Ahead of the All-Star awards on November 2nd, Pundit Arena are asking you to vote for who you think will make the lineup of both the hurling and football teams. In the next part of the football series, we are asking you to select your half-back line.
Nominee: Jack McCaffrey
Credentials: The unquestionable man-of-the-match from the final. His blistering pace is one of his strongest assets and one which Tyrone were not equipped to deal with. The Clontarf man loves making runs forward and has the confidence to try for his own score as well.
Nominee: James McCarthy
Credentials: Another player who leaves it all out on the field for Dublin on a consistent basis. Well deserving of his sixth All Ireland title in September. The Ballymun-Kickhams man showed how much it meant to him afterward with an emotive and heartfelt interview. Outstanding midfielder as well.
Nominee: Sean Kelly
Credentials: Kevin Walsh named him in the half-forward line a number of times this summer but he added that attacking and lethal element to the half-back line again. Though still only young, Kelly has developed into a core player for Galway and will be a key part of the setup for years to come.
Nominee: Gavin White
Credentials: One player who really impressed when Kerry were struggling this summer, Gavin White was one of the young players who really took the fight to every opposition. He led from the back and pushed Kerry forward, forcing their attacking play when. Was a real leader in this team.
Nominee: Tiernan McCann
Credentials: The Tyrone half-back line were so impressive this summer. Not only were they well able to defend, but each player also loved to get forward and contribute to the attack, nonemoreso than Tiernan McCann. His point in the All Ireland final capped off another great year for the 27-year-old.
Nominee: Peter Harte
Credentials: One of the first name picked on the Tyrone teamsheet, Peter Harte is consistently a rock solid, reliable player for Mickey Harte’s team. He was utter class again this summer, showing leadership and coolness when Tyrone needed it. Given their indecision over a freetaker, his contribution is vital.
Nominee: Eoin Murchan
Credentials: What is so impressive about Dublin is their ability to produce young, talented players who fit seamlessly into the starting 15 and Eoin Murchan is the proof of that. The Na Fianna man was in devastating form this summer, especially in the final where he nullified the impact of Niall Sludden.
Nominee: Karl O’Connell
Credentials: O’ Connell has been one of Monaghan’s great leaders and talismanic players during this championship. He is one of the country’s best attacking centre-backs and would have been nominated for footballer of the year had Monaghan reached the final.
Nominee: Eoin Doyle
Credentials: A true leader for Kildare, Eoin Doyle was the stand-out player during a fine season for the Lilywhites. Especially shone against Fermanagh when he showed great awareness and selfishness to dummy the goalkeeper allowing a simple pass and finish from Neil Flynn.
Who will take the first wing-back slot?
Who will be crowned the All-Star centre-back?
Who will be the other wing-back? (Must not be the same as previous selection)
Vote for your goalkeeper of the year here.
Select your All-Star full-back line here.