As East Kerry’s spectacular county final victory over Dr Crokes brings the final curtain down on the 2010s, it’s time to reflect on a historic decade for the Kerry Senior Football Championship.
From Crokes’ four-in-row to Austin Stacks’ and South Kerry’s sole triumphs, and Crokes domination again to East Kerry ending their 20-year famine, it has been a period of great entertainment and high quality for Kerry football’s showpiece tournament.
Some of the finest Kerry footballers of all time have played starring roles for their respective teams over the past 10 years; now we must bring them all together and crown the Team of the Decade.
In two weeks’ time, the Killarney Advertiser will name a dream team of 15 superstars and we want to hear from our readers. Of all the players who have lined out in the County Championship since 2010, who would make your perfect team?
To vote for your favourites, simply email your 15 (one goalkeeper, six backs, two midfielders and six forwards) to email@example.com. Closing date for submissions is next Friday, November 29. Your votes will be tallied and combined with those of Killarney Advertiser sports editor Adam Moynihan and long-time Killarney Advertiser sports columnist Eamonn Fitzgerald.
The Team of the Decade will then be announced in the Killarney Advertiser on December 6.
“Some unbelievable players have graced the Kerry Senior Football Championship in the last 10 years so it’ll be very hard to whittle it down to just the bare 15,” Adam said.
“Dr Crokes have been dominant so you would expect a number of their lads to make the cut, but there have also been memorable performances from guys who were maybe less successful in terms of titles. The great thing about picking a team like this is that it’s totally subjective, so one reader might include players I never even thought of and vice versa. I’m really looking forward to seeing everyone’s teams. There are bound to be some surprises.”
Adam confirmed that every player who has played senior County Championship since 2010 is eligible for selection, although he did urge readers to choose players in their correct positions where possible.
“There will be no Brian Howards in this team!” he joked. “Some allowances will be made but generally speaking we want forwards in the forwards and backs in the backs. If a guy has played more than one position then naturally we’ll take that into account but you certainly can’t put Gooch corner back just to fit everyone in. That carry on will be frowned upon.”
Get involved and make sure your favourite players get the credit they deserve.
How to vote
Send your Kerry SFC Team of the Decade (numbered 1-15) to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, November 29!