THREE Limerick players are included 45 hurlers on the short list for the Bord Gáis Energy U-21 Hurling Team of the Year.
2015 All Ireland U-21 champions Limerick beat Cork in round one of the Munster championship but then lost to Tipperary at the provincial semi final stage.
The Limerick trio short-listed are Doon’s Richie English and Darragh O’Donovan and Na Piarsaigh’s Ronan Lynch.
Just two players who were named on the 2015 Team of the Year are again in contention to be honoured – Richie English at full-back and Galway’s Brian Molloy in attack.
The full judging panel for the awards includes Ger Cunningham; TG4’s Micheál Ó Domhnaill; Galway star, Joe Canning and Waterford great Ken McGrath with the winners announced at a ceremony in Dublin’s Mansion House on Saturday, October 8.
Goalkeepers: Jordan Henley (Waterford), Brian Hogan (Tipperary), Jonathan Treacy (Dublin).
Right Corner Back: James Madden (Dublin), William Hahassy (Waterford), Simon Donoghue (Wexford).
Full Back: Richie English (Limerick), Conor Gleeson (Waterford), Eoghan O’Donnell (Dublin).
Left Corner Back: Tom Fox (Tipperary), Paddy Delaney (Offaly), Darragh Lyons (Waterford).
Right Half Back: Cian MacGabhann (Dublin), Michael Harney (Waterford), Ben Connelly (Offaly).
Centre Back: Austin Gleeson (Waterford), Ronan Maher (Tipperary), Liam Varley (Westmeath).
Left Half Back: Shane Barrett (Dublin), Ben O’Gorman (Clare), Seán Loftus (Galway).
Midfield: Jake Malone (Dublin), Shane Bennett (Waterford), Darragh O’Donovan (Limerick), Ronan Lynch (Limerick), Dan Nevin (Galway), Colm Roche (Waterford).
Right Half Forward: Seán Treacy (Dublin), Michael Kearney (Waterford), Pa O’Callaghan (Cork).
Centre Forward: Brian Molloy (Galway), Andrew Coffey (Tipperary), Tom Devine (Waterford).
Left Half Forward: Niall Mitchell (Westmeath), Shane Gleeson (Clare), Seán Linnane (Galway).
Right Corner Forward: Patrick Curran (Waterford). AJ Murphy (Dublin), Eanna Burke (Galway).
Full Forward: Stephen Bennett (Waterford), Stephen Quirke (Tipperary), Ciaran Doyle (Westmeath).
Left Corner Forward: Chris Bennett (Dublin), Emmet Nolan (Offaly), Saul McCaughan (Antrim).