International Rules 1st Test – Ireland 80 Australia 36

Ireland defeated Australia by 80 to 36 in the International Rules 1st Test on Friday in the Etihad Stadium in Melbourne.


2012 GAA Senior Championship Draws

The draws for the GAA Senior Hurling and Senior Football Championships will take place on Thursday October 6th at 8:00pm and will be televised on RTE2.


Source: RTÉ.ie/sport

Click to view the Munster Senior Hurling and Senior Football Championship Draws

Munster Under 17 Football Competition – Clare 3-15 Waterford 2-3

Clare defeated by 3-15 to 2-3 in Round 3 of the Munster Under 17 Football Competition on Tuesday at New Inn, Tipperary.


 

Munster Under 17 Football Competition – Tipperary 1-10 Limerick 1-5

Daryl Darcy U17 Football (Round 3)

Tipperary v Limerick, Dr Morris Pk, 24/10/2011

In round three of the Daryl Darcy U17 Football tournament played in Dr. Morris Pk on Monday night last Tipperary produced a real dogged like performance against a competitive Limerick side to keep their unbeaten run intact with a five point margin victory. Played in monsoon like conditions with continuous rain throughout, any chance of fluent free flowing football was at a premium but it was Tipp having weathered the early Limerick pressure were first on target with an Adrian Dawson point after six minutes.

With Limerick continuing to hold the edge at midfield they were unable to build on the possession they were winning as centre back John McGrath, along with Seanie Nally, Conor Hayes and wing forward Josh Keane who covered a lot of ground nullified any scoring threat posed by the opposition. However Tipp continued to make inroads into the Limerick defence and despite wasted opportunities stretched the lead to five points with Dean McEnroe (1), Jimmy Maher (2) and a converted 45 by Josh Keane before Limerick opened their account with a point with twenty minutes gone. Limerick narrowed the gap to three with a pointed free but corner forward Adrian Dawson wrapped up the first half scoring for Tipp with two points for a five point advantage at the break, 0-7 to 0-2.

The second half saw Tipp lay down a marker as to their intentions and within fifteen minutes into the second half had gone ten points clear with a further 1-3 on the scoreboard. The introduction of Ballina’s Aidan Hanley at midfield had the desired effect as he fired over the opening point, powered his way through for a cracking goal after receiving the perfect foot pass from Josh Keane and added a further point along with a Stephen O’Brien point to make it 1-10 to 0-3.

However this was to be Tipp’s final score of the game as the Tipp backs had to soak up not just the rain over the next ten to twelve minutes but the continual Limerick pressure as they went in search of scores. Limerick went on to add a further 1-2 but it wasn’t enough and Tipp held out for a well deserved victory and now go on to meet Clare or Waterford in the Daryl Darcy final on Bank Holiday Monday October 31st.

Final Score, Tipperary  1-10  Limerick  1-5

Tipperary, Paul O’Leary (Nenagh Eire Og), Martin Meagher (Loughmore/Castleiney), Niall Gleeson (Portroe), Padraic Louriham (Clonmel Comms), Sean Nally (Holycross/Ballycahill), John McGrath (Loughmore/Castleiney), Conor Hayes (Moycarkey Borris), Dylan Fitzell (Cashel KC), Stephen O’Brien (Ballina) 0-1, Josh Keane  (Golden/Kilfeacle) 0-1 (45), Jimmy Maher (Clonoulty/Rossmore) 0-2 (1free), Dean McEnroe  (J.K.Brackens) 0-1, Adrian Dawson (Emly) 0-3 (1 free), Mikey Breen (Ballina), Dan Finnerty (Ballina).

Subs used, Aidan Hanley (Ballina)1-2, Robert O’Donnell (Rockwell Rvs), Dylan Fitzgerald (Fethard), and Paul Shanahan (Upperchurch/Drombane).

Cathal Hurley (Fethard), Kevin O’Halloran (Portroe) (inj),and Lorcan Egan (Loughmore/Castleiney) (inj) completed the squad.

