Clare Under-21 hurler David McInerney has been named as the 2013 Bord Gáis Energy Player of the Year at the inaugural Team of the Year awards ceremony.
McInerney was selected from a shortlist of three players, which included fellow Clare player Padraic Collins and Tipperary’s Jason Forde.
McInerney was chosen as the winner for his stunning performances throughout the U-21 Championship.
He was a central figure in the Clare defence that only conceded two goals in 2013.
He received two consecutive man of the match awards during victories over Tipperary and Galway.
The Tulla man’s performances didn’t go unnoticed by Clare senior manager Davey Fitzgerald with McInerney playing a leading role in the county’s first All-Ireland senior hurling success since 1997.
Kildare’s Niall Kenny was presented with the U-21 ‘B’ Player of the Year award.
Kenny was pivotal in guiding the Kildare U-21 hurlers back to the All-Ireland ‘B’ final for the second successive year where they lost out by an injury-time goal to Kerry.
The right half-forward was sublime in this year’s Championship cumulating with him scoring 2-03 in the All-Ireland final.
Also announced at last night’s award ceremony was the Score of the Year.
Over 30 per cent of the voters favoured Antrim’s Ciaran Clarke for his sublime goal effort against Wexford in their famous All-Ireland semi-final victory.