KILKENNY senior hurling manager Brian Cody will be the guest of honour at Camogie All-Stars this weekend.
All-Ireland and National League champions Wexford and Galway, finalists in both competitions, lead the way with 13 nominees each at the awards night, which will be held at the City West Hotel, Dublin on Saturday.
Kilkenny have been rewarded with seven nominations. Defenders Jacqui Frisby, Collette Dormer, this year’s captain Elaine Aylward and Aisling Dunphy are included, along with the twice all-star duo of Anne Dalton in midfield and Aoife Neary in attack.
Kilkenny’s most likely All-Star recipient this year is their championship top scorer Michelle Quilty.
The Slieverue native scored 5-26 in the championship, and she really came of age in 2011 where she blossomed into one of the country’s top forwards.
Meanwhile, the camogie league and championship draws for 2012 have been announced.
The senior championship has gone back to the format of 2009, where the eight teams will compete in groups of four. Kilkenny have been drawn with champions Wexford, Clare and Offaly.
The winning team in both groups will qualify directly for the semi-finals, while the runners-up team in both groups will go into a new look quarter-final draw where two matches will be played.
In the intermediate Championship Kilkenny have been grouped with Cork, Galway, Wexford and Tipperary.
For the National Leagues Kilkenny have been drawn with Galway, Tipperary and Offaly in a tough group.
The top teams from the two groups qualify for the semi-finals.
The Kilkenny intermediates have been drawn with Cork, Tipperary, Down and Meath in Division Two, where similar to previous years, the winners in both sections will qualify for the league final.
Kilkenny minors will begin their championship campaign at home to Galway. If successful they will receive a bye into the semi-final.
The under-16s who were agonisingly unfortunate to lose the All-Ireland by a point to Tipperary, have been drawn with the defending All-Ireland champions as well as Cork and Limerick in the 2012 championship.
Kilkenny will need a top two placing to secure a semi-final spot.
The Rower-Inistioge camogie club will hold a special celebration night in the parish community centre on Friday.
The intermediate team, captained by Lizzie Lyng, won the league title last season. They are just one of six winning teams who will presented with their medals on Friday.
The under-21 team will also receive their medals from the long-awaited under-21 county final on Friday.
Also, receiving medals are the respective under-16 teams that won championship titles in 2008 and 2009, and the minor teams that won in 2009 and also the successful seven a-side minor winning team from August.