GAA team of the weekend 6 months ago

GAA team of the weekend

Honestly you just can't beat it.

The last eight weekends of club GAA have been unbelievable, the weekend just past was from another world.

Gaoth Dobhair played football from the Gods, Coolderry and Ballyboden played hurling from the heavens. And when so many teams and individuals play so bloody good, how the hell are you supposed to pick a team of the weekend?

We've been doing that for the last few of them but never before has there been as many outstanding performers to miss out. Christ, picking this forward line was like a parent being asked to pick their favourite child.

Cathal Dunbar, the man hurled a first half better than any man who makes the team but he still doesn't get in. Rian O'Neill was another man hard-done by and so was Darragh Burke and Odhran Mac Niallais.

Here it goes.

1 Stephen O'Keeffe (Ballygunner)

Raced up the field and scored this peach of a penalty when the Gunners needed a goal. That changed the whole game.

Made a few decent saves too.

2 Damien McArdle (Scotstown, Monaghan)

Any corner back who scores two points from play in a game won by one is a shoo-in. McArdle did that and he kept his Eoghan Rua man scoreless.

3 Joey Holden (Ballyhale Shamrocks, Kilkenny)

Kept Conor McDonald quiet. That's enough.

4 Noelene Lambert (St Martin's, Wexford)

Kept Thomastown at bay when they were threatening in the Leinster camogie final in Nowlan Park. Cleared ball and stopped attacks all day.

5 Fintan Burke (St Thomas, Galway)

Thomas' are back in an All-Ireland semi-final and Burke, a member of the under-21 Team of the Year is doing the business for them. Hurled Liam Mellows from the half back line.

6 Wayne Hutchinson (Ballygunner, Waterford)

Plucked two skyscrapers when Na Piarsaigh were trying to get back into it in the second half. Led from the back and led like the leader he is.

7 Shane Durkin (Ballyboden St Enda's, Dublin)

Scored two points and stood tall for ninety thrilling minutes in Parnell Park.

8 Daire Ó Baoill (Gaoth Dobhair, Donegal)

Three goals in 24 first half minutes and this block.

9 Darragh Fitzgibbon (Charleville, Cork)

The man has been running riot for Charleville and for months and he's taken them with him to Cork and Munster crowns. His teammates have one job and one job only when they get the ball and that's to pop the ball out to Darragh Fitzgibbon. He'll take care of it from there. Scored nine, five from play against Feakle. Lethal.

10 Peter Hogan (Ballygunner, Waterford)

Hogan gets on more ball in one game than most hurlers would in seven. On Sunday, on Ballygunner's big day, he was as industrious as a Clean Ireland employee.

Everything went through him, every Ballygunner player must have got a good pass off him at some stage and that's what beat Na Piarsaigh for them.

11 Brian Carroll (Coolderry, Offaly)

2-16. 2 flippin 16.

NEXT.

12 Doireann O'Sullivan (Mourneabbey, Cork)

Kicked seven points from play in an All-Ireland semi-final for her club. One of the most glorious shooters in the country, she picks off points like it's the easiest thing in the world.

13 Colin Fennelly (Ballyhale Shamrocks, Kilkenny)

Fennelly will tell you himself that he hasn't been in the best of from recently. His dander is up now though.

He scored 4-4 against Naomh Eanna, including points from all angles and goals from the top drawer.

He's back and Ballyhale Shamrocks are looking like favourites.

14 Kevin Cassidy (Gaoth Dobhair, Donegal)

A stylish wing back turned graceful full forward. Kevin Cassidy scores, or sets up a score the very minute the rest of the Gaoth Dobhair team look like they might be thinking about letting the opposition back into it.

15 Colm Basquel (Ballyboden St Enda's, Dublin)

What a decision from Joe Fortune to call this man in. A footballer predominantly, he made his first senior club hurling appearance of the year in the Leinster semi-final.

He won the game for the Dublin side. Scored 3-3, but also won three frees in injury time that eventually clinched the game for them.

Clutch.