Report by Tommy Fitzgerald on behalf of Tipp Minor Football

Clare Senior Hurling Championship Final – Crusheen 0-10 Sixmilebridge 0-4

Courageous Crusheen keep crown

Crusheen 0-10 Sixmilebridge 0-04

By Diarmuid O’Flynn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, October 24, 2011

IT won’t bother Crusheen today, their title retained, but the question has to be asked: should this Clare SHC final have been allowed go ahead? Conditions on the field in Cusack Park yesterday were dangerous with heavy rain falling all through the game on a pitch already water-logged. As the teams warmed up at either end the ground was already cutting up and during the game itself there was a whole series of rucks, the ball often buried in the mud, forcing referee Rory Hickey to repeatedly throw it in.

Certainly Sixmilebridge captain and full-forward Niall Gilligan, a veteran of many a game at this level, felt it should have been postponed. “I’ve never played a game in these conditions,” he stated. “I suppose it’s easy to say now, and it might sound like sour grapes, but I don’t think the game should have gone ahead. Clare was one of the first teams to get knocked out of the All-Ireland championship yet here we are only playing our county final now, the end of October, in these conditions. “Even at that the Munster club championship game is three weeks away – what difference would it have made to wait a week? The field was almost unplayable, turned the game into a lottery really. “Whoever managed to get a few points ahead was going to have a huge advantage. All they had to do was close up shop and it was going to be almost impossible to catch them. In fairness to Crusheen they did that very well.”

They did, but it took them until well into the second half to do so. After an evenly contested first half in which Crusheen were shot-perfect with Sixmilebridge hitting five wides but 0-4 to 0-3 up. Crusheen centre-forward Jamie Fitzgibbon had two points, wing-forward Gearoid O’Donnell and free-taker Patrick Vaughan with a point apiece, against two for Gilligan and one from Danny Morey for the Bridge. It was brutal stuff, however, and as stated by Gilligan, a lottery. With the rain pouring down, even Cian Dillon, Crusheen centre-back and man of the match, was questioning whether they should have kept on playing.

“Halfway through the first half I was joking with the ref, saying we might call it off to hell, but it cleared up a bit,” he said. “Conditions were bad, the ground was awful soft, but listen, we have to play what’s put in front of you and we did that today.”

But the game wasn’t called off. The second half resumed with the two teams on the pitch. Only one of those teams seemed fully tuned in, however. Gilligan had a chance within seconds of the restart, a powerful solo taking him to within about 10 yards of the goal, but his attempt at a short-stick placed shot ended with the ball stuck in the mud and Crusheen keeper Donal Touhy bravely smothered it. That, together with an earlier penalty which he opted to put over the bar, was about the only opportunity Sixmilebridge got from a mean Crusheen defence from there to the finish.

Six points in a row they scored, the hard-working Gearoid O’Donnell with two of those, corner-forward Paddy Meaney with two more, Patrick Vaughan and Fergus Kennedy completing the scoring. It wasn’t until the 30th minute of this half that the Bridge finally managed a score, Gilligan again, but on a day when the weather and the conditions destroyed the spectacle. Even on a good day, Sixmilebridge would have struggled for scores against a defence in which the three Dillon brothers, Cian, Cronan and Cathal, the two Brigdale’s, John and Alan, and the excellent Ciarán O’Doherty were always on top.

“Our defence has been strong all year,” said Cian. “As a unit we’ve improved. Our whole team play has improved from last year, it’s just excellent now. We weren’t going to let this go today. We came in to this game solely to put in a performance and nothing was going to get in our way conditions, opposition, nothing.”

Scorers for Crusheen: G O’Donnell 0-3, J Fitzgibbon, P Meaney, P Vaughan (2fs) 0-2 each, F Kennedy 0-1.

Scorers for Sixmilebridge: N Gilligan 0-3 (1f, 0-1p), D Morey 0-1.

