So, that’s it, another season down.
The 2017 championship has come to a halt and what a grand finale it was.
The Dubs have retained Sam Maguire and in doing so, completing an historic three in a row to cement their place in the history books as one the all-time great teams.
For Mayo, another year, another heartbreak. 66 years of hurt will extend to into next term and no matter how resilient and persistent this group is, there is a long winter and yet another sequence of soul searching in the long, cold nights ahead for Stephen Rochford’s camp.
Who were the standout performers of this campaign?
Kerry romped to glory in Munster again, Dublin cruised to victory in Leinster, where as Roscommon caused an upset in the West and Tyrone successfully defended their Anglo-Celt Cup.
However, as is the norm with ‘Team of The Year’ and All-Star selections, what is most telling is what went down at the business end of the championship.
While there are always going to be honourable mentions omitted from the star studded line-ups, it is tough to argue a case for any of the below footballers to have been left out of 2017’s best.
The 2017 Sunday Game Football Team Of The Year
1. Stephen Cluxton
2. Mick Fitzsimons
3. Cian O’Sullivan
4. Keith Higgins
5. Colm Boyle
6. Chris Barrett
7. Jack McCaffrey
8. Tom Parsons
9. James McCarthy
10. Kevin McLoughlin
11. Aidan O’Shea
12. Con O’Callaghan
13. Paul Mannion
14. Paul Geaney
15. Andy Moran
The panel also selected their Footballer of The Year, awarding that gong to the superb James McCarthy of Dublin.
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