Combined Leinster Hurling Team 2010-2016
As the beginning of a new season becomes closer with the pre-season tournaments in both codes set to begin we here at Sportstalk.ie have decided to put together our combined Leinster hurling team from the years 2010-2016. A few surprises may catch the eye but be sure to let us know what you think. We have included Galway. We love a bit of debate!
- David Herity (Kilkenny) – The Dunnamaggin net minder represented Kilkenny from 2003 to 2014. He first came to prominence though in 2011, when he took over the mantel from PJ Ryan as first choice goalkeeper. The 33 year old primary school teacher won 5 All-Ireland medals, 5 Leinster titles and 5 National League medals. A fine shot stopper Herity will go down as one of best goalkeepers not to win an all-star award.
- Paul Murphy (Kilkenny) – The 27 year old Danesfort man has been Kilkenny’s most consistent defender. Murphy always gives 100 % and quite frankly never has a bad game in the Black and Amber. Murphy came on the senior inter-county scene in 2009, but came to prominence in 2011. He has won 4 All-Star awards since then, while on a personal level he has 4 All-Star awards. At only 27 years old he is sure to add more awards to his trophy cabinet.
- JJ Delaney (Kilkenny) – We simply couldn’t leave JJ out of the side. An eight time All-Ireland winner, like Murphy never had a bad game in the Kilkenny jersey. Since 2010, Delaney won 3 All-Ireland medals, 3 Leinster hurling titles and 3 National Leagues. Delaney retired in 2014 and is now one of the pundits working with Sky Sports.
- Jackie Tyrrell (Kilkenny) – Tyrrell was one of the best corner backs in the game. He was a tough no nonsense defender and he always gave 100% for Kilkenny. Tyrrell announced his retirement from the inter-county scene this year having seen very little game time. He will go down as one of best corner backs to ever play the game. He won 9 All-Ireland medals, 11 Leinster titles, 6 National League medals and 4 all-star awards.
- Tommy Walsh (Kilkenny) – Tommy Walsh will go down as one of the greatest wing backs to have ever played the game. Walsh a 9 time All-Ireland winner will be best remembered for his versatility, consistency and his ability to do the simple things perfect. Walsh has won an all-star for every position back, midfield and forward and these awards just prove how good the Tullaroan man was at the game. Walsh retired from the inter-county scene in 2014.
- Brian Hogan (Kilkenny) – The O’Loughlin Gaels club man can be still seen togging out for his club and he most recently did in the Leinster club championship loss to Dublin side Cuala. In 2011 he captained the Cats to an All-Ireland title, with a 2-17 to 1-16 over rivals Tipperary. In total Hogan collected 7 All-Ireland winners medals in an illustrious 10 years for Kilkenny, he would also go on to win 8 Leinster medals, 6 National League medals and 2 All-Star awards. Hogan, like Walsh retired in 2014 having seen little game time.
- Liam Rushe (Dublin) – Although at only 26 years of age, Liam Rushe has been on the inter-county scene in Dublin since 2009. Rushe is dynamic and can play at any position on the field but it must be said he is best in defence. His aerial ability is something else and the power and speed he has for such a big man is also frightening. Although, the Palmerstown man has no All-Ireland medals to his name just yet, he has 1 Leinster medal, 1 National League title and 2 all-star awards. He will surely be around for some time to come.
- Michael Fennelly (Kilkenny) – The Ballyhale man was named hurler of the year in 2011. Fennelly when he is on the field possesses power, strength and fitness when he is in full flow and he is simply breath taking. Fennelly has struggled with injuries and undoubtedly worth his place in the side and hopefully we see him in the near future line out for club and country. To date Fennelly has won 8 All-Ireland titles, 9 Leinster titles, 5 National Hurling league medals and 3 All-Stars. Kilkenny fans will be hoping he can add further medal this year.
- Lee Chin (Wexford) – The Faythe Harriers club man has been Wexford’s most important player in the past 2-3 years. The speed and aerial ability Chin shoes is similar to that of Fennelly and when Chin has the ball he is very hard to stop. At only 24 years of age the future is bright for Wexford hurling and their fans will be hoping they can push on and reach the holy grail of 1996 once more.
- TJ Reid (Kilkenny) – The Ballyhale club man has stepped up to plate as one of Kilkenny’s best players in the past 3-4 years. He has also taken up the mantle of free taker and his style of free taking should be noted by young people who wish to improve their technique. It is not all about free taking though, TJ is capable of winning a match on his own, his aerial presence is frightening and like most Kilkenny forwards down through the years has a keen for getting important goals in big games. Reid, who is 29, has won 7 All-Ireland medals, 8 Leinster medals, 4 National Leagues and 3 all-star awards. He also won hurler of the year in 2015.
- Richie Hogan (Kilkenny) – Hogan has been on the Kilkenny panel since 2007, but only became an established player in 2010. He is one of the best, if not the best in the game at the moment and his list of accolades include, 7 All-Ireland medals, 8 Leinster medals, 4 National Leagues, 4 all-stars. Hogan was named hurler of the year in 2014.
- Henry Shefflin (Kilkenny) – King Henry will go down as one of the best hurlers to play the game. Shefflin represented the Kilkenny seniors for 16 years, 1999-2015 and has won every award possible. He put in fine performances in 2010, 2011 and 2012, hence why he made our list. Shefflin retired from the game in 2015 having called a press conference, but left the inter county scene with numerous awards including 10 All-Ireland medals, 13 Leinster titles, 6 National Hurling league medals and 11 all-stars. Shefflin also won the Texaco Hurler of the Year on three occasions, as well as winning the All Stars hurler of the year on three occasions. The Ballyhale ace also picked up the GPA hurler of the year in 2002 and 2006.
- Shane Dooley (Offaly) – The Tullamore club man has been ever present in the Offaly side since making his debut in 2007. He has been for the last 6-7 years the Faithful’s main scoring threat up front and without doubt one of the best in the game. To date with Offaly he has scored 12 goals 145 points in 31 championship appearances for Offaly. Although he hasn’t won anything with Offaly he has been one of the best players in the province over the past 5-6 years.
- Joe Canning (Galway) – The 28 year old from Portumna has done it all expect getting his hands on that coveted All-Ireland medal with Galway. Joe has been around on the Galway panel since 2008 and has been their best player ever since. In total he has amassed 25 goals 296 points in 42 championship games for Galway. Joe has 1 National League medal and 3 All-stars, while he has also won 4 club titles with Portumna. He will be looking to add a Leinster and All-Ireland medal later on this year.
- Damian Hayes (Galway) – Hayes was one of the best corner forwards in the game. In a 13 year career with Galway he scored 20 goals and 85 points in 52 appearances. Hayes won 2 National League titles, while he also won 3 All Star awards. He continues to play with Portumna where he has won 4 club All-Irelands alongside Joe Canning.
David Burke – Galway Willie Hyland – Laois
Eoin Larkin – Kilkenny Keith Rossiter – Wexford
Fergal Moore – Galway Brian Carroll – Offaly
David “Dotsy” O Callaghan – Dublin Cillian Buckley – Kilkenny