Tipp lead GPA nominations for Team of Year

THE nominees for the 2009 Opel GPA Hurling Team of the Year mirror the Vodafone All Stars with more nominations from losing All-Ireland finalists Tipperary than four-in-a-row kingpins Kilkenny.

Three players are up for the Hurler of the Year award – Tommy Walsh (Kilkenny), Lar Corbett (Tipp) and John Mullane (Waterford).

The shortlists were drawn up by a selection committee headed up by chairman Donal O’Grady. GPA members select the winners.

Each month, from May and October, a footballer and a hurler received a monthly award. Three nominees are chosen by GPA selection committees with players having the final vote for the overall winner via text. In addition to the award, each player receives €1,000.

The winners will be named on Friday, November 6 in the Citywest Hotel when the GPA Hurling and Football teams of the year and hurler and footballer of the year are revealed. Each player on the winning teams receives €2,500. The chosen hurler and footballer of the year also receive an Opel vehicle worth €25,000.

Meanwhile, the 2009 O’Neills/TG4 Ladies Gaelic Football All Star nominations have also been announced, with All-Ireland senior finalists Cork and Dublin collecting 21 of the 45 nominations. The winners will be announced at Citywest on Saturday, November 14. Champions Cork have 12 nominations.

Nominees for Opel GPA Hurling Team of the Year: 1. B Cummins (Tipperary)/D Óg Cusack (Cork)/ PJ Ryan (Kilkenny).

2. O Canning (Galway)/M Kavanagh (Kilkenny)/P Stapleton (Tipperary)

3. T Brady (Dublin)/JJ Delaney (Kilkenny)/E Cadogan (Cork)

4.O Gough (Dublin)/S O’Neill (Cork)/J Tyrrell (Kilkenny)

5. D Fanning (Tipperary)/S Hiney (Dublin)/T Walsh (Kilkenny)

6. J Lee (Galway)/C O’Mahony (Tipperary)/M Walsh (Waterford)

7. M Foley (Limerick)/P Maher (Tipperary)/J Tennyson (Kilkenny)

8/9. S Hickey (Limerick)/A McCrabbe (Dublin)/S McGrath (Tipperary)/S Molumphy (Waterford)/M Rice (Kilkenny)/J Woodlock (Tipperary)

10. E Brennan Kilkenny/A Callanan (Galway)/B O’Connor Cork

11. S Callanan (Tipperary)/M Comerford (Kilkenny)/C Donnellan (Galway)

12. E Larkin (Kilkenny)/J O’Brien (Tipperary)/A Smith (Galway)

13. N McGrath (Tipperary)/J Mullane (Waterford)/D O’Callaghan (Dublin)

14. J Canning (Galway)/E Kelly (Tipperary)/H Shefflin (Kilkenny)

15. L Corbett (Tipperary)/ D Treacy (Dublin)/E Kelly (Waterford).

Nominees for Hurler of the Year: T Walsh (Kilkenny), L Corbett (Tipperary) and J Mullane (Waterford).

2009 O’Neills/TG4 Ladies Gaelic Football All Star nominations: Goalkeeper: E Harte (Cork) C O’Connor (Dublin) D Walsh (Clare).

Full-backs: R Buckley (Cork) N Comyn (Dublin) M Kavanagh (Dublin) S McLaughlin (Tyrone) E Flaherty (Galway) G O’Flynn (Cork) N Tierney (Mayo) D Toal (Armagh) A Walsh (Cork).

Half-backs: C Barrett (Dublin) M Carter (Mayo) B Corkery (Cork) J Grant (Tipperary) A M (Monaghan) S McGrath (Dublin) R McPhilbin (Galway) C O’Sullivan (Cork) B Stack (Cork).

Midfield: A Casey (Monaghan) L Henchy (Clare) N Kelly (Cork) D Masterson (Dublin) J Murphy (Cork) A Smyth (Longford).

Half-forwards: E Byrne (Monaghan) N Cleary (Cork) E Considine (Clare) N Earley (Kildare) AM McDonagh (Galway) E Mullen (Mayo) M Nevin (Dublin) A O’Shea (Cork) S O’Hagan (Armagh).

Full-forwards: S Aherne (Dublin) U Carroll (Galway) L Davey (Dublin) J Donnelly (Tyrone) N Kindlon (Monaghan) C Little (Fermanagh) C McAnaspie (Monaghan) V Mulcahy (Cork) C Staunton (Mayo).

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