We have already had a look at the up and coming in form young hurlers based on their Championship form in the Great 8 .
Now working with Hurler on the Ditch and his comprehensive from play scoring charts across the Breen,O’Riain and Intermediate Tipperary Hurling Championships.
We highlight the young gun forwards who Colm Bonnar and his incoming management team need to run the rule over.
Sean Ryan Templederry Kenyons
When you talk about so hot right now, Sean Ryan is literally steaming ,A young gun astride the Top of the scoring charts with 4-11 from play in 3 group games, Man of the match performances in nearly every game he’s played in this year,10 out of 10’s given to him in the local media, everything he touches at the minute is resulting in the raising of either a green or white.
Schooled in Our Lady’s Templemore where he operated in the half forward line and a starter in last winter’s Munster Final v Cork at Wing Forward.Most of us here wouldn’t have had him as a top score contender 6 month ago, never mind top of the pile.
He did however give us fair warning in the first round of the North against Roscrea when he scored a barely credible 2-08 from play located at full forward and was literally unmarkable that day.
In the O’Riain since, he has racked up 4-02 against Newport from play operating at corner forward,0-05 in the defeat to the Mines again operating at corner forward and another 4 white flags from wing forward against Clonakenny.
It’s going to be interesting to see how he copes as Templederry progress in the O’Riain and the quality of defenses improve against him, the only relative blip so far this year was him scoring just the 0-02 from full forward v Borrisileigh in their North Championship beating.
He keeps this straight up scoring trajectory going and he will have to feature in our new managers plans.
Alan Tynan Roscrea
Tynans underage back story is well known at this stage, Part of both beaten Tipperary 2015 Teams in that year’s All Ireland Finals, Leinster Schools Rugby winner that year also. Then left the GAA World behind in 2016 to join the Munster Academy and played in the u20 World Cup in 2017.
Having failed to gain a Professional Senior Contract with Munster in the cut throat world of Professional sport, He returned to hurl with Roscrea in 2020.
Having watched him with interest in the 3 rounds of the 2020 Tipperary Senior Championship,Tynan’s physical approach stood out,his hurling unfortunately didn’t,but that’s understandable given that he probably had’nt held a hurley in the 3 odd years he was away from the game.
He finished with a total of 4 points in the 2020 group stages as Roscrea headed for the relegation Semi-finals.
Many were surprised that he was called into the extended Tipperary panel on the foot of those performances in January this year, but the years hurling both with Club and County has sharpened his game up no end and he finishes the group stages this year with a much improved tally on last year, a total of 1-11.
His scores 0-05 v Nenagh at Wing Forward,1-5 v Kilruane at Centre Forward and 0-01 V Borrisileigh,all from play in this year’s championship allied to his pace and physical approach to the game should pose the following question to Colm Bonnar.
Could Alan Tynan fill a Bonner Maher sized hole for Tipperary?.
Joe Fogarty Moneygall
The Moneygall maestro has been the leading light for the North club as they beat all what came before them in the Co League and North Championship. While he lit up the league, his performance in the North Final was as good as seen in years when he scored 1-5 from play in a man of the match performance.
That said, his performances in the opening 3 games of the Intermediate Championship have yielded 4-08 from play alone,from the Half Foward line and his unnerving free taking is also another string to his bow .
While Joe has incredible skill, one of his best attributes is winning primary possession in the air along with having the softest of hands when the ball is on the ground but he is also a very explosive runner on the ball.
His burst of pace alone should nearly ensure that he gets a Tipperary call up as anyone that’s seen him in full flight would have him down as one of the paciest men currently hurling in the country
A member of the successful 2019 U20 panel, Joe has taken his hurling to a different level , he has added serious bulk and is aided by the engine he has to torment defenders.
He is sure to be leading light for UL in the upcoming Fitzgibbon Cup and if Moneygall are to go deep in the Intermediate this year, it will be Fogarty who will be leading the charge.
He is a player who would flourish in a Tipp Senior set up, as with that talent around him, will only make him a better player.
Peter McGarry St. Mary’s
Peter McGarry has been in scintillating form for St. Mary’s U-19s as they have progressed to the county final recently and has also become a key component of the senior side playing a prominent role in each of the Clonmel side’s Seamus O’Riain group games to date,scoring 2-04 from play alone.
Playing in midfield at underage level, McGarry’s scoring stats and range are one of the most impressive aspects to his game with his ability to score from distance a key attribute. Added to this is a key eye for goal, bagging a brace of goal in both Mary’s south final win over Carrick Swan and their county semi final win over Knockavilla Kickhams.
Although not a tall player by any means, McGarry’s speed and strength have ensured a seamless transition to the senior set-up, where he has been given a more advanced role as part of a remodelled Mary’s forward line this year.
County representative honours have also not eluded the youngster, featuring in midfield for Tipperary minors last year in their run to the Munster final. McGarry progressed straight to the U20 panel this year, featuring off the bench in both games,He might be too young yet for a Senior call up,But time is most definitely on his side.
Brendan Cummins will surely be looking to him for a more prominent role at this grade in 2022 and 2023.
Dylan Walsh Ballingarry
The fact that this young gun was Captain for Ballingarry in their recent South Intermediate final win v Moyle Rovers should tell you something about his leadership qualities and the faith placed in him by the outfit relegated from the senior ranks in 2020.
Captaincy coupled with free taking doesnt seem to phase this tyro as he chipped in that final win with 0-09,8 of which were frees,coming from the wing forward position.
He continued his excellent form into the group stages of the Intermediate championship with his tally from play standing at 2-10 and normally the best player that Ballingarry have on the pitchat the minute.
His freetaking is exemplary with your correspondent reminded of his performance in the 2020 relegation semi v Kiladangan which operating in midfield,he scored 0-13 points from frees.
If Ballingarry are to return to their rightful place in Senior,it’s obvious that the team will be built around Walsh’s broad shoulders.
The question though needs to be asked….
Could he be the Heir apparent to Jason Forde?
Paddy Creedon Thurles Sars
Which brings us to our last name on the list, hes already featured on our Super 8 list and while we might be accused of having shares in him.
How could we leave him out.
Top scorer overall and Top scorer, more importantly in the group stages of the Dan Breen with a tally of 4-09 from play, he’s been cutting through defenses recently like Una Healy on her way to the Bar in Hayes.
Whatever they are feeding him in the Creedon household at the minute its working that coupled with Paddy’s elevation to the big job with the big ball means Christmas with the Creedons will be a one day event this year.
He’s played at corner forward for Sars this year but we feel with his direct and powerful running,his natural position is at 14.
With the u19A hurling v Mary’s to look forward to, plus the Sars production line in full flow, we foresee a treasure trove of medals and awards with both club and county in this young man’s future.
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