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HURLING TEAM OF YEAR SO FAR – April 2017

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Posted by Darren Kelly in Craic | May 2017

With the leagues and the Leinster championship just underway, LiveGaelic.com looks at our top 15 hurlers this season:

1. EOIN MURPHY (Kilkenny)

– Murphy has been Kilkenny’s top performer during the league and included another two stunning saves against Wexford.

2. AIDAN HARTE (Galway)

– Galway’s ‘Mr Versatile’ has covered nearly any position in the defence and gives Micheal Donoghue plenty of options ahead of the championship.

3. TOMMY DOYLE (Westmeath)

– The Lake County’s season could be over by May but Doyle has been one of numerous consistent players for Westmeath.

4. PADRAIC MANNION (Galway)

– Like his brother, Mannion has bounced back from Ahascragh/Fohenagh’s disappointing All-Ireland final loss to help the county to league glory.

5. DIARMUID BYRNES (Limerick)

– Even though many of his team mates fell well short in the league semi-final, the Limerick captain led by example making life difficult for Galway.

6. AONGHUS CLARKE (Westmeath)

– Despite failing to take a major ‘scalp,’ the Westmeath captain has played his part in putting his side in contention.

7. DIARMUID O’KEEFFE (Wexford)

– Commuting from Dublin hasn’t dampened his effect as O’Keeffe brings the same passion onto the field that his manager Davy Fitzgerald does on the line.

8. DAVID REIDY (Kildare)

– Came back from injury to hit 0-13 in their Christy Ring opener against Mayo, the Limerick native will be key for Kildare in their quarter-final against Carlow.

9. DAVID BURKE (Galway)

– If Galway can start producing consistent displays like their inspirational captain, maybe the wait for Liam McCarthy is only months away.

10. ALAN DEVINE (Westmeath)

– Westmeath’s two Leinster championship losses have been narrow down to Devine’s consistent in keeping Michael Ryan’s team competitive.

11. JOE CANNING (Galway)

– John McIntyre tried playing Canning at number 11 but he finally has the right support to excel as a leader and is in form since his return.

12. LEE CHIN (Wexford)

– Has emerged as a true leader for the Slaneysiders in 2017 keeping his head and delivering consistent displays.

13. CONOR McDONALD (Wexford)

– Scored eight points in the league quarter-final against Kilkenny emerging as Wexford’s scorer-in-chief with crucial scores throughout the campaign.

14. JOHN McGRATH (Tipperary)

– The league final will be one to forget but McGrath is having a fantastic year and scored 2-2 in the semi-final against Wexford.

15. CATHAL MANNION (Galway)

– Got four points from play in the semi-final against Limerick before getting Galway’s third goal in their demolition of Tipperary in the league final.

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