Cats lead hurling All-Star nominations

Kilkenny’s all-conquering hurlers, as expected, dominate the list of nominees released today for Vodafone GAA All-Stars awards for 2006.

Kilkenny’s all-conquering hurlers, as expected, dominate the list of nominees released today for Vodafone GAA All-Stars awards for 2006.

A total of 13 Kilkenny players who brought the county league, provincial and All-Ireland success this past season are nominated for awards.

The winners will be announced live on RTE at the All-Stars banquet in Dublin’s City West Hotel on November 24.

Nine counties are represented on the list with 11 players from beaten All-Ireland finalists Cork included. An eye-catching inclusion is that of the hugely talented Laois forward James Young who is named amongst the nine players nominated at half-forward.

Kilkenny's Henry Shefflin is again nominated and could pick up his sixth award this year.

The record number of All-Star awards is jointly held by Shefflin's former team-mate DJ Carey and former Kerry football star Pat Spillane. Tommy Walsh, who has won awards as a defender, midfielder and forward, is once again nominated in the defence.

Nine of the 2005 Hurling All-Stars – Davy Fitzgerald, Diarmuid O’Sullivan, John Gardiner, Jerry O'Connor, Ben O’Connor, Shefflin, Walsh, Eoin Kelly and Damien Hayes – are again nominated.

The county breakdown is: Kilkenny (13), Cork (11), Waterford (8), Clare (5), Tipperary (4), Laois (1), Galway (1), Offaly (1), Limerick (1).

The Vodafone GAA All-Star Hurling Nominees for 2006 are:

Goalkeepers:

Donal Og Cusack (Cork)

Davy Fitzgerald (Clare)

James McGarry (Kilkenny)

Full Backs:

Brian Murphy (Cork)

Diarmuid O’Sullivan (Cork)

JJ Delaney (Kilkenny)

Noel Hickey (Kilkenny)

Eoin Murphy (Waterford)

Tom Feeney (Waterford)

Paul Curran (Tipperary)

Frank Lohan (Clare)

Damien Reale (Limerick)

Half Backs:

Tommy Walsh (Kilkenny)

James Ryall (Kilkenny)

John Tennyson (Kilkenny)

Ken McGrath (Waterford)

Tony Browne (Waterford)

Ronan Curran (Cork)

John Gardiner (Cork)

Eamon Corcoran (Tipperary)

Sean McMahon (Clare)

Midfield:

Jerry O’Connor (Cork)

Tom Kenny (Cork)

Derek Lyng (Kilkenny)

James ‘Cha’ Fitzpatrick (Kilkenny)

Shane McGrath (Tipperary)

Dave Bennett (Waterford)

Half Forwards:

Eddie Brennan (Kilkenny)

Henry Shefflin (Kilkenny)

Eoin Larkin (Kilkenny)

Dan Shanahan (Waterford)

Michael Walsh (Waterford)

Niall McCarthy (Cork)

Ben O’Connor (Cork)

Tony Carmody (Clare)

James Young (Laois)

Full Forwards:

Joe Deane (Cork)

Brian Corcoran (Cork)

Martin Comerford (Kilkenny)

Aidan Fogarty (Kilkenny)

Tony Griffin (Clare)

Eoin Kelly (Tipperary)

Damien Hayes (Galway)

John Mullane (Waterford)

Joe Bergin (Offaly)

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