(Photo – Galway GAA)
Liam Mellows’ Adrian Morrissey has been named on the inaugural AIB Club Hurling Team of The Year. The centre forward, who struck 13 points in his club’s opening championship game of the new season against Craughwell, is Galway’s only representative.
GALWAY GAA: (Match Report) – LIAM MELLOWS 0-17 CRAUGHWELL 0-11 https://t.co/TKQEx8KTcn
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After an epic All-Ireland final played out over two gripping games, Cuala and Na Piarsaigh are the dominant forces on the inaugural AIB GAA Club Players’ Awards in hurling.
In a season that saw them successfully retain their All-Ireland club title, Dublin champions Cuala have six players on the team.
Dual star Con O’Callaghan is joined by his older brother Cian on the final 15, while goalkeeper Sean Brennan, centre back Sean Moran, midfielder Darragh O’Connell and sharp shooter David Treacy are also honoured.
Defeated finalists Na Piarsaigh also have six players. Defenders Michael Casey, Alan Dempsey and Cathall King all feature, Ronan Lynch is in midfield while Adrian Breen and Kevin Downes complete the full forward line.
Ballygunner and Waterford ace Philip Mahony is recognised for his powerful contribution to their tilt at the Munster title. There’s another landmark achievement for Slaughtneil of Derry with Brendan Rogers selected at centre forward.
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“The AIB GAA Club Hurling Championship was yet again a competition of real quality and produced a final that will live long in the memory,” said Uachtarán Cumann Luthchleas Gael John Horan to gaa.ie.
“The AIB GAA Club Championships continue to grow from strength to strength and these awards are a reflection of that, and it’s something the whole club can share in and celebrate.”
The awards will be presented at a function in Croke Park this Saturday night (April 21st) where the AIB GAA Club Hurler of the Year will also be announced. The nominees for the prize are Na Piarsaigh defender Michael Casey, and Cuala duo Sean Moran and Con O’Callaghan.
Liam Mellows take on Castlegar this Sunday (2pm Pearse Stadium) in the Senior Hurling Championship.
AIB GAA CLUB PLAYER AWARDS – HURLING 2018
- Sean Brennan (Cuala)
2. Michael Casey (NaPiarsaigh)
3. Cian O’Callaghan (Cuala)
4. Alan Dempsey (NaPiarsaigh)
5. Cathall King (Na Piarsaigh)
6. Sean Moran (Cuala)
7. Philip Mahony (Ballygunner)
8. Darragh O’Connell (Cuala)
9. Ronan Lynch (NaPiarsaigh)
10. David Treacy (Cuala)
11. Brendan Rogers (Slaughtneil)
12 . Adrian Morrissey (Liam Mellows)
13. Adrian Breen (NaPiarsaigh)
14. KevinDownes (Na Piarsaigh)
15. Con O’Callaghan (Cuala)
Best wishes to brothers Sean and Adrian Morrissey playing for Liam Mellows Hurling Team this weekend along with many other past pupils of the Bish. This large poster is displayed over the main school door. pic.twitter.com/e3yY9tdKID
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