Limerick Hurling Team of the Decade: Right Half Forward

The decade that was 2010-2019 is fast coming to an end.

For the Limerick hurlers, it was a mixed decade that started with a protest but would ultimately deliver a first All-Ireland title in 45 years.

Overall, Limerick won one All-Ireland title, Two Munster Championships, a Division 1 League Title and A Division 2 League title.

Over the next fifteen days in the lead up to Christmas, I will select my team of the decade that saw Limerick play 40 championship games and 68 League games.

Already we have had our Goalkeeper;

Right Corner BackFull Back & Left Corner Back,

Right Half-BackCentre Back Left Half Back;

Yesterday Cian Lynch and Paul Browne were named in midfield as we move into the forwards today.


Right Half-Forward

James Ryan

Garryspillane

2008-2017

Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Quarter-Final, Semple Stadium, Co. Tipperary 24/5/2015 Clare vs Limerick Limerick’s James Ryan Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

Honours: Munster Senior Hurling Championship, Division 2 League title

Although Ryan was mainly deployed at midfield, such was the talent in the middle of the park for Limerick in the 10’s, Ryan is positioned at wing-forward in this team.

His finest hour in a Limerick jersey would come in the half-forward line as he was named Man of the Match for his performance at No.11 in the Munster Final of 2013.

Another who was unlucky to have retired in 2017, just prior to Limerick’s All-Ireland breakthrough, Ryan captained the side in John Kiely’s first year in charge.

Blessed with endless energy, Ryan would find himself all over the picth and always chipped in with a few scores, regardless of where he was positioned.

One of the most committed players Limerick had in the past decade, a warrior for his county.


Honourable Mentions- Gearoid Hegarty

Longevity probably works against Hegarty here despite his impressive resume thus far. Very unlucky not to win an All-Star in 2018, the St Patricks man is an integral part of the current side with huge workrate and scoring ability.

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