CRUSHEEN: D Touhy; J Brigdale, Cronan Dillon, A Brigdale; C O’Doherty, Cian Dillon, Cathal Dillon; P Vaughan, J Meaney; G O’Donnell, J Fitzgibbon, D Forde; P Meaney, G O’Grady, F Kennedy.

SIXMILEBRIDGE: D Fahy; T Keogh, A Quilligan, S Morey; J Fennessy, P Fitzpatrick, R Conlon; S Golden, T Carmody; J Shanahan, R Shanahan, Declan Morey; Danny Morey, N Gilligan, C Morey.

Subs: T Purcell for Conlon (46); B Culbert (Declan Morey 46); D O’Connor (Carmody 55).

Referee: R Hickey (Eire Óg)

Waterford Senior Football Championship Final – Ballinacourty 0-6 Stradbally 0-5

Courty score sweet revenge

Ballinacourty 0-06 Stradbally 0-05

By John Murphy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, October 24, 2011

BALLINACOURTY dramatically dethroned title holders Stradbally in a tension-filled Waterford SFC final at Fraher Field, Dungarvan, yesterday. Twelve months ago, Courty ended up on the wrong side of a one-point defeat to their arch rivals, yet they got some measure of revenge and stopped Stradbally’s charge for a three-in-a-row to claim a first title win for their club since 2007. “Our agonising defeat in last year’s final was still hurting for all of us,” said Courty’s ace marksman Gary Hurney. “In the end it was the motivation from that defeat that got us across the winning line this time, but Stradbally battled right to the end just as we always knew they would.”

It was a view shared by man of the match Shane Briggs who turned in a tremendous performance in the middle of the field. “Thankfully we learned our lessons from that shattering defeat and we were determined not to have to go through the same depressing experience again,” he said. Such was the strength of the wind that neither side managed to raise a solitary flag when playing into it. The half dozen points that Ballinacourty notched all came in the opening half which they dominated and deservedly led by 0-6 to 0-0 at the interval.

Not only did Stradbally fail to score but it took them all of 23 minutes to kick their first wide and by then the winners were four points to the good thanks to a Gary Hurney hat-trick (two from placed balls) and a real beauty by John Gorman. Given the horrendous conditions, it was far from an unassailable lead and when Pat Weldon finally broke the defending champions scoring duck with a peach of a point within three minutes of the restart, it was game on.

For all their possession, Stradbally just couldn’t prize open Courty’s magnificent defensive phalanx who threw their midfielders and several attackers back to shore up the defence. They had to wait until the 53rd minute for their second point from a Shane Ahearne free as they threw all at Courty. Outstanding corner back Paddy Doyle drove them on with some super forays forward and Michael ‘Brick’ Walsh and John Coffey finally broke the Courty stranglehold around the middle. Niall Curran’s pointed free narrowed the gap further and it became a one-point final when half-time substitute Stephen Cunningham sweetly lofted over one from play in the 59th minute.

Both Shane Lannon and Shane Ahearne kicked wides from decent positions, before Ballinacourty substitute Conor Moloney’s fisted goal attempt was brilliantly stopped by keeper Oliver Costelloe. But in the end they didn’t need it and Ballinacourty are the deserving champions for a fifth time.

Scorers for Ballinacourty; G. Hurney 0-4 (3fs), J Gorman, S Briggs 0-1 each.

Scorers for Stradbally: N Curran 0-2fs, P Weldon, S Ahearne (f), S Cunningham (0-1) each.

BALLINACOURTY: S Enright; M Lavan, J Phelan, G Breen; J Hurney, P Lynch, R Foley; S Briggs, S O’Hare; J Gorman, P Hurney, M Fives; J O’Brien, G Hurney, M Ferncombe.

Subs: J O’Mahony for O’Brien (46), C Moloney for J Gorman (53), L Huney for Fives (58).

STRADBALLY: O Costelloe; P Doyle, K Coffey, T Costelloe; T Grey, E Rockett, A Doyle; M Walsh, J Coffey; P Weldon, S Ahearne, S Lannon; N Curran, R Ahearne, T Connors.

