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Top Five Performers From The Munster Hurling Championship

GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship Round 2 12/7/2014 Tipperary Cathal Barrett Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

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.

  1. 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.

Austin Gleeson Waterford

  1. 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.

Munster GAA Senior Hurling Championship Final, Gaelic Grounds, Limerick 10/7/2016 Waterford vs Tipperary Tipperary's John McGrath celebrates scoring a goal with a penalty Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

  1. 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.

Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Semi-Final, Gaelic Grounds, Limerick 21/6/2015 Limerick vs Tipperary Limerick's Seamus Hickey blocks the goal bound shot from Tipperary's Seamus Callanan Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

  1. 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.

Munster GAA Senior Hurling Championship Final, Gaelic Grounds, Limerick 10/7/2016 Waterford vs Tipperary Tipperary's Padraic Maher under pressure from Colin Dunford and Patrick Curran of Waterford Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan
Subtle little handpasses like this have made Maher a much calmer player this year, and his performances have been better and more consistent overall.
  1. 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.

Munster GAA Senior Hurling Championship Final, Gaelic Grounds, Limerick 10/7/2016 Waterford vs Tipperary Waterford's Shane Fives tackles Cathal Barrett of Tipperary Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan
This is Barrett fouled as he carries ball out of the defence. He has been an exceptional performer for a while now, and here is some warranted recognition.

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.