- Eoin Murphy (Kilkenny) – Another big year from Eoin Murphy between the sticks for Kilkenny. He came up with some big saves and scored some nice points from frees and essentially at times acted like an extra defender.
2. Cathal Barrett (Tipperary) – The Holycross man came back onto the panel and found his feet quite easy. He had an excellent season and will surely pick up an all-star in the next few weeks. His awareness in the final as the spare man was superb picking up all the loose breaks and protecting his defence.
3. Ronan Maher (Tipperary) – Maher had an excellent season for the All-Ireland Champions his display in the All-Ireland Final was exceptional.
4. Sean Finn (Limerick) – One of the Limerick defenders that was ultra-consistent this Summer. Did the simple things right and always drove forward when given the chance.
5. Padraig Walsh (Kilkenny) – Walsh hurled well for Kilkenny all summer, he scored one of the points of the championship in the Leinster round-robin drawn game with Wexford. Somewhat quiet in the All-Ireland but deserves his place.
6. Padraic Maher (Tipperary) – You just can’t leave this man out who will surely pick up his 6th all-star award. As ever Maher was cleaning up the ball in the half-back line all Summer. Another man for the big occasion.
7. Brendan Maher (Tipperary) – The Boris Ileigh man was superb considering the injury he went through. He had an excellent Munster hurling campaign. A player that would be first on many people’s lists if there was a transfer market.
8. Diarmuid O’Keeffe (Wexford) – It would be cruel not to include the St-Annes man who put in a solid year for Wexford in league and championship. He got forward a lot and got 4 points in the drawn game with Kilkenny in the round-robin. Had an excellent semi-final unlucky to be on the losing side.
9. Noel McGrath (Tipperary) – A man of the match in the All-Ireland semi-final win over Wexford and then again in the All-Ireland Final against Kilkenny, which says it all. He is a massive contender for hurler of the year now as well.
10. TJ Reid (Kilkenny) – It wasn’t to be the Ballyhale’s mans year in the Black and Amber but he notched up big scores, he was the man of the match against Limerick and Cork in the semi-final and quarter-final respectively.
11 Lee Chin (Wexford) – Everything Wexford did went through the Faythe Harriers man. He was unearring in the Leinster Final his accuracy from frees was splendid. Scored a goal in the All-Ireland semi-final against Tipperary, but Wexford came up just short.
12 Adrian Mullen (Kilkenny) – Had a quite All-Ireland Final and was taken off after 39 minutes, however, there were reports that Mullen was sick in the lead up to the game. Still, though he put in big performances against Wexford, Cork and Limerick.
13 Patrick Horgan (Cork) – Cork’s go-to man yet again his display against Kilkenny scoring 3-10 may not be witnessed again, it was simply breathtaking.
14 Seamus Callanan (Tipperary) – A goal a game for Callanan says it all really, 8 goals 8 games what more could you ask for. Callanan was not on frees also this summer which allowed him to express himself.
15 Colin Fennelly (Kilkenny) – One of Kilkenny’s best forwards this summer. He set up a couple of goals and scored a few himself against Cork and Limerick. A no-nonsense forward and just runs at goal any opportunity given.