Tipp claim six 2010 GAA Hurling All StarsFriday, October 15, 2010
From www.gaa.ie
All Ireland hurling champions Tipperary tonight crowned a magnificent season as six of their team were selected as the 2010 GAA All Stars, sponsored by Vodafone, were announced at City West Hotel, Dublin.

The gala banquet also saw Tipp’s All-Ireland final hat-trick hero Lar Corbett, whose championship season tally was an outstanding 6-11 from play, selected as a very popular recipient of the Player of the Year Award, with his team-mate Brendan Maher making it a clean-sweep in the individual awards for Tipperary as he was chosen Young Player of the Year. Maher was also shortlisted for Player of the Year along with Corbett and Kilkenny’s Michael Fennelly.

The banquet also saw the GAA Football Player of the Year Award go to outstanding Dublin forward Bernard Brogan after a magnificent season in which he scored 3-42 as the Dubs rebounded superbly from their early championship defeat to Meath before being pipped by Cork at semi-final stage. The Young Player of Year award went to Cork midfielder and September GAA Player of the Month Aidan Walsh. The 2010 GAA Football All Stars were announced on Wednesday.

The announcement of the Hurling All Stars, however, was very much dominated by Tipperary, who took two more than last year when they were beaten finalists and the same amount as the 2009 champions Kilkenny. Captain Eoin Kelly received his sixth award, equalling the existing Tipperary All Star record held by Nicky English, who won the last of his six awards in 1989. Other Tipperary All Ireland winners selected on the 2010 All Stars were goalkeeper Brendan Cummins, who received his fifth award, first-time winners full-back Paul Curran and midfielder Brendan Maher and forwards Lar Corbett and Noel McGrath, both of whom were picking up their second awards.

There was some consolation for Kilkenny fans, not least as Tommy Walsh collected a record equalling eighth All Star award in-a-row – his fellow countyman Henry Shefflin is the only other All Star to receive eight awards in succession. Walsh is joined on the 2010 team by fellow county-men Jackie Tyrrell, JJ Delaney, Michael Fennelly and Richie Power.

Waterford were rewarded for their strong season, which saw them claim provincial honours before being defeated by eventual champions Tipperary in the All-Ireland semi-final, as corner-back Noel Connors, centre-back Michael ‘Brick’ Walsh and corner-forward John Mullane were all selected. Wing forward Damien Hayes is sole representative from Galway, who ran Tipperary very close in their All-Ireland quarter-final.

Only four counties – Tipperary, Kilkenny, Waterford and Galway – are represented on the 2010 All Stars – one less than last year when Dublin were also on the winners’ list – compared to eight counties represented on the 2010 Football All Stars.

Of the fifteen selected, five are first-time recipients – Tipperary’s Paul Curran and Brendan Maher, Kilkenny’s Michael Fennelly and Richie Power plus Waterford’s Noel Connors.

2010 GAA Hurling All Stars, sponsored by Vodafone:

(Previous All Stars won by players in brackets)

1. Brendan Cummins, Tipperary (Four – ’00, ’01, ’03, ’08)

2. Noel Connors, Waterford

3. Paul Curran, Tipperary

4. Jackie Tyrell, Kilkenny (Three – ’07, ’08, ’09)

5. Tommy Walsh, Kilkenny (Seven – ’03, ’04, ’05, ’06, ’07, ’08, ’09)

6. Michael Walsh, Waterford (Two – ’07, ’09)

7. JJ Delaney, Kilkenny (four – ’03, ’04, ’06, ’08)

8. Brendan Maher, Tipperary

9. Michael Fennelly, Kilkenny

10. Damien Hayes, Galway (One – ’05)

11. Noel McGrath, Tipperary (One – ’09)

12. Lar Corbett, Tipperary (One – ’09)

13. John Mullane, Waterford (Two – ’03, ’09)

14. Richie Power, Kilkenny

15. Eoin Kelly, Tipperary (Five – ’01, ’02, ’04, ’05, ’06)

2010 Hurling Player of the Year Lar Corbett

2010 Hurling Young Player of the Year Brendan Maher

2010 Football Player of the Year Bernard Brogan

2010 Football Young Player of the Year Aidan Walsh

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‘A team that almost picked itself’
By Diarmuid O’Flynn

Saturday, October 16, 2010

UNLIKE its football counterpart, the Vodafone All Star hurling team for 2010, announced live last night on RTE at a gala event in the Citywest, contained no real surprises. 

