Cody’s Cats secure eight places on All-Stars hurling team

Cody’s Cats secure eight places on All-Stars hurling team

Friday, October 21, 2011 – 07:30 AM

Reigning All-Ireland champions Kilkenny have secured eight places on the 2011 GAA GPA Hurling All-Stars team.

Finalists Tipperary receive four while Dublin get two and Waterford complete the line up with their single place.

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 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.

GAA president Christy Cooney 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”.

The team is as follows:

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)

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)


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