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Best hand in hurling

Johnny Glynn, TJ Reid, Lee Chin, Aaron Gillane? Or is there someone else who tops the charts when it comes to snapping high ball?

Johnny Glynn, TJ Reid, Lee Chin, Aaron Gillane? Or is there someone else who tops the charts when it comes to snapping high ball? Brought to you buy

Nothing quite causes pandemonium in a defence like a clean ball being caught.

In many cases, the attacker has beaten his man and can immediately take off into the heart of a defence with intent.

Whether he goes for a score himself or draws a man, so often we see green flags coming down this avenue.

Conversely, what lifts a crowd more than a defender such as Tommy Walsh plucking a ball from the crowds and launching it back down the field?

Shane Stapleton and Michael Verney look at some of the best exponents in the game, and debate who has the top hand in the game.

As he does in so many categories, TJ Reid features heavily in the discussion, and the Ballyhale Shamrocks man gave a recent reminder of his aerial prowess when setting up a levelling goal for his brother Eoin against Tullaroan.

Certain counties provided minimal candidates for high fielding, including Cork, Clare and Waterford — yet there are flashes from certain players within each.

The most obvious candidate in a Limerick shirt is Aaron Gillane, who again displayed his great hand in a Patrickswell shirt.

Na Piarsaigh’s Mike Casey may nor provide a highlight reel of great catches, but the manner in which he spoiled Johnny Glynn during the 2018 All-Ireland final was notable.

The Galway man is one of the first men mentioned in this list, with the semi-final that same season one of his crowning moments.

Click play on the video at the top of the page to see who else makes the debate, and who the lads choose as number one.

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