The best club hurling 15 since 2000 3 days ago

The best club hurling 15 since 2000

It actually hurt to leave out Ben O'Connor.

And that's all we want to say about it before we get emotional.

Club hurling XV

1 Liam Donoghue (Clarinbridge)

Was between the posts in 2001 when the Bridge were defeated by Birr, was still there ten years on in 2011 when they finally avenged that defeat to beat Kilkenny's O'Loughlin Gaels in the club decider.

2 Ollie Canning (Portumna, Galway)

The perfect corner back. Fast, sticky and cute. Canning began his Portumna career in 1992 and he was still donning the blue and yellow in 2018.

Kept the best club forwards in his pocket Won six Galway championships and four club All-Irelands in the meantime.

3 Eugene McEntee (Portumna, Galway)

The rock at the edge of the Portumna square for all those years. Won everything Canning did, was just as solid and just as important.

4 Jackie Tyrrell (James Stephens, Kilkenny)

Played a pivotal role in the Village's 2004/2005 Tommy Moore triumph. Helped them winning a Kilkenny club in 2011 too.

5 Sean Moran (Cuala)

The rock in the Cuala half back line of that great Cuala team over the last few years. Unbeatable in the air and sharp on the deck.

6 Michael Fennelly (Ballyhale Shamrocks)

Made his debut for the Shamrcoks 15 years ago and he's still going strong at 33. In those 15 years, the powerhouse has packed in six counties, four Leinsters and three All-Irelands.

7 Brian Whelahan (Birr)

Arguably the greatest club hurler ever.

8 James Cha Fitzpatrick (Ballyhale Shamrocks, Kilkenny)

The perfect club midfielder. Read the game like he was five seconds ahead of everybody else and he played his passes like he had five seconds to pick them.

James Cha had it.

9 Tony Kelly (Ballyea)

The best club hurler in the land right now.

The driving force behind a great Ballyea team.

Does things like this every day he dons the black and amber.

10 Henry Shefflin

The king.

Next.

 

11 TJ Reid (Ballyhale Shamrocks)

TJ did it for Ballyhale when they won All-Irelands in 2010 and 2015 and he's still doing it for them in 2018 - when he won a county final with a breathtaking first 20 minutes in Nowlan Park.

TJ Reid

12 Liam Watson (Loughgiel Shamrocks, Antrim)

How could the man who scored 3-7 in an All-Ireland club final possibly be left out? That's exactly what Watson did in mighty Loughgiel's 2012 triumph.

13 Shane Dowling (Na Piarsaigh, Limerick)

One of the sharpest shooters in the land, Dowling always does it for Na Piarsaigh and he's still doing it too.

14 Eugene Cloonan (Athenry, Galway)

Won six county titles and three All-Irelands with Athenry. Cloonan was the club's main man for every one of those triumphs.

15 Joe Canning (Portumna, Galway)

Was man-of-the-match in Portumna's first All-Ireland club on Paddy's Day in 2006 when he was only a teenager. Always, always did it when Portumna needed it.