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.