All-Star Tribesmen outnumber Cats
GAA:Beaten All-Ireland finalists Galway have been awarded more hurling All-Stars than champions Kilkenny. The Tribesmen have six players named on the end-of-year team, one more than the Cats, who retained their title with a 3-22 to 3-11 final replay win last month.
However, Kilkenny talisman Henry Shefflin, selected at centre forward, was for the third time named Opel GAA/GPA Hurler of the Year at the awards ceremony this evening.
Karl Lacey became the first Donegal man to be named Footballer of the Year after helping his county to their first All-Ireland title in 20 years.
Mayo’s Cillian O’Connor was named Young Footballer of the Year, while Galway's Johnny Coen picked up the young hurler award.
Shefflin, picking up his 11th All-Star this evening, had fellow Cats Paul Murphy, JJ Delaney, Brian Hogan and TJ Reid for company.
Fergal Moore of Galway is selected at corner back, with fellow countyman David Collins in front of him at halfback and Iarla Tannian selected in midfield.
Damien Hayes, Joe Canning at full forward and David Burke complete the Galway contingent.
Waterford’s Kevin Moran and John Mullane were selected in midfield and corner forward respectively, while Brendan Bugler of Clare and Cork goalkeeper Anthony Nash were also included.
2012 Hurling All Stars: Anthony Nash (Cork); Paul Murphy (Kilkenny), JJ Delaney (Kilkenny), Fergal Moore (Galway); Brendan Bugler (Clare), Brian Hogan (Kilkenny), David Collins (Galway); Iarla Tannian (Galway), Kevin Moran (Waterford); TJ Reid (Kilkenny), Henry Shefflin (Kilkenny), Damien Hayes (Galway); John Mullane (Waterford), Joe Canning (Galway), David Burke (Galway).