Thursday 30 March 2017

Brogan on course for second top honour

Bernard Brogan scooped the All Star Player of the Year award award and is likely to complete the double at the GPA presentation in two weeks' time.
Bernard Brogan scooped the All Star Player of the Year award award and is likely to complete the double at the GPA presentation in two weeks' time.
Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

Selectors differ and award ambitions die.

There are 11 differences between the All Star nominations and the 45 players in line for selection on the Opel GPA Football Team of the Year.

Meanwhile, Bernard Brogan (Dublin), Benny Coulter (Down) and John Doyle (Kildare) have been shortlisted for the Footballer of the Year award in the GPA scheme.

Brogan scooped the All Star award and is likely to complete the double at the GPA presentation function in the City West Hotel on this day fortnight.

Stephen Cluxton for Pascal McConnell is the only difference from the All Stars nominations for goalkeeper, while there are two changes in the full-back line. Seanie McDermott (Roscommon) and Eoin Cadogan (Cork) make the GPA list, whereas Dan Gordon (Down) and Marc O Se (Kerry) don't.

Stephen Lavin (Limerick), Conor Gormley (Tyrone) and Damien Freeman (Monaghan) have been nominated in the half-back line, but there are no places for Noel O'Leary (Cork), Joe McMahon (Tyrone) and Eamonn Callaghan (Kildare), who were on the All Star list.

However, Callaghan has been nominated in the half-forward line as has Alan Costello (Sligo), but there are no places for Paul Kerrigan (Cork) or Seamus Kenny (Meath).

The only difference in the full-forward line is the inclusion of Steven McDonnell (Armagh) on the GPA lists instead of Padraic Joyce (Galway), who was included on the All Star nominations.

Kalum King (Down) and Nicholas Murphy (Cork) were both on the All Star nominations at midfield, but aren't in contention for a GPA award, losing out to Daryl Flynn (Kildare) and Dick Clerkin (Monaghan).

Thirteen countries are included on the GPA lists, with All-Ireland and NFL champions Cork leading the way with nine nominations, followed by Kildare on six, while Down and Dublin have five each.

The nominations were drawn up by a selection committee that was headed by Martin McHugh and the team will be chosen by votes from GPA members.

gpa nominations

1 Stephen Cluxton (Dublin); Brendan McVeigh (Down); Alan Quirke (Cork)

2 Charlie Harrison (Sligo); Seanie McDermott (Roscommon); Peter Kelly (Kildare)

3 Justin McMahon (Tyrone); Rory O'Carroll (Dublin); Michael Shields (Cork)

4 John O'Brien (Louth); Eoin Cadogan (Cork); Philly McMahon (Dublin)

5 Kevin McKernan (Down); Tomas O Se (Kerry); Stephen Lavin (Limerick)

6 Graham Canty (Cork); Conor Gormley (Tyrone); Emmet Bolton (Kildare)

7 Paudie Kissane (Cork); Philip Jordan (Tyrone); Damien Freeman (Monaghan)

8/9 Paddy Keenan (Louth); John Galvin (Limerick); Aidan Walsh (Cork); Michael Darragh Macauley (Dublin); Daryl Flynn (Kildare); Dick Clerkin (Monaghan)

10 Patrick Kelly (Cork); Daniel Hughes (Down); Alan Costello (Sligo)

11 Martin Clarke (Down); Joe Sheridan (Meath); Eamon Callaghan (Kildare)

12 John Doyle (Kildare); Cathal Cregg (Roscommon); Graham Reilly (Meath)

13 Daniel Goulding (Cork); David Kelly (Sligo); Colm Cooper (Kerry)

14 Donie Shine (Roscommon); Benny Coulter (Down); Steven McDonnell (Armagh)

15 Donnacha O'Connor (Cork); Bernard Brogan (Dublin); James Kavanagh (Kildare)

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