If the GAA/GPA Gaelic football All Star awards were handed out at this point of the season, who would be picking up the awards?
At the end of every season, players are rewarded for outstanding performances by being selected in the All Star XV.
It is fair to say that we have yet to hit the fever pitch of intensity and excitement that the championship brings every summer, but it is surely not too far down the line.
The final round of the back door qualifiers must be played out before we arrive at the business end of the season, but so far this summer we have seen Kerry, Dublin and Tyrone all cruise to their respective provincial championships, while Roscommon sprung a surprise to come away from Connacht victorious.
That trio of The Kingdom, the Dubs and the Red Hand are the clear front runners for 2017 All-Ireland glory, so it shouldn’t come as a shock to see those three counties dominate the pecking order for the prestigious All Star awards. Equally as unsurprising will be the news that outright favourites to land their third Sam Maguire Cup in a row, Dublin, have the most players in pole position to collect the individual accolade come the end of the summer.
Of course, the bookmakers are basing their odds on what has already transpired throughout the season so far, but also on what teams are expected to go furthest in the championship.
So, without further ado, here are the favourites to take home the 2017 Gaelic football All Star awards:
2017 Bookmakers’ All Stars As Of Now
(Odds via Paddy Power)
1. Stephen Cluxton – Dublin – Evens
2. Philly McMahon – Dublin – 6/4
3. Michael Fitzsimons – Dublin – 7/4
4. Johnny Cooper – Dublin & Padraig Hampsey – Tyrone – both 2/1
5. Jack McCaffrey – Dublin – 5/4
6. Cian O’Sullivan – Dublin – 2/1
7. James McCarthy – Dublin – 6/4
8. Brian Fenton – Dublin – 2/1
9. David Moran – Kerry – 2/1
10. Ciaran Kilkenny – Dublin – 11/10
11. Aidan O’Shea – Mayo – 10/3
12. Donnchadh Walsh & Michael Geaney – Kerry & Niall Sludden – Tyrone – all 5/1
13. James O’Donoghue – Kerry – 13/8
14. Paul Geaney – Kerry – 13/8
15. Con O’Callagahan – Dublin – 7/4
Be sure to check out the latest episode of our weekly GAA podcast, The 16th Man. We spoke to Cathal McCarron after Tyrone’s Ulster championship triumph and Shane McGrath ahead of Tipperary vs. Clare this weekend.