Tuesday 19 September 2017

All Star selectors keep the blinkers on

IT looks as if the selection of the All Stars football team will soon be confined to players from the four sides who play in the All-Ireland semi-finals -- judging by the efforts of the selectors this year.

Only four counties managed representation on the latest team, which makes me wonder why exactly the other Irish 27 county teams spend all that time training, working in the gyms and spending hours with fitness and conditioning coaches and other assorted gurus.

Is Gaelic football really so divided in class that 87pc of county teams cannot produce even one member of the All Star team?

The answer, of course, is a definite no. Rather, it is the tendency of the selectors to be dazzled by the closing games of the All-Ireland, which sees logic being thrown out the window by those who, in their day job, usually tend to be eminently sensible.

One player named as a defender in the All Star team was 'roasted' by his opponent in one round of the championship.

But he featured in Croke Park in August and that obviously left a bigger impression around the selectorial table.

Will we eventually end up with All Stars coming only from the All-Ireland finalists?

Irish Independent

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