Tipp dominate All-Star nominations




Tipperary lead the nominations list for the 2010 GAA Vodafone All-Star Hurling team with 14 of the Premier County's All-Ireland winning side making the shortlist.

The newly crowned All-Ireland champions last year claimed four All Stars after they also topped the nominations leader-board at the end of an epic season which saw them pipped at the death by great rivals Kilkenny in the All-Ireland Final.

Liam Sheedy's charges will be looking forward to crowning a magnificent year when the awards, along with the Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards in both hurling and football, are presented live on RTÉ 2 on Friday night, October 15th.

A coronation of a different kind is still on the cards as ‘King’ Henry Shefflin remains on course for a record 10th All Star after being nominated.

Shefflin, who is nominated for a ninth successive time, will be hoping to surpass the record jointly held by his fellow county-man DJ Carey and Kerry football legend Pat Spillane, whom he joined on nine awards last year.

The seven-time All-Ireland senior hurling medal winner is one of 11 Kilkenny players nominated for awards this year, just one less than last year’s 12 nominees. Shefflin’s Kilkenny team-mate Tommy Walsh, who has seven awards to his name, received his eight successive nomination.

All-Ireland winning captain Eoin Kelly will be going for his sixth All-Star while Tipperary’s All Ireland final hat-trick hero Lar Corbett will be hoping to pick up his second award. Some 21 of the 45 nominees will be going for their first award – seven more than last year.

In all, seven counties have players nominated, with Offaly and Antrim with the smallest number of nominees, with one each.

Just three players from last year’s All Stars – goalkeeper PJ Ryan (Kilkenny), defender Conor O’Mahony (Tipperary) and midfielder Alan McCrabbe (Dublin) – were not nominated.

The GAA All Stars, sponsored by Vodafone, Hurling Nominations for 2010 are:

Goalkeepers:

Brendan Cummins (Tipperary)

Donal Óg Cusack (Cork)

Clinton Hennessy (Waterford)

Full Backs:

Jackie Tyrell (Kilkenny)

Noel Connors (Waterford)

Ollie Canning (Galway)

Paddy Stapleton (Tipperary)

Paul Curran (Tipperary)

John Dalton (Kilkenny)

Shane Kavanagh (Galway)

Shane O'Neill (Cork)

Michael Cahill (Tipperary)

Half Backs:

Tommy Walsh (Kilkenny)

JJ Delaney (Kilkenny)

Michael Walsh (Waterford)

Tony Browne (Waterford)

Pádraic Maher (Tipperary)

Tony Óg Regan (Galway)

Ronan Curran (Cork)

Declan Fanning (Tipperary)

John Gardiner (Cork)

Midfield:

Michael Fennelly (Kilkenny)

Shane McGrath (Tipperary)

Brendan Maher (Tipperary

Ger Farragher (Galway)

Shane O'Sullivan (Waterford)

Michael Rice (Kilkenny)

Half Forwards:

Noel McGrath (Tipperary)

Eoin Larkin (Kilkenny)

Gearoid Ryan (Tipperary)

Henry Shefflin (Kilkenny)

Niall McCarthy (Cork)

Damien Hayes (Galway)

TJ Reid (Kilkenny)

Lar Corbett (Tipperary)

Patrick Maher

Full Forwards:

John Mullane (Waterford)

Eoin Kelly (Tipperary)

Richie Power (Kilkenny)

Shane Dooley (Offaly)

Patrick Horgan (Cork)

Joe Canning (Galway)

Liam Watson (Antrim)

Aidan Fogarty (Kilkenny)

John O'Brien (Tipperary)

Breakdown of nominations by counties is as follows:

Tipperary 14

Kilkenny 11

Cork 6

Galway 6

Waterford 6

Antrim 1

Offaly 1

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