Four Clare players in contention for Camogie All Star

Four Clare players in contention for Camogie All Star


Claire McMahon scores a last minute free to force extra time 9/8/2014
Claire McMahon. Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Clare who reached this year’s Division One Senior Camogie League final have four players in contention for All-Stars with defenders Maire McGrath, Chloe Morey, Niamh O’Dea and corner forward Claire McMahon.

All Ireland champions Cork and finalists Kilkenny dominate the Camogie All-Stars shortlist.

The final team will be announced at the All-Stars banquet in association with Liberty Insurance at Citywest on November 1st.

Cork, who won the All Ireland title last month, received 14 nominations with goalkeeper Aoife Murray and defenders Joanne O’Callaghan, Anna Geary, Laura Treacy, Eimear O’Sullivan and Gemma O’Connor amongst the 45 nominees. Rena Buckley and Ashling Thompson have been nominated at midfield. Jennifer O’Leary, Orla Cotter, Briege Corkery, Angela Walsh, Julia White and Katriona Mackey are amongst the forward nominees.

Kilkenny goalkeeper Emma Kavanagh, defenders Mairead Power, Jacqui Frisby, Claire Phelan, Collette Dormer and Elaine Aylward make the defensive shortlist. Midfielder Ann Dalton and forwards Denise Gaule, Aishling Dunphy, Shelly Farrell, Michelle Quilty and Katie Power complete the Kilkenny representation.

Wexford have received six nominations. Goalkeeper Mags D’Arcy, defenders Deirdre Codd, Mary Leacy, midfielder Josie Dwyer and forwards Kate Kelly and Ursula Jacob.

Galway captain Lorraine Ryan, defender Sarah Dervan, midfielder Niamh Kilkenny and Niamh McGrath all receive nominations as do Offaly trio Michaela Morkan, Tina Hannon and Siobhan Flannery. Derry received two nominations with Grainne McGoldrick at left corner-forward and team-mate Karen Kielt nominated for a left half-forward spot.

Speaking about the announcement President of the Camogie Association Aileen Lawlor said: “I want to congratulate all of the 45 nominees who have made this year’s shortlist. The All-Stars celebrate the outstanding displays of skill, commitment and sportsmanship by our players. It is important to acknowledge at a national level the contribution made by our players to the game over the course of this season and to provide them with the recognition they so richly deserve.
This year has marked a very special milestone for the Association as we celebrated our 110th birthday and the All-Stars will provide a fitting finale to a great year for the game.”