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Shortlist of Nominations for Bord Gáis Energy Breaking Through Player of the Year Announced


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Shortlist of Nominations for Bord Gáis Energy Breaking Through Player of the Year Announced. Panel to select one from shortlist of six players who starred in the Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling U-21 Championship.

Three players who starred for Clare in their magnificent Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling U-21 All-Ireland Final victory have been named in the shortlist for the Breaking Through Player of the Year award.  Darach Honan, John Conlon and Colin Ryan are all in contention for the prize, as are Galway’s Joe Canning and Kilkenny players Richie Hogan and John Mulhall.

The Breaking Through Player of the Year award will recognise the player who stood out overall during the 2009 Championship.  A panel made up of Bord Gáis Energy Sport Sponsorship Manager and Cork legend, Ger Cunningham, RTÉ’s Marty Morrissey, Micheál O Domhnaill of TG4 and the GAA’s Sponsorship Manager, Paul Dermody will deliberate on a winner from the six nominees.  The winning player, which will be announced next week, will receive a voucher worth €1000.

Speaking about the award, Ger Cunningham said, “Bord Gáis Energy is delighted to be capping off the 2009 Championship with this Breaking Through Player of the Year award.  It has been a truly memorable summer for U-21 hurling and I think it cemented for many the real importance this grade holds for developing our stars of the future.  Deciding upon the eventual winner will be a very tough process and whoever comes out on top will be very well deserving of the prize.”

While Darach Honan had a quiet day in Croke Park against Kilkenny, it took the Cats a lot of manpower to keep him quiet and to that date he played a crucial role in Clare reaching the All-Ireland Final, winning two Man of the Match awards along the way.

John Conlon put in a Man of the Match performance himself in the All-Ireland Final and he was outstanding in the three matches leading up to it.  He is marked as one to watch for the future and his team mate Colin Ryan makes the shortlist having shown throughout the Championship that he is a top class free taker. On numerous occasions during Clare’s journey, he stood over the ball to keep the Banner alive.

For Kilkenny, Richie Hogan was arguably their most consistent performer this year and John Mulhall’s inclusion follows sturdy performances in the Leinster Final and All-Ireland Final, during which he worked extremely hard and added some good scores along the way.

Finally, despite Galway’s semi final exit, Joe Canning scored 4-7 against Clare in Thurles and his stand out performance underlined his stature as one of Ireland’s greatest hurling talents, even at just 20 years of age.

The winner will be decided over the next seven days and will be announced next week.

Bord Gáis Energy Breaking Through Player of the Year Shortlist:

Joe Canning (Galway, full forward)
John Conlon (Clare, centre half forward)
Richie Hogan (Kilkenny, right corner forward)
Darach Honan (Clare, right corner forward)
John Mulhall (Kilkenny, left half forward)
Colin Ryan (Clare, left corner forward)

Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling U-21 All-Ireland Championship 2009 Results & Fixtures

Bord Gáis Energy Leinster GAA Hurling U-21 Championship
20th May: Kilkenny (1-21) v Laois (1-10)
27th May: Kildare (1-3) v Dublin (1-10)
10th June: Dublin (1-24) v Wexford (0-8)
  Kilkenny (0-18) v Offaly (0-15)
15th July:   FINAL: Kilkenny (2-20) v Dublin (1-19)
Bord Gáis Energy Munster GAA Hurling U-21 Championship
3rd June: Quarter Final: Cork (0-25) v Tipperary (2-22)
15th July: Semi Final: Clare (4-22) v Limerick (2-13)
  Semi Final: Waterford (3-21) v Tipperary (2-14)
29th July:  FINAL: Waterford (2-12) v Clare (2-17)
Bord Gáis Energy Ulster GAA Hurling U-21 Championship
15th July: Quarter Final: Armagh (3-18) v Monaghan (1-3)
22nd July: Semi Final: Antrim (5-25) v Armagh (1-11)
  Semi Final: Derry (3-15) v Down (3-9)
29th July:   FINAL: Antrim (1-19) v Derry (0-9)
Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling U-21 All-Ireland Championship

22nd August:  All-Ireland Semi Final:  Kilkenny (2-22) v Antrim (2-7)
  All-Ireland Semi Final: Clare (3-23) v Galway (5-15)
13th September: All-Ireland Final Clare (0-15) v Kilkenny (0-14)

Stiofáin MacDháibhéad,
Bord Gáis Energy
Tel: 01 6021116
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Pembroke Communications
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Alan Milton
Communications Manager
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