Although Kilkenny’s Richie Hogan and Tipperary’s Seamus Callanan are essentially two different types of players, this article will compare and contrast the differences and similarities between the two.
The most striking similarity between the pair is that they both excelled in their recent change of position under their respective managers.
Since Callanan’s move to full forward, he has become a rising horror story for the opposing defences. His prowess in front of goal is highlighted by his Championship stats to date, where he accumulated a total of 24-158 in 40 Munster and All-Ireland Championship appearances.
Callanan’s prolific scoring ability in 2016 was again highlighted after his 13-point haul in the All-Ireland final against the Cats.
In turn, he was nominated for the RTÉ Sportsperson of the Year accolade.
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And now we come to Hogan. As hurling folk are already aware, Brian Cody moved him away from the goal and into a more playmaking position in midfield recently.
Hogan has admitted in the past that he always pictured himself as a forward, yet now his ability on the hurling field is akin to that of Andres Iniesta’s expertise on the football field. He’s a small, nippy playmaker, but a player that is well able to get his name on the scoresheet too.
In 2014, Hogan’s move from his former default position of corner forward helped him claim the Hurler of the Year award. Similar to Callanan in 2016, Hogan received the Man of the Match award and guided his team to All-Ireland glory in 2014.
The clear difference between the two hurlers is their physical attributes. As stated previously, Hogan is a small, fast player with his low centre of gravity. If comparing that with Callanan, he’s the opposite. He’s big and strong, and uses his power as his number one trait. Similarly, both players use their height on the hurling field to their advantage as Hogan is the first to pick up any breaking ball around the middle, whereas Callanan’s attributes in the air are overwhelming.
Another similarity between the two players is that they both lead and captained their club teams to glory. It is without a doubt that Callanan and Hogan are the two best players for their club teams, and their presence and talent on the field has an enormous effect on the outcome of the each game.
With Drom/Inch, Seamus Callanan guided his club to their first ever Tipperary Senior Hurling Championship in 2011, which was a remarkable achievement. They overcame Clonoulty-Rossmore, with Callanan playing as centre-forward and scoring a total of six points. The following year Drom/Inch lost out to a strong Thurles Sarsfields team in the final, who eventually went on to be crowned Munster champions.
Like Callanan, Richie Hogan also played a major influence over his club’s success. In 2011, the Danesfort man guided his club to their first intermediate title since 1931, scoring 1-03 from play in the final process.
With both players still only 28 years of age, there is undoubtedly still a lot of hurling left in them.
We are aware that they offer two completely different traits and values. However, moving into the 2017 season we pose the question to our audience, who would you prefer to have on your club and county team… four-time All-Star, Richie Hogan or three-time All-Star, Seamus Callanan?
Jason Redmond, Pundit Arena.