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PA All-Star Team: Vote For Hurling Full-Back Line Of The Year

Ahead of the All-Star awards on November 2nd, Pundit Arena are asking you to vote for who you think will make the lineup of both the hurling and football teams. In the second part of the series, we are asking: who will make up the full-back line? 

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Corner Backs

Nominee: Adrian Tuohy

County: Galway

Credentials: Fast, physical and clever on the ball, Adrian Tuohy has all the attributes of a great corner-back. Although he often plays on the edge of the rules, Tuohy is a major asset to Micheal Donoghue’s side and is growing in the role with every season. One player they cannot afford to lose.

 

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Nominee: Sean Finn

County: Limerick

Credentials: The Bruff man has been quietly going about his business all summer but has been incredibly influential for John Kiely’s side. His performance in the final proved that. On the rare occasion Mike Casey didn’t get to the ball, Finn was there to tidy up and get Limerick out of trouble.

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Nominee: Richie English

County: Limerick

Credentials: The Limerick full-back line deserves huge credit for the manner in which they nullified the Galway threat in the All Ireland final. Their work rate was savage and their decision making clinical. Characteristics that have been present in every performance by Richie English this summer.

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Nominee: Colm Spillane

County: Cork

Credentials: In a defence that has been sketchy at times, he has been the constant rock. He remains calm and collected and can read the play brilliantly, allowing him to get in front of his marker and recycle the ball. A tough finish to the year for Cork but he can be proud of his season.

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Full Back

Nominee: Padraig Walsh

County: Kilkenny

Credentials: No one thought it would be possible to replace JJ Delaney but moving Padraig Walsh from wing back to full-back proved to be a stroke of genius by Brian Cody. Though smaller than many full-backs, he is exceptional in the air, tough in the tackle and isn’t afraid to get forward.

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Nominee: David McInerney

County: Clare

Credentials: A dogged full-back in every sense of the term. McInerney is such a versatile player and can also easily fit at centre-back but Clare have found a gem for the number three jersey. He uses his size to great effect, is solid under the high ball and is also a leader among the back contingent.

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Nominee: Daithi Burke

County: Galway

Credentials: It’s hard to believe Daithi Burke is only 25 years of age given the impact he has made over the last number of years. He has had an outstanding season at full-back with very little getting past him. Even when supposedly injured, he gave 100 percent to the cause.

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Nominee: Mike Casey

County: Limerick

Credentials: Not many gave Mike Casey a chance against Johnny Glynn given their size difference but Casey played to his strengths and it paid off. Glynn wasn’t allowed a spare second on the ball with Casey shadowing him constantly. As previously stated, linked up well with the rest of the line.

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Nominee: Liam Ryan

County: Wexford

Credentials: One of the most consistent players for Davy Fitzgerald’s team this summer. Another full-back who doesn’t let his man out of his sight. What is also massively impressive, is his ability to win his own free and also, to score. A massive leader for the Model County.

Wexford full-back, Liam Ryan with Colin Fennelly

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Who will take the first corner-back slot?


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Who will be crowned the full-back of the year?


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Who will take the second corner-back slot? (Must not be the same as previous selection)


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About Marisa Kennedy

Marisa Kennedy
Marisa is a Digital Journalist with Pundit Arena. She is a former reporter with Sporting Limerick and is a huge fan of the GAA. You can contact her at [email protected] or on Twitter