Trevor Mortimer and Andy Moran have both made it onto the shortlist (or should that be the longlist?) for this year’s All-Stars, while Aidan O’Shea has been rewarded for a storming first senior year by being shortlisted (this really is a shortlist, there are only three nominees on it) for Young Player of the Year.
This is the first year since 2006 that we’ve had any players nominated for All-Stars but the days are long gone when winning Connacht would guarantee you a place or two on the side. Last year, Galway failed to get a single player on the team – despite Mick Meehan’s stand-out performance in the quarter-final against Kerry – which means that the last Connacht All-Star would have been whoever it was from Sligo that got one in 2007 (I’m away from base at the minute and so not in a position to check my facts in this respect). As well as shifting away from recognising achievements at provincial level, All-Star selections have got plain odd in recent years too, with Westmeath getting two players on the side last year despite the fact that they weren’t even at the races in Leinster.
Our fade-out in the quarters dish ear means neither Trevor nor Andy are likely to come close to making the final fifteen but it’s good to see some of our lads back among the nominees all the same. It’s also great to see our young prodigy from Breaffy get a deserved inclusion in the YPOTY shortlist though you’d have to think that he’d be behind both Colm O’Neill (who should win it, I think) and Michael Murphy for that one. Aidan’s day will come, though, if he continues to perform like he did this year.