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All-Ireland champions Clare dominate 2013 hurling All Stars

Updated: Thursday, 07 Nov 2013 09:18 | Comments

Clare defeated Cork to become 2013 All-Ireland SHC champions
Clare defeated Cork to become 2013 All-Ireland SHC champions

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All-Ireland champions Clare dominate the 2013 hurling All Stars with eight awards following their final replay heroics against Cork.

David McInerney, Brendan Bugler, Pat Donnellan, Colm Galvin, Conor Ryan, Tony Kelly, Pádraic Collins and Conor McGrath have all been selected in the 15 to round off a memorable year for the Banner County.

Beaten finalists Cork and the team they defeated in the semi-final, Dublin, each earn three spots on the team. Limerick’s Richie McCarthy completes the XV.

In all there are a total of 12 first-time recipients reflecting the wind of change that blew through hurling in 2013.

Anthony Nash, Bugler and Liam Rushe are the only previous award winners.

No less than five Under 21 hurlers are included: McInerney, Galvin, Kelly and Collins from U21 winners Clare who are joined by Danny Sutcliffe from Dublin.

GAA president Liam Ó Néill said: “This year’s hurling selection was of particular interest to hurling followers everywhere after the incredible year we had.

“The players who have made the final cut can take particular satisfaction on doing so in a season of stiff competition as new teams and players emerged – something evidenced in the final make up of the team.

“I congratulate all 15 players – and those who were nominated too – as their inclusion further underlines their roles as excellent ambassadors through their commitment and dedication to the pursuit of excellence."

The football selection will be announced live on RTÉ Two and online from 7pm tomorrow evening as will the Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year winners in both codes.

2013 GAA GPA All tars sponsored by Opel

Goalkeeper

1.Anthony Nash (Cork)

Full-backs

2. Richie McCarthy (Limerick)

Richie McCarthy

3. Peter Kelly (Dublin)

4. David McInerney (Clare)

Half-backs

5. Brendan Bugler (Clare)

6. Liam Rushe (Dublin)

7. Patrick Donnellan (Clare)

Midfielders

8. Colm Galvin (Clare)

9. Conor Ryan (Clare)

Half-forwards

10. Séamus Harnedy (Cork)

11. Tony Kelly (Clare)

12. Danny Sutcliffe (Dublin)

Full-forwards

13. Pádraic Collins (Clare)

14. Patrick Horgan (Cork)

15. Conor McGrath (Clare)

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