Eoin Murphy admits that goalkeeping rival deserved his All Star award – Irish Mirror

Posted: November 1, 2019 at 10:46 am

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Eoin Murphy says his goalkeeping rival Brian Hogan is fully deserving of his first PwC All Star award.

The Tipperary netminder was nominated for the position along with Murphy and Laoiss Enda Rowland and he got the nod after starring across his countys eight games en route to All-Ireland glory.

Theres a historic element to his selection too as, with his father Ken selected between the posts back in 1987, the Hogans have become just the third father-son combination after the Larkins and Powers from Kilkenny to win hurling All Stars and the first to be chosen in the same position.

Kilkenny keeper Murphy is widely considered to be the finest custodian in the game at present and won his second All Star last year though he admits he was surprised to be shortlisted this time around after missing the start of the Championship due to a knee injury.

He said: Look, in fairness to Brian, hed a brilliant All-Ireland final and even a brilliant Munster final as well so he certainly deserves the All Star.

To be honest, the fact that I missed a fair chunk of the Leinster Championship, I was surprised I was nominated.

I know when people probably go down through it, the latter stages of the Championship probably has a fair pull on it but, look, thats the way it goes.

You would be delighted to be nominated, you obviously want to win it. Once I didnt win the All Star there is a tinge of disappointment there but, look, for Brian, its his first one.

Its a good story there obviously his father. Its a fair achievement. Its his first year there.

Tipp probably deservedly got the chunk of them as well (seven). Theyve been the top team all year apart from maybe one sub par performance in the Munster final. Theyve been the top team all year and thats the straight and narrow on it.

Credit where its due, these awards are given to the best players and normally the best players come from the best team and thats the way it is.

Although Murphy didnt make the cut, his teammates Padraig Walsh, TJ Reid and Colin Fennelly were chosen and he feels three spots on the team was a decent representation of their season after reaching the All-Ireland final.

I think over the course of the year its probably a fair reflection. Limerick have two representatives on it but, look, its a fair reflection on how our year went but at the end of the day, these personal awards, its brilliant to be recognised in that manner but at the end of the day, you do want to win silverware so I suppose its a bittersweet year.

From my own point of view, its extremely frustrating at the start of the Leinster Championship having to sit down and look at a few games, wondering whether youll get back in or whatever.

I was obviously delighted to get back in and play a few games but to finish the year without winning anything, it is really bittersweet because you set out the stall to win League, Leinster and All-Ireland but the be all and end all is the All-Ireland.

Eoin Murphy is an ambassador for the Just2minutes initiative which aims to enhance the knowledge of the chain of survival in Ireland by shooting videos demonstrating what to do in the event of a sudden cardiac event. These videos will be circulated to all schools across the country with the objective of having every child willing and able to perform CPR.

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Eoin Murphy admits that goalkeeping rival deserved his All Star award - Irish Mirror

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