Right, the votes are in and counted in our Player of the Year poll for 2019. We have a clear winner too, with Colm Boyle coming out on top having collected 39% of the vote.
While not ever-present for us in 2019, the Davitts clubman enjoyed a strong Championship at the heart of our defence this year. In and out of the team all during the National League and early in the summer – he didn’t feature in the win over Kerry in Tralee and only appeared off the bench in the final, while taking no part at all in the Connacht semi-final defeat to Roscommon – it was during the qualifiers that Colm really began to motor this year.
Strong performances through that crazy spell of week-after-week matches were capped by an outstanding MOTM display in the Super 8s win over Meath at Croke Park. He was back in the thick of it again two weeks later against Donegal and fought hard and bravely all day long in the All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Dublin.
Part of the famed U21 Class of 2006, Colm first broke into the senior ranks at inter-county level under John O’Mahony in 2008 but wasn’t retained on the panel the following year. Since his recall by James Horan in 2012, however, Boyler has been a permanent fixture on the senior panel as well as a firm favourite with the supporters. He was an All-Star in 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017 and he’ll be in with a shout for another one this year.
Congrats to Colm on being voted our Player of the Year for 2019 and well done too to all the players shortlisted for this year’s award. Details of how the voting went are below.