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The Daily Liberal's Group 11 2019 team of the season

The dust has settled on what was another stunning Group 11 season.

There's been plenty of time to look back at the year that was and that's just what we've been doing.

The Daily Liberal's experts have had their say and named their team of the season and you have the chance to get involved as well.

After checking out our side vote for your favourites in each position from the shortlist we've provided. Later this month we'll reveal the people's choice team of the year.

Here's our view.

1. Will Lousick (Wellington)‚Äč

We'll say this early. Be prepared for plenty of Cowboys to make this team.

Lousick was simply sensational this year. He missed the first three rounds having spent time in Queensland with the Redcliffe Dolphins but he scored a hat-trick in his first game back at Kennard Park and never looked back.

As dangerous a ball carrier as they come, Lousick was at another level this season and was a major part of the success at the Cowboys. That's saying something given the big names they had this year.

2. Jacob Smede (Parkes)

This position was the toughest to fill. Wellington's CJ Ralph had it nailed down until injury cut his season short while Viliame Turuva, Clynton Edwards, and Ash Widders were all strong in 2019.

But young gun Smede played above his weight for the Spacemen this season. The Parkes side went about their business with a minimum of fuss in 2019 and that's the way Smede played too. He developed a great combination with Brandon Paige while also showing a real knack for finding the tryline.

3. Justin Carney (Nyngan)

Not as simple a choice as it might seem. Jyie Chapman was against all class for CYMS but Carney was an absolute colossus in his first year back at home after a professional career spanning more than a decade.

You almost had to pencil in a Carney try before kick-off each week given his sheer strength and the power of his running game.

Who knows where he might be playing his footy in 2020 but the 2019 season at the Tigers is one that will live long in the memory of fans at Larkin Oval.

4. Corey Cox (CYMS)

Can we still regard Cox as an underrated player? Surely not after the 2019 season he had.

The grand final isn't a game he'll look back on all too fondly but prior to that he was a standout each and every week he played.

Like most players at CYMS in 2019 he spent time on the injured list but the Fishies were a better side when he was out there. He also benefited hugely from a settled role in the centres after years of bouncing around positions. The left side of CYMS was one of the most lethal in the competition and a lot of that was down to the skills of Cox.

5. Aidan Ryan (Wellington)

He might have missed out on all the individual prizes possible but don't worry Mad Dog, we've got your back.

The Cowboys stalwart completely deserves his spot in this team. He's been there through thick and thin but it's not just his attitude, his ability was up there with the best in a Cowboys side loaded with big names.

He rarely let his side down when a try-scoring opportunity was on show but it was his ability to get his side on the front foot when coming out of their own end which was huge for the 2019 premiers.

6. Mason Williams (Wellington)

The Wellington Cowboys had all the talent this season but they needed someone to tie it all together.

Williams did that with aplomb. He might not be the first person you think of when discussing the 2019 Cowboys but without him you could argue the premiership drought would still be going.

Williams' kicking, running game, and ability to find a pass shone this year and he never shirked his defensive responsibilities. The fact Wellington used a number of players at halfback makes his efforts all the more impressive.

7. Josh Merritt (Nyngan)

Another player who missed the start of the season but quickly made his presence felt. Chad Porter can feel hard done by not to make this team after another strong showing for Parkes but Merritt provided a real X-factor this season.

Merritt got better the longer the season went and, as always, showed off everything he had in his bag of tricks along the way. There was dummies, there was steps, there was 40/20s, and you bet there was plenty of chipping and chasing.

Merritt gave a real spark and polish to the Nyngan Tigers and appears to be maturing more each season in recent times.

8. Jarryn Powyer (CYMS)

One of the best going around. That's really all you need to know.

Plays with heart and real strength. Got through 80 minutes each and every week and led from the front for the Fishies, continually punching through defensive lines.

The massive hole he left in the grand final can't be understated. For one of the first times in a long time CYMS seemed panicked on the field and a lot of that was down to the lack of inspiration and control provided by their skipper and leader.

9. Dennis Moran (Wellington)

Yes, the veteran makes the grade. An amazing season from the 42-year-old and he gets this spot just ahead of Forbes skipper Hayden Bolam.

Moran shocked many by making the move from Parkes, where he had achieved legend status, to Wellington and he gave the Cowboys the know-how and polish required in 2019.

He scored tries, he set them up, he darted out of dummyhalf, he got under the opposition's skin. He did it all.

It's great thing that short-lived retirement in 2017 didn't last long. Fans were lucky to see the kind of skills Moran showed this year.

10. Dave Dryden (Wellington)

Did he take Powyer's mantle as the best prop in Group 11 this year? You could definitely make the argument.

A good prop can take a side from a finals-chasing outfit to a premiership contender and that's the impact former Newcastle-based player Dryden had on the Cowboys this season. He's now in the veteran stage of the career but has got to be regarded as one of the best in bush footy after his 2019 campaign.

His experience and know-how was also vital for the Cowboys forward pack. That said, Parkes' Jay Slavin did give this position a shake.

11. Alex Ronayne (CYMS)

One of the tougher decisions to make. For us, Ronayne just edges out Jordan Pope of Parkes and Narromine's Alex Sambrook given he helped the Fishies make the grand final.

The other biggest thing was it was clear to see the impact Ronayne had when the side was forced to play without him a few ties this year. A real leader in the forward pack who's one of the toughest players in the bush, Ronayne will leave a huge hole after signing with Macquarie for 2020.

There's few people in the bush who hit harder, as well. A reliable back-rower who gets through a mountain of work every game. That's good enough to make this team.

12. Loma Atuau (Nyngan)

So often one of the most consistent players in the competition Atuau went to the next level this season.

The names Carney and Merritt may have attracted more attention at Nyngan but Atuau was a powerhouse in the forwards and his ball skills saw him both score and assist a number of tries in 2019.

With Carney making the move from lock to centre early in the year someone had to set the tone up front for the Tigers and Atuau was that man. A great player to watch.

13. Travis Waddell (Wellington)

The toughest spot to decide. Group 11 player of the year Jacob Neill was brilliant for Nyngan in 2019 but Waddell was also a standout in his debut season out west.

Considering the Wellington Cowboys won the premiership and Travis Waddell was named Bob Weir medallist for being best on ground he's got to make the team.

Proved he's still got plenty in the tank by getting through a mountain of work each and every week and as finals time arrived he started to get his hands on the ball more and more.

Took plenty of the playmaking pressure of Mason Williams at times as well.