GPA hurling team of the year announced

The Opel-GPA Hurling Team of the Year has been announced ahead of the awards ceremony at the Citywest Hotel on Friday. The selected team includes 14 of the players who received All-Star awards last month.

The Opel-GPA Hurling Team of the Year has been announced ahead of the awards ceremony at the Citywest Hotel on Friday. The selected team includes 14 of the players who received All-Star awards last month.

Kilkenny's JJ Delaney is the only player from the GAA All-Stars line-up not to be similarly honoured in the Gaelic Players' Association's selection. Tipperary's Padraic Maher has been named at left half-back, ahead of Delaney.

A total of four counties are represented in the Opel-GPA side, with Kilkenny, Tipperary , Waterford and Galway providing the award winners.

All-Ireland champions Tipperary have seven representatives - Brendan Cummins, Paul Curran, Padraic Maher, Brendan Maher, Noel McGrath, Lar Corbett and Eoin Kelly. All-Ireland runners-up, Kilkenny, have four players in the side, Jackie Tyrell, Tommy Walsh, Michael Fennelly, and Richie Power, while Waterford have three representatives in Noel Connors, Michael Walsh and John Mullane.

The remaining place on the team is filled by Galway forward Damien Hayes.

Commenting on the announcement, Chairman of the GPA Hurling Selection Committee, Donal O'Grady, said: "It is a special honour to be recognised by your fellow hurlers and I would like to pay tribute to the 15 chosen by the players on this year's Opel GPA Hurling Team of the Year.

"As a selection committee, we chose who we believed were the three most deserving nominees for each position along with six midfielders, and the players then made the ultimate choice."

Dessie Farrell, Chief Executive of the Gaelic Players' Association, added: "For the second year running, we have had a remarkable conclusion to the hurling Championship with Tipperary this time overcoming the all-conquering Cats.

"The final was inspirational with both sides chasing history for very different reasons, but the contribution of the players involved has been acknowledged by their fellow hurlers.

"Congratulations to all the winners and the nominees and to all the players who voted. Thanks to Donal O'Grady and his selection team and to Opel for their sponsorship of the GPA Awards."

The players will receive their awards on Friday night, where the Hurler of the Year, Christy Ring Cup Hurler of the Year, and Nicky Rackard Cup Hurler of the Year accolades will also be presented.

2010 OPEL-GPA HURLING TEAM OF THE YEAR:

1. Brendan Cummins (Tipperary)

2. Noel Connors (Waterford)

3. Paul Curran (Tipperary)

4. Jackie Tyrell (Kilkenny)

5. Tommy Walsh (Kilkenny)

6. Michael Walsh (Waterford)

7. Padraic Maher (Tipperary)

8. Michael Fennelly (Kilkenny)

9. Brendan Maher (Tipperary)

10. Damien Hayes (Galway)

11. Noel McGrath (Tipperary)

12. Lar Corbett (Tipperary)

13. Eoin Kelly (Tipperary)

14. Richie Power (Kilkenny)

15. John Mullane (Waterford)

NOMINEES FOR OPEL-GPA HURLER OF THE YEAR:

Lar Corbett (Tipperary)

Michael Fennelly (Kilkenny)

Brendan Maher (Tipperary)

Tommy Walsh (Kilkenny)

NOMINEES FOR CHRISTY CUP CUP PLAYER OF THE YEAR:

Joe Clarke (Westmeath)

Tom Murnane (Kerry)

Jonathan O'Neill (Wicklow)

Paul Braniff (Down)

NOMINEES FOR NICKY RACKARD CUP PLAYER OF THE YEAR:

Mark Mythen (London)

Paul McCormack (Armagh)

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