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12th Jun 2019

Hurling team of the weekend

Niall McIntyre

Brought to you by Centra #WeAreHurling

Here comes the fun.

TJ Reid turned in one of the finest individual performances you’re likely to see in Nowlan Park but there were standout individual performances all over the place on another big weekend of hurling.

In the Joe McDonagh Cup, Killian Doyle was the top dog scoring an unbelievable 0-17 against Antrim, 0-6 of them coming from open play. The Raharney forward has been consistently brilliant this campaign and along with Laois’ Paddy Purcell, has been one of th players of the competition. Purcell scored a great goal and set up a number of scores against Kerry in a good win for Eddie Brennan’s team.

In the Leinster championship, Freshford club man Darren Brennan filled Eoin Murphy’s sizeable boots with a number of eye-catching saves against Galway. In front of him, Huw Lawlor was very impressive but he’s narrowly pipped by Daithí Burke for a place on this team. The Turloughmore man came out with a number of typically momentum-shifting balls.

Richie Leahy was a ball of energy in midfield while Cathal Mannion, Conor Whelan (every corner back’s nightmare) and TJ Reid were a class apart. Joseph Cooney also fared well in the air.

In Munster, Sean Finn, Declan Hannon and Gearoid Hegarty were all impressive while Aaron Gillane was unmarkable. Meanwhile Sean O’Donoghue and Mark Coleman impressed in defence for Cork.

Here is a round-up of the weekend from Centra’s #WeAreHurling campaign.

Galway are back

Clare are down but somehow not yet out

Nowlan Park – one of the most aesthetically pleasing set-ups in the country

The Yellow Bellies keep in touch

Cork do enough