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Team of the Year 2019 - Half Backs


It has been a fine year for half back performances and the importance of this line seems to endure despite the tweaks to gameplans and styles of play. Here are your nominees.


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Conor Kearns - O'Donovan Rossa Magherafelt

Tireless running is the mark of Kearns' game and the impact he has on the Magherafelt gameplan cannot be underestimated.


Just as likely to be popping up on the edge of the opposition penalty area as he is to be tenaciously repelling attacks in his own defence.


Declan Lynch - Lámh Dhearg

Back to his very best for both club and county, Lynch was pivotal to the Lámh Dhearg run to the county final.


His determined tackling was crucial to the pressing game that almost clinched the title for the Hannahstown side the first day out against Cargin and he has the ability to pick out a runner with a neatly timed foot pass.


Shane McGuigan - Roibeard Eméid Sleacht Néill

Nominated last year in the forward line for his football exploits, the Sleacht Néill man enjoyed a superb start to the season for club, college and county, but it is his hurling displays that earn him this year's slot.


His attacking attributes still come into his game at half back, but his defensive ability is also key. Picked up Keelan Molloy in the Ulster SHC final and barely gave the dangerous attacker a sniff of leather.


Meehaul McGrath - Roibeard Eméid Sleacht Néill

Sleacht Néill regained their Ulster SHC title this year and the half back unit of McGrath, Ó Cáiside and McGuigan were in fine form.


The left-half back performed well throughout the Derry championship and is as solid a defender as Ulster has to offer.


Cormac Ross - Naomh Éanna

The Naomh Éanna captain led his side by example all the way to their Ulster IHC success. Ross was inspirational in his application and desire and stood up at key moments.


Ross sent in the free that finished with Ruairí Donaghy's winner against Banagher. He hit a huge score deep into extra time that eventually saw off Bredagh and then netted the winning penalty in the Ulster final.


Conor McCluskey - O'Donovan Rossa Magherafelt

While his counterpart Conor Kearns was causing havoc on the left hand side, McCluskey was giving opposition defences something to ponder on the right.


The half back drove forward repeatedly throughout their run to Derry SFC success and was also pivotal to their speedy counter attack.


Caolan Tierney - Casement's Portglenone

When Portglenone ran riot in the opening half of their first game against St John's, Tierney reaped the rewards of their fast-paced attack, sweeping through to point early on.


The roving half back was in fine form throughout the championship as an exciting young Casement's side refused to accept defeat.


Stephen Walsh - Ruairí Óg Cushendall

Walsh was a consistent feature for Ruairí Óg this season and brought a calming influence to their half-back line.


His commitment and intelligence with the ball was clear in their Antrim SHC replay win over Naomh Eoin in Dunloy, where he claimed the Man of the Match award.

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