Thursday’s Top 10 will keep in line with the Munster Hurling Final. This writer got plenty of stick for the Kilkenny selection a few weeks ago. This week looks the best Tipperary hurlers since the year 2000.
- Eamonn Corcoran
Corcoran may not be the most household name of this list, but he was a great servant to Tipperary over the years. He was a very consistent performer at right half-back. He finished his career with one All-Ireland medal having retired before 2010.
- Noel McGrath
His form has dipped slightly since his two major seasons in 2009 and 2010. Aged just 18, McGrath was seen as one of the next big things in hurling. From the half-forward line, he was the creative link. After his health scare in 2015, he does now seem to be getting back to his best.
- Padraic Maher
Consistency may still remain an issue in the eyes of many people, but at his best there have been few better performers then Padraic Maher. Starting as a full-back in 2009, people expected hurling’s next superstar to emerge. He has moved out to the half-back line and performed very well overall.
- Brendan Maher
Brendan Maher is the current Tipperary captain. Back in 2010, he was the heartbeat of the team at midfield. He has switched between the half-back line and half-forward line since. This movement has led to inconsistency in performance, but he has been one of Tipp’s best players in recent times.
- John O’Brien
This is his second mention of the week. He made our team of The Best Players Not To Win Hurling All-Stars. In this we mentioned how underrated he was in the Premier side. His high catching was his main asset and it is something that Tipp are crying out for at the moment. He also could finish.
- Brendan Cummins
Cummins was always a consistent and an important member of the Tipperary side. He led the defence from the goal and this leadership spread all around the field. His heroic saves were his real strength, but he had more to his game. His point in 2010 was a real crowd lifter that set Tipp on their way to victory.
- Seamus Callanan
It took him a while to really find his feet but nobody can now dispute the class of Seamus Callanan.. He was not always a regular starter since he burst on the scene in 2008. His consistency was questionable for a while but over the last two years, he has been sensational.
- Tommy Dunne
He may have been in the twilight of his career from 2000 on, but he captained Tipp to win the All-Ireland in 2001 and remained an contributor to the team for the years following. He moved into the forwards in his latter years and still remained a big part of the Tipp side.
- Lar Corbett
Corbett had a long career and while he had his critics, he must go down as one of Tipp’s best forwards. His ability to make runs and get on the end of chances was second to none. He may not have been a fantastic ball winner but his pace and finishing were as good as anyone.
- Eoin Kelly
The undisputed number one is Eoin Kelly. He carried Tipperary for so long during their barren years and it was fitting that he was the man to lift the Liam McCarthy Cup in 2010. He was an unbelievable inside-forward who put in a number of match winning performances for the Premier men.