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Do you agree with The42's Hurling 2016 Team of the Year?

Let the debate begin.

pjimage (2) Pauric Mahony, Seamus Callanan and Tony Kelly make the cut. Source: INPHO

ANOTHER YEAR OF hurling completed and time to pick the best side from the players who starred in 2016.

The42′s GAA writers decided to do something a little different, a 2016 Hurling Team of the Year that tries not to focus just on the senior championship in the summer and also factors in the minor, U21, the league and club action.

We hear a lot about how it’s no longer a 15-man game so in recognition of that, we’ve included six subs as well to make up a 21-man squad.

Do you agree with The42′s Hurling Team of the Year?

Of course you’ll have complaints so that’s where the comments section comes in handy.

Do you agree with The42's Hurling 2016 Team of the Year?
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  • 1. Eoin Murphy (Kilkenny - Glenmore)

    Excellent between the posts for the Cats and produced that memorable catch in the All-Ireland semi-final replay. Won an All-Ireland medal with his club Glenmore last spring.Source: Ken Sutton/INPHO
  • 2. Cathal Barrett (Tipperary - Holycross Ballycahill)

    A first All-Ireland senior medal for Barrett capped off a season of terrific defensive consistency at the heart of the Tipperary defence.Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO
  • 3. Daithi Burke (Galway - Turloughmore)

    Holding Seamus Callanan scoreless from play is no mean feat. Burke's achievement in managing that for Galway in August was a feature of a season where he affirmed his standing in hurling.Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO
  • 4. Conor Gleeson (Waterford - Fourmilewater)

    A breakthrough season for young defender Gleeson as he burst onto the Waterford senior side and was also instrumental in the U21s' Munster and All-Ireland victories.Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO
  • 5. Padraig Walsh (Kilkenny - Tullaroan)

    From the early stages of the season, Walsh was a shining light in the half-back line in Kilkenny. His first All-Star award confirmed how the brother of Tommy is carving out his own career.Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO
  • 6. Ronan Maher (Tipperary - Thurles Sarsfields)

    Maher helped to solve a defensive dilemma for Tipperary seniors and won an array of honours as a result. Also claimed county senior and U21 hurling titles with Thurles Sarsfields.Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO
  • 7. Padraic Maher (Tipperary - Thurles Sarsfields)

    In the eyes of many, a player who had legitimate claims to be the 2016 Hurler of the Year. The new Tipp captain was immense for the All-Ireland winners and also a lynchpin for his club.Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO
  • 8. David Burke (Galway - St Thomas)

    Exited at the All-Ireland semi-final stage with Galway but Burke had sparkled for the Tribesmen. After that went back to help spur St Thomas on to only their second ever Galway senior championship.Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO
  • 9. Tony Kelly (Clare - Ballyea)

    His summer did not unfold like he would have wanted but Kelly was magnificent in the spring and autumn of 2016. Shot a terrific winning point for Clare in the league final and then was in stunning club form as Ballyea reached remarkable heights.Source: James Crombie/INPHO
  • 10. Richie Hogan (Kilkenny - Danesfort)

    No Liam MacCarthy triumph this year but Hogan still produced flashes of genius for Kilkenny and bagged his third consecutive All-Star award. Struck 0-13 for his club Danesfort when they needed it most in the Kilkenny relegation final replay.Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO
  • 11. Austin Gleeson (Waterford - Mount Sion)

    Voted Hurler of the Year by his peers, the provider of some magic moments over the course of two games against Kilkenny while also excelling as Waterford won the Munster and All-Ireland U21 crowns. Quite a year for Austin Gleeson.Source: Photosport/Donall Farmer/INPHO
  • 12. Pauric Mahony (Waterford - Ballygunner)

    Struck down by a serious injury in 2015, Mahony battled back in 2016 to seriously assist club and county. Hit 0-23 over the course of two Kilkenny games and then hit 1-11 in the Waterford county senior decider.Source: Ken Sutton/INPHO
  • 13. Jake Morris (Tipperary - Nenagh Éire Óg)

    The Munster minor hurler of the year, Morris hit 1-4 in the provincial final against Limerick and was then top scorer in the All-Ireland final win over the same opposition. One to keep tabs on.Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO
  • 14. Seamus Callanan (Tipperary - Drom Inch)

    Raising nine white flags due to shots from open play in an All-Ireland final was a testament to Callanan's prowess. The focal point of Tipperary's attack, he did an All-Star three-in-a-row and scored 2-47 overall in the championship.Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO
  • 15. John McGrath (Tipperary - Loughmore Castleiney)

    A major discovery for Tipperary, McGrath was outstanding in 2016. Notched 0-4 in the league off Kilkenny's Paul Murphy, the hat-trick hero of the Munster final and also bagged goals against Galway and Kilkenny.Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO
  • 16. Darren Gleeson (Tipperary - Portroe)

    Only conceded a single goal in the Munster championship and made some big saves in the All-Ireland final. Gleeson's puckouts were also a vital ingredient in Tipperary's All-Ireland final win.Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO
  • 17. Patrick Maher (Tipperary - Lorrha Dorrha)

    At the coalface of Tipperary's attack, Maher was critical to delivering an All-Ireland win for the county six years after their previous win. A second All-Star award for Maher then last month.Source: James Crombie/INPHO
  • 18. David Treacy (Dublin - Cuala)

    Crowned Hurler of the Year in his county, Treacy shot 2-42 for Dublin in the league and 0-28 in the championship. Was then a standout in Cuala's county and historic provincial wins with an 0-11 return in the Leinster deciderSource: Tommy Dickson/INPHO
  • 19. TJ Reid (Kilkenny - Ballyhale Shamrocks)

    Not as good as his 2015 Hurler of the Year form but still some stellar showings from Reid like 0-10 against Tipperary in February, 1-12 against Cork in March and 0-20 in the Leinster championship. Was only denied a county medal at the final stage with Ballyhale.Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO
  • 20. James Barry (Tipperary - Upperchurch Drombane)

    Similar to Ronan Maher, another Tipperary defensive problem was solved by Barry's emergence at the edge of the square into a full-back of real authority.Source: James Crombie/INPHO
  • 21. Stephen Bennett (Waterford - Ballysaggart)

    With injury problems behind him, Bennett showed what he can do for the Waterford seniors but it was for the All-Ireland winning U21 team that he really sparkled, claiming the leading individual award.Source: James Crombie/INPHO

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