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Hurling: Cats a lot more like it.

Byline: By ORLA BANNON

BRIAN Cody has hailed Kilkenny's huge representation on the list of Vodafone GAA All-Star hurling nominations as "only right and proper".

There was shock in the county when their All-Ireland winning heroes had fewer nominees on the GPA's roll of honour than beaten finalists Cork.

But yesterday the Cats dominated the All-Star list with 13 players chosen.

Five Kilkenny defenders have been nominated, whereas Tommy Walsh was the only one selected by the GPA and Cody was last night pleased proper order had been restored.

"The best team every year wins the All-Ireland, it's the simple as that," declared the Cats boss, who still hasn't decided whether to remain in charge for 2007.

"I think it is only right and proper that the All-Ireland winners should make up the bulk of the All-Star team.

"There is an argument that the All-Stars should be based on what happens over the whole year but Kilkenny won the league as well, so no-one can say we came good at the last minute.

"We only had one defender on the GPA team, which didn't make sense at all, so having 13 players nominated now seems reasonable.

"Winning the All-Ireland is everything but players still appreciate getting an All-Star.

"It's a nice personal honour."

In total, nine counties are represented, with 11 Cork players included plus eight from beaten semi-finalists Waterford, five from Clare and four from Tipperary.

However one notable omission is that of Cork half-back Sean Og O hAilpin who, despite not having his best ever season, still played a major role in the Rebels' bid for three-in-a-row.

VODAFONE 2006 GAA ALL-STAR HURLING NOMINEES

GOALKEEPERS: D Og Cusack (Cork), D Fitzgerald (Clare), J McGarry (Kilkenny)' FULL-BACKS: B Murphy (Cork), D O'Sullivan (Cork), JJ Delaney (Kilkenny), N Hickey (Kilkenny), E Murphy (Waterford), T Feeney (Waterford), P Curran (Tipperary), F Lohan (Clare), D Reale (Limerick)' HALF-BACKS: T Walsh (Kilkenny), J Ryall (Kilkenny), J Tennyson (Kilkenny), K McGrath (Waterford), T Browne (Waterford), R Curran (Cork), J Gardiner (Cork), E Corcoran (Tipperary), S McMahon (Clare)' MIDFIELD: J O'Connor (Cork), T Kenny (Cork), D Lyng (Kilkenny), J 'Cha' Fitzpatrick (Kilkenny), S McGrath (Tipperary), D Bennett (Waterford)' HALF-FORWARDS: E Brennan (Kilkenny), H Shefflin (Kilkenny), E Larkin (Kilkenny), D Shanahan (Waterford), M Walsh (Waterford), N McCarthy (Cork), B O'Connor (Cork), T Carmody (Clare), J Young (Laois)' FULL-FORWARDS: J Deane (Cork), B Corcoran (Cork), M Comerford (Kilkenny), A Fogarty (Kilkenny), T Griffin (Clare), E Kelly (Tipperary), D Hayes (Galway), J Mullane (Waterford), J Berg in (Offaly).

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Date:Oct 20, 2006
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