The GPA have unveiled the 2006 Opel Gaelic Team of the Year for hurling.
The team reflects the most successful counties in this year’s Championship, with 15 players hailing from four different counties; Cork, Kilkenny, Waterford and Tipperary.
All-Ireland champions Kilkenny have four representatives in the shape of Tommy Walsh, James 'Cha' Fitzpatrick, Henry Shefflin and Martin Comerford, while losing finalists Cork have six players included – Donal Óg Cusack, Brian Murphy, Ronan Curran, Jerry O’Connor, Ben O’Connor and Joe Deane.
The five remaining places are filled by three Waterford players – Eoin Murphy, Tony Browne and Dan Shanahan and two Tipperary players – Paul Curran and Eoin Kelly.
Commenting on the announcement, hurling selection committee chairman Donal O'Grady, said: 'These awards are special for players because, ultimately, they have been voted on by their peers. I know there will be some who may find it strange that this year’s runners-up received more awards but, regardless of the reaction of people, each position was carefully teased out by the selection committee before being put to the playing body to vote.
'I congratulate all the award winners for their outstanding contributions this season.'
2006 Opel Gaelic Team of the Year for hurling
1. Donal Óg Cusack (Cork)
2. Eoin Murphy (Waterford)
3. Paul Curran (Tipperary)
4. Brian Murphy (Cork)
5. Tony Browne (Waterford)
6. Ronan Curran (Cork)
7. Tommy Walsh (Kilkenny)
8 & 9 Jerry O’Connor (Cork) & James 'Cha' Fitzpatrick (Kilkenny)
10. Dan Shanahan (Waterford)
11. Henry Shefflin (Kilkenny)
12. Martin Comerford (Kilkenny)
13. Ben O’Connor (Cork)
14. Eoin Kelly (Tipperary)
15. Joe Deane (Cork)