Subs: S Cunningham for Connors (ht), T Curran for Weldon (56).

Referee: T O’Sullivan (Cappoquin)

GAA GPA Football All-Stars sponsored by Opel named

GAA/GPA Press Release

21.10.2011

The GAA and the GPA in conjunction with sponsors Opel are delighted to announce the 2011 GAA GPA Football All-Stars sponsored by Opel.

2011 GAA GPA Football All-Stars sponsored by Opel

Goalkeeper

1. Stephen Cluxton (Dublin)

Full backs

2. Marc Ó Sé (Kerry)

3. Neil McGee (Donegal)

4. Michael Foley (Kildare)

Half backs

5. Kevin Cassidy (Donegal)

6. Karl Lacey (Donegal)

7. Kevin Nolan (Dublin)

Midfielders

8. Bryan Sheehan (Kerry)

9. Michael Darragh Macauley (Dublin)

Half forwards

10. Darran O’Sullivan (Kerry)

11. Alan Brogan (Dublin)

12. Paul Flynn (Dublin)

Full forwards

13. Colm Cooper (Kerry)

14. Andy Moran (Mayo)

15. Bernard Brogan (Dublin)

Footballer of the Year: Alan Brogan (Dublin)

Young Footballer of the Year: Cillian O’Connor (Mayo)

Hurler of the Year: Michael Fennelly (Kilkenny)

Young Hurler of the Year: Liam Rushe (Dublin)

Christy Ring: Shane Nolan (Kerry)

Nicky Rackard: Martin Finn (London)

Lory Meagher: Niall Campbell (Donegal)

All-Ireland champions Dublin lead the way in this year’s football All-Stars with six awards including three first time recipients – Kevin Nolan, Michael Darragh Macauley and Paul Flynn.

Goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton receives his fourth award while Alan and Bernard Brogan are awarded their third and second respectively.

Beaten All-Ireland finalists Kerry receive four including what is Colm Cooper’s seventh.

Donegal’s strong season is acknowledged with three awards – all in defence – as Neil McGee, Kevin Cassidy and Karl Lacey are all honoured.

The final positions go to Kildare’s Michael Foley and Andy Moran of Mayo.

The individual player of the year awards were voted on by GPA members after the compilation of a short list from the scheme’s Steering Committee, which is made up of GAA journalists.

Senior Hurling / Shinty International (1st Test) – Ireland 1-16 Scotland 2-8 (1st Test)

Ireland cruise to win in first leg of shinty series

From the Breaking News.ie web site

Ireland 1-16 Scotland 2-8

Scotland were over-run at times but a strong final quarter ensured that they are very much in contention as the hurling/shinty series heads to their patch next weekend. Eoin Kelly was the class act of the day with a five-point display as Ireland cruised to a comfortable enough victory in the opening leg. The former All-Ireland winning Tipperary captain made light of the heavy rain with a wonderful display and with Eoin Nolan, Joe Bergin and Willie Hyland providing excellent support, and newly-crowned All-Star Michael Rice leading the way as captain, Scotland rarely looked like overturning the hosts.

It was the goals of Gary Innes and Keith McCrae after the resumption that kept the Scots’ dream of victory alive though ahead of next Saturday’s return leg in Inverness. Kevin Bartlett opened the scoring for the visitors but Kelly got into his stride quickly and made little of the rules that demand you are not allowed handle the ball. Ireland led by 0-8 to 0-3 at the interval and with Rice, Bergin and Hyland finding their mark soon after the restart, that margin increased. When Nolan goaled in the 52nd minute, the lead was nine points and Joe Dooley’s men were threatening to run riot.

The Scots have always been renowned for their battling qualities though and in the final 18 minutes, they tore into their opponents. Niall McPhee certainly provided inspiration by continuing despite suffering a head injury. Gary Innes goaled to restore hopes for Dave McNeill’s men. Keith McRae was always a danger for Scotland and he pounced for another major three minutes from the end. Kelly responded with a point but those two goals ensured that the second test in the Highlands will be a very competitive affair indeed.

