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Six players to watch in the Fitzgibbon Cup

Here are six hurlers you should be keeping an eye on during the Fitzgibbon season.

Thomas Monaghan (Mary I)

The Craughwell clubman is a Fitzgibbon veteran at this stage, playing a part in their 2016 and 2017 back-to-back victories. We’ve yet to see his best at inter-county level however, despite being part of the Galway panel that went all the way in 2017. Adding a third Fitzgibbon title would be a massive achievement, with an honour roll at 21 years of age that most hurlers would give an arm and a leg for.

Seamus Flanagan (UCD)

An integral part of Limerick’s All-Ireland victory, Flanagan is a rare occurrence of a Munster player plying his collegiate trade up in Dublin. The Limerick based colleges have dominated the Fitzgibbon landscapes for the past number of years, but Flanagan will be helping UCD overcome a drought that has lasted since 2001. It will be a success well earned if they do, having to come out of the proverbial group of death against UL, UCC and NUIG.

Ronan Lynch (UL)

A player on the opposite end of the spectrum to Flanagan is Ronan Lynch, who was omitted from the Limerick hurling panel in 2018. Lynch has tasted plenty of success at club and collegiate level however, having been a part of UL’s 2018 winning team and the highly successful Na Piarsaigh unit. Lynch has switched codes at inter-county level, but is still a high level hurler and will have a major impact in UL’s fortunes this season.

Conor Whelan (NUIG)

The Galway attacker has been one of the finest forwards in the country over the past couple of years and the Kinvara man will be hoping to add Fitzgibbon glory to his CV. A talisman for NUIG in his time at the college, he struck two goals in defeat to Mary I last season which ended their hopes of winning. They face an uphill task in that group however.

Oisin Kelly (LIT)

The Offaly forward burst onto the scene this time last year in their league opener against Dublin. Unfortunately, Offaly’s year went downhill from there. In LIT however, he’s part of a camp that are looking to return to the glorious heights of the mid-noughties, having failed to win the title since 2007. They have inter-county talent in spades, but an in-form player with the class of the Belmont forward will be major.

Shane Conway (UCC)

The Kerry talisman is growing a reputation for himself as one of the finest hurlers not playing at the top level of Munster hurling. The 20-year-old Lixnaw forward has been tremendous for UCC, prolific during their Cork Senior Championship campaign in 2018, and will be keen to continue that under the Fitzgibbon banner.

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