Rebels lead list of All-Star nominees

All-Ireland hurling champions Cork dominate this year's Vodafone All-Star nominations, with 13 Rebel County players on the list.

All-Ireland hurling champions Cork dominate this year's Vodafone All-Star nominations, with 13 Rebel County players on the list.

Munster champions Waterford are next best with eight, closely followed by All-Ireland beaten finalists Kilkenny on seven, including DJ Carey, in line for his record-breaking 10th award.

Wexford have six players nominated, including debutants David 'Doc' O'Connor, Declan Ruth and Eoin Quigley. Two more first-timers - Damien Joyce and Damien Hayes – are among four Galway nominations.

Former winners Philip Maher, Eoin Kelly and Eamonn Corcoran are nominated for Tipperary while Tony Griffin is shortlisted for the second consecutive year for Clare, along with Niall Gilligan.

Limerick brothers Ollie and Niall Moran were also nominated.

Nine of last year's All Stars have been nominated again: Cork's Seán Óg Ó hAilpín, Ronan Curran and Joe Deane; Galway's Ollie Canning, Kilkenny's Tommy Walsh, JJ Delaney, Derek Lyng and Henry Shefflin and Waterford's John Mullane.

There were no Offaly nominees and no Ulster player was picked.

The All-Star team will be revealed on November 26 at a banquet in the Citywest hotel in Dublin.

Vodafone 2004 GAA All Star hurling nominees:

Goalkeepers: Donal Óg Cusack (Cork), James McGarry (Kilkenny), Damien Fitzhenry (Wexford)

Defenders: Wayne Sherlock (Cork), Diarmuid O'Sullivan (Cork), Brian Murphy (Cork), Sean Óg Ó hAilpín (Cork), John Gardiner (Cork), Ronan Curran (Cork), Damien Joyce (Galway), Ollie Canning (Galway), Tommy Walsh (Kilkenny), JJ Delaney (Kilkenny), Ollie Moran (Limerick), Phil Maher (Tipperary), Eamon Corcoran (Tipperary), Eoin Murphy (Waterford), Ken McGrath (Waterford), David O'Connor (Wexford), Darragh Ryan (Wexford), Declan Ruth (Wexford)

Midfielders: Jerry O'Connor (Cork), Tom Kenny (Cork), Derek Lyng (Kilkenny), Eoin Kelly (Waterford), Dave Bennett (Waterford), Adrian Fenlon (Wexford)

Forwards: Ben O'Connor (Cork), Niall McCarthy (Cork), Brian Corcoran (Cork), Joe Deane (Cork), Niall Gilligan (Clare), Tony Griffin (Clare), Damien Hayes (Galway), Eugene Cloonan (Galway), John Hoyne (Kilkenny), Henry Shefflin (Kilkenny), DJ Carey (Kilkenny), Niall Moran (Limerick), Eoin Kelly (Tipperary), Dan Shanahan (Waterford), Paul Flynn (Waterford), John Mullane (Waterford), Seamus Prendergast (Waterford), Eoin Quigley (Wexford).

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