Six 2017 All Star Nominations for Tyrone GAA
Niall Morgan, Padraig Hampsey, Tiernan McCann, Colm Cavanagh, Peter Harte and Niall Sludden have made the end of season short-list for the best 15 in Ireland – the 2017 PwC All-Star Football Team.
In what ultimately was a brilliant campaign for the two-in-a-row Ulster Senior champions, there were many who impressed along the way for the Red Hands but in the end, there is little surprise by the final six on the selection list.
Many are of the opinion that Moy’s Colm Cavanagh should really be a stand-out selection for a 2017 all Star, which would be his first award after a number of seasons in which he has stood out in the Tyrone jersey.
Peter Harte is going for his second all Star and, after being named the Irish news Ulster All-Stars 2017 Player of the Year, will undoubtedly be in the hunt for a second award. What a season Coalisland’s Padraig Hampsey had too. The dynamic half-back picked up two man of the match awards in the Ulster series and has now cemented his centre-back status in the Tyrone team.
Tiernan McCann has also been in the shake-up for an all-star award in the past two seasons and, following his swashbuckling displays again in 2017, has made the list. Niall Morgan had his best season in the Tyrone jersey in 2017 with some excellent saves, a solid presence all season in goal and excellent kick-outs taboot.
Niall Sludden has been one of Tyrone’s best performers for the second season in a row and the Dromore players outstanding work-rate, ball winning, vision and scoring mark him down as a sure-fire all Star at some point although it looks like it could be difficult for any player outside of the ‘Big Two’ to break into a 15 which is set to be dominated by Dublin and Mayo in 2017!
One really interesting feature of the 2017 nominations is the fact that one of the 4 nominees for All-Star Footballer of the Year 2017 is not going to even get an all-star award in 2017. Dublin and Mayo goalkeepers, Stephen Cluxton and David Clarke, are both nominated for the Footballer of the Year but of course, there can only be one all-star goalkeeper. That fact alone shows just how tough the task of Niall Morgan is for the all-stars.
Thoughts from a county perspective have already turned to 2018 and the Club Championship takes centre-stage currently. The recent appointment of Mickey Harte as manager for a further 3 seasons has been welcomed by fans following a year in which Tyrone etched out their most impressive ever win in the Ulster Senior Football Championship. It was also a back-to-back triumph and Tyrone go in search of a first ever 3-in-a-row in the Anglo Celt Cup race in 2018. But of course, all eyes will be on the hope of further progression at all Ireland level.
But of course, all eyes will be on the hope of further progression at all Ireland level. Tyrone have been in two of the past three semifinals although there was some dismay at the level of defeat to Dublin in this year’s penultimate stage tie. With the introduction of the ‘Super Eight’ format in the championship in 2018 things should be interesting as Tyrone, like others, will get a second chance at least, to test the water in the latter stages of the series.
Dublin picks up 13 nominations…
It is also no shock that 3-in-a-row All-Ireland champions Dublin dominate the list of football nominees in contention for a PwC All-Star award in 2017.
Jim Gavin’s three-in-a-row Sam Maguire holders are represented by 13 players on the short-list of 45 names that are released today by the GAA and the GPA and make up the cream of the crop from another dramatic football summer.
As is tradition, the nominations are divided into three goalkeepers, 18 defenders, six midfielders and 18 forwards. It has also been agreed to honour all of those nominated with a specially commissioned certificate of achievement.
The final 15 that make up the PwC All-Star Football team of 2017 will be announced live on RTÉ TV and will be presented with their coveted awards at a gala black tie banquet in Dublin’s Convention Centre on Friday, November 3.
After their 10-match Championship run, Mayo have received 12 nominations. The remainder of the breakdown is Tyrone 6, Kerry 5, Roscommon, Kildare and Down each have 2 with Monaghan, Donegal and Armagh completing the high-profile line-up with one nomination each.
The selections were voted on by a committee made up of Gaelic Games correspondents, and chaired by Uachtarán Chumann Luthchleas Gael, Aogán Ó Fearghail.
Also announced today is the short list for this year’s Footballer of the Year and Young Footballer of the Year awards. These overall awards will be voted on exclusively by inter county players and a decision has been taken to nominate four players for the Footballer of the Year Award instead of the traditional three names.
Dublin’s James McCarthy and Stephen Cluxton and Mayo’s David Clarke and Andy Moran are the four names in contention. The decision to settle on a final four was made so as not to prejudice what the final team selection may be.
Shortlisted for the Young Footballer of the Year prize are Dublin’s Con O’Callaghan, Cork’s Sean Powter and Galway’s Michael Daly.
The GAA and GPA have announced PwC as the new sponsors of the All-Star awards in a partnership that will run until 2020 and see the rebranding of the awards under the title of PwC All-Stars.
PwC All-Star Football Nominations
Stephen Cluxton (Dublin), David Clarke (Mayo), Niall Morgan (Tyrone)
Jack McCaffrey, Cian O’Sullivan, Michael Fitzsimons, Philip McMahon, John Small, Jonny Cooper (Dublin), Keith Higgins, Lee Keegan, Chris Barrett, Colm Boyle, Brendan Harrison (Mayo), Pádraig Hampsey, Tiernan McCann (Tyrone), Paul Murphy, Tadhg Morley (Kerry), Conor Devanney (Roscommon), Caolan Mooney (Down), Fintan Kelly (Monaghan).
James McCarthy, Brian Fenton (Dublin), Tom Parsons (Mayo), Colm Cavanagh (Tyrone), Enda Smith (Roscommon), Kevin Feely (Kildare).
Andy Moran, Kevin McLoughlin, Aidan O’Shea, Jason Doherty, Cillian O’Connor (Mayo), Ciarán Kilkenny, Con O’Callaghan, Paul Mannion, Dean Rock (Dublin), Paul Geaney, Kieran Donaghy, James O’Donoghue (Kerry), Peter Harte, Niall Sludden (Tyrone), Connaire Harrison (Down), Patrick McBrearty (Donegal), Jamie Clarke (Armagh), Daniel Flynn (Kildare).
Footballer of the Year Nominees
Stephen Cluxton (Dublin)
James McCarthy (Dublin)
Andy Moran (Mayo)
David Clarke (Mayo)
Young Footballer of the Year Nominees
Con O’Callaghan (Dublin)
Seán Powter (Cork)
Michael Daly (Galway)