There’s six local hurlers on the AIB GAA Club Hurling team of the year which has been released this morning.
Ballyhale Shamrocks have five on the list, Joey Holden, Darren Mullen, Evan Shefflin, TJ Reid and Colin Fennelly.
St Mullins Marty Kavanagh is also honoured for his massive contribution to his clubs campaigns.
TJ Reid and Evan Shefflin are also on the Club Hurler of the year shortlist alongside Brendan Maher of Borris-Ileigh.
Earlier this year Ballyhale Shamrocks successfully defended their AIB GAA All-Ireland senior club hurling crown in what was a record eighth All-Ireland in all for the exceptional club.
Tipp and Munster champs Borris-Ileigh are represented by goalkeeper James McCormack and defenders Paddy Stapleton and Brendan Maher with Dan McCormack’s midfield energy recognised and so too, Jerry Kelly’s form in attack.
Similar to the football selection announced yesterday, there are five clubs represented in all.
Derry star Chrissy McKaigue won an AIB GAA Club Football Award in 2018 and adds a hurling award here on the back of his inspirational work with Ulster champs Slaughtneil. He is joined by club mate Brendan Rogers, who is named among the forwards and was previously a hurling winner in 2018.
The awards will be presented at a special banquet in Croke Park this Friday night.
AIB GAA CLUB PLAYERS’ AWARDS – HURLING 2020
1. James McCormack (Borris-Ileigh)
2. Paddy Stapleton (Borris-Ileigh)
3. Joseph Holden (Ballyhale Shamrocks) *Previous winner in 2019
4. Darren Mullen (Ballyhale Shamrocks)
5. Evan Shefflin (Ballyhale Shamrocks)
6. Brendan Maher (Borris-Ileigh)
7. Shane Cooney (St Thomas)
8. Dan McCormack (Borris-Ileigh)
9. Christopher McKaigue (Slaughtneil)
10. Brendan Rogers (Slaughtneil) *Previous winner in 2018
11. TJ Reid (Ballyhale Shamrocks) *Previous winner in 2019
12. Jerry Kelly (Borris-Ileigh)
13. Dessie Hutchinson (Ballygunner)
14. Colin Fennelly (Ballyhale Shamrocks) *Previous winner in 2019
15. Martin Kavanagh (St Mullins)
AIB GAA CLUB HURLER OF THE YEAR NOMINEES
TJ Reid (Ballyhale Shamrocks), Evan Shefflin (Ballyhale Shamrocks), Brendan Maher (Borris-Ileigh