Eight Clare hurlers have been nominated on the Bord Gáis Energy U21 Hurling Team of the Year.
Donal Moloney’s Clare side fell short in the Munster Final losing by three points to Limerick after a disappointing second half that saw the Banner let a two point half-time lead slip. The Treaty County went on to win the All-Ireland Championship and are rewarded with twelve nominations. Finalists for the second year in succession, Wexford have nine players in the running for the team.
Despite losing the Munster semi-final to Clare, Waterford have six representatives hoping to get the nod while Tipperary have three nominees. Galway have two contenders while Kilkenny, Carlow, Dublin, Laois and Antrim have one each.
Conor Cleary a member of the 2014 Team of the Year is in line to retain his place. Goalkeeper Keith Hogan who conceded a single goal in two games has been rewarded for his efforts and he will compete against Limerick’s David McCarthy and Oliver O’Leary of Wexford who received the nod ahead of Hogan in 2014.
Attacking duo Bobby Duggan and Ian Galvin who put in eye-catching displays in the semi-final win over Waterford are the only Clare forwards nominated. Doora/Barefield’s David Conroy a member of the Clare Senior panel in 2015 is in the running for a midfield spot. Clare’s contingent is completed by Aidan McGuane, Eoin Quirke and David Fitzgerald. McGuane along with clubmate Cleary are possible winners in the half-back line while Quirke and Fitzgerald are vying for a position in the full-back line.
Bord Gáis Energy Sports Ambassador Ger Cunningham heads the judging panel and he is joined by TG4’s Micheál Ó Domhnaill, Galway’s Joe Canning, former Waterford captain Ken McGrath and Newstalk’s Óisín Langan.
Goalkeepers: Keith Hogan (Clare), David McCarthy (Limerick), Oliver O’Leary (Wexford)
Full Backs: Michael Breen (Tipperary), Michael Casey (Limerick), Eoin Conroy (Wexford), Richie English (Limerick), David Fitzgerald (Clare), Conor Gleeson (Waterford), Shane McNulty (Waterford), Eoin Quirke (Clare), Liam Ryan (Wexford)
Half Backs: Diarmaid Byrnes (Limerick), Tadhg de Burca (Waterford), Conor Cleary (Clare), Diarmuid Cody (Kilkenny), Padraig Foley (Wexford), Ronan Maher (Tipperary), Aidan McGuane (Clare), Barry O’Connell (Limerick), Jack O’Connor (Wexford)
Midfield: Diarmuid Byrne (Carlow), David Conroy (Clare), Conor Devitt (Wexford), Austin Gleeson (Waterford), Darragh O’Donovan (Limerick), Pat Ryan (Limerick)
Half Forwards: Shane Bennett (Waterford), Cian Boland (Dublin), David Dempsey (Limerick), Bobby Duggan (Clare), Cha Dwyer (Laois), Kevin Foley (Wexford), Ian Galvin (Clare), Cian Lynch (Limerick), Ronan Lynch (Limerick)
Full Forwards: Patrick Curran (Waterford), Cathal Dunbar (Wexford), Jason Flynn (Galway), Conor McDonald (Wexford), Christy McNaughton (Antrim), Tom Morrissey (Limerick), Brian Molloy (Galway), Barry Nash (Limerick), Colin O’Riordan (Tipperary)