All-Ireland U-21 Hurling Champions, Clare, have received a total of fourteen nominations for the inaugural Bord Gáis Energy Team of the Year Award ceremony which will be televised live on TG4 on Saturday, 12th October at 8.30pm.
The hour long broadcast will look back over the 2013 Bord Gáis Energy U-21 Hurling Championship with contributions from current and former U-21 players and managers in addition to contributions from the judging panel themselves. In addition to the Team of the Year announcement, the Bord Gáis Energy Player of the Year award will be presented in both the ‘A’ and the ‘B’ championships. This is the first year that a ‘B’ award has been presented.
Finally fans of the championships will be able to have their say with a Bord Gáis Energy Score of the Year Award which will be voted for by fans on social media in the week leading up to the programme. A selection of the ten best ‘Score of the Game’ clips from each of the televised matches (including the Bord Gáis Energy All-Ireland GAA U-21 Hurling ‘B’ final) are available to view on the Breakingthrough Youtube channel. Fans are asked to vote for their favourite score via Bord Gais Energy’s U-21 Hurling Facebook, Twitter or Instragram pages. Voting will close at midnight Friday, 11th October.
Speaking at the announcement of the shortlist, Ger Cunningham, sports ambassador at Bord Gáis Energy said, “It’s a fantastic way to finish up what has been a championship full of excitement, passion and hurling of the highest quality. To narrow the list down to forty-five players was a mammoth task and we now have to finalise the final fifteen which is not going to an easy task. It will no doubt be a wonderful night for all involved and Bord Gáis Energy is delighted to be involved in recognising the best young hurlers in 2013.”
Clare were undoubtedly the form team in 2013 and this has been highlighted in the shortlist which includes team captain and Bord Gáis Energy Ambassador, Paul Flanagan in addition to All-Ireland Final Man of the Match, David O’Halloran. The Éire Óg clubman finished with a total of 1-4 and was instrumental in helping the Banner retain their All-Ireland U-21 crown.
Gerry O’Connor and Donal Maloney’s team also lead the way in nominations for the Player of the Year Award with senior stars David McInerney, Colm Galvin and Podge Collins all in the running for the coveted award.
Beaten provincial finalists Kilkenny and Tipperary have both received six nominations including Bord Gáis Energy Ambassador Jason Forde. The Tipp forward finished the campaign with an impressive total of 5-23. Forde is also shortlisted for the Player of the Year Award.
Antrim’s achievement in reaching a first ever All-Ireland Final is recognised with a total of five nominations. An excellent year for the Saffrons included a dominant provincial campaign followed by that famous victory over Wexford in the All-Ireland Semi-Final. Tiernan Coyle, Jackson McGreevey, Eoghan Campbell, Ciaran Clarke and Stephen McAfee have all received nominations.
Leinster Champions, Wexford, have also received five nominations. A first provincial title in eleven years sees team captain Lee Chin included in the six nominations for Player of the Year in addition to his inclusion, along with Jack Guiney, Andrew Kenny, Shane O’Gorman and Ian Byrne in the shortlist for Team of the Year.
Offaly and Waterford, who ran Kilkenny and Clare close in their respective outings, have both received three nominations while Galway, Limerick and Carlow have all been rewarded with one nomination each.
The full judging panel for the awards include Bord Gáis Energy sports ambassadors Ger Cunningham and Joe Canning, in addition to TG4’s Mícheál Ó Domhnaill and former Waterford star Ken McGrath.
Shortlist Announced for Bord Gáis Energy Team of the Year
1 Aaron Duggan-Kilkenny, Daragh Mooney-Tipperary, Ronan Taffe-Clare
2 Paul Flanagan-Clare, Cathal Barrett-Tipperary, Tiernan Coyle-Antrim
3 Dan Kelleher-Offaly,
4 Brian Kennedy-Kilkenny, Jack Browne-Clare, Mark Carmody-Limerick
5 Seadna Morey-Clare, Andrew Kenny-Wexford, Joe O’Dwyer-Tipperary
6 Shane O’Gorman-Wexford, Alan O’Neill -Clare,
7 Stephen O’Halloran-Clare, Ray Barry-Waterford, Diarmuid Byrne-Carlow
8 Colm Galvin-Clare,
9 Lee Chin-Wexford, Tony Kelly-Clare,
10 Jack Guiney-Wexford, Peter Duggan-Clare,
11 Podge Collins-Clare, Ian Byrne-Wexford, John Power-Kilkenny
12 Niall O’Meara-Tipperary, Jake Dillon-Waterford, Stephen McAfee-Antrim,
13 Stephen Quirke-Offaly, Cathal O’Connell-Clare, Ger Alyward-Kilkenny
14 Kevin Kelly -Kilkenny, Bill Walsh-Tipperary, Conor Cooney-Galway
15 David O’Halloran-Clare, Ciaran Clarke-Antrim,
Breakdown on Counties Nominated:
Nominations for Player of the Year:
1 David McInerney
2 Jason Forde
3 Podge Collins
4 Kevin Kelly
5 Colm Galvin
6 Lee Chin
Nominations for Bord Gáis Energy Score of the Year Award:
Antrim vs Clare (All-Ireland Final):