We began our provincial championship reviews with a look at the best hurling performers in Leinster last week. Now that Tipperary got the better of Waterford last Sunday. We give you the Top 5 performers from Munster.
- Austin Gleeson – Waterford
People might think this is a token effort to get a Waterford player into the selection. But it is easy to have short memories. Gleeson was outstanding for Waterford against Clare the main part of an excellent performance. The game against Tipp may not have been his best but he did show glimpses of class that have him right up there with the leading hurlers right now.
- John McGrath – Tipperary
He was in our All-Star selection of the year so far already today and John McGrath features again as one of the best performers in this year’s Munster Hurling Championship. It wasn’t just his hat-trick against Waterford. He was excellent in the other games against Cork and Limerick. His work rate and creativity are two other big traits in his game.
- Seamus Callanan – Tipperary
He is still the main man. He is the crowd favourite but its fully justified by now. Seamie Callanan is now one of the main hurlers in the game. He is a class act who has everything needed to be a great full forward. He is a big presence with pace and power. His finishing was always very good, but his leadership and ball winning are the two things that have seen him get right to the top.
- Padraic Maher – Tipperary
He is not a young player and has been around the block for a good few years now, but the word mature would be the best word to describe Padraic Maher’s performances so far. He looks so much more composed this year then he has in any other year. The wild streak appears to be gone and Maher has played in a very controlled manor so far this year. He really has been very good.
- Cathal Barrett – Tipperary
It might be strange to see Barrett at number one, but it is deserved recognition for an outstanding performer. He was Man of the Match against Limerick and put in another brilliant performance against Waterford. His pace and skill allow him to dominate any type of opponent he faces. If every team had a few Cathal Barrett’s there would be no need for sweepers. Teams would just attack, safe in the knowledge that the defence would be in solid hands.