2017 selection triumph in PwC All-Stars hurling match

2017 selection triumph in PwC All-Stars hurling match

2017 PwC All-Stars Hurling Exhibition Game

2017 All Stars 30 goals 2016 All-Stars 23 goals

There were goals galore in todays PwC All-Star hurling match in Singapore as the 2017 All-Stars proved too strong for the 2016 selection.

It was a nine-a-side and goals only contest because of the confines of The Singapore Recreation Club - the picturesque venue in the heart of the city that hosted the occasion.

The 2017 teams two-pronged attack of Waterfords Pauric Mahony and Conor Cooney proved irresistible, as they hit a combined total of 17 games.

Top scorer for the 2016 team was an unlikely figure former Offaly hurler Gary Hannify who is now working in Singapore and was one of three locals to take part in the game along with fellow Singapore Gaelic Lions club-members Mike Barry and Padraic Dineen.

Dineen also got in on the scoring for the 2017 All-Stars, so the vocal Singapore Gaelic Lions club members in attendance had plenty of reason to cheer.

Lee Chin of 2017 PwC All Star Team with former Offaly star Gary Hannify who played as a guest on the 2016 PwC All Star Team.Lee Chin of 2017 PwC All Star Team with former Offaly star Gary Hannify who played as a guest on the 2016 PwC All Star Team.

The match was split into four 10-minute quarters, and it was the 2017 selection that made most of the early running with Cooney and Conor Whelan in particular looking sharp.

Three goals from Whelan and two from Cooney helped the 2017 team into an eight goals to two lead, but the 2016 team rallied toward the end of the quarter with a goal from Hannify raising the biggest cheer of the day so far.

The 2017 All-Stars kept their noses in front in the second-quarter and led at the half-time break by 14 goals to 10, but then the 2016 All-Stars came on strong in the third quarter to reduce the gap to just a single goal.

Pauric Mahony went goal-crazy at the start of the fourth quarter though, scoring five in a row that effectively settled the contest in the 2017 teams favour.

It was very entertaining stuff, and every Singapore Gaelic Lions club-member can be proud of the way they hosted a memorable event.

Scorers for 2017 All-Stars: Pauric Mahony 10 goals, Conor Cooney 7 goals, Conor Whelan 4 goals, Brendan Maher, Tadhg De Brca both 2 goals, David Burke, Lee Chin, Noel McGrath, Noel Connors, Padraic Dineen all 1 goal.

Scorers for 2016 All-Stars: Gary Hanniffy 4 goals, Patrick Maher, Walter Walsh, Ronan Maher all 3 goals, Cathal Barrett, Daithi Burke, Padraig Walsh, Austin Gleeson, John McGrath all 2 goals.

2017 All-Stars panel: Colm Callanan, Padraic Mannion, Matthew OHanlon, Noel Connors, Tadhg De Burca, Gearoid McInerney, Padraic Dineen, David Burke, Brendan Maher, Lee Chin, Pauric Mahony, Conor Whelan, Conor Cooney, Noel McGrath, Mike Barry.

2016 All-Stars panel: Eoin Murphy, Cathal Barrett, James Barry, Daithi Burke, Padraig Walsh, Ronan Maher, Padraic Maher, Jamie Barron, Gary Hannify, Walter Walsh, Austin Gleeson, Patrick Bonner Maher, Richie Hogan, Seamus Callanan, John McGrath.

Ref: Fergal Horgan

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