WITH Dromcollogher-Broadford crowned Limerick senior football champions, Jerome O’Connell picks his Limerick SFC team of the season and outlines the reasons for his selections.
County finalists Drom-Broadford and Newcastle West dominate the team with 11 of the players, while a total of five different clubs are represented. Just five members of Maurice Horan’s 2012 Limerick senior football panel are named in the team.
1. John Joe Sheehy (Newcastle West)
It’s remarkable to think that Sheehy conceded just three goals all season in the county championship. It’s testament to both him and his defensive colleagues. Keith Noonan has settled into the former role of Eamon Scollard with Dromcollogher-Broadford while St Kierans’ Tommy Quinn also made some telling saves.
2. Michael O’Keeffe (Newcastle West)
The tight marking magpie kept many a corner forward under wraps and always looked comfortable in possession. Shane O’Connor (Fr Caseys), Johnny McCarthy (Galbally) and Finbarr Nash (Monaleen) also played key roles for their clubs throughout the season.
3. Darragh Woods (Newcastle West)
Woods was rock solid at the edge of the square in every game this year. He was caught once or twice in the county finals but didn’t deter from his season. He held off the claims of Paudie Browne (Fr Caseys) and John Doyle (St Kierans).
4. Paudie McCarthy (St Kieran’s)
It was quite a luxury for St Kierans to be able to play McCarthy in the corner. Always won his individual battle and appeared to offer cover to the half back line. Cillian Fahy (Drom-Broadford) made an impression in his debut year in this position.
5. James O’Meara (Ballysteen)
Played some games at midfield and regardless of where he was, he constantly drove his side forward with great enthusiam and energy. Tom Collins (Fr Caseys), Shaun Browne (Newcastle West) and Patrick Windle (St Kierans) also caught the eye in some games.
6. Eoin Barry (Dromcollogher-Broadford)
Filled a number of different roles this season but mostly at centre back with Tom McLoughlin switching to the edge of the square. Pa Ranahan (Ballysteen), Brendan McCarthy (St Kierans) and Andrew Lane (St Senans) also deserve mention.
7. Garrett Noonan (Dromcollogher-Broadford)
Switched from attack to defence and looked very much at home. Attacked when in possession and distribution was always accurate. Steven Fox (Ballylanders) and Eoin Halligan (Galbally) were also prominent for their clubs.
8. Iain Corbett (Newcastle West)
The youngster was outstanding all season for the beaten finalists. Held off claims of another rising star Darragh Treacy and his St Kieran’s colleague Johnny McCarthy.
9. Jason Stokes (Dromcollogher-Broadford)
Stokes rolled back the years. Injury free for the first time in many years he produced some top class performances to gain valuable possession for his side. Adare’s Robbie Burke, Ray Hayes (Ballysteen) and Tom McCarthy (Mountcollins) are others that were key to their sides.
10. Seanie Buckley (Dromcollogher-Broadford)
Played between the half forward line and midfield this season for club and county. His second half in quarter-final is among highlights of season as well as some great catches in drawn county final. Mike Quilligan (Newcastle West) and Vinny O’Connell (Galbally) also had some fine moments.
11. James Ryan (Galbally)
Very close to making the club hurling team also. No doubting he was the inspiration behind Galbally’s run to knockout stages. John Riordan was a surprise hit at No11 for Fr Caseys, while Timmy Carroll (St Kierans) and Pat Donnelly (Drom-Broadford) also have fine seasons.
12. Micheal Brosnan (Dromcollogher-Broadford)
The flying wing forward was a constant treat to defences and came up with some key scores also. He club-mate Derry McCarthy also starred in this role. Shane Hallinan (Ballysteen) and John Mullane (St Patricks) also starred in varying games.
13. Danny Neville (Ballysteen)
The youngster was a handful for defenders in every game. Offered a real spark to the Ballysteen attack and certainly one for the future. Thomas Quilligan (Newcastle West), Danny Frewen (Ballylanders) and Derry O’Connor (Fr Casesy) also had their moments.
14. James Kelly (Newcastle West)
A lot of contenders at the edge of the square but Kelly was a constant scorer and danger this season for his club and did it on the biggest stage in the drawn county final. Jim O’Donovan (St Kierans), Kieran O’Callaghan (Ballylanders), Brendan Hayes (Ballysteen) and Ian Ryan (St Senans) also starred in some games.
15. Micheal Reidy (Dromcollogher-Broadford)
Never seems to leave his club down. Time after time pops up with the key scores and wins and converts an amount of frees. Anthony Molyneaux (St Kierans) filled a similar role for his club with Willie Griffin (Adare) and Patrick Murphy (Galbally) also constant scorers.
Player of the Year - Seanie Buckley
For club and county he was outstanding. When injured in county final replay and for Dromcollogher-Broadford’s Munster club clash his loss was really felt. Towering in midfield, Buckley also surged forward to kick vital points.
Young Player of the Year - Danny Neville
It’s not that often that a single player can light up a game of club football. Time after time Neville’s pace and tricky made him the stand out player. He scored goals and points that were vital to his side’s surprise semi-final appearance. Iain Corbett, Darragh Treacy, Cillian Fahy, Micheal Brosnan and James O’Meara all had their moments but the rare talent that Neville possess make him stand out.