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Hitman Johnston claims a unique All Star treble

By John Campbell

Conor Johnston (St Mary's, Belfast) has become only the seventh player to win three successive Ulster Colleges' All Star hurling awards.

The talented marksman retains his slot in the team following another season of convincing displays and indeed he is now the first player to win all three awards in the same position of right-half-forward.

There are no fewer than five players from the Ruairí Óg club in Cushendall that won the Ulster minor club title at the start of this month in the All Stars line-up with four of them – Coilin Hayden, Paddy Burke, Ryan Delargy and Christy McNaughton – representing St Killian's Garron Tower while Cormac McClafferty is from Cross & Passion Ballycastle.

There are nine different schools in the selection, six of them with one player, Cross & Passion Ballycastle with two, St Mary's CBGS with three and St Killian's with four.

Ulster Colleges' All Stars Hurling Team: C Hayden (St Killian's); G Walsh (St Mary's Belfast), P Burke (St Killian's), C Hanna (St Mary's); R Delargy (St Killian's), D Nugent (La Salle), J O'Connell (St Louis); B Byers (St Patrick's Downpatrick), C Egan (Our Lady and St Patrick's Knock); C Johnston (St Mary's), C McClafferty (Cross and Passion Ballycastle), C Christie (Cross and Passion Ballycastle); P McCrickard (St Colman's Newry), C McNaughton (St Killian's), C O'Doherty (St Patrick's Maghera).

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