Congratulations to Emmet Bolton and John Doyle who have been named on the 2010 Opel GPA team of the year.
The official Opel GPA Team of the Year for Football for 2010 has been announced today by the Gaelic Players Association. The team reflects the most successful counties in this year's football championship, with 15 players hailing from seven different counties; Cork, Down, Sligo, Dublin, Kildare, Louth and Limerick.
All-Ireland Champions Cork have three players included on the team: Michael Shields, Paudie Kissane, and Daniel Goulding while All-Ireland runners up Down have five representatives: Brendan McVeigh, Kevin McKernan, Daniel Hughes, Martin Clarke and Benny Coulter. Dublin have two players, Philly McMahon and Bernard Brogan, as do Kildare with Emmet Bolton and John Doyle. The remaining places on the 2010 Opel GPA Team of the Year for Football are filled by Sligo's Charlie Harrison, Paddy Keenan of Louth and Limerick's John Galvin.
Commenting on the announcement, Chairman of the Football Selection Committee, Martin McHugh, said: "The Opel GPA Awards stand alone in that the ultimate selection of the team is made by the players. As a selection committee we put forward who we believed were the three most deserving nominees for each position and now the players have made their choice. It is a great achievement for any footballer to be honoured by his fellow players and I congratulate the 2010 winners."
Dessie Farrell, Chief Executive of the Gaelic Players' Association said, "There is no doubt that 2010 was a year of change in the football championship and I think the competitive nature of the season is reflected by the fact that seven counties are represented on the Team of the Year. I'd like to congratulate the 15 winners and all the nominees and thank all the players who voted. Thanks also to Martin McHugh and his selection committee and to Opel for their support for the GPA Awards."
Dave Sheeran, Managing Director, Opel Ireland, said, "Congratulations to all fifteen players announced in the Opel GPA Football Team of the Year 2010. It was an exciting Championship and we at Opel are proud to acknowledge the contribution of all the players. We look forward to announcing the Player of the Year for Football and celebrating with all the players at our Gala Night in CityWest Hotel on Friday, 5th November."
'I'd like to congratulate the 15 winners and all the nominees and thank all the players who voted.
2010 Opel Gaelic Team of the Year for Football:
1 Brendan McVeigh (Down)
2 Charlie Harrison (Sligo)
3 Michael Shields (Cork)
4 Philly McMahon (Dublin)
5 Kevin McKernan (Down)
6 Emmet Bolton (Kildare)
7 Paudie Kissane (Cork)
8 Paddy Keenan ( Louth)
9 John Galvin (Limerick)
10 Daniel Hughes (Down)
11 Martin Clarke (Down)
12 John Doyle (Kildare)
13 Daniel Goulding (Cork)
14 Benny Coulter (Down)
15 Bernard Brogan (Dublin)
NOMINEES FOR OPEL GPA PLAYER OF THE YEAR FOR FOOTBALL:
Bernard Brogan (Dublin)
Benny Coulter (Down)
John Doyle (Kildare)