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5 Cork minors on team of the year

Wednesday, 13th September, 2017 6:00pm

Captain Sean O'Leary Hayes from Midleton is selected at fullback; Kildorrery's James Keating is picked at centre back, Under 17 All-Ireland winners Daire Connery and Brian Roche are picked at midfield and wing forward respectively while Douglas sharpshooter Brian Turnbull, who was the topscorer of the championship with 1-51, is rewarded for his scoring prowess with the number 15 position.

The team also features players from Kilkenny, Dublin and Clare and was selected by a panel from nominees that included the Electric Ireland Man of the Match and Player of the Week winners throughout the season. The four-man awards selection panel included former Cork goalkeeper and current Clare selector, Dónal Óg Cusack; former Armagh footballer, Oisín McConville; former Galway hurler, Mattie Kenny and Meath football manager, Andy McEntee.

Cusack commented: “To be named on the Hurling Team of the Year is a real honour for these players, their families, counties, schools and clubs. There is some serious talent in the team and we are looking at the future of hurling there. They deserve recognition for the commitment and quality they gave to their teams this year both on and off the pitch and it gives their team mates and players across the minor championships something to strive for. Only one team can lift the All-Ireland but these great players can be celebrated.”

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