Six Galway players have been named on the Electric Ireland 2020 Minor Hurling Team of the Year.
All-Ireland match-winning goalscorer Liam Collins from Cappataggle is Player of the Year and joins the attack with Kilnadeema/Leitrim’s Colm Molloy.
Clarinbridge’s Liam Leen is in midfield; while the defence includes Kilnadeema/Leitrim’s Adam Nolan, Ardrahan’s Michael Walsh and Loughrea’s Tiernan Killeen.
Electric Ireland, proud sponsors of the GAA Minor Championships, is pleased to spotlight 15 standout performers from the 2020 Minor Hurling season, today unveiling the 2020 Electric Ireland GAA Minor Hurling Team of the Year and the Electric Ireland Minor Hurling Player of the Year.
The 2020 Electric Ireland Minor Hurling Championship was a season like no other due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Despite all the delays and uncertainty over the Minor Championships, Electric Ireland remained committed to celebrating the return of major moments back into these young player’s lives.
This year’s Electric Ireland Minor Hurling Team of the Year features six players from All-Ireland champions Galway, All-Ireland finalists, Kilkenny and Munster champions, Limerick both have 3 players represented. While Offaly, Tipperary and Westmeath each have one representative on this year’s team.
Liam Collins, a member of the Galway Minor Hurling team has been named as the 2020 Electric Ireland Minor Hurling Player of the Year.
The Cappataggle forward was outstanding in the Electric Ireland GAA Minor Hurling Championship, picking up the Man of the Match award in the Final after scoring 1-7 against a brilliant Kilkenny side, bringing his tally for the year to 3-14.
The team was selected by a panel of GAA experts and was determined in part by Electric Ireland’s ‘Player of the Week’ initiative on Twitter.
2020 Electric Ireland GAA Minor Hurling Team of the Year
2. Zach Bay Hammond (Kilkenny & Thomastown)
3. Adam Nolan (Galway & Kilnadeema Leitrim)
4. Michael Walsh (Galway & Ardrahan)
5. Joe Fitzpatrick (Kilkenny & Dunnamaggin)
6. Tiernan Killeen (Galway & Loughrea)
7. Luke Shanahan (Tipperary & Upperchurch Drombane)
8. Liam Leen (Galway & Clarinbridge)
9. Eamonn Cunneen (Westmeath & Raharney)
10. Lochlann Quinn (Offaly & Birr)
11. Adam English (Limerick & Doon)
12.Billy Drennan (Kilkenny & Galmoy)
13. Shane O’Brien (Limerick & Kilmallock)
14. Liam Collins (Galway & Cappataggle)
15. Colm Molloy (Galway & Kilnadeema Leitrim)
During the 2020 Minor Championships, Electric Ireland also spotlighted Minor players who stepped up and made life-changing contributions to our society.
These individuals were recognised through the Electric Ireland GAA Minor Special Recognition awards, celebrating their major contribution off-the-pitch.
Sarah Sharkey, Brand, PR and Sponsorship Manager at Electric Ireland, commented “We are delighted to announce the 2020 Electric Ireland Minor Hurling Team of the Year. Whilst it is unfortunate that we won’t be able recognise the players at the annual Electric Ireland Minor Star Awards Ceremony, the health and well-being of players and their families is the utmost importance to both ourselves and the GAA. Along with spotlighting the players’ achievements on the pitch, we were also delighted to celebrate their accomplishments off-the-pitch recognising the major impact the minor players had on their communities through the Electric Ireland GAA Minor Special Recognition awards. Both awards demonstrate the positive impact partaking in the Electric Ireland GAA Minor Championships has long after the championship ends.”
Uachtarán CLG Larry McCarthy said “I would like to congratulate the Electric Ireland Minor Hurling Team of the Year and specifically Liam Collins, the Electric Ireland Minor Hurling Player of the Year, on their incredible achievements during the 2020 Minor Hurling season. I have been very impressed by the level of maturity which the players have showcased all year, the players have shown immense character throughout the season and I am confident in the future of our great games having witnessed, first hand, the extraordinary talent these players possess. While we will be unable to honour these players in front of their friends, families and coaches this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, however, I know their fantastic achievements on and off the pitch will be celebrated across each players’ club and county.”
The Electric Ireland Minor Football Team of the Year and Football Player of the Year will be unveiled on Monday, 26th July.