We can’t have any complaints about how the awards were dished out tonight. Six was always the maximum number of All-Stars we were going to get and we got them all, while Andy Moran, as widely expected, bagged the Footballer of the Year award.
Our six All-Star winners tonight were David Clarke, who edged out Stephen Cluxton for the goalkeeper’s position to pick up his second award, first-time winner Chris Barrett, Keith Higgins and Colm Boyle, who both picked up their fourth awards, Aidan O’Shea who picked up his third award and Andy Moran, a winner for the second time. Huge congrats to all of them.
Inevitably, any All-Star selection (this year’s pick is, by the way, here) is going to be tinged with disappointment regarding those who didn’t make the cut. For us, that sorrow is, of course, centred on Tom Parsons and Kevin McLoughlin, both of whom had very strong claims for inclusion in the final fifteen but who both lost out.
We couldn’t, I know, expect any more All-Stars than the six we got – it’s our highest total ever in a single year – so any sense of regret about Tom and Kevin needs to be seen in this light. It’s still hard on both of them, given the superb championship campaigns they both put in for us this summer.
Ever since the nominations were announced, Andy Moran was the frontrunner for the Footballer of the Year. It would, in truth, have been a huge shock if he hadn’t scooped the big one tonight but it was still fantastic to see him get it.
From impact sub a few years back to the main man in the world of Gaelic football tonight – what a story that is and what a player Andy is. Footballer of the Year, that’s what he is and well done to him for winning the coveted award this year.
We have to watch it again, don’t we? Here it is, my absolute highlight of 2017, which comes courtesy of the newly-crowned PwC GAA/GPA Footballer of the Year for 2017. Take it away, Andy: