The shortlist for this season’s Club Stars Team of the Year was published in this week’s Mayo News – full details here.
A total of 35 players are on the shortlist, with ten clubs represented this year. As expected, Senior champions Ballintubber lead the way with eleven nominees, followed by beaten county finalists Ballaghaderreen on eight.
Other clubs to feature this year are Ballina Stephenites (five nominees), Castlebar Mitchels (three) and Belmullet (two), with Davitts, Breaffy and Knockmore on one apiece. As usual there are a few wild card nominations from the Intermediate ranks, with champions The Neale bagging two while Ballyhaunis get one.
The final fifteen on the Team of the Year will be announced at the annual Club Stars banquet. Now in its 15th year, the banquet takes place at Knockranny House Hotel in Westport on Saturday, 11th January. A grand, handy date that is too, what with the FBD semi-final clash with Galway – our first outing in 2020 – throwing in at MacHale Park at 2pm the following day.
Tickets for the event will be on sale next week and will be available online – details here. Over the coming weeks there’ll be announcements of various award winners and special guests on the night.