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Waterford 15 For 30: The Voice Of Waterford Hurling Picks His Team

Waterford 15 For 30: The Voice Of Waterford Hurling Picks His Team

15 for 30 is a weekly GAA series here on Balls.ie where we get the public to vote for different counties' best team of the last 30 years. With the new poll which launched each Monday, we'll also have an accompanying podcast with someone from within the county in question to choose their team and go into their thinking behind the selection.

This week, we are taking on our first hurling county in Waterford, and the voice of Waterford hurling Kieran O'Connor of WLR was good enough to join us to pick his team.

O'Connor is the perfect man to pick the team of the last three decades having first commentated on Waterford teams for WLR in 1992, and had remained a mainstay since.

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In 1992, with Waterford in the doldrums of hurling, two underage teams made an impact that lay the groundwork for their ascension to the game's top table. Waterford would win Munster Under 21 and Minor titles that year, making both All-Ireland final, and winning the Under 21 crown after a replay.

Since then, Waterford made a senior breakthrough of sorts in 1998 under Gerald McCarthy with mixture of young and experienced. O'Connor considers the appointment of McCarthy as the key decision in Waterford emerging as one of the top hurling counties in the country.

The true golden era of Waterford was in the 2000s though, and mostly under another Corkman, Justin McCarthy. Four Munster titles in nine years was the ultimate for a county like Waterford, though they sadly fell short of an All-Ireland title.

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In more recent times, Derek McGrath's group of exceptional hurlers which made the All-Ireland final in 2017 showed that the class in the county appears permanent now.

Any team selected was always going to fall between these three teams, and Kieran O'Connor had more experience than any in having watched them all to give the most educated of selections.

You can listen and subscribe to the full podcast here, or listen below, and you can vote for your Waterford 15 for 30 below. The winning team will be revealed on Saturday.

You can vote on your team below until Saturday, or email your team to [email protected], or message us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.


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Kieran O'Connor's Waterford 15 for 30:

1. Stephen O'Keeffe

Waterford

Goalkeeper - 2011 - Present

Honours:

National Hurling League: 2015

All-Star: 2011

 

2. Eoin Murphy

Cornerback - 2001 - 2011

Honours:

Munster Championship: 2002, 2004, 2007, 2010

National Hurling League: 2007

All-Star: 2006

 

3. Michael "Brick" Walsh

Full back/Centre back/Midfield/Centre Forward - 2003 - 2019

Honours:

Munster Championship 2004, 2007, 2010

National Hurling League: 2007, 2015

All-Stars: 2007, 2009, 2010, 2017

 

4. Noel Connors

Waterford

Cornerback - 2009 - Present

Honours:

Munster Championship: 2010

National Hurling League: 2015

All-Stars: 2010, 2015, 2017

 

5. Tony Browne

Wingback/Midfield - 1991 - 2014

Honours:

Munster Championship: 2002, 2004, 2007, 2010

National Hurling League: 2007

All-Ireland Under 21 Championship: 1992

Hurler of the Year: 1998

All-Stars: 1998, 2006, 2007

 

6. Fergal Hartley

Waterford

Centre back - 1992 - 2006

Honours:

Munster Championship: 2002

All-Ireland Under 21 Championship: 1992

All-Star: 2002

 

7. Kevin Moran

Wing back/Midfield -2006 - Present

Honours:

Munster Championship: 2007, 2010

National Hurling League: 2007, 2015

All-Star: 2012

 

8. Austin Gleeson

Midfield/Centre back/Centre forward - 2014 - Present

Honours:

National Hurling League: 2015

All-Ireland Under 21 Championship: 2016

All-Ireland Minor Championship: 2013

Hurler of the Year: 2016

Young Hurler of the Year: 2016

All-Star: 2016

 

9. Jamie Barron

Waterford

Midfield - 2013 - Present

Honours:

National Hurling League: 2015

All-Stars: 2016, 2017

 

10. Dan Shanahan

Wing forward/Full forward - 1995 - 2010

Honours:

Munster Championship: 2002, 2004, 2007, 2010

National Hurling League: 2007

Hurler of the Year: 2007

All-Stars: 2004, 2006, 2007

 

11. Ken McGrath

Waterford

Centre forward/Centre back/Midfield - 1996 - 2011

Honours:

Munster Championship: 2002, 2004, 2007, 2010

National Hurling League: 2007

All-Stars: 2002, 2004, 2007

 

12. Eoin Kelly

Wing forward/Corner forward - 2001 - 2012

Honours:

Munster Championship: 2002, 2004, 2007, 2010

National Hurling League: 2007

All-Stars: 2002, 2008

 

13. John Mullane

Waterford

Corner forward - 2001 - 2012

Honours:

Munster Championship: 2002, 2004, 2007, 2010

National Hurling League: 2007

All-Stars: 2003, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

 

14. Seamus Prendergast

Full forward/ Centre forward - 2000 - 2014

Honours:

Munster Championship: 2002, 2004, 2007, 2010

National Hurling League: 2007

 

15. Paul Flynn

Waterford

Corner forward - 1993 - 2008

Honours:

Munster Championship: 2002, 2004, 2007

National Hurling League: 2007

All-Ireland Under 21 Championship: 1992

All-Star: 2004

 

SEE ALSO: Vote: Your Favourite Gaelic Football All-Ireland Final Goal Of The 2000s

 

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