The Mayo News has today published the shortlist for this year’s Club Stars Team of the Year, which the paper co-sponsors with O’Neill’s. A total of 32 players feature on this year’s shortlist, with nine different clubs represented, including three intermediate level ones who supply five ‘wild card’ nominees.
As expected, newly-crowned county champions Castlebar Mitchels head the list with ten nominations, while beaten finalists Breaffy have nine. Beaten semi-finalists Knockmore have four on the list while fellow penultimate round losers Charlestown have two. Last year’s champions Ballaghaderreen and the 2010/11 champs Ballintubber have one each. Intermediate champions Kiltane account for the bulk of the wild card nominations with three, while Kilmaine and Moy Davitts have the other two. Full details of this year’s shortlist are here.
The Mayo News/O’Neill’s Team of the Year, comprising a starting fifteen and five replacements, will be announced at the annual banquet which will be held in Westport’s Knockranny House Hotel on Saturday, 7th December. Tickets for this event, which is now in its ninth year, cost €60 and are available by calling (098) 25311.
Meanwhile, the Mayo News is also reporting today that Danny Kirby – who, as you might expect, is one of the ten Mitchels’ nominees above – is almost certain to miss his club’s Connacht semi-final clash with Galway champions Corofin this coming Sunday. This is because of a straight red he received playing for the club in last Friday’s U21 ‘A’ final against Moy Davitts, for which he’s expected to receive a four-week suspension.
It’s a bit rough on Castlebar, to be honest, for a player who was red-carded at one level to be suspended at another but such is the weird and wonderful world of GAA discipline. The Mitchels were already facing an uphill battle playing with a full deck – Paddy Power have Corofin at 3/10 for this one – but without Four-Goal Danny their task is likely to be even more difficult at Tuam Stadium next Sunday.