A week which started in triumph for Tyrone footballers has received another major boost with the nomination of 10 of their All-Ireland-winning side for selection on the Vodafone Allstar team.
They top the list, one ahead of Kerry, on the 45-strong panel where 12 counties are represented.
The 10 Tyrone men are: Conor Gormley, Justin McMahon, Davy Harte, Philip Jordan, Ryan McMenamin, Enda McGinley, Sean Cavanagh, Brian Dooher, Colm McCullagh and Tommy McGuigan.
They have three representatives among the nine half-forward line contenders, including Sean Cavanagh, who is also a leading candidate for Player-of-the-Year award.
Although he played in the full-forward line for much of the season, he is also eligible in the half-forwards and is certain to pick up another award.
Kerry should be happy with their nine-strong representation which once again includes the three O’Shea brothers; Marc, Tomas and Darragh. The All-Ireland finalists fill 19 of the 45 positions, followed by four each for Wexford, Cork and Fermanagh.
Wexford and Fermanagh have more nominees than provincial champions Galway and Dublin who are on three each, while Armagh have just two representations, Francie Bellew and Ronan Clarke.
Wexford will be pleased with their highest ever number of nominees (Anthony Masterson, Redmond Barry, Matty Forde, Ciaran Lyng) while Fermanagh (Shane Goan, Tommy McElroy, Ryan McCloskey and Martin McGrath) have also done well.
Westmeath will also be happy with nominations for Gary Connaughton, John Keane and Michael Ennis which is a positive reflection of a season where the defence performed brilliantly. Galway, for whom Padraic Joyce returns after a lengthy absence, and Dublin, each have three representatives.
Cavan’s James Reilly, one of the most consistent goalkeepers over the last few years, will be challenging Connaughton and Anthony Masterson for the No 1 position, while Kildare’s John Doyle is recognised for being the top scorer in the championship. The degree to which the championship dictates the All Stars is underlined by Derry’s sole representative. Despite winning the National League (Div 1) title, midfielder Fergal Doherty is their sole nominee.
Ulster: 18; Munster: 13; Leinster: 11; Connacht: 3.