2022 Hurling Team of the Year – Defenders

Vote for the six defenders who you think deserves a spot on the 2022 The Sideline Eye Hurling Team of the Year!


A magnificent hurler for this Middletown team down through the years, 2022 was no different for Kieran McKernan.

A great defender, McKernan can march up the field and get on the scoresheet as well and has done so on many occasions.

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Slotted over a superb point in the final straight after missing a chance when Keady really needed a score.

Shortt defended brilliantly throughout the season and put in a couple of massive displays at the latter end of the championship.

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Joint captain of the Sean Treacy’s side that claimed Junior Championship glory, McCann really led from the front.

They conceded just six scores in the showpiece against Keady II and McCann was a huge influence on the team.

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The heartbeat of the Keady defence, King is the leader back there and had a super season at centre half back.

Constantly turned the ball over in the Keady defence with some outstanding tackling throughout the championship.

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The 2021 Junior Hurler of the Year enjoyed another great season in the red and white of Craobh Rua.

The Camlough men adopted to senior life brilliantly and O’Hare excelled. He also hit the net in the semi-final against Middletown.

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Dropped into corner back in the Junior final to pick up Sean Treacy’s dangerman Danny Magee and gave a superb performance.

Rafferty held the Sean Treacy’s sharpshooter to two points from play and enjoyed a really good season for Keady.

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A tower of strength at the back for Middletown, Gaffney was once again in fantastic form.

The full back helped his side keep two clean sheets in the early rounds of the group stages and gave some brilliant displays.

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Renaghan’s season will best be remembered for his unbelievable goal in the senior final against Middletown.

Renaghan broke through the Middletown defence and fired an unstoppable rocket to the top corner of the net.

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Middletown’s go-to man-marker, there are few forwards in the county that got the better of Nevin this year.

Strong, powerful and aggressive in the tackle, Nevin was brilliant for Kizzy Hughes’ men right throughout the season.

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Clifford had a number of eye-catching performances for Cuchulainns throughout the 2022 championship campaign.

He had a great game against Keady in the first semi-final, but the city side ultimately lost out in the replay.

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Stephen Renaghan gave a number of great performances as Keady made their way to the senior showpiece.

Played in a defence that kept three clean sheets in the championship against Derrynoose, Craobh Rua and Cuchulainns.

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Played most of his hurling in the defence this season and gave a couple of really good showings this year.

Moved into full back to pick up Jarly Og Burns in the semi-final and eventually got to grips with the Craobh Rua full forward.

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