Since it went to a vote it is too unpredictable. It is as much a popularity contest as anything. Eir sport showed the 2016 AI Hurling final the other evening. It was one of the best displays ever by a player in an AI final by Callinan, if not the best, and he didn’t get POTY. Gleeson had made a bit a name for himself and Tipp had two players nominated, so Gleeson got it. As much as we (rightfully) complain about Cluxton being snubbed for awards, this one was almost criminal.
When things go to a ‘popular vote’, no one is responsible, and everyone is free to engage their prejudices. Hurling is worse then football, because there are GPA guys voting from division 4 counties who will never be on the same field as the players they are voting for. But as an award now, it is a flawed thing and very unpredictable.