In fact, said GAA president Christy Cooney, who chaired both selection meetings, it was a team that almost picked itself. "The whole process took only about 15 minutes, and you can see why – those are all quality players, all well-deserved."

The selection is notable for the fact the record eight-in-a-row run of Kilkenny’s Henry Shefflin came to an end. The Ballyhale star was well on course to extend his record, but an injury suffered in the All-Ireland semi-final win over Cork cost him dearly. Kilkenny do keep that run going, however, wing-back Tommy Walsh joining Henry on that record, the Tullaroan terrier winning his eighth in succession last night.

All-Ireland champions Tipperary lead the way with six (Brendan Cummins, Paul Curran, Brendan Maher, Noel McGrath, Lar Corbett and team captain Eoin Kelly), with 19-yr-old McGrath winning his second. A sign of the times, said Christy. "A lot of very young players won nominations, which is tremendous, bodes well for the future of hurling.

"A lot of players in a lot of counties are getting on teams now at 19, 20, because of the levels of fitness and the level of skill development. It was a tremendous All-Ireland final, only right and proper that Tipperary and Kilkenny got the bulk of the awards (the Cats got five – Jackie Tyrell, wing-backs Tommy Walsh and JJ Delaney, midfielder Michael Fennelly and full-forward Richie Power), but I’m delighted for Waterford also, three awards, and that was recognition that the Munster championship still holds value."

One of those Waterford players is corner-forward John Mullane, winning his third, and for John, disappointing though it was to lose to Tipperary in the All-Ireland semi-final, this was indeed recognition of their achievement in winning a very competitive Munster championship.

"Waterford hurling has made great strides in the last 10 years, and it’s the All-Ireland title we’re after, but any time Waterford beat Cork in the Munster final is a huge occasion for us, and I say that with the greatest of respect for Cork. Back in the 80s, Waterford were getting beaten by Cork by over 20 points in the Munster final, and it wasn’t pretty.

"Any time you beat Cork you earn it, and it took two games this year. This gives us something from the year, with three of us on the team; there were many years when Waterford had no-one even nominated, never mind winning awards."

Another man who saw the award as consolation for what ended as a disappointing season – beaten by a last-minute point by Tipperary in the All-Ireland quarter-final – was Galway’s Damien Hayes, a standout performer through league (won by Galway) and championship.

"It’s a huge honour to even be nominated, but to be selected is unbelievable – I won’t lie to you, I’m very proud right now. The biggest prize of all is the All-Ireland medal, and this is an individual honour, but’s a great honour – I’m absolutely thrilled."

Surprisingly, however, the man whose stellar season was capped off with both an award and the hurler-of-the-year accolade, was less than overwhelmed by it all. "I wasn’t one bit nervous coming up here today," said Tipperary’s Lar Corbett, hat-trick hero and man-of-the-match in the All-Ireland final.

"Everything was out of my control, other people were making those decisions and if I didn’t get an award, I didn’t get it. The matches, that’s what I worry about – you can do something about that. It’s a great honour, don’t get me wrong, and getting the hurler-of-the-year especially, but all these individual awards come second to the championship.

"I don’t know how that sounds but it’s like this – we (Tipp players) were very disappointed up here last year collecting All Star awards, having lost the All-Ireland final. The first Sunday in September, that’s what it’s all about to me. That’s what we start training for, the first week in January, the All-Ireland final.

"All these awards are great, and you do appreciate them if you’re lucky enough to get them, but that’s out of your hands – a bonus, that’s what they are."

This story appeared in the printed version of the Irish Examiner Saturday, October 16, 2010

Corbett and Brogan named Players of the Year

Footballer of the Year Bernard Brogan receives his All Star award from GAA President Christy Cooney – INPHO

15 October 2010
From www.hoganstand.com

Tipperary’s Lar Corbett and Dublin ace Bernard Brogan have been named as the Vodafone Hurler and Footballer of the Year respectively.

The announcements were made on the night of the All Star awards and both were heavily tipped to take the prizes before the night.

The Young Hurler of the Year went to Tipperary’s Brendan Maher while All Star midfielder from Cork Aidan Walsh picked up the Young Footballer of the Year award.