Scorers –

Ireland: E Kelly 0-5; E Nolan 1-2; J Bergin, W Hyland 0-3 each; E Price 0-2, M Rice 0-1

Scotland: G Innes 1-3; K Bartlett 0-3; K McCrae 1-0; J Stewart 0-2

Ireland: P Mullaney (Laois); J Bergin (Offaly ),K Divilly (Kildare), C Donnelly (Antrim), J Doran (Kildare), A Graffin (Antrim), W Hyland (Laois), E Kelly (Tipperary), D Kennedy (Kildare), D Maguire (Tyrone), B Maher (Tipperary), S Morley (Mayo), T Murnane (Kerry), B Murtagh (Westmeath), E Nolan (Carlow), A O’Brien (Wicklow), E Price (Westmeath), M Rice (Kilkenny)

Scotland: S McIntosh, N Campell, D Irvine, J Barr, R McLeod, N McDonald F McCrae, N McPhee, G Irvine, S Nicholson,S McDonald, G Innes, K McCrae, J McDonald, J Stewart, A Corrigan, D Cameron, K Bartlett, G Stobbart

Team News

2011 Irish Hurling/Shinty Panels Announced

Joe Dooley (Offaly), Kevin Ryan (Carlow) and Jim McKernan (Antrim), Managers of the Irish Senior Hurling/Shinty team and Michael Walsh (Kilkenny) and John Meyler (Kerry), Managers of Irish U21 Hurling/Shinty team announced their panels today for the 2011 matches between Ireland and Scotland.

The first test of a two-test senior series takes place at 3.00pm in Athy on Saturday next, October 22nd at 3.00pm. The second Hurling/Shinty test takes place in Inverness, Scotland on Saturday, October 29th at 2.00pm. This will be preceded by the U21 game which will take place at 12 noon.

The senior Hurling/Shinty Irish panel is as follows:

1. Patrick Mullaney – Laois (Goalkeeper)

2. Joe Bergin – Offaly

3. Kieran Divilly – Kildare

4. Cormac Donnelly – Antrim

5. John Doran – Kildare

6. Arron Graffin – Antrim

7. Willie Hyland – Laois

8. Eoin Kelly – Tipperary

9. David Kennedy – Kildare

10. Damian Maguire – Tyrone

11. Brendan Maher – Tipperary

12. Shane Morley – Mayo

13. Tom Murnane – Kerry

14. Brendan Murtagh – Westmeath

15. Eoin Nolan – Carlow

16. Andy O’Brien – Wicklow

17. Eoin Price – Westmeath

18. Michael Rice – Kilkenny (Captain)

 

The U21 Hurling/Shinty panel is as follows:

 

1. Eoin Reilly -Laois (Goalkeeper)

2. Michael Armstrong -Antrim

3. John Coyne – Roscommon

4. David English – Carlow

5. John Gilligan – Westmeath

6. Conor Grogan -Tyrone

7. Declan Hannon – Limerick

8. Jason Leahy – Kerry

9. Alan McGrath – Westmeath

10. Brian Murphy – Kerry

11. Killian Murphy -Westmeath

12. Shane Nolan -Kerry

13. Darragh O’Connell – Kerry (Captain)

14. Barry O’Mara -Westmeath

15. Eanna O’Neill -Kildare

16. Mick Purcell – Kildare

17. Morgan Quinn – Leitrim

18. Ollie Walsh – Kilkenny

Munster Under 17 Football Competition – Tipperary 2-15 Clare 2-4

Daryl Darcy U17 Football, Tipperary v Clare

Dr. Morris Pk, October 21st.

