We all know that the Colleges All-Stars have been something of a running joke since they were brought in, largely due to Abbey CBS's individual success being an inverted pyramid to the school's success.
But this year is a truly outstanding example of "who the hell selects this shite, do they even watch football?".
Over half of this year's team played at MacLarnon level, and only 5 of the 15 can actually win the MacRory this season (even though 12 teams remain).
Now I'm as capable of being elitist as any man, but surely to feck, it's not elitist to point out that this is upside down? I mean of course their are outstanding players at MacLarnon level, but there simply has to be many more of them at MacRory level.
Have the liberal lefties taken hold of the voting system?
It's the usual politics in all star selection that is exaggerated this year with the new single body running the show. Therefore, the awards are being distributed to show that all schools are equally considered and encouraged.
Schools are invited to send their best players and then selection is based on a small number of games which are more often than not one sided affairs that don't allow many good players to come to the fore. The number of players at the trial from a school relates to its grading in competitions which should mean that you would have to be a really top player to come through from a school competing in the lower grades given how many would be present from McRory sides.
This wouldn't be so bad if the award of a colleges all-star had no currency but it is a factor used in gaining elite athlete status in universities and a place on a course by lowering the grades needed for entry by elite athletes. Check out how many of the colleges all stars will be on county minor squads later in the year and making an impact for their sides as the star players.
The award of a colleges all star has never been measured by looking at the players in competitions where their true mettle over the season up to Christmas comes to the fore or even in the short championship season of the cup competitions.Colleges All stars 2015
Abbey CBS, Newry
Omagh CBS (2)
St Colman’s, Newry
St Columb’s, Derry
St Mary’s, Magherafelt
St Michael’s, Enniskillen
St Patrick’s, Armagh
St Patrick’s, Cavan
St Patrick’s, Maghera
St Paul’s, Bessbrook (2)
St Ronan’s, Lurgan (2)Colleges All stars 2016
Abbey Vocational School, Donegal
Holy Trinity College, Cookstown
OLASP Knock (2)
Our Lady’s Secondary School, Castleblaney (2)
St Eunan’s College, Letterkenny
St Mary’s College, Limavady
St Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt
St Patrick’s College, Maghera
St Pius X College, Magherafelt (2)
St Ronan’s College, Lurgan (2)