Big victories for Limerick and Kilkenny along with some stand out performances from the rest of the action, let’s take a look at this edition of the hurling team of the week.
1) Paddy McKenna (Kildare)
An unfamiliar name to many in goal, Kildare’s Paddy McKenna was magnificent in his side’s Christy Ring Cup semi-final victory over Derry.
McKenna pulled off a string of excellent saves throughout the game to help the Lilywhites into their first Christy Ring Cup final since they won the competition in 2014.
2) Paddy Deegan (Kilkenny)
A universal choice at right cornerback, Paddy Deegan was at the heart of Kilkenny’s fight back against Wexford at Nowlan Park.
Commanding under the high ball, Deegan’s dogged determination helped to spur his side on as they looked to overturn the first half deficit.
3) Mike Casey (Limerick)
Another fantastic defensive performance from a Limerick perspective, Casey looked solid throughout as John Kiely’s men swept Waterford by 13 points.
4) Jack Browne (Clare)
One of a host of brilliant performers from Clare’s sensational victory over Tipperary on Sunday, Browne was excellent up against a notoriously tough Tipp forward line.
5) Padraic Mannion (Galway)
Mannion once again showed just how important he is to this Galway side as The Tribesmen edged out a victory over Dublin on Saturday.
The right halfback was constantly thwarting Dublin attacks and produced three excellent scores from distance as Galway ended their Leinster campaign with a win and a 100% record.
6) Declan Hannon (Limerick)
Part of a half-back line that were simply too strong for Waterford, Declan Hannon was excellent at the heart of the three.
Hannon’s defensive strength will be key if Limerick are to continue their impressive run of results in this season’s championship
7) Jamie Shanahan (Clare)
A solid display at seven from Clare’s Jamie Shanahan as they overcame Tipp in their Munster Championship clash.
Clare’s halfback line coped well with what Tipp had to offer with Shanahan being the best out of the three.
8) Rian McBride (Dublin)
On the losing end against Galway on Saturday, but Rian McBride was one of the standout performers for Pat Gilroy’s men.
Four points from play including a sideline cut, as well as a solid all-round display in the middle of the park, McBride’s performance, was certainly one of the positives to take in defeat.
9) Cian Lynch (Limerick)
Another fine display in midfield from a man who really starting to find his form for Limerick.
Lynch struck over three points for John Kiely’s men and produced a skilful display as they ran out 13 point winners over an underwhelming Waterford side, to edge closer and closer to a Munster final.
10) Rory O’Connor (Wexford)
The sole representative from Davy Fitz’ men, Rory O’Connor slots in at right half forward after his tremendous opening period.
O’Connor provided a number of magical moments in attack and scored two frees in his 0-05 total.
Unlucky to be on the losing side at Nowlan Park on Saturday.
11) TJ Reid (Kilkenny)
A brilliant performance in the half forward line from TJ as he racked up 0-11 points to spur his Kilkenny side to victory.
Reid was lethal from placed balls clipping over 0-09 from frees as well as a 65′ in a scintillating display of scoring.
Kilkenny will be hoping the three-time all-star can keep this form up ahead of their Leinster final showdown with Galway in July.
12) Davin Flynn (Donegal)
Another in the half forward line more suited to playing further forward, Davin Flynn is familiar with the number 12 jersey and simply had to be included in the team of the week.
An unbelievable return of 2-11 saw Donegal ease into the Nicky Rackard Cup final with victory over Ulster rivals Monaghan.
Donegal won by an incredible 21 points to book a date with Warwickshire in Croke Park on June 23rd.
13) Conor Whelan (Galway)
The 21-year-old has grown into one of Galway’s most important players, and once again in their victory over Dublin, he was instrumental.
He grabbed 0-03 points from play, one of which a majestic score from the right sideline early on, and won more than his fair share of the ball up against Eoghan O’Donnell.
14) Aaron Sheehan (London)
Usually a left corner forward but as good as Sheehan was, he isn’t taking Peter Duggan’s spot this week so he’ll slot in at full forward instead.
Podge Collins was unlucky to miss out at full forward after his fine display for Clare, but Aaron Sheehan’s 14 points in London’s 2-28 to 2-14 win over Wicklow sees him claim the number 14 jersey this week.
Sheehan’s scoring was key to London’s victory over the Garden County as they reached their first Christy Ring Cup final since 2012.
15) Peter Duggan (Clare)
An absolute masterclass in scoring from Peter Duggan as he led his Clare side to a surprise victory over Tipperary in their Munster hurling clash.
Duggan notched up a stunning 0-15 point haul, including 0-13 from frees in what was a brilliant offensive display from The Banner’s marksman.
His two injury-time points were crucial in seeing his side over the line by a scoreline of 1-23 to 1-21.