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Tipp claim six 2010 GAA Hurling All StarsFriday, October 15, 2010
From www.gaa.ie
All Ireland hurling champions Tipperary tonight crowned a magnificent season as six of their team were selected as the 2010 GAA All Stars, sponsored by Vodafone, were announced at City West Hotel, Dublin.

The gala banquet also saw Tipp’s All-Ireland final hat-trick hero Lar Corbett, whose championship season tally was an outstanding 6-11 from play, selected as a very popular recipient of the Player of the Year Award, with his team-mate Brendan Maher making it a clean-sweep in the individual awards for Tipperary as he was chosen Young Player of the Year. Maher was also shortlisted for Player of the Year along with Corbett and Kilkenny’s Michael Fennelly.

The banquet also saw the GAA Football Player of the Year Award go to outstanding Dublin forward Bernard Brogan after a magnificent season in which he scored 3-42 as the Dubs rebounded superbly from their early championship defeat to Meath before being pipped by Cork at semi-final stage. The Young Player of Year award went to Cork midfielder and September GAA Player of the Month Aidan Walsh. The 2010 GAA Football All Stars were announced on Wednesday.

The announcement of the Hurling All Stars, however, was very much dominated by Tipperary, who took two more than last year when they were beaten finalists and the same amount as the 2009 champions Kilkenny. Captain Eoin Kelly received his sixth award, equalling the existing Tipperary All Star record held by Nicky English, who won the last of his six awards in 1989. Other Tipperary All Ireland winners selected on the 2010 All Stars were goalkeeper Brendan Cummins, who received his fifth award, first-time winners full-back Paul Curran and midfielder Brendan Maher and forwards Lar Corbett and Noel McGrath, both of whom were picking up their second awards.

There was some consolation for Kilkenny fans, not least as Tommy Walsh collected a record equalling eighth All Star award in-a-row – his fellow countyman Henry Shefflin is the only other All Star to receive eight awards in succession. Walsh is joined on the 2010 team by fellow county-men Jackie Tyrrell, JJ Delaney, Michael Fennelly and Richie Power.

Waterford were rewarded for their strong season, which saw them claim provincial honours before being defeated by eventual champions Tipperary in the All-Ireland semi-final, as corner-back Noel Connors, centre-back Michael ‘Brick’ Walsh and corner-forward John Mullane were all selected. Wing forward Damien Hayes is sole representative from Galway, who ran Tipperary very close in their All-Ireland quarter-final.

Only four counties – Tipperary, Kilkenny, Waterford and Galway – are represented on the 2010 All Stars – one less than last year when Dublin were also on the winners’ list – compared to eight counties represented on the 2010 Football All Stars.

Of the fifteen selected, five are first-time recipients – Tipperary’s Paul Curran and Brendan Maher, Kilkenny’s Michael Fennelly and Richie Power plus Waterford’s Noel Connors.

2010 GAA Hurling All Stars, sponsored by Vodafone:

(Previous All Stars won by players in brackets)

1. Brendan Cummins, Tipperary (Four – ’00, ’01, ’03, ’08)

2. Noel Connors, Waterford

3. Paul Curran, Tipperary

4. Jackie Tyrell, Kilkenny (Three – ’07, ’08, ’09)

5. Tommy Walsh, Kilkenny (Seven – ’03, ’04, ’05, ’06, ’07, ’08, ’09)

6. Michael Walsh, Waterford (Two – ’07, ’09)

7. JJ Delaney, Kilkenny (four – ’03, ’04, ’06, ’08)

8. Brendan Maher, Tipperary

9. Michael Fennelly, Kilkenny

10. Damien Hayes, Galway (One – ’05)

11. Noel McGrath, Tipperary (One – ’09)

12. Lar Corbett, Tipperary (One – ’09)

13. John Mullane, Waterford (Two – ’03, ’09)

14. Richie Power, Kilkenny

15. Eoin Kelly, Tipperary (Five – ’01, ’02, ’04, ’05, ’06)

2010 Hurling Player of the Year Lar Corbett

2010 Hurling Young Player of the Year Brendan Maher

2010 Football Player of the Year Bernard Brogan

2010 Football Young Player of the Year Aidan Walsh

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‘A team that almost picked itself’
By Diarmuid O’Flynn

Saturday, October 16, 2010

UNLIKE its football counterpart, the Vodafone All Star hurling team for 2010, announced live last night on RTE at a gala event in the Citywest, contained no real surprises.

