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Hurling Team Of The Week: Clare & Cork Dominate

Clare and Cork make up the majority of the team of the week as victories for both counties saw them through to the Munster final on July 1st.

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1) Donal Tuohy (Clare)

No goals conceded against a usually free-scoring Limerick warrants Tuohy’s place in the side this week.

He was rarely tested in what was one of John Kiely’s men’s poorest performances in recent memory but his distribution was strong as Clare head to their second Munster final in a row.

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2) Ian Kenny (Waterford) 

Another defeat for Waterford but plenty of positives to take away from the game for Derek McGrath’s men.

Cork’s forwards were on fire against The Deise but Ian Kenny put in a fine performance at the back as Waterford’s season comes to a close.

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3) Patrick O’Connor (Clare)

The Clare captain was a rock at the back for The Banner, shutting out Limerick’s attack only allowing them 0-15 points and none after the 56th minute

O’Connor was inspirational in leading his county to victory over the weekend and he will be a crucial component of Clare’s side come Munster final day.

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4) Colm Spillane (Cork)

A crucial late point from Spillane was one of three in stoppage time which saw Cork overcome Waterford to book their place in the Munster final.

A strong defensive performance in addition to his vital score, Spillane continues to grow into one of the premier defenders in the country.

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5) David Fitzgerald (Clare) 

The only substitute to make the list, Clare’s David Fitzgerald put in a fine display as The Banner got the better of Limerick.

Fitzgerald replaced the injured Seadna Morey and fired over two points from his wingback position in the first period.

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6) Conor Cleary (Clare)

It’s possible to make the case for most of the Clare defence to be included in the team of the week, such was the strength of their performance against Limerick.

Cleary put in a solid display in the half-back line as Clare picked up their third victory in a row.

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7) Mark Coleman (Cork)

A beautiful score to go with a solid defensive display, Mark Coleman is doing his very best to be a lock for the number seven shirt in the team of the week every week.

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8) Michael Walsh (Waterford)

A record-breaking 74th championship appearance for Michael “Brick” Walsh.

He linked up well with Jamie Barron for Tommy Ryan’s goal before he came off in the 55th minute of the game.

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9) Bill Cooper (Cork)

Cooper was an influential figure in Cork’s dramatic late rally against Waterford at Semple Stadium.

The Youghal man rifled over four points and proved a key figure in the heart of the midfield as The Rebels picked up a massive victory.

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10) Peter Duggan (Clare)

Just the 0-13 points from Clare’s Peter Duggan this week.

Another scoring masterclass from the Clooney-Quin man which included 11 points from placed balls, Duggan is hitting his form just at the right time for The Banner.

11) Pauric Mahony (Waterford)

The best player on the park for Derek McGrath’s men Pauric Mahony can consider himself very unlucky to be on the losing end in Waterford’s defeat to Cork.

Crucial, especially in the first half, Mahony led Waterford’s scoring charge as they went into halftime with a led.

Mahony finished the game with an impressive eight points, with four of them coming from placed balls.

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12) Tony Kelly (Clare)

Five points for Clare’s Tony Kelly as The Banner’s forward line dominated proceedings against a lacklustre Limerick.

Kelly was a constant threat throughout the game as Clare coasted to the Munster final.

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13) Tommy Ryan (Waterford)

One of Waterford’s most exciting players Tommy Ryan struck 1-3 from play against Cork at Semple Stadium.

Ryan was a threat throughout the match for Derek McGrath’s team, despite them falling to another defeat.

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14) John Conlon (Clare)

John Conlon has been one of Clare’s stars during their march to the Munster Final.

A capable target man Conlon is also scoring well from play contributing four points against Limerick at Cusack Park.

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15) Seamus Harnedy (Cork)

A captain’s performance no doubt from Cork’s Seamus Harnedy who’s 1-3 was crucial in getting his side over the line against Waterford.

A goal in the 66th minute and a vital score in stoppage time from Harnedy who grabbed his team by the scruff of the neck and dragged them to victory.

Will be a crucial player in the Munster final.

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Author: Oisin McQueirns

Oisin McQueirns is a digital journalist at Pundit Arena. Massive fan of Leeds United, Ric Flair and Trusting The Process. Contact him here oisin@punditarena.com