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Vote: The Main Contenders For Hurler And Young Hurler Of The Year

With only one match left in the senior hurling calendar, attention is now turning to who will pick up the coveted hurler and young hurler of the year award. We have selected our top three contenders for each and we want you to vote for your winners.

Hurler of the Year contenders

Name: Padraic Mannion

County: Galway

Credentials: Padraic Mannion has been the most consistent player in this championship, playing at a phenomenal standard every game. His pace, physicality and attacking style have made him one of Galway’s key men this summer. The Ahascragh man is the bookies favourite to pick up the award.

Leinster GAA Senior Hurling Championship Final, Croke Park, Dublin 3/7/2016 Kilkenny vs Galway Kilkenny's Conor Fogarty with Padraic Mannion of Galway Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy



Name: John Conlon

County: Clare

Credentials: The 29-year-old has enjoyed his best season of his career, scoring freely in every game. His physicality and work rate brought a new element to the Clare attack. Even in the semi-final against the country’s best full-back, Conlon dominated. Mannion may have the edge due to the extra game.

Allianz Hurling League Division 1B 14/2/2016 Clare vs Offaly Clare's John Conlon Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Lorraine O'Sullivan


Name: Joe Canning

County: Galway

Credentials: You might underestimate Canning’s contribution to Galway this summer given that it is just expected at this stage but the Portumna man has enjoyed another exceptional season. In the Leinster final, he was the man who stepped up for Galway as he always does. Two-in-a-row perhaps?

Leinster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Quarter-Final, O'Connor Park, Tullamore, County Offaly 28/5/2017 Galway vs Dublin Galway’s Joe Canning Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Oisin Keniry



Young Hurler of the Year contenders

Name: Darragh Fitzgibbon

County: Cork

Credentials: Darragh Fitzgibbon has been the standout hurler for Cork this year. The 21-year-old has dominated proceedings from midfield, mopping up possession, launching attacks while scoring from distance. Still has an U21 All Ireland final to look forward to.


Name: Mark Coleman

County: Cork

Credentials: Coleman is another player who has impressed on every outing for Cork this summer. For a young player, he is so decisive and clever on the ball. He constantly made runs up the field, contributing massively to Cork’s attack.


Name: Aaron Gillane

County: Limerick

Credentials: If he produces a big performance in the All Ireland final, Gillane might yet be a contender for Hurler of the Year. The Patrickswell man is Limerick’s biggest scoring threat as well as  their free-taker and he has grown in confidence every game.



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Author: Marisa Kennedy

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