In fact, said GAA president Christy Cooney, who chaired both selection meetings, it was a team that almost picked itself. “The whole process took only about 15 minutes, and you can see why – those are all quality players, all well-deserved.”

The selection is notable for the fact the record eight-in-a-row run of Kilkenny’s Henry Shefflin came to an end. The Ballyhale star was well on course to extend his record, but an injury suffered in the All-Ireland semi-final win over Cork cost him dearly. Kilkenny do keep that run going, however, wing-back Tommy Walsh joining Henry on that record, the Tullaroan terrier winning his eighth in succession last night.

All-Ireland champions Tipperary lead the way with six (Brendan Cummins, Paul Curran, Brendan Maher, Noel McGrath, Lar Corbett and team captain Eoin Kelly), with 19-yr-old McGrath winning his second. A sign of the times, said Christy. “A lot of very young players won nominations, which is tremendous, bodes well for the future of hurling.

“A lot of players in a lot of counties are getting on teams now at 19, 20, because of the levels of fitness and the level of skill development. It was a tremendous All-Ireland final, only right and proper that Tipperary and Kilkenny got the bulk of the awards (the Cats got five – Jackie Tyrell, wing-backs Tommy Walsh and JJ Delaney, midfielder Michael Fennelly and full-forward Richie Power), but I’m delighted for Waterford also, three awards, and that was recognition that the Munster championship still holds value.”

One of those Waterford players is corner-forward John Mullane, winning his third, and for John, disappointing though it was to lose to Tipperary in the All-Ireland semi-final, this was indeed recognition of their achievement in winning a very competitive Munster championship.

“Waterford hurling has made great strides in the last 10 years, and it’s the All-Ireland title we’re after, but any time Waterford beat Cork in the Munster final is a huge occasion for us, and I say that with the greatest of respect for Cork. Back in the 80s, Waterford were getting beaten by Cork by over 20 points in the Munster final, and it wasn’t pretty.

“Any time you beat Cork you earn it, and it took two games this year. This gives us something from the year, with three of us on the team; there were many years when Waterford had no-one even nominated, never mind winning awards.”

Another man who saw the award as consolation for what ended as a disappointing season – beaten by a last-minute point by Tipperary in the All-Ireland quarter-final – was Galway’s Damien Hayes, a standout performer through league (won by Galway) and championship.

“It’s a huge honour to even be nominated, but to be selected is unbelievable – I won’t lie to you, I’m very proud right now. The biggest prize of all is the All-Ireland medal, and this is an individual honour, but’s a great honour – I’m absolutely thrilled.”

Surprisingly, however, the man whose stellar season was capped off with both an award and the hurler-of-the-year accolade, was less than overwhelmed by it all. “I wasn’t one bit nervous coming up here today,” said Tipperary’s Lar Corbett, hat-trick hero and man-of-the-match in the All-Ireland final.

“Everything was out of my control, other people were making those decisions and if I didn’t get an award, I didn’t get it. The matches, that’s what I worry about – you can do something about that. It’s a great honour, don’t get me wrong, and getting the hurler-of-the-year especially, but all these individual awards come second to the championship.

“I don’t know how that sounds but it’s like this – we (Tipp players) were very disappointed up here last year collecting All Star awards, having lost the All-Ireland final. The first Sunday in September, that’s what it’s all about to me. That’s what we start training for, the first week in January, the All-Ireland final.

“All these awards are great, and you do appreciate them if you’re lucky enough to get them, but that’s out of your hands – a bonus, that’s what they are.”

This story appeared in the printed version of the Irish Examiner Saturday, October 16, 2010

Corbett and Brogan named Players of the Year

From www.hoganstand.com

Tipperary’s Lar Corbett and Dublin ace Bernard Brogan have been named as the Vodafone Hurler and Footballer of the Year respectively.

The announcements were made on the night of the All Star awards and both were heavily tipped to take the prizes before the night.

The Young Hurler of the Year went to Tipperary’s Brendan Maher while All Star midfielder from Cork Aidan Walsh picked up the Young Footballer of the Year award.

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