I was chatting with a couple of lads who write for The Irish News last weekend and the talk came round to their recent All Stars Awards. We had a great yarn and discussion about such awards and the one thing we agreed upon was that any awards in any sport are very subjective and many supporters make their selections based on what they believe and not on what they have seen. To shorten a very long story I made what I felt was a very strong case for the inclusion of Pascal Mc Connell in goals on the team and the choice of Martin Penrose as Ulster Player of The Year. We agreed to disagree but promised to discuss it further when we next meet again. I left Croke Park feeling rather pleased with myself and all was well until I listened to Kevin Mc Stay talking about Martin Clarke as a potential footballer of the year later that night.
The blood pressure rose again and I found myself shouting at the TV for the return of Tommy Lyons as a Sunday Game Analyst. Fortunately that did not last too long and the wise words of Anthony Tohill allowed me to regain my sanity. In my view Bernard Brogan looks like being The Player of The Year and I would be very surprised if he was overlooked for anyone else, particularly a northerner.
In fairness to those who try to pick just fifteen players out of the entire country, it is a far from easy job. No matter who is chosen on any of these teams, there will be plenty of cries for alternatives and you won’t please everybody. Last Sunday’s game will have a huge bearing on the final make up of the All Star team and as always it will be dominated by the two teams that made it through to The All Ireland Final.
Tyrone have got four nominations in the form of Pascal Mc Connell, Justin and Joe Mc Mahon, and Philip Jordan but I thought that Martin Penrose could also have featured on the shortlist, but I would be very surprised if we managed to have any Tyrone players listed on the final fifteen.