The 2022 PwC GAA-GPA All-Star soccer crew was announced a pair of weeks ago with the 15 lucky recipients obtaining their prestigious awards past 7 days at the now customary black tie function in Dublin’s Conference Centre.
s is the norm, All-Ireland champions Kerry took the lion’s share of the spoils with 7 awards recognizing the dominance they relished all through league and championship in 2022. Losing finalist Galway collected 5 awards, their biggest haul considering that successful the Sam Maguire Cup in 2001 , although Derry’s re-emergence in Ulster was identified with two awards.
Right after so several several years topping the awards’ table, Leinster champions Dublin had to settle all over again for just a single honor for the next yr in succession. Not given that 2010, when our have Paddy Keenan was identified, has been there so several to start with time recipients. This year once more saw 11 footballers get their maiden award. as Galway and, in particular, Derry introduced a whole lot of freshness to the 2022 season..
Notable highlights were being the recognition of Oak Leaf pair Conor Glass and veteran defender Chrissy McKaigue, Kerry brothers David and Paudie Clifford and John Daly subsequent in the footsteps of his father, Val, who was honored for the Tribesmen in the 1987 and 1990 seasons.
For Dublin’s Ciarán Kilkenny, this is his sixth All-Star award due to the fact 2015 and his third calendar year in a row remaining regarded. He now joins Stephen Cluxton as the most decorated award winner from the money, though Tyrone’s Peter Canavan and Kerry duo Jack O’Shea and Ger Electric power are the other illustrious figures on the six mark. Only the Kerry trio of Pat Spillane (9), Colm Cooper (8) and Mikey Sheehy (7) have won extra football All-Stars than the Castleknock forward.
Dating again to 1971, the All-Stars are picked by a workforce of GAA journalists from across print, radio, electronic, and broadcast media with the assortment panel chaired by Uachtarán Cumann Lúthchleas Gael Larry McCarthy.
The whole listing of award winners are: 1 Shane Ryan (Rathmore, Kerry) 2 Chrissy McKaigue (Slaughtneil, Derry), 3 Jason Foley (Ballydonoghue, Kerry), 4 Liam Silke (Corofin, Galway) 5 Tadhg Morley (Templenoe, Kerry), 6 John Daly (Mountbellew-Moylough, Galway), 7 Gavin White (Dr Crokes, Kerry) 8 Conor Glass (Glen, Derry), 9 Cillian McDaid (Monivea-Abbey, Galway) 10 Paudie Clifford (Fossa, Kerry), 11 Seán O’Shea (Kenmare Shamrocks, Kerry), 12 Ciarán Kilkenny (Castleknock, Dublin) 13 David Clifford (Fossa, Kerry), 14 Damien Comer (Annaghdown, Galway), 15 Shane Walsh (Kilmacud Crokes, Galway).
As with any yr, there are constantly some players who are extremely unlucky to eliminate out on collection. As pointed out in this column innumerable times in the earlier, I think it is completely wrong and unfair that performances in the All-Eire semi-finals and final really should carry such a heavy top quality with the assortment committee.
Yes, players should be rewarded for exceptional performances in the end of yr showpieces but it shouldn’t be the overriding factor in elevating them higher than a further who has generated continuously all through the year.
With that in brain, I’m at a loss to comprehend how a area could not be found on this year’s XV for Armagh’s Ryan O’Neill. The Crossmaglen ace was the standout player for his county all through 2022 and named male of the match in a lot of of their league and championship fixtures.
His final-gasp, monster lifeless-ball kick towards Galway was merely outstanding and the landmark moment of the 2022 championship just before currently being eclipsed by Seán O Shea’s semi-final winner towards the Dubs.
Kerry corner-back Tom O’Sullivan was one of the frontrunners for footballer of the calendar year in advance of struggling with an unplayable Shane Walsh in the All-Ireland ultimate. His fantastic showings in league and championship prior to the period finale should really have been acknowledged. Derry pair Brendan Rodgers and Shane McGuigan the two amassed an amazing entire body of work this season and can rightly feel extremely unlucky to get rid of out.
Armagh’s Ethan Rafferty is another who can truly feel aggrieved following his eye-catching shows as an attacking sweeper and goalkeeper. I also felt Dublin’s Mick Fitzsimons actually stood out for Dublin in the course of 2022. His shows this season have been far better than in any of the years he was acknowledged beforehand in 2017, 2019 or 2020.
For what it can be value, below is my most effective XV for the overall year – 1 Ethan Rafferty (Armagh) 2 Mick Fitzsimons (Dublin), 3 Jason Foley (Kerry), 4 Tom O’Sullivan (Kerry) 5 Brendan Rogers (Derry), 6 John Daly (Galway), 7 Tadhg Morley (Kerry) 8 Conor Glass (Derry), 9 Cillian McDaid (Galway) 10 Shane McGuigan (Derry), 11 Seán O’Shea (Kerry), 12 Ciarán Kilkenny (Dublin) 13 David Clifford (Kerry), 14 Ryan O’Neill (Armagh), 15 Shane Walsh (Galway).