Okay, it’s time for the fourth annual Mayo GAA Blog Player of the Year award. Cillian O’Connor was voted the inaugural winner of the award here on the site in 2014, Diarmuid kept it in the family the year after and then Lee Keegan won it last year on the way to claiming the coveted GAA/GPA Footballer of the Year award.
As usual, I’ve endeavoured to take emotion out of the equation in coming up with the shortlist, which this year contains six nominees. As I’ve done in previous years, I’ve let the data do the talking, mining the votes cast in the various Man of the Match polls for NFL and championship games – seventeen matches in all – and then adding weights to the raw numbers, to ensure that big performances in the more important matches later in the summer get due reward in the overall numbers.
Regardless of how I twiddled with the weights, six players stood out from the rest. Two of them exchanged places – fifth and sixth – depending on the weights used so, rather than cut the shortlist to five (my original intention), I’ve gone with a round half-dozen on this occasion.
So, the six nominees – in alphabetical order – for this year’s Mayo GAA Blog Player of the Year award are set out in the poll below. Voting is now open and I’ll announce the winner in due course. Congrats to all those shortlisted and the best of luck in the vote.
Who was our 2017 Player of the Year?
- Andy Moran (61%, 812 Votes)
- Colm Boyle (14%, 187 Votes)
- Aidan O'Shea (11%, 141 Votes)
- Keith Higgins (7%, 89 Votes)
- Chris Barrett (6%, 78 Votes)
- Lee Keegan (2%, 23 Votes)
Total Voters: 1,330