Donegal dominate All-Star list03/10/2012 - 08:44:47
All-Ireland SFC champions Donegal have had 12 players nominated for 2012 GAA GPA All-Stars Football awards, and are guaranteed to win the Footballer of the Year award.
Donegal team-mates Karl Lacey, Colm McFadden and Frank McGlynn are the three nominees for the coveted Footballer of the Year honour, which was won by Dublin's Alan Brogan in 2011.
Teenage forward Paddy McBrearty, who was part of the Tir Chonaill men's attack during their successful summer run, faces competition from Meath's Donal Keogan and Cillian O'Connor of Mayo for the Young Footballer of the Year award.
Kerry could end a difficult season for them without a single All-Star winner. Team captain Colm Cooper - chasing his eighth All-Star - is their only nominee, while their great rivals, Allianz League and Munster champions Cork, have seven players in contention.
Beaten All-Ireland finalists and Connacht champions Mayo boast ten nominations, including their skipper Andy Moran who missed the semi-final and final due to a cruciate knee ligament injury.
Six Dublin players have received nods for their efforts during the 2012 campaign, among them defenders Rory O'Carroll and Kevin Nolan.
In total, 45 players are in the running for the prized 15 spots on the All-Stars team. The final selection will be made on Wednesday, October 24.
As ever, there will be plenty of debate about the players who are missing from the list, with Cork goalkeeper Alan Quirke, Sligo's Adrian Marren and Kerry midfielder Anthony Maher among the notable absentees.
Meath's Brian Farrell (0-37) and Sean McCormack of Longford (0-33), who finished behind Colm McFadden in the Championship's top scorers list, can also count themselves unlucky.
2012 GAA GPA ALL-STARS FOOTBALL AWARDS NOMINATIONS (Sponsored by Opel):
Goalkeepers: David Clarke (Mayo), Stephen Cluxton (Dublin), Paul Durcan (Donegal)
Full-Backs: Eoin Cadogan (Cork), Ger Cafferkey (Mayo), Keith Higgins (Mayo), Donal Keogan (Meath), Eamon McGee (Donegal), Neil McGee (Donegal), Paddy McGrath (Donegal), Rory O'Carroll (Dublin), Michael Shields (Cork)
Half-Backs: Emmet Bolton (Kildare), Colm Boyle (Mayo), Adrian Flynn (Wexford), Lee Keegan (Mayo), Karl Lacey (Donegal), Frank McGlynn (Donegal), Kevin Nolan (Dublin), Michael Quinn (Longford), Anthony Thompson (Donegal)
Midfielders: Neil Gallagher (Donegal), Rory Kavanagh (Donegal), Barry Moran (Mayo), Aidan O'Shea (Mayo), Brendan Quigley (Laois), Aidan Walsh (Cork)
Half Forwards: Paul Barden (Longford), Alan Dillon (Mayo), Paul Flynn (Dublin), Paul Kerrigan (Cork), Michael Darragh Macauley (Dublin), Mark McHugh (Donegal), Kevin McLoughlin (Mayo), Graham Reilly (Meath), Ciarán Sheehan (Cork)
Full-Forwards: Bernard Brogan (Dublin), Jamie Clarke (Armagh), Colm Cooper (Kerry), Conor Laverty (Down), Colm McFadden (Donegal), Andy Moran (Mayo), Michael Murphy (Donegal), Donncha O'Connor (Cork), Colm O'Neill (Cork)
FOOTBALLER OF THE YEAR NOMINEES -
Karl Lacey (Donegal)
Colm McFadden (Donegal)
Frank McGlynn (Donegal)
YOUNG FOOTBALLER OF THE YEAR NOMINEES -
Donal Keogan (Meath)
Paddy McBrearty (Donegal)
Cillian O'Connor (Mayo)
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