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Reardens Hurling All Stars 2017

THE Reardens Hurling All-Star team were honoured  on the 5th December last in Reardens Bar on Washington Street, and contains six of this year’s SHC champions, Imokilly.

However, there is a decent spread, with five teams represented, while every one of the winners are first-time recipients of Rearden’s All-Stars, even though this is the sixth year of the popular scheme. The new-look All-Star side is a reflection of the fact four teams reached the county semi-finals this year who hadn’t featured in 2016.

Interestingly, eight of the All-Stars were U21 this season, while Colm Barry and Stephen Murphy are also in their early 20s. Sars’ Jack O’Connor and Eoghan Murphy and Killeagh’s Eoghan Keniry have one more game to play in 2017, Friday’s U21 county final.

Na Piarsaigh keeper Paul O’Sullivan is the veteran of the All-Star team, while Brian Lawton, Paudie O’Sullivan and Seamus Harnedy are in the late 20s and Imokilly wing-back John Cronin is only 25, though hurled in the 2011 county final for CIT in a defeat to Carrigtwohill.   A Hurler of the Year will be announced tomorrow from the 15 talented stick-men who made the cut here.   Other leading contenders for an All-Star award were Gavin Connolly, Niall Cashman, Colm Spillane, Ciarán O’Brien, Paul Leopold, Dayne Lee, Daniel Kearney, Shane O’Keeffe, Will Leahy, Alan O’Callaghan.

New Cork manager John Meyler presented the All-Star awards to the 15 winners. Congratulations to our 3 boys who were awarded an all star.   Well done lads.


1. Paul O’Sullivan, Na Piarsaigh:  In the most high-profile game of the earlier rounds of the championship, the northsider pulled off match-winning saves against the Glen. Very solid throughout the summer in between the posts and on puck-outs.

4. Eddie Gunning, Piarsaigh:  This 21-year-old has been highly rated for some time and came of age this season. He defended from the front, usually on the edge of the square, and his reading of the play was excellent.

15. Padraig Guest, Piarsaigh:   Before a sliotar was pucked this year, few outside of Farranree had heard of Guest, largely due to recent injuries after a promising underage career.   The 21-year-old had a breakout summer, with his clinical free-taking and eye for goal as he blasted 3-30 to send Piarsaighs to the last four.

The club breakdown of the winners is as follows: Imokilly 6, Blackrock 3, Na Piarsaigh 3, Sarsfields 2, Killeagh 1.