Ashling Dalton discusses three players that were unlucky not to be awarded an All Star following their performances in this year’s All Ireland campaign.
To say the 2014 Hurling All Stars attracted much debate is an understatement. This is the first time only three counties have been represented in an All Star selection, which is a poor reflection on what was actually a pretty exciting summer.
The fifteen players that won out deserve their awards but there are a handful of players who made just as strong an impression on 2014 as their colleagues.
1. Conor Fogarty (Kilkenny).
The Erin’s Own man was the difference in the replay, no doubt. His hooking, blocking, covering and support play were second to none and he can consider himself very unlucky not to scoop an award. When he was brought in for the Galway semi-final replay, he was exceptional and has rarely put a foot wrong.
His ability to hold down a starting place should be noted too, considering the fact that Cody has altered his team quite a bit this year. A fine talent and one to look out for in 2015.
2. Lee Chin (Wexford).
Again another player who made a strong impact from the midfield position. He was brilliant in every game he played in this year and was one of the reasons for Wexford’s revival. He has emerged as one of the main leaders for Wexford and will be key to their prospects next year.
The fact that he has opted to play hurling over football must be music to Liam Dunne’s ears too.
3. Richie McCarthy ( Limerick)
If JJ Delaney hadn’t pulled off the hook of the century, this guy would’ve been a cert of an All Star at full back. He has become a rock for the Treatymen’s defence and has rarely ever been caught out.
Cool and calm under pressure, he was brilliant in the semi-final against Kilkenny and hopefully will continue his good form into 2015.
Ashling Dalton, Pundit Arena.