All-Ireland Senior champions Cork dominated the 2018 Camogie All-Stars team sponsored by Liberty Insurance and presented at Citywest Hotel on Saturday night.
They took seven places on the team, including Gemma O’Connor winning an all time record breaking 11th Award.
All-Ireland runners-up Kilkenny received five awards, with Semi-Finalists Galway and Tipperary receiving one award each and Waterford completing the line-up with the final award.
Cork goalkeeper and captain Aoife Murray, left corner-back Pamela Mackey, as well as first time recipients Hannah Looney and Chloe Sigerson in the half-back line, were part of the Cork contingent.
Gemma O’Connor was selected in midfield whilst forwards Orla Cotter and Katrina Mackey were also selected.
All-Ireland runners-up Kilkenny were represented throughout the spine of the team with Grace Walsh collecting her first All-Stars Award at right corner-back, Anne Dalton claiming a sixth All-Stars Award at centre half-back, Meighan Farrell in midfield and Katie Power and Denise Gaule in the half-forward line.
Galway captain Sarah Dervan at full-backclaimed her fifth All-Stars Award.
Tipperary forward Cáit Devane was rewarded with her first All-Stars Award for her performances as the Championship’s top scorer in their run to the All-Ireland Semi-Final whilst Waterford star Beth Carton is recognised at left corner-forward for her performances with her first All-Stars Award as an Déise reached the knockout stages of the Senior Championship for the first time.
Cork manager Paudie Murray was named as Manager of the Year for a record third time after guiding the Rebels to All-Ireland glory at both Senior and Intermediate level.
Kilkenny’s Anne Dalton also collected the Camogie Association/WGPA Senior Players’ Player of the Year award. Saoirse McCarthy of Cork was the recipient of the Intermediate accolade whilst Dublin’s Caragh Dawson was chosen as the Junior Players’ Player of the Year. All three were selected from a shortlist compiled by the WGPA after voting by intercounty players with the awards sponsored by Liberty Insurance.
There was further celebration for Cork as their Intermediate side lead the 2018 Soaring Stars Awards, represented by seven players; goalkeeper Amy Lee, captain Sarah Harrington and Leah Weste in the full-back line, Jennifer Barry at centre half-back, Katelyn Hickey in midfield, Saoirse McCarthy at left half-forward and Caitríona Collins at left corner-forward.
Intermediate runners-up Down are represented by five players; Alannah Savage at left corner-back, captain Fionnuala Carr at right half-back, Paula Gribben in midfield, Niamh Mallon at right corner-forward and Sara-Louise Carr at full-forward. Both Fionnuala Carr and Niamh Mallon collected the fourth Soaring Stars Awards of their careers.
All-Ireland Premier Junior champions Dublin are represented by Deirdre Johntsone at left half-back and Caragh Dawson at right half-forward.
Tipperary’s Jenny Grace completes the 2018 Soaring Stars line-up at centre half-forward for her stellar performances in this year’s Intermediate Championship.
“The Camogie All-Stars Awards sponsored by Liberty Insurance recognise players that have thrilled us all during the 2018 Championships with their skill, athleticism, determination and commitment,” said Camogie Association President, Kathleen Woods.
“I wish to congratulate all of the players who have won an All-Stars Award or a Soaring Stars Award I congratulate you, it is indeed a wonderful achievement. Congratulations also to the 2018 Manager of the Year, Paudie Murray, which caps a remarkable achievement for him and his Cork sides who achieved an incredible Senior and Intermediate All-Ireland double this year.”
“I also wish to congratulate the Camogie Association/WGPA Players’ Player of the Year Award winners on their wonderful individual achievements in 2018. These awards are a recognition of their individual performances within their teams and a reflection of the esteem that they are held in by their fellow players who voted for this year’s recipients and it is this element that makes these particular awards so special.”
“I’d like to acknowledge our partners Liberty Insurance for their continued support of our game and our players.”
“Our heartfelt congratulations to all those who have won a much-sought after Camogie All-Stars or Soaring Stars Award, players who have helped to light up this year’s Championships,” added Deirdre Ashe for Liberty Insurance.
“To win one of these awards reflects their skill, commitment and athleticism though all nominees deserve recognition for their extraordinary performances throughout the season.”
“The players here in Citywest this evening, no less than those who featured in our ‘Camogie Made Me Ready for the Real World’ campaign are role models in their communities whose accomplishments will inspire girls and young women to participate and stay involved in sport for years to come.”
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