Galway’s Joe Canning will face Kilkenny’s Henry Shefflin,and Paul Murphy again as the nominees for the 2012 GAA GPA Hurler of the Year award, while Galway duo Johnny Coen and Niall Burke are nominted alongside Dublin’s Danny Sutcliffe for the Young Player award.
Of the 45 players nominated for the All Star team, 14 are from Galway, 12 are from Kilkenny and Tipperary have six, Sutcliffe is the only Dublin to make the list.
2012 OPEL GAA GPA ALL-STARS HURLING AWARDS NOMINATIONS:
Goalkeepers: Anthony Nash (Cork), Nickie Quaid (Limerick), James Skehill (Galway)
Full-Backs: Paul Murphy (Kilkenny), JJ Delaney (Kilkenny), Johnny Coen (Galway), Fergal Moore (Galway), Jackie Tyrell (Kilkenny), Richie McCarthy (Limerick), Michael Cahill (Tipperary), Kevin Hynes (Galway), Shane O’Neill (Cork)
Half-Backs: Brian Hogan (Kilkenny), Brendan Bugler (Clare), Padraic Maher (Tipperary), David Collins (Galway), Michael Walsh (Waterford), Tony Óg Regan (Galway), Tommy Walsh (Kilkenny), Niall Donoghue (Galway), Kieran Joyce (Kilkenny)
Midfielders: Andy Smith (Galway), Kevin Moran (Waterford), Stephen Molumphy (Waterford), Pa Cronin (Cork), Iarla Tannian (Galway), Michael Fennelly (Kilkenny)
Half Forwards: Henry Shefflin (Kilkenny), Cyril Donnellan (Galway), Niall Burke (Galway), Patrick ‘Bonner’ Maher (Tipperary), TJ Reid (Kilkenny), Pa Bourke (Tipperary), Damien Hayes (Galway), Danny Sutcliffe (Dublin), Richie Power (Kilkenny)
Full-Forwards: Eoin Larkin (Kilkenny), Joe Canning (Galway), Noel McGrath (Tipperary), Patrick Horgan (Cork), John Mullane (Waterford), Brian O’Meara (Tipperary), Richie Hogan (Kilkenny), John Conlon (Clare), David Burke (Galway)
HURLER OF THE YEAR NOMINEES
Henry Shefflin (Kilkenny)
Paul Murphy (Kilkenny)
Joe Canning (Galway)
YOUNG HURLER OF THE YEAR NOMINEES
Johnny Coen (Galway)
Niall Burke (Galway)
Danny Sutcliffe (Dublin)
The final team of 15 players will be announced live on RTÉ television on Friday 26 October at the GAA/GPA All-Stars Awards ceremony sponsored by Opel.