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Hurling Team Of The Week: Limerick Dominate Following Classy Display

It was a weekend full of thrills, surprises and disappointments in the hurling championships as Limerick, Galway, Wexford and Cork all registered vital wins.

There were some impressive individual performances, not least from Killian Doyle, Cathal Mannion and TJ Reid and they are all included in our hurling team of the week.

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1. Nickie Quaid (Limerick)

Nickie Quaid didn’t have much to do in terms of shot-stopping against Clare but for the second week in a row his puck outs were almost flawless, mixing it up between the long and short passing game.

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2. Sean Finn (Limerick)

Man-of-the-match Sean Finn showed once again that he is one of the best corner-backs in the game at the moment. He rendered John Conlon ineffective in the game with his clever defending and huge physicality.

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3. Mike Casey (Limerick)  

Mike Casey was once again superb and immovable at full-back for Limerick. He read the play very well and cut out much of the danger when Clare managed to work the ball towards the Limerick square.

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4. Calum Lyons (Waterford)

Waterford have a serious few months of soul-searching ahead of them following another lack-lustre and disappointing season but to be fair to Paraic Fanning, Calum Lyons has been an outstanding find in his defence. The Ballyduff man has been one of their top performers since making his championship debut in May and chipped in with a point against Cork.

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5. Paudie Foley (Wexford)

Paudie Foley thundered into the game against Carlow in the second-half and looked to be playing with a huge amount of confidence. He helped keep the dangerous Carlow half-forward line quiet while also chipping in with a point.

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6. Declan Hannon (Limerick) 

Declan Hannon was back to his very best against Clare on Sunday. He made a number of well-read interceptions while his delivery to the forwards was sublime. He got forward himself a few times and also scored a point.

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7. Mark Coleman (Cork) 

Mark Coleman has had a quiet season so far in a Cork jersey but he stormed back into action against Waterford at the weekend. His distribution was fantastic while he also chipped in with two points from play from the wing-back position.

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8. Rory O’Connor (Wexford)

Rory O’Connor’s goal in the opening five minutes was superb as he tore the Carlow defence to shreds before finishing expertly to the back of Brian Tracey’s net. Followed up with a point from play later in the game.

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9. Cathal Mannion (Galway) 

Cathal Mannion continued his fine performances for Galway this season against Kilkenny on Sunday with the man-of-the-match registering 0-8 with seven points from play. He has been one of their top leaders so far and was so again yesterday.

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10. Peter Duggan (Clare) 

It was a day to forget for Clare on Sunday but one man who gave his all for the cause was Peter Duggan. He was the only forward to make runs at the Limerick defence. He scored all of Clare’s tally in the first half and finished with 11 points.

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11. Killian Doyle (Westmeath)

Killian Doyle was once again superb for Westmeath at the weekend, scoring an astonishing 17 points against Antrim in the Joe McDonagh Cup. The Raharney captain gave an exhibition of point scoring and is one of the most in-form forwards in the game.

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12. TJ Reid (Kilkenny) 

TJ Reid proved once again why he is the best forward in the country as he gave one of his best performances in a Kilkenny jersey against Galway on Sunday. He was utterly unmarkable, scoring 2-11 in total with 2-4 from play.

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13. Conor Whelan (Galway)

Conor Whelan has really stepped up to the mark for Galway in the past few weeks and he put in another massive shift against Kilkenny. Some of his skills were worth the entrance fee alone and he finished with 1-2 to his name.

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14. Alan Cadogan (Cork)

It’s hard to believe that this was only Alan Cadogan’s second championship outing in almost two years given his contribution to Cork against Waterford. He was entirely unselfish in his play, his work rate was phenomenal and he also registered 1-2. He is really adding another dimension to the Cork attack.

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15. Aaron Gillane (Limerick)

When Aaron Gillane is left one-on-one with a defender anywhere in the full-forward line, he is going to punish you and that is exactly what he did to Clare on Sunday. The Patrickswell man finished with a personal tally of 1-11 as he looks to be strolling to his first All-Star.

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About Marisa Kennedy

Marisa is a Digital Journalist with Pundit Arena. She is a former reporter with Sporting Limerick and is a huge fan of the GAA. You can contact her at marisa@punditarena.com or on Twitter