Keepers of the Game
Being a goalkeeper in Hurling is not an easy task. You need super fast reflexes, catch-eye vision, and extreme accuracy. They have the ability to stand on the goal line and deflect shots that are being fired in at lightning pace. Along with all these skills, you probably need a bit of bravery and fearlessness too!
This summer, the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship was the gift that kept on giving. We were treated to one of the most competitive Championships we have seen in a long time. We take a look at some of the goalkeepers that stood out over the course of the summer and all three of them have received the nod for the goalkeeping All-Star!
Nickie Quaid – Limerick
Quaid was destined to play hurling as he comes from the dynasty of Limerick Hurling. His father Tommy Quaid was the goalkeeper for Limerick when they played in the 1980 All-Ireland Final. In 1980, Limerick lost to Galway, but things were different this time around. Quaid has not only earned himself an All-Ireland medal but most likely an All-Star nomination as well.
During the All-Ireland Semi-Final against Cork, Nickie Quaid was sublime. He made one the best saves we have ever seen, and he made it at the most crucial time. As injury time ticked away, Cork looked to be inside for a goal. Quaid manages to dive and deflect the sliotar, ultimately keeping his team in the game!
Check out this unbelievable save by Nickie Quaid! pic.twitter.com/Y3deg0CM18
— The GAA (@officialgaa) July 29, 2018
Anthony Nash – Cork
This summer, Cork’s dreams of an All-Ireland victory were ended when they were defeated by Limerick in the Semi-Final after extra time. But throughout the summer, Nash shone.
He showed off how skilled he is during the robin round stages of the Munster Championship when the Rebels clashed with Tipperary. At this point in the game, Tipperary were down by three and hungry for a goal. When the shot came, Nash hit the ground at lightning speed to deny the Premier County their chance.
What an unbelievable save by Cork's Anthony Nash! pic.twitter.com/WsRoVoKYul
— The GAA (@officialgaa) May 27, 2018
Eoin Murphy – Kilkenny
After the Championship this summer, Kilkenny’s Eoin Murphy is widely regarded as the best keeper in the country. The Cat’s Championship campaign was cut short by Limerick during the Quarter-Final stages.
During that match, Murphy made not one but two fantastic saves. Limerick’s Aaron Gillane was trying his utmost best to get a goal into Kilkenny’s net, but Murphy was having none of it. Limerick may have won the game, but Muprhy’s sharp saving skills were one of the huge talking points, with many thinking he could take the goalkeeping All-Star in November.
Aaron Gillane gets the point after a superb save from Kilkenny's Eoin Murphy! pic.twitter.com/eo7brTdy8y
— The GAA (@officialgaa) July 15, 2018
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