15 Tipp hurlers nominated for All Star Awards

Two players nominated for Hurler of the Year Award

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15 Tipp hurlers nominated for All Star Awards

Fifteen Tipperary hurlers have been nominated for GAA/GPA Opel hurling All Star awards.

The fifteen all started last month's All-Ireland Final victory over Kilkenny.

And two Tipperary players, Seamus Callanan and Padraic Maher, are among the three players nominated for the Hurler of the Year award, alongside Waterford's Austin Gleeson.

Tipp's Ronan Maher, meanwhile, has been nominated for the Young Hurler of the Year award with the Waterford pair of Austin Gleeson and Shane Bennett.

The county's number of nominees is an increase on last year's list, which saw Tipp receive seven nominations, and betters their haul of 2010 when they previously won the All-Ireland crown and received 14 nominations.

The most All Stars that Tipp received was seven, which they collected on two occasions, in 1991 and 2001.

The huge haul of nominations is a reward for a year in which Tipp not only claimed the All-Ireland and Munster championships but also won all five championship matches against Cork, Limerick, Waterford, Galway and Kilkenny.

The players nominated are Darren Gleeson, Cathal Barrett, James Barry, Michael Cahill, Seamus Kennedy, Ronan Maher, Padraic Maher, Brendan Maher, Michael Breen, Dan McCormack, Patrick "Bonner" Maher, Noel McGrath, John "Bubbles" O'Dwyer, Seamus Callanan and John McGrath.

The awards will be presented at a ceremony in Dublin's Convention Centre on Friday November 4.

The full list of nominees is

Goalkeepers

Colm Callanan (Galway); Eoin Murphy (Kilkenny), Darren Gleeson (Tipperary).

Defenders

Cian Dillon (Clare); Dáithí Burke, Pádraig Mannion (Galway); Cillian Buckley, Paul Murphy, Pádraig Walsh ( Kilkenny); Diarmuid Byrnes (Limerick); Cathal Barrett, James Barry, Michael Cahill, Seamus Kennedy, Pádraic Maher, Ronan Maher (Tipperary); Noel Connors, Tadhg de Búrca, Shane Fives, Philip Mahony (Waterford); Matthew O'Hanlon (Wexford).

Midfielders

David Burke (Galway), Conor Fogarty (Kilkenny); Michael Breen, Brendan Maher (Tipperary); Jamie Barron, Kevin Moran (Waterford).

Forwards

Colm Galvin, Tony Kelly (Clare), Alan Cadogan (Cork); Joe Canning, Conor Cooney (Galway); Richie Hogan, TJ Reid, Walter Walsh (Kilkenny); Seamus Callanan, Patrick Maher, Dan McCormack, John McGrath, Noel McGrath, John O'Dwyer (Tipperary); Austin Gleeson, Pauric Mahony, Michael Walsh (Waterford); Lee Chin (Wexford).