GALWAY GAA: Fintan Burke – under 21 Hurler of the Year 

Fintan Burke
4 July 2018; Galway captain Fintan Burke lifts the cup following the Bord Gais Energy Leinster Under 21 Hurling Championship 2018 Final match between Wexford and Galway at O'Moore Park in Portlaoise, Co Laois. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

St. Thomas’ Fintan Burke was selected the 2018 Galway Daily under 21 Hurler of the Year after three rounds of twitter polling took place last week (August 13th – 15th). 

The captain is a first cousin of Galway senior David and followed in his footsteps leading from the front with consistent displays in the half back line as the Tribesmen embarked on unchartered waters in 2018.

Tony Ward’s team played in the Leinster championship for the first time and scored a stunning final victory over Wexford (4-21 to 2-26) thanks to Sean Bleahene’s late goal.  And in defence, he had the desired leader who inspired his team to success despite their All-Ireland semi-final reversal to Tipperary.

The wing back topped the final poll with 61% of the vote ahead of Turloughmore’s Sean Loftus (20%), Ahascragh/Fohenagh’s Sean Bleahene (11%) and Craughwell’s Thomas Monaghan (8%).