Shefflin, Murphy and Canning nominated for top hurling honour

Shefflin, Murphy and Canning nominated for top hurling honour

Kilkenny record breaker Henry Shefflin leads the nominations for the 2012 GAA GPA All-Star Hurler of the Year award, but faces stiff competition from his team-mate Paul Murphy and Galway star Joe Canning.

Shefflin, who won a record ninth All-Ireland SHC medal last Sunday, was a previous winner of the Hurler of the Year gong in 2002 and 2006, while Canning is bidding to become the first Galway player to be bestowed the honour.

Both Shefflin and Murphy were All-Star winners last October, with the former setting a new record with his 10th All-Star award. This time around, the Cats boast 12 nominations after their All-Ireland final replay heroics.

But Galway, who conquered the Cats in the Leinster Championship, have topped them with 14 nominations for All-Stars team spots, kicking off with goalkeeper James Skehill who almost missed Sunday's game with a dislocated shoulder.

Canning, who turns 24 next Thursday, will be favoured to win his third All-Star award - he was honoured in both 2008 and 2009.

The Portumna ace finished second to Shefflin (3-56) in the 2012 Championship scoring charts, hitting 2-50 overall.

Forwards Patrick 'Bonner' Maher, Pa Bourke, Noel McGrath and Brian O'Meara are four of the six Tipperary players in contention for All-Star gongs, with their Munster rivals Cork and Waterford both receiving four nominations each.

Goalkeeper Nickie Quaid and defender Richie McCarthy are the lone Limerick men included on the nominations list, while Dublin youngster Danny Sutcliffe is in the running for his first All-Star and also the Young Hurler of the Year award.

Sutcliffe, 20, made his first Championship start against Laois in June and goes up against Galway's Johnny Coen and Niall Burke for the Young Hurler of the Year honour.

The individual and team award winners will be announced live on RTÉ television on Friday, October 26.

2012 GAA GPA ALL-STARS HURLING AWARDS NOMINATIONS (Sponsored by Opel):

Goalkeepers: Anthony Nash (Cork), Nickie Quaid (Limerick), James Skehill (Galway)

Full-Backs: Paul Murphy (Kilkenny), JJ Delaney (Kilkenny), Johnny Coen (Galway), Fergal Moore (Galway), Jackie Tyrell (Kilkenny), Richie McCarthy (Limerick), Michael Cahill (Tipperary), Kevin Hynes (Galway), Shane O'Neill (Cork)

Half-Backs: Brian Hogan (Kilkenny), Brendan Bugler (Clare), Padraic Maher (Tipperary), David Collins (Galway), Michael Walsh (Waterford), Tony Óg Regan (Galway), Tommy Walsh (Kilkenny), Niall Donoghue (Galway), Kieran Joyce (Kilkenny)

Midfielders: Andy Smith (Galway), Kevin Moran (Waterford), Stephen Molumphy (Waterford), Pa Cronin (Cork), Iarla Tannian (Galway), Michael Fennelly (Kilkenny)

Half Forwards: Henry Shefflin (Kilkenny), Cyril Donnellan (Galway), Niall Burke (Galway), Patrick ‘Bonner’ Maher (Tipperary), TJ Reid (Kilkenny), Pa Bourke (Tipperary), Damien Hayes (Galway), Danny Sutcliffe (Dublin), Richie Power (Kilkenny)

Full-Forwards: Eoin Larkin (Kilkenny), Joe Canning (Galway), Noel McGrath (Tipperary), Patrick Horgan (Cork), John Mullane (Waterford), Brian O'Meara (Tipperary), Richie Hogan (Kilkenny), John Conlon (Clare), David Burke (Galway)

HURLER OF THE YEAR NOMINEES -

Henry Shefflin (Kilkenny)

Paul Murphy (Kilkenny)

Joe Canning (Galway)

YOUNG HURLER OF THE YEAR NOMINEES -

Johnny Coen (Galway)

Niall Burke (Galway)

Danny Sutcliffe (Dublin)

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