OFFALY’S Shane Dooley contributed 1-3 as the 2010 All Star hurling selection recorded a one point victory over their 2011 counterparts during the recent GAA GPA All Stars Hurling Tour (sponsored by Opel) exhibition game in San Francisco.
The touring party which departed on Wednesday, November 30 consisted of players from the 2010 and 2011 All-Star hurling teams (and replacements) under the guidance of team managers Liam Sheedy (2010) and Davy Fitzgerald (2011).
The exhibition game took place at Treasure Island on Sunday, December 4, the headquarters of San Francisco GAA, and was preceded by a special breakfast event held in conjunction with Ireland Reaching Out which aims to connect the Irish diaspora with the GAA’s growing international club network.
Waterford’s Shane Walsh led the scoring stakes for the 2010 side grabbing 1-5, while Tipperary’s Lar Corbett scored three goals for the 2011 side. The final score was 2010 All Stars 3-24, 2011 All Stars 7-11.
It was a most enjoyable encounter at the Treasure Island venue, which has become a popular HQ for the Irish GAA community in San Francisco and the wider Bay area.
Thirty-three players from eight counties travelled. With six players selected on both the 2010 and 2011 All-Stars teams and some players unable to travel, 12 players were added as replacements.
2010 All Stars: S Walsh 1-5, D Hayes 0-7, N McGrath, S Dooley 1-3 each, R Power, E Kelly 0-2 each, D O’Grady, J Tyrrell 0-1 each. 2011 All Stars: L Corbett 3-0, R Hogan 1-3, P Mahony 1-1, J Mullane, E Larkin, L Watson 0-3 each, D. Hannon 0-2 R O’Dwyer, P Curran 0-1 each.
2010 ALL STARS: Brendan Cummins (Tipperary), Jackie Tyrell (Kilkenny), Michael Walsh (Waterford), JJ Delaney (Kilkenny), Brendan Maher (Tipperary), Damien Hayes (Galway), Noel McGrath (Tipperary), Eoin Kelly (Tipperary) Peter Kelly (Dublin), David Collins (Galway), Donal O’ Grady (Limerick), Richie Power (Kilkenny), Shane Walsh (Waterford), Shane Dooley (Offaly), John Dalton (Kilkenny), Michael Fennelly (Kilkenny).
2011 ALL STARS: Gary Maguire (Dublin), Paul Murphy (Kilkenny), Michael Cahill (Tipperary), Brian Hogan (Kilkenny), Pádraic Maher (Tipperary), Michael Rice (Kilkenny), Richie Hogan (Kilkenny), Paul Curran (Tipperary), Tommy Walsh (Kilkenny), Ryan O’ Dwyer (Dublin), Declan Hannon (Limerick), Eoin Larkin (Kilkenny), Liam Watson (Antrim), John Mullane (Waterford) Pauric Mahony (Waterford), and Lar Corbett (Tipperary).