This is our last Hurling Team of the Week for the year as we pick our best XV from the weekend’s games which included three adult finals as Trim, Na Fianna and Kiltale triumphed.
1 Shane McGann (Kiltale): As expected, his laser light puck outs helped create a number of scores, while his save in the second half was top class.
2 Evan Mullally (Na Fianna): A rock at the heart of the defence for the Enfield/Baconstown combination; his physicality saw him edge every 50/50 battle.
3 Philly Garvey (Kiltale): If there was an award for most improved player of the year, then the Kiltale full back would win hands down; making the number three jersey his own.
4 Ciaran O’Rourke (Trim): Capped a fine year with yet another excellent performance in the full back line; emerging as an oustanding talent.
5 Stephen Donoghue (Kiltale): Mr consistent does it again. One of the finest wing backs in the county for many years; assured and confident as usual against Trim.
6 Ronan Ryan (Kiltale): The defending champions freshened the side up this year and placing this youngster at number six was one of the main reasons they completed the five-in-a-row, giving a man of the match performance in the final.
7 Daniel Gleeson (Na Fianna): As always goes about his duties with the minimum of fuss as Gaeil Colmcille were put to the sword comfortably in the IHC final.
8 Barry Slevin (Na Fianna): The new IHC champions are certainly not a one-man team, but the midfielder’s performance in the final showed just how much of an asset he is to the team, 0-14 including four from play.
9 Anthony Forde (Kiltale): When Kiltale drive forward, it is usually this midfielder that is at the start of the attack. Chipped in with 0-02 in the win over Trim.
10 Joey O’Toole (Trim): Rolled back the years with a vintage performance in that JHC final. Scored 0-14, ten from frees in the extra time win over Ratoath.
11 Cathal McCabe Kiltale: Gets through a huge amount of work that generally goes unnoticed; scored two points at crucial times to get Kiltale up and running.
12 James Andrews (Trim): Simply outstanding in the JHC final win over Ratoath. Obviously a player of a higher standard, but was as delighted as anyone when the final whistle went.
13 Neil Heffernan (Trim): Caused problems for the Kiltale defence in the first half alongside Alan Douglas, but the decision to move the team captain out the field was detrimental to the inside man’s display.
14 Ross Ryan (Kiltale): Showed great ingenuity to manage to get his goal despite being on his knees. Brilliant year for the full forward.
15 Peter Durnin (Kiltale): Written off on a number of occasions, but keeps producing the goods when most needed. Hit some crucial frees as the defending champions came from behind to claim the victory.