Club Stars shortlist named

Tomorrow night the football All-Stars for 2016 will be revealed. Closer to home – and closer too to the game’s grassroots level – the shortlist for the Mayo News/O’Neills Club Stars Team of the Year was announced earlier this week.

A judging panel comprising ex-county player and popular pundit John Casey, ex-Knockmore manager Eamon Clarke and Mayo News GAA writers Seán Rice and Austin Garvin had the tough task of agreeing the 30-player shortlist and the same panel have also been charged with the job of selecting the final fifteen plus five replacements.

Not surprisingly, recently crowned county champions Castlebar Michels head the list with eleven nominees, followed by Breaffy with seven (including all three O’Shea brothers), Knockmore with three, Ballintubber with two and one each for Aghamore, Ballina Stephenites, Garrymore and Kiltane. The three wild card nominees from intermediate level come from Hollymount-Carramore (2) and The Neale (1). Full details on this year’s nominees are here.

The 2015 Club Stars Team of the Year will be named at the eleventh annual Club Stars banquet which will be held on Friday, 11th December at Knockranny House Hotel in Westport. All proceeds from this year’s event will be divided between two charities – Cystic Fibrosis West and the Mayo Rape Crisis Centre. Information on tickets for this year’s banquet will be made available in due course.

5 thoughts on “Club Stars shortlist named

  1. Hi All,
    I am really looking forward to tomorrow night hopefully we are both well represented at the end. Just a very quick one as Christmas is fast upon us so will the New Year and I always love the O’Byrne Cup up here as its great to see the football back. I made a comment a good few weeks back about Mayo trying to win the National League as a great starting point….hopefully this new Mayo manager will understand the importance of the League and really go for it. I cant understand why some people underestimate the importance of the league….just thought I would mention it cheers.

    Kind Regards,
    Martin the Dub

  2. Yeah I’d agree martin. Would be nice to get into the habit of winning and some silverware to show after hopefully a strong league campaign

  3. Yes we should give the League a lash. Winning the 2nd competition shouldn’t be sneezed at. A great place to test the metal of newcomers before championship. It is one competition we have a good record in having just slipped into 3rd place (with 11 wins) behind Dublin (with 12). Kerry top the list with 19 and have achieved the double most often.

    Dublin have won it now in 2013, 2014 & 2015 and one cannot say it inhibits a serious crack at SAM. I would love to see our SR make it his immediate priority. Nothing like developing a winning mentality immediately. I’m not happy just to survive in the top division – win it.

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