Here is the 2017 GAA All Star hurling team

As expected, All-Ireland champions Galway feature heavily with seven players in the 15

Galway’s David Burke lifts the Liam MacCarthy Cup after they beat Waterford to win the All-Ireland. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Galway’s David Burke lifts the Liam MacCarthy Cup after they beat Waterford to win the All-Ireland. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

 

1 Stephen O’Keeffe (Waterford)

Waterford’s Stephen O’Keefe reacts after making a save during their Munster SHC semi-final clash with Cork. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho
Waterford’s Stephen O’Keefe reacts after making a save during their Munster SHC semi-final clash with Cork. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Waterford’s first ever goalkeeping All Star. Pulled off some stunning saves through the summer, including a barely believable double-stop against Cork. Waterford’s main distributor from the back as well.

2 Padraig Mannion (Galway)

Pádraig Mannion plays a handpass during Galway’s All-Ireland SHC semi-final clash with Tipperary. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Pádraig Mannion plays a handpass during Galway’s All-Ireland SHC semi-final clash with Tipperary. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Possibly unlucky to miss out on the shortlist for Hurler of the Year. The epitome of Galway’s physical edge in defence and a player who has grown in influence for them year on year since 2015.

3 Daithi Burke (Galway)

Galway’s Daithi Burke celebrates after winning the All-Ireland in September. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho
Galway’s Daithi Burke celebrates after winning the All-Ireland in September. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

No major competition for this spot. Burke was the steel beam on which the rest of the Galway team was built, immovable and unerring. An All Star winner for the third year in a row – only three Galway players have done that before.

4 Noel Connors (Waterford)

Noel Connors wins a ball ahead of Conor Whelan during the All-Ireland final. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho
Noel Connors wins a ball ahead of Conor Whelan during the All-Ireland final. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Another decision that presumably didn’t detain the selectors for any longer than it took to write his name down. Best corner-back in the game and one of the few Waterford players to shine in the All-Ireland final.

5 Padraic Maher (Tipperary)

Padraic Maher catches the sliotar during Tipp’s All-Ireland semi-final loss to Galway. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho
Padraic Maher catches the sliotar during Tipp’s All-Ireland semi-final loss to Galway. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

His fifth All Star – in the Tipperary firmament, only Nicky English and Eoin Kelly with six each are ahead of him. A consistent leader for Tipp who, along with his defensive duties, scored in every game from wing-back

6 Gearoid McInerney (Galway)

Gearoid McInerney is tackled by Jamie Barron of Waterford during the All-Ireland final. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho
Gearoid McInerney is tackled by Jamie Barron of Waterford during the All-Ireland final. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Sorted out a long-standing and confounding problem for Galway at centre-back. His dominating performance in the semi-final against Tipperary was the stand-out display but it was typical of his year in general.

7 Mark Coleman (Cork)

Cork’s Mark Coleman scores a sideline cut during the Munster semi-final. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho
Cork’s Mark Coleman scores a sideline cut during the Munster semi-final. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Lit up the early part of the summer with his pinpoint distribution from wing-back. Always looked to have time on the ball and used it to put a name on it. A shaky semi-final can’t overshadow a stellar debut season.

8 Jamie Barron (Waterford)

Waterford’s Jamie Barron celebrates scoring a goal against Cork in the Munster semi-final. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho
Waterford’s Jamie Barron celebrates scoring a goal against Cork in the Munster semi-final. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The indefatigable engine at the heart of the Waterford team. Revelled in the spaces that opened up when others tired in the Kilkenny and Cork games. Will surely go close for Hurler of the Year.

9 David Burke (Galway)

Galway’s David Burke lifts the Liam MacCarthy Cup after they beat Waterford to win the All-Ireland. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho
Galway’s David Burke lifts the Liam MacCarthy Cup after they beat Waterford to win the All-Ireland. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Another Galway player collecting his third All Star in a row, this is his fourth in total. Consistently to the fore all year, he was terrific in the All-Ireland series especially against Tipperary and Waterford.

10 Kevin Moran (Waterford)

Waterford’s Kevin Moran catches a high ball during the All-Ireland final. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho
Waterford’s Kevin Moran catches a high ball during the All-Ireland final. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Popped up so many times when Waterford needed him. Scored goals against Wexford and Galway and kept Waterford alive when the stakes were high and the chances were rare early on against Cork.

11 Joe Canning (Galway)

Joe Canning celebrates at the final whistle after Galway beat Waterford to win the All-Ireland. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho
Joe Canning celebrates at the final whistle after Galway beat Waterford to win the All-Ireland. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Worth it for those last 20 minutes against Tipperary alone, when he was the only Galway player to score, including that immortal winner. Not his most eye-catching year otherwise but it was more than enough.

12 Michael Walsh (Waterford)

Michael Brick Walsh plays a pass during the All-Ireland final. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho
Michael Brick Walsh plays a pass during the All-Ireland final. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

His fourth All Star, seven years and a heap of positional switches after his third. His reinvention as a ball-winner/facilitator/general dogsbody in the Waterford attack has been a major success. Brilliant against Cork and held his own in the final.

13 Conor Whelan (Galway)

Conor Whelan celebrates after winning the All-Ireland with Galway. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho
Conor Whelan celebrates after winning the All-Ireland with Galway. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Nailed on for Young Hurler of the Year, even though the All-Ireland final didn’t go his way. Had a scintillating year up to that point, with the semi-final against Tipp a masterclass of impish corner-forward opportunism.

14 Conor Cooney (Galway)

Conor Cooney goes past Tipperary goalkeeper Darren Gleeson during the All-Ireland semi-final. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho
Conor Cooney goes past Tipperary goalkeeper Darren Gleeson during the All-Ireland semi-final. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

A constant threat in the skies above the Galway full-forward line. Seven points from play in the Leinster final, another four in the All-Ireland – he gave them a focal point and an out-ball every time.

15 Patrick Horgan (Cork)

Cork’s Patrick Horgan during the Munster semi-final win over Waterford. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho
Cork’s Patrick Horgan during the Munster semi-final win over Waterford. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

A great comeback year for the sharp-shooting Cork inside forward. Put on an exceptional show in defeat against Waterford, building on an excellent Munster championship.

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