All Star in 2000. Kilkenny’s Tommy Walsh, the reigning Hurler of the Year, is in line to receive his eighth successive All Star, having been nominated and almost certain to be selected. His award would further extend a remarkable record for his county, who have all four leading award winners in hurling, with Walsh himself, Shefflin, Carey and 1970s and ’80s goalkeeper Noel Skehan.

Waterford’s Munster title places a number of their players in position for recognition. John Mullane is almost certain to hold the All Star he won last year, whereas Michael “Brick” Walsh, having been the frontrunner for centre back for a lot of the summer, will be under pressure from Tipperary’s under-21 captain Pádraic Maher, whose tour de force in the All-Ireland final catapults him into the reckoning. Noel Connors will also have his backers at corner back. League winners Galway are short of certainties, although Damien Hayes is the nearest to that category. Cork, also with six nominations, don’t have any obvious candidates beyond Cusack.

Three of last year’s team have not received nominations: Conor O’Mahony, the only one of the starting Tipperary side from this month’s All-Ireland final not to make the short list; Dublin’s Alan McCrabbe, reflecting a disappointing year for Anthony Daly’s team; and Kilkenny goalkeeper PJ Ryan, who wasn’t in the form of last season when he was a Hurler of the Year candidate. The list is short on controversy after a season of strong individual performers, in contrast to the football nominations which reflect the fact all four senior semi-finalists came through the qualifiers and that eventual champions Cork had very few players who shone consistently during the season.

Their hurling counterparts, Tipperary, also had to overcome an early defeat by Cork, but during the qualifier series and the All-Ireland stages a number of players developed outstanding levels of consistency. All-Ireland winning captain Eoin Kelly is nominated for what would be his sixth All-Star, putting him level with the county’s leading award winner, former manager Nicky English. Lar Corbett, who hit three goals in the final, will be hoping to pick up his second gong. Twenty-one of the 45 nominees will be going for their first award, seven more than last year.

Their All Stars from last year, with the exception of O’Mahony, Pádraic Maher, Lar Corbett and Noel McGrath are all nominated again, although Maher and McGrath are on different lines. Of the rest of the 2009 line-up, Kilkenny’s Jackie Tyrrell, Walsh, JJ Delaney, Corbett, McGrath and Waterford’s Mullane are odds-on to retain their awards, whereas the prospects of Kilkenny pair Shefflin and Michael Rice are complicated by injury, which kept them from most of the All-Ireland stages. Liam Watson’s nomination gives the Antrim forward the chance of becoming the county’s first award winner in the 19 years since Terence McNaughton picked up a centrefield position in the 1991 team. Offaly’s Shane Dooley, recognised for an exceptionally high-scoring year, will be considered for what would be his county’s first since his uncle Johnny Dooley 10 years ago.

The county breakdown is: Tipperary 14, Kilkenny 11, Waterford, Galway and Cork 6 each, Offaly and Antrim one apiece.

Broken down on a provincial basis the 45 nominees divide as follows: Munster 26 and Leinster 19, allowing that Galway and Antrim now compete in the latter championship.

Goalkeepers

Brendan Cummins Tipperary

Donal Óg Cusack Cork

Clinton Hennessy Waterford

Full-back line

Jackie Tyrrell Kilkenny

Noel Connors Waterford

Ollie Canning Galway

Paddy Stapleton Tipperary

Paul Curran Tipperary

John Dalton Kilkenny

Shane Kavanagh Galway

Shane O’Neill Cork

Michael Cahill Tipperary

Half-back line

Tommy Walsh Kilkenny

JJ Delaney Kilkenny

Michael Walsh Waterford

Tony Browne Waterford

Pádraic Maher Tipperary

Tony Óg Regan Galway

Ronan Curran Cork

Declan Fanning Tipperary

John Gardiner Cork

Midfielders

Michael Fennelly Kilkenny

Shane McGrath Tipperary

Brendan Maher Tipperary

Ger Farragher Galway

Shane O’Sullivan Waterford

Michael Rice Kilkenny

Half-forward line

Noel McGrath Tipperary

Eoin Larkin Kilkenny

Gearóid Ryan Tipperary

Henry Shefflin Kilkenny

Niall McCarthy Cork

Damien Hayes Galway

TJ Reid Kilkenny

Lar Corbett Tipperary

Patrick MaherTipperary

Full-forward line

John Mullane Waterford

Eoin Kelly Tipperary

Richie Power Kilkenny

Shane Dooley Offaly

Patrick Horgan Cork

Joe Canning Galway

Liam Watson Antrim

Aidan Fogarty Kilkenny

John O’Brien Tipperary

Breakdown by county

Tipperary 14

Kilkenny 11

Cork 6

Galway 6

Waterford 6

Antrim 1

Offaly 1

Awards presented on Friday, October 15th