Sadly, it’s that time of the year again where, with our inter-county season over (and the results archive updated to include 2015), we can start to think about saluting those lads who performed best for us over the year as a whole. Last year was the first where a Player of the Year poll was held here on the site, with Cillian O’Connor securing the votes to win the inaugural Mayo GAA Blog Player of the Year award. Now it’s time to consider the 2016 award.
Like last year, I want to run this year’s award on the basis of a poll containing a shortlist of nominees. Last time that list was a long enough one, stretching to ten players, and I think a list of a similar length would be okay this time too.
This year I’ve tried to be a bit more scientific in drawing up the shortlist. What I’ve done is collate all of the votes cast for every player that featured for us this year (37 in all) in all of the League and Championship matches we played. Because there were more League games than Championship ones and also because what happens in the summer is of greater importance than in the spring, I decided to add weights to the respective total votes cast in the League and Championship polls. This meant that appearances and strong performances in the latter were given more emphasis compared to in the former.
Totting all the figures up on this basis yields the following ten players (whose names I’m listing in alphabetical order – telling you the total weighted votes number for each would spoil the fun) whom I’m now nominating for the Mayo GAA Blog Player of the Year 2016 award:
- Colm Boyle
- Jason Doherty
- Keith Higgins
- Kevin Keane
- Lee Keegan
- Barry Moran
- Cillian O’Connor
- Diarmuid O’Connor
- Aidan O’Shea
- Tom Parsons
Six players included in the above list were also on last year’s shortlist. The four new additions are Kevin Keane, Diarmuid O’Connor, Barry Moran and Tom Parsons and they replace Tom Cunniffe, Kevin McLoughlin, Seamus O’Shea and Donal Vaughan.
The above is just for info – I’ll stick up a poll on the award later on this evening and then leave the voting open on it until Sunday evening, following which the winner will be announced.
Our 2015 season may be over but the lads still need your support: go to the Mayo GAA website (here) and click ‘Play Now’ to contribute via the Mayo GAA Players Training and Welfare Fund Lotto.