All-Star honours for Tipperary sextet

All-Star honours for Tipperary sextet

Six players who helped Tipperary end their wait for the All-Ireland SHC title have been included in the GAA Hurling All-Stars team, sponsored by Vodafone.

Leading the way for the recently-crowned All-Ireland champions is team captain Eoin Kelly, who equalled Nicky English's Premier County record of six All-Stars.

Just one behind is long-serving goalkeeper Brendan Cummins, while first-time winners Paul Curran and Brendan Maher, along with Lar Corbett and Noel McGrath who collected their second awards, completed Tipperary's haul.

The 2010 hurling All-Stars were selected by a panel of GAA journalists, chaired by GAA President Christy Cooney, and the team announcement was made tonight at a special banquet in Dublin's Citywest Hotel

There were four counties represented in the All-Stars selection - Tipperary (6 players), Kilkenny (5), Waterford (3) and Galway (1).

Tommy Walsh, Kilkenny's teak-tough defender, secured his eighth successive All-Star award, a feat that has only previously been achieved by his county colleague Henry Shefflin.

It is the first time since 2001 that Shefflin has not won an All-Star. The Ballyhale Shamrocks clubman jointly holds the record for the most All-Star awards - nine - with Kilkenny great DJ Carey and Kerry football legend Pat Spillane.

Munster champions Waterford were acknowledged for their contribution to the Championship season with three award winners - Noel Connors, Michael 'Brick' Walsh and John Mullane.

Galway's Damien Hayes won his first All-Star since 2005, while Jackie Tyrell, Tommy and Michael Walsh, McGrath, Corbett and Mullane remain from last year's All-Stars selection.

2010 VODAFONE GAA HURLING ALL-STARS:

Goalkeeper -

Brendan Cummins (Tipperary)

Full-Backs -

Jackie Tyrell (Kilkenny)

Paul Curran (Tipperary)

Noel Connors (Waterford)

Half-Backs -

Tommy Walsh (Kilkenny)

Michael Walsh (Waterford)

JJ Delaney (Kilkenny)

Midfielders -

Michael Fennelly (Kilkenny)

Brendan Maher (Tipperary)

Half-Forwards -

Damien Hayes (Galway)

Noel McGrath (Tipperary)

Lar Corbett (Tipperary)

Full-Forwards -

John Mullane (Waterford)

Eoin Kelly (Tipperary)

Richie Power (Kilkenny)

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