With another National Hurling League weekend just about coming to an end, we assess some of the standout performances.
Across the weekend, we were presented with some unbelievable, passionate and entertaining games of hurling. From a palpitating performance by two of our countries best in Thurles to the complete demolition of Laois in Division 1b, certainly, this weekend’s hurling action further highlighted some of the game’s best talents.
TJ Reid (Kilkenny)
If ever a draw was a fair result it was the Tipperary-Kilkenny game at Semple Stadium on Saturday. The game embodied skill, talent, and passion with Kilkenny resurrecting from their run of poor form. The concept of scoring goals seemed to be no longer a problem, with the superb TJ Reid finishing with a personal tally of 3-5, scoring 1-1 of that from open play. In a pulsating encounter with over 14,000 people in attendance, the Cats will be the happier of the two hurling giants.
Gearoid Hegarty (Limerick)
On Saturday, Laois were on the receiving end of a completely dominant display by the Treaty County. In the end, Limerick won by a 26 point margin, but Gearoid Hegarty will get all the headlines for his unbelievable individual performance. The former dual star and St.Patricks club-man finished the game with a personal tally of 2-6 from play. Not only did he often find himself on the scoresheet, but he was influential in attack playmaking and assisting other scorers. Without a doubt, Hegarty was the Man of the Match in a commanding victory for Limerick in Division 1b.
Conor Mc Donald (Wexford)
Again, Wexford’s Conor McDonald was the Model performer in a crucial decider for the Yellowbellies. Not only did the Naomh Eanna club-man score the critical goal against the Faithful, but he was the key man in attack scoring a personal tally of 1-6, with 1-2 of that coming from play. However, it was no surprise that he came to the fore against Offaly on Sunday. According to Wexford Weekly, the 21-year-old has now has racked up a combined total of 4:29 in his last 4 appearances against the Faithful county.
Bill Cooper (Cork)
The Rebels overcame the Deise with a stunning performance. Although their inconsistency has been questioned of late, nobody can question the hunger, drive and skill on show in Waterford on Sunday. A player that embodied this mentality was Bill Cooper- the midfielder showed true leadership qualities, great high-fielding and proved an influential figure on the pitch. Certainly, Cooper had a significant impact on the pitch, heightened by his presence on the scoresheet with three points from play.
Seadna Morey (Clare)
The Sixmilebridge club-man matched his consistent form of late with a dominant performance from corner-back against the Dubs. Not only was his tenacious defending a key element to the Banners victory, but Morey also managed to find himself on the score-sheet on two occasions. Certainly, it seems that Seadna Morey is now cementing his place on this Clare Senior hurling team.
Jason Redmond, Pundit Arena.