Okay, I think it’s time to pull the curtains down on this one. The result was never really in any doubt once voting got going and so I’m happy to confirm that, by popular acclaim, the Mayo GAA Blog Player of the Year for 2017 is Andy Moran.
Andy secured 61% of all votes cast, followed by Colm Boyle (14%), Aidan O’Shea (11%), Keith Higgins (7%), Chris Barrett (6%) and last year’s winner Lee Keegan (2%). A total of 1,330 votes were cast in the poll – thanks all for taking the time to do so.
Andy now has the chance to emulate Lee’s achievement of last year, which is to follow up clinching this accolade by also winning the GAA/GPA Footballer of the Year award. The very best of luck to him in that.
Andy provided so many moments of magic in 2017, right from when he made his first appearance of the year off the bench at Kiltoom against Roscommon in the FBD back in January, all the way to the All-Ireland final. For me, top of the list has to be the one that, when we recorded the pre-final Mayo News football podcast over in the Oxford Arms in London, was so memorably described as “better than porn”. Here it is:
What a goal, what a man. Delighted he’s already said he’s staying on next year and plans to line out as often as he’s selected. Like good wine, Andy’s improving with age. Here’s to another vintage year in 2018.