It's time to select the 2018 Irish News Ulster Allstars XV
AS the Super 8s hurtle towards their dramatic conclusion, the conversation over individual accolades is only starting to heat up.
And where better than to make your case than The Irish News as the Ulster Allstar team returns for a 23rd year?
Voting opens today and not only can you chose 15 players from Ulster who caught your eye, but you can also have your say on who should be crowned 2018 Irish News Player of the Year at our black-tie gala awards night in the Armagh City Hotel on Thursday, September 13.
Did someone from Tyrone stand out as they recovered from their Monaghan defeat to reach the Super 8s?
Who from Fermanagh deserves recognition for helping the Erne county to a first Ulster final in a decade.
These are all questions you can help answer by submitting your team using the paper entry or by visiting irishnews.com/allstars.
What’s more, one lucky reader will get the chance to attend the gala night with the winner set to be picked randomly from all those who submit votes.
The Irish News sports team have provided their own shortlist of potential nominees to make the team, which will be announced at the glittering awards ceremony.
However, our readers will make the ultimate decision in what is a unique awards initiative where you get to choose who goes forward for final selection.
To be clear – you CAN vote for whoever you like; their name does not have to be on the nominees’ list.
The Irish News sports editor Thomas Hawkins is looking forward to hearing who our readers have rated as the star turns of this year’s Championship.
“It’s certainly been another dramatic and entertaining year in the Ulster Football Championship, and the introduction of the Super 8s has only added to the occasion.
“We know how highly the intensity and quality of Ulster football is rated throughout the country and our Ulster Allstars are an equally hotly-contested initiative that reflects the passion Gaels have for the game.
“Given this passion among our readership, I encourage every reader to get voting now.”
Joining us for our 23rd year of awards are our five supporting partners – O’Neill’s sportswear, CPL recruitment, Novosco, PKF-FPM & Autoline Insurance.
Their help will all contribute to what should be yet another memorable event, said Irish News marketing manager John Brolly.
“I am delighted that we have five great organisations O’Neill’s sportswear, CPL recruitment, Novosco, PKF-FPM and Autoline Insurance linking up with our Irish News Allstars and who will be joining us on our awards night.
“It’s a great night where we recognise some of the best talent in GAA sport and who have provided us with great moments in the Championship this year.”