For the last two years there’s been an end-of-season poll run here on the site to identify the Mayo Player of the Year. Cillian O’Connor was voted as the winner of this accolade in 2014 and his brother Diarmuid won it last year. With the year’s action now over, it’s time to think about who should be in the shake-up for the 2016 award.
This year, like last year, I’ve tried to go about compiling the list of nominees in a data-driven manner. As I did last year, I went about this task by making use of the results of the Man of the Match polls run here after every competitive match involving us to identify the players who performed best for us on a consistent basis over the whole championship.
Because we played so many championship matches this year and because summer action far outweighs in importance what happens in the League, I decided this time to restrict the data-mining to the MOTM polls in our nine championship games. Having collected all the raw numbers I then applied different weights to the games played, with the result that performances in matches at the business end of the championship ranked higher in the scheme of things than those that occurred earlier in the summer.
The other change from the POTY polls conducted last year and the year before is that I’ve decided to go with a shortlist of five this time rather than the longer list of ten nominees used in previous years. The rationale for this is that we’re looking to identify the outstanding county player of the year here and so I reckon the cohort of performers in contention for this has, almost by definition, to be a select one. In any event, I think the list of the five nominees for this year’s award is a self-evident one.
So, then, are you ready to vote? Here’s the shortlist for the 2016 Mayo GAA Blog Player of the Year Award:
Who was our 2016 Player of the Year?
- Lee Keegan (58%, 641 Votes)
- Brendan Harrison (18%, 194 Votes)
- Andy Moran (10%, 111 Votes)
- Paddy Durcan (10%, 108 Votes)
- Cillian O'Connor (4%, 44 Votes)
Total Voters: 1,097