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Colm O'Rouke: Brogan produces the Star turn

Colm O'Rourke picks his All Star team and says it's a democratic selection with nine counties represented

Published 10/10/2010 | 05:00

John Galvin is a horse of a man who would be laden down with gold if the family lived in Kerry rather than Limerick. Photo: Brendan Moran
John Galvin is a horse of a man who would be laden down with gold if the family lived in Kerry rather than Limerick. Photo: Brendan Moran

T he traditional method of choosing the All Stars was foolproof. Five or six went to the All-Ireland champions; a few less to the runners-up and then scatter a couple more on the basis of just causes.

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And there was usually room for a player who had given long service and won nothing. This was the Mother Teresa approach and if a credible candidate could be found from a weak county, then bingo.

Who could argue? There was a time when plenty would but now there are so many awards that an All Star doesn't carry the weight it once did. In a way, it should be exactly the opposite. Football is much more competitive now, so winning an award is a bigger achievement than it was when I was playing.

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