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UL Well Represented In Our Fitzgibbon Cup Team Of The Year

The University of Limerick won the Fitzgibbon Cup after defeating DCU to secure a sixth title.

In what was an enthralling competition, IT Carlow and DIT were also impressive while defending champions Mary I, lost out at the quarter-final stage.

Here are the top players to have featured in the famous competition this season:

1 Sean Brennan (DIT)

Brennan was fresh from Cuala action during the Fitzgibbon Cup and continued his form for the Grangegorman outfit.

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2 Sean O’Donoghue (UCC)

The biggest shock was not the Mardyke side getting knocked by UL, but the manner of the 4-18 to 0-08 defeat.

However, O’Donoghue showed throughout the campaign why he’s been a star for John Meyler so far.

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3 Conor Cleary  (UL)

The Clare full-back was in tremendous form for Gary Kirby’s side coming out on top of his duel battles with some in-form opponents.

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4 Sean Finn (UL)

A member of Johnny Kiely’s Limerick set-up, Finn put in an influential display for the competition winners.

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5 Conor Delaney (DCU)

Delaney was one of the few half-backs to compete in his individual battle on Patrick Maher and was dominant, winning numerous aerial balls in the latter stages of the Fitzgibbon Cup.

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6 Tadgh de Burca (UCD)

UCD showed signs of reaching a final but didn’t reach Mallow in the end.

De Burca was key to their run to the quarter-final as the Waterford star who was the rock at the back for the Belfield side.

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7 David Fitzgerald (UL)

The Clare senior management team of Donal Moloney and Gerry O’Connor will be taking notice of the dashing display of David Fitzgerald in Mallow landing two outrageous points.

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8 Luke Meade (Mary I)

The electrifying pace of Meade was vital cog in Jamie Wall’s side getting out of the group of death.

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9 Richie Leahy (IT Carlow)

Leahy was a huge threat to numerous teams with his skills, shooting capabilities and his burst of pace was his biggest attribute.

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10 DJ Foran (UCD)

The Waterford senior star was a player who was in form and really played some eye-catching hurling especially in the quarter-final against DIT on target with 0-13.

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11 Kevin O’Brien (UL)

One of the most underrated players in the Fitzgibbon Cup was the Patrickswell clubman who hit a total of three points between the semi-final and final and also showed immense work-rate.

While not as big a name as some of the other UL forwards, O’Brien had the full faith of his clubmate and manager Gary Kirby and delivered time and time again for the Shannonside college.

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12 Donal Burke (DCU)

Burke continues to get better each game he plays and racked up 1-19 in the semi-final and final for DCU.

Burke is also a key member of Pat Gilroy’s Dublin side and will be key for them in the upcoming Leinster Championship.

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13 John Donnelly (DCU)

The Kilkenny senior panellist was a threat for his aerial capabilities proving his skills under the high ball, may lack pace but proves his clinical edge in front of goal.

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14 Jason Forde (UL)

Forde was surely the Player of the Tournament scoring 6-25 in four games.

While it will be extremely difficult to make the Tipperary starting XV, this is the sort of form that will make it hard for Michael Ryan to leave him out.

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15 John McGrath (UL)

The UL captain barely makes a mistake whether it is setting up or taking scores, the Loughmore-Castleiney man makes it look so easy.

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