In round two of the Daryl Darcy U17 Football Tournament played in Dr. Morris Park on Friday night last, Tipp made it two wins from two outings in seeing off the Clare challenge to run out comfortable winners by an eleven point margin. Having defeated Limerick by four points in their opening game a bigger test was expected from the Banner but it never materialised as Tipp leading from start to finish defended solidly in eliminating any Clare scoring threat while up front Tipp’s finishing proved all too much for the Clare defence.

From the throw in Tipp playing into a fairly strong cross field wind pressed forward and within twelve minutes had raced into a four point lead with points by Diarmuid Devaney (2) and one each by Dylan Fitzgerald and Adrian Dawson . Tipp continued to make the possession pay off going six clear with corner forward Kevin O’Halloran landing two well taken points before Clare finally opened their scoring with a point after twenty minutes.

Any doubts about a Clare upset were well and truly banished in the next few minutes with the score of the match as wing back Thomas O’Donoghue with a fifty metres diagonal cross field ball found Simon Delaney who quickly off loaded to the supporting Adrian Dawson on his outside who went on to give the Clare goalie no chance with an unstoppable shot to the net from outside the small square. With the interval in sight Clare scored their second point before Adrian Dawson replied with a pointed free to bring Tipps half time score to 1-7 to Clares 0-2.

The second half saw Tipp continue in the driving seat and within twenty minutes of the resumption had built up a fifteen point gap with points by Adrian Dawson, Simon Delaney, Dylan Fitzgerald, Jack Feeney and a Conor Moloughney goal. Clares third point was quickly cancelled out with further points by Kevin O’Halloran and substitutions Greg Henry and Sean Nally before a mini Clare revival which yielded 2-1 including a deflected ball to the net from one of the Tipp backs and a converted penalty. All Ireland minor star Killenaule’s Greg Henry had the final say for Tipp with a long range point in what was another competent display of under age football in the county.

Final Score, Tipperary 2-15 Clare 2-4

Tipp Team, Gearoid Slattery (Cashel KC), Darren Cass (Clonmel Comms), Niall Gleeson (Portroe), Eoin Donaghy (Cahir), Thomas O’Donoghue (Lattin/Cullen), Conor Hayes (Moycarkey Borris), Dylan Fitzgerald (Fethard) 0-2, Brian Walsh (Clonmel Comms), Brian Hyland (Fr. Sheehys), Jack Feeney (Inane Rvs) 0-1, Adrian Dawson (Emly) 1-3, Simon Delaney (Cashel KC) 0-1, Conor Moloughney (Boherlahan Dualla) 1-0, Diarmuid Devaney (Newcastle) 0-2, Kevin O’Halloran (Portroe ) 0-3.

Subs used included Thomas Keaveney (Killenaule), Thomas Fitzgerald (Holycross/Ballycahill), Sean Nally (Holycross/Ballycahill) 0-1, Greg Henry (Killenaule) 0-2, Sean Cunningham (Lattin/Cullen), Mikey Breen (Ballina), and Dean McEnroe (J.K.Brackens ). Cathal Hurley (Fethard) and Colman Kennedy (Clonmel Comms) inj completed the squad.

By Tommy Fitzgerald, On behalf of Tipp Minor Football

2011 GAA GPA Hurling All Stars sponsored by Opel named

The GAA and the GPA in conjunction with sponsors Opel are delighted to announce the 2011 GAA GPA Hurling All-Stars. The team is as follows;

Goalkeeper

1. Gary Maguire (Dublin)

 

Full backs

2. Paul Murphy (Kilkenny)

3. Paul Curran (Tipperary)

4. Michael Cahill (Tipperary)

 

Half backs

5. Tommy Walsh (Kilkenny)

6. Brian Hogan (Kilkenny)

7. Pádraic Maher (Tipperary)

 

Midfielders

8. Liam Rushe (Dublin)

9. Michael Fennelly (Kilkenny)

 

Half forwards

10. Michael Rice (Kilkenny)

11. Richie Power (Kilkenny)

12. Henry Shefflin (Kilkenny)

 

Full forwards

13. John Mullane (Waterford)

14. Lar Corbett (Tipperary)

15. Richie Hogan (Kilkenny)

 

Reigning All-Ireland champions Kilkenny lead the way with eight awards followed by finalists Tipperary who receive four. Dublin (2) and Waterford (1) complete the line up.

