Waterford’s Philip Mahony has been named on the first AIB club players’ hurling team of the year.
This year’s All Ireland finalists dominate the team. All Ireland champions Cuala and beaten finalists Na Piarsaigh each have six of their number in the 15.
Ballygunner and Waterford ace Philip Mahony is recognised for his powerful contribution to their tilt at the Munster title, likewise Adrian Morrissey for his exploits with a ground breaking Liam Mellows side in Galway.
Uachtarán Cumann Luthchleas Gael John Horan congratulated all the winners and said: “The AIB GAA Club Hurling Championship was yet again a competition of real quality and produced a final that will live long in the memory.
“Our Association is built on our pride in the place we call home. It’s what motivates players to perform such heroics for the honour of the area they represent be it a big town or a little village. It’s what encourages people to play and inspires others to volunteer in our clubs.
“It’s a great honour for all of those players who have been selected – especially with this being the inaugural year of these awards – and I congratulate them all.
“The AIB GAA Club Championships continue to grow from strength to strength and these awards are a reflection of that, and it’s something the whole club can share in and celebrate.”
The awards will be presented at a function in Croke Park this Saturday night, and where the AIB GAA Club Hurler of the Year will also be announced. The nominees for the prize are Na Piarsaigh defender Michael Casey, and Cuala duo Sean Moran and Con O’Callaghan.
AIB GAA CLUB PLAYER AWARDS – HURLING 2018
1. Sean Brennan (Cuala)
2. Michael Casey (Na Piarsaigh)
3. Cian O’Callaghan (Cuala)
4. Alan Dempsey (Na Piarsaigh)
5. Cathall King (Na Piarsaigh)
6. Sean Moran (Cuala)
7. Philip Mahony (Ballygunner)
8. Darragh O’Connell (Cuala)
9. Ronan Lynch (Na Piarsaigh)
10. David Treacy (Cuala)
11. Brendan Rogers (Slaughtneil)
12. Adrian Morrissey (Liam Mellows)
13. Adrian Breen (Na Piarsaigh)
14. Kevin Downes (Na Piarsaigh)
15. Con O’Callaghan (Cuala)
AIB GAA CLUB HURLER OF THE YEAR NOMINEES
Michael Casey (Na Piarsaigh), Sean Moran (Cuala) Con O’Callaghan (Cuala)