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Hurling Team Of The Week: Sublime Displays Top Exhilarating Weekend

Hurling was the real winner of the weekend as fans were treated to two spectacular semi finals, 130 scores in 187 minutes of pure drama. The result is a highly competitive and wonderfully talented Team of the Week.

1 Nicky Quaid (Limerick)

Need we even explain this one? His sublime intervention to prevent Seamus Harnedy from scoring proved to be a pivotal moment and will forever go down in the history books as the key moment that saw Limerick into their first All Ireland final in eleven years.

 

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2 Seán Finn (Limerick)

The Bruff man was under intense pressure from Seamus Harnedy early on but soon stormed into the game and made a number of vital clearances and block downs. That full-back line works so well as a unit and they showed no signs of Croke Park awe in yesterday’s win.

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3 Daithi Burke (Galway)

What ankle injury? Burke proved his dedication and determination to play the full game plus extra time with strapping on his ankle. He was again magnificent under the high ball and kept John Conlon extremely quiet in the first half though the Clonlara man got the better of him in the second.

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4 Richie English (Limerick)

Another key member of the Limerick defence, Richie English played a blinder yesterday. He did not give Shane Kingston a centimetre of space in the forward line while he also stepped in to help out with Seamus Harnedy when he was causing trouble. His delivery was spot-on.

 

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5 Padraic Mannion (Galway)

This man is yet to have a sub-standard game for the Tribesmen this year. The Ahascragh man was named Sky Sports man-of-the-match yesterday and for good reason. He completely wiped David Reidy out of the game and was the catalyst for so many of Galway’s attacks.

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6  Colm Galvin (Clare)

Although named at midfield, Galvin played the sweeper role, dropping back to help out his struggling defence and it completely changed the game. There was not a blade of grass he didn’t cover such was the intensity of his work rate. One of his best performances in a Clare jersey.

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7 Johnny  Coen (Galway)

Another midfielder who operated all over the field was Johnny Coen. Unfortunately for the Loughrea man, people will probably choose to focus on his mishit effort that could have been the winner for Galway but he was flawless up to then. Showed great steel to score a point in extra-time.

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8 Darragh Fitzgibbon (Cork)

Darragh Fitzgibbon was immense for Cork yesterday, roaring into the match from the first minute and taking the game by the scruff of the neck. He is incapable of scoring ordinary points and scored four magnificent efforts from play. Has to be the Young Hurler of the Year.

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9 Cian Lynch (Limerick)

Big match days call for big match performers and Cian Lynch really stepped up to the mark for Limerick. The skill he produces should be shown in training camps around the country. Ran himself into the ground and also scored an all-important goal in the first half.

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10 Peter Duggan (Clare)

Clare’s top scorer and one of the best performers of the weekend. The Clooneyquin man was exceptional. He consistently popped up in the exact places Clare needed him, was almost flawless from placed balls and scored one of the greatest points ever witnessed in Croke Park.

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11 Shane Dowling (Limerick)

The Na Piarsaigh man may have only come on in the second half but his involvement completely changed the game for Limerick. They were six points down and with his first two touches of the ball, he scored two points. Also won and buried the penalty in extra-time.

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12 Conor Lehane (Cork)

Despite having a quiet season by his standards, it was said before the game that if Conor Lehane played to his best, Cork would win and it also played out like that. The Midleton man scored the goal that brought Cork right back into contention to top a sensational second-half performance.

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13 Aaron Gillane (Limerick)

If Aaron Gillane wanted to make up for his red card the last time these two played, then he certainly did that. The 22-year-old was in devastating form with 12 points to his name by the end of the game, six from play. Had a number of goal opportunities that went wrong but the Limerick public will forgive him.

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14 Seamus Harnedy (Cork)

The Cork captain was a warrior for Cork yesterday. Went into the game a doubt and played his heart out until his body gave up in extra-time. Scored two points, assisted in many more and was denied a late goal by Nicky Quaid’s wonderful interception.

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15 Cathal Mannion (Galway)

Cathal Mannion gave such a complete performance for Galway at the weekend. Scored four points from play, trekked back to win possession, showed wonderful skill and got in an outrageous block to save his team. Has been so consistent for the Tribesmen all summer and will be vital next Sunday.

Leinster GAA Senior Hurling Championship Final, Croke Park, Dublin 3/7/2016 Kilkenny vs Galway Cathal Mannion of Galway Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

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Author: Marisa Kennedy

Marisa is a Digital Journalist with Pundit Arena. You can contact her at marisa@punditarena.com or on Twitter