It’s HOTY, not team of the year.
I don’t think anybody with even a cursory understanding of hurling would deem Joe Canning to have had a better year than Burke x2, Hanbury, McInerney, Mannion x1, Coen, Cooney x2, Whelan etc.
I thought McDonald was below par this year but Chin, Ryan and especially O’Keeffe were far more impressive than Canning. As were a handful of lads from Waterford, Cork, Peter Casey, Patrick Purcell etc.
There were years when Canning actually hurled well when he wasn’t deemed close to being HOTY. Bizarre when he has a relatively poor year and the GGA community seems to rally around to crown him totally undeservedly.
He does deserve credit for shedding the excess water in his system though.