All-Ireland hurling semi-finals SportsNewsIreland Hurling Team of the Week

It was a busy weekend of hurling, with the two hurling semi-finals between Kilkenny & Waterford along with Galway v Tipperary, we have our team of the week.

1 Eoin Murphy (Kilkenny) – Did very well in the goal yet again, could not do anything about the Waterford goals. Murphy did a great catch in injury time from Pauric Mahony’s free to deny the Deise extra time.

Cathal Barrett (Tipperary) – Good in defence yet again for Tipperary, could of scored a point also.

Daithi Burke (Galway) – Without doubt Burke has to be on the team. Keeping Seamus Callanan scoreless from play is something not many defenders can do.

Paul Murphy (Kilkenny) – A leader once again. Always seems to do the right thing when on the ball, the complete corner back

Padraig Maher (Tipperary) – Maher was excellent and showed his physical presence when knocking Joe Canning out of over the line. Scored a fine point from play.

Austin Gleeson (Waterford) – What is there to be said about Gleeson. A shoe in for young hurler of the year. He scored a cracking goal as well as two points from play. In defence he was superb grabbing sliothars from the clouds.

Padraig Walsh (Kilkenny) – The younger brother of former star Tommy. Padraig was outstanding in the half back line. He scored 2 fine points from play.

Richie Hogan (Kilkenny) – Hogan proved why he is the best hurler in the country yet again. He scored 0-04 from play in a great performance.

Michael Breen (Tipperary) – Breen has had an outstanding year and will surely pick up an all-star. Scored 0-03 from midfield in a fine performance.

10 Conor Cooney (Galway) – Cooney was outstanding scoring 1-06, 1-2 coming from play

11 Patrick Maher (Tipperary) – A real work man like performance from Bonnar. Tracked back to defence, always gives 100 %.

12 Noel McGrath (Tipperary) – Good performance from the older of the McGrath brothers, hit 0-03 from play and was unlucky to see a shot on goal bounce of the crossbar.

13 Liam Blanchfield (Kilkenny) – The young man from Bennetsbridge was thrown in at the deep end on Saturday and he delivered with a fine performance scoring 0-03 from play.

14 Colin Fennelly (Kilkenny) – The Ballyhale man tormented the Waterford full back line. He scored 2 goals and was on the end of a lot of scores for Kilkenny.

15 John McGrath (Tipperary) – He scored a vital goal for Tipperary and grabbed a nice point, deserves his place on the team.

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