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The 2019 Rolling Hurling All Stars: Round 2

The 2019 Rolling Hurling All Stars: Round 2

Every year the GAA All-Stars are announced and every year there is criticism of the weight placed on performances in the All Ireland semi-final/final. Too often it seems like one good performance in one of those games is enough to secure an All-Star, a move that is contrary to the point of the award.

A common concern surrounding the All-Stars is that too often it feels like one good semi-final/final performance overrides more consistent stars in the earlier rounds. In order to address this, Balls.ie introduced the Rolling All-Stars. Every round we'll consider the best performances and compare them to the existing holder.

From Munster to Leinster to Joe McDonagh, we've seen some outstanding performances in the Hurling championship this season. The Round 2 XV sees seven new players introduced, with one of last week's entries moving from midfield into the forward line

1. Enda Rowland, Laois

How's this for a decent day between the sticks: Rowland saved a penalty, scored three points and made a number of crucial saves for Laois as they beat Antrim last weekend.

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2. Cathal Barrett

One of the many Tipp players who looks totally revived under the Liam Sheedy regime.

3. Eoghan O'Donnell

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The best full-back in the country on recent form.  Added another solid performance in Parnell Park to his brilliant game against Kilkenny in Nowlan Park.

4. Eoin Cadogan

Cadogan was tasked with the seemingly-impossible task of neutralising Aaron Gillane last weekend. If Cork lost this specific match-up, it was hard to see them having any chance against the All-Ireland champions. As Cadogan got a grip of the game, so did Cork. There's life in the old dog yet.

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5. Ronan Maher

Maher the younger is in this team 99% for his outstanding and versatile contributions to both Tipp backlines and 1% for the sideline cuts, but good god, those sideline cuts are a thing of beauty.

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6. Sean Moran

The Cuala man has been a formidable presence in the middle of the impressive Dublin half back line, and his late goal ultimately kept Dublin invested in the 2019 Championship (even if he scuffed it!).

7. Padraig Walsh  

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Imperious in 2019 and possibly Kilkenny's standout player in the Championship, which is saying something given TJ's form (see below).

8. Mick Breen

Breen scored 6 points from play against Waterford and has been a total menace in the midfield this summer for the Premier. Shades of Mick Fennelly in his destructive pomp.

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9. Tony Kelly

Retains his spot in the Rollers despite the week off on the back of his majestic, five point Man of the Match performance against Waterford.

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10. TJ Reid

TJ was three points of shy out of scoring Carlow last weekend. Add that to the 2-12 he scored against Dublin, and it seems missing the League because of Ballyhale obligations has done him no harm. Absolutely lethal.

11. Lee Chin

Chin scored 0-11 versus the Dubs in Parnell Park in a typically no-nonsense performance.

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12. Charles Dwyer

The Laois man has been been tearing up the Joe McDonagh Cup, adding 0-5 last week to the 1-3 he scored against Offaly.

13. John O'Dwyer

Bubbles would be Hurler of the Year if the Championship ended today. Currently unmarkable.

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14. Killian Doyle

The Westmeath forward only went and scored 1-12 against Offaly, with 1-6 from play. The Midlands derby win over Offaly was huge for Westmeath and Doyle will need to produce more of the same if Westmeath are serious about lifting Joe.

15. Patrick Horgan, Cork

Hoggie was unusually errant with some of his freetaking but still managed to score 1-9 against Limerick. He is the fulcrum around which all of Cork's offensive strategy revolves around.

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