GALWAY’S victory in the Leinster championship was of greater value than Kilkenny’s double victory in the National Hurling League and All-Ireland series.
That’s an interpretation that could be put on the final selection in the 2012 GAA GPA hurling All-Stars, sponsored by Opel, in which six Galway players were honoured against five from the double champions.
Kilkenny fans were amazed by the breakdown of those honoured, feeling that their favourites deserved more after another dominant season on the inter-county scene.
However, a well informed source told the ’People that five ’Stars was as good as it was going to be for the Cats, and there was no other ‘nearly made it’ player. In the voting among the 15 strong selection committee of journalists and GAA commentators, a dozen of the team places fell into the ‘no contest’category, apparently.
Kilkenny captain Eoin Larkin and Richie Hogan would have been among the contenders in attack, but the vote was split in their case and both lost out. Neither last year’s Hurler of the Year, Michael Fennelly nor Tommy Walsh ever looked like making it and the suggestion was made to us that “Kilkenny were clearly being judged by standards of the previous year”.
Henry Shefflin won the Hurler of the Year award for the third time.
GAA GPA hurling All-Stars team - Anthony Nash (Cork); Paul Murphy (Kilkenny), J.J. Delaney (Kilkenny), Fergal Moore (Galway); Brendan Bugler (Clare), Brian Hogan (Kilkenny), David Collins (Galway); Iarla Tannian (Galway), Kevin Moran (Waterford); T.J. Reid (Kilkenny), Henry Shefflin (Kilkenny), Damien Hayes (Galway); John Mullane (Waterford), Joe Canning (Galway), David Burke (Galway).