Henry Shefflin establishes a new record receiving his 10th award. He won his first award in 2000 and his ninth in 2009 brought him level with Pat Spillane (in the 1976-1986 period) and D.J. Carey (1991-2002).

 

Last year, Tommy Walsh equalled the record of eight-in-a-row (picking up awards in five different positions – the first four at midfield, left corner-back, left half-forward, left half-back and the last four at right half-back) and his award this year sets a new record for consecutive awards.

The first time winners are Gary Maguire, Paul Murphy, Michael Cahill, Brian Hogan, Liam Rushe and Richie Hogan.

 

Dublin’s season is acknowledged by having two players in the selection for the first time since the inception of the scheme in 1971.

 

The county’s previous winners were Mick Bermingham (1971), Brian McMahon (1990) and Alan McCrabbe (2009).

 

Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael Criostóir Ó Cuana congratulated the 2011 award recipients, the first hurling winners under the new joint scheme between the GAA and the GPA.

 

He said: “The excellence of Kilkenny and Tipperary has once again been acknowledged in the selection of the 15 players who make the cut for this year’s selection. The strides made by Dublin are also evident with two players included in the line up and John Mullane’s consistency is once again underlined with another award.

 

“Within Kilkenny’s haul of eight the personal feats of both Henry Shefflin and Tommy Walsh remind us that we are witnessing first-hand the skills of players who are as good as any that have played the game.

 

“I congratulate all of the players who won awards and I would like to thank the GPA and CEO Dessie Farrell in particular for helping us to bring the two awards schemes together.

 

“A special word of thanks is also due to Opel and their MD Dave Sheeran whose support of the awards has been an integral part in our success in bringing two schemes together for the first time ever”.

 

GPA CEO Dessie Farrell added: “Congratulations to the 15 hurlers chosen on this year’s GAA GPA All-Star team sponsored by Opel. While players understand the importance of the collective effort of a team it is nonetheless a very prestigious honour for the individual hurler to be recognised for his consistent contribution to that effort during the season. This year’s winners are of course unique as they are the first recipients of the joint awards and I’d like to thank our sponsors Opel and in particular MD of Opel Ireland, Dave Sheeran, for his generous support of the new scheme. Dave and Opel are long-time supporters of players and we are extremely grateful that they have helped us to merge the two schemes successfully. Thanks also to Christy Cooney, Paraic Duffy and the GAA for embracing the joint awards with great enthusiasm and we look forward to continuing to work together on the scheme in the future. Also thanks to the committee of journalists for carrying out the difficult work of selecting the 2011 Hurling Team and for putting forward the nominees for the Player of the Year awards which will be chosen by the players and announced on tonight’s live broadcast on RTÉ television.”

 

Dave Sheeran MD Opel Ireland said: “Opel is proud of our association with Gaelic games and we are delighted to honour the first GAA GPA All-Star Hurling All-Stars, sponsored by Opel. Congratulations to all the players on their hard work during the season and for winning this prestigious accolade. We look forward to meeting the team and announcing the All-Star Hurler of the Year at the Awards Gala Night in the Convention Centre Dublin tonight.”

For further information contact GAA Communications Manager, Alan Milton at alan.milton@gaa.ie or 01 8658615 or Seán Potts, GPA Head of Communications on 01 8575686 or at press@gaelicplayers.com.

Note: The 2011 GAA GPA Football All-Stars sponsored by Opel will be announced on live broadcast on RTÉ One Television on Friday, October 21st at 7pm along with the Player of the Year Awards, Young Player of the Year Awards and the Ring, Rackard and Meagher Cup Player of the Year Awards.

Confirmation of the winners along with photography from Sportsfile will be distributed to the media at 8pm.