Tipperary dominate Under-21 award nominations

Three players who helped power Tipperary to victory over Galway in the recent All-Ireland Under-21 Hurling Championship final have been shortlisted for the Bord Gáis Energy Breaking Through Player of the Year award - they are Seamus Hennessey, Brian O'Meara and Brendan Maher.

Three players who helped power Tipperary to victory over Galway in the recent All-Ireland Under-21 Hurling Championship final have been shortlisted for the Bord Gáis Energy Breaking Through Player of the Year award - they are Seamus Hennessey, Brian O'Meara and Brendan Maher.

Dublin's Oisin Gough, Galway captain David Burke and last year's inaugural prize winner, Darach Honan of Clare, complete the list of contenders for the award.

The Under-21 hurling award recognises the player who stood out during the 2010 Championship. A panel made up of Bord Gáis Energy Sport Sponsorship Manager and Cork legend, Ger Cunningham, RTÉ's Marty Morrissey, Micheál O Domhnaill of TG4 and U-21 All-Ireland winner Joe Canning will deliberate on a winner from the six nominees.

The winning player, which will be announced next week, will receive a voucher worth €1,000.

Speaking about the award, Cunningham said: "Bord Gáis Energy is delighted to be able to recognise the talent of our Under-21 hurlers with the Breaking Through Player of the Year award and once again this year, a group of outstanding players has been nominated for the award.

"It's been another thrilling Championship and whoever the judging panel eventually picks as the winner will thoroughly deserve it."

Although Clare did not make it through to the All-Ireland series this year, Honan once again impressed the judges with his displays against Limerick, against whom he scored 1-3 from play in a superb match, and Tipperary in the Munster Championship.

Gough stood tall in the Dublin defence as they ousted Kilkenny and overcame Wexford to win the Leinster title, before losing out on an All-Ireland final place to Galway in Tullamore.

Gough's fellow nominee Burke was talismanic in that All-Ireland semi-final, scoring four frees and winning the man-of-the-match award. The centre-back went on to put in a leader's performance in a difficult defeat to Tipperary.

All-Ireland champions Tipperary, not surprisingly, dominate the list of nominees. Hennessey, O'Meara and Maher were able to put the distractions of the Senior Championship crusade aside to put in top class hurling performances against Cork, Clare, Antrim and Galway en route to lifting the Cross of Cashel trophy.

Bord Gáis Energy Breaking Through Player of the Year Nominees:

Oisin Gough (Dublin)

Seamus Hennessey (Tipperary)

Brian O'Meara (Tipperary)

David Burke (Galway)

Brendan Maher (Tipperary)

Darach Honan (Clare)

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