Champion Cats dominate camogie All-Star nominations

Champion Cats dominate camogie All-Star nominations
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All-Ireland champions Kilkenny and finalists Cork have dominated the Camogie All-Stars 2016 shortlist.

The Cats, who won their first All-Ireland title since 1994, received 15 nominations for this year’s awards.

Goalkeeper Emma Kavanagh, defenders Anne Dalton, Collette Dormer, Meighan Farrell, Jacqui Frisby, Edwina Keane, Claire Phelan and Davina Tobin are amongst the nominees for the Cats.

Anna Farrell and Miriam Walsh have both been nominated in midfield, whilst Shelly Farrell, Denise Gaule, Julie Ann Malone, Katie Power and captain Michelle Quilty are amongst the forwards.

Cork have received 10 nominations. Goalkeeper and 2016 Poc Fada winner Aoife Murray, defenders Rena Buckley, Pamela Mackey, Gemma O’Connor (who is seeking a 10th All-Star) and Laura Treacy are among the nominees.

The Rebels’ captain Ashling Thompson and Orla Cotter have both been nominated at midfield whilst Briege Corkery, Hannah Looney and Katrina Mackey and are amongst the forwards.

Tipperary have received five nominations, National League finalists Galway four with Offaly and Wexford earning four nominations also. The Wexford contingent includes Kate Kelly, who finished as the championship’s top scorer with a tally of 5-49. Clare, Limerick and Waterford received one nomination each.

Mark Brennan (Carlow), Paudie Murray (Cork) and Ann Downey (Kilkenny) are amongst the nominees for Manager of the Year, which will be announced on the night along with the 2016 All-Stars team.

“The Camogie All-Stars celebrate the outstanding skill, commitment, athleticism and sportsmanship of our players and it is important to acknowledge at a national level their contribution to our game and to provide them with the recognition they so richly deserve,” said Catherine Neary, President of the Camogie Association.

The nominees for the Intermediate Soaring Stars and Soaring Stars will be announced later this week.

Nominees for the Camogie Association/WGPA Senior, Intermediate and Junior Players’ Player of the Year Awards sponsored by Liberty Insurance will be announced in mid-October.

Camogie All-Stars 2016 nominations:

Goalkeepers - Aoife Murray (Cork), Emma Kavanagh (Kilkenny), Mags D’Arcy (Wexford).

Full-Back Line - Rena Buckley (Cork), Pamela Mackey (Cork), Laura Treacy (Cork), Sarah Dervan (Galway), Collette Dormer (Kilkenny), Jacqui Frisby (Kilkenny), Davina Tobin (Kilkenny), Jean Brady (Offaly), Aoife McGrath (Tipperary).

Half-Back Line - Gemma O’Connor (Cork), Rebecca Hennelly (Galway), Anne Dalton (Kilkenny), Meighan Farrell (Kilkenny), Edwina Keane (Kilkenny), Claire Phelan (Kilkenny), Siobhán Flannery (Offaly), Patricia Jackman (Waterford), Sarah O’Connor (Wexford).

Midfield - Orla Cotter (Cork), Ashling Thompson (Cork), Anna Farrell (Kilkenny), Miriam Walsh (Kilkenny), Teresa Ryan (Tipperary), Shelley Kehoe (Wexford).

Half-Forward Line - Hannah Looney (Cork), Niamh O’Dea (Clare), Aoife Donohue (Galway), Denise Gaule (Kilkenny), Julie Ann Malone (Kilkenny), Niamh Mulcahy (Limerick), Michaela Morkan (Offaly), Mary Ryan (Tipperary), Nicole Walsh (Tipperary).

Full-Forward Line - Briege Corkery (Cork), Katrina Mackey (Cork), Ailish O’Reilly (Galway), Shelly Farrell (Kilkenny), Katie Power (Kilkenny), Michelle Quilty (Kilkenny), Tina Hannon (Offaly), Orla O’Dwyer (Tipperary), Kate Kelly (Wexford).

Manager of the Year - Mark Brennan (Carlow), Paudie Murray (Cork), Ann Downey (Kilkenny).

The 13th annual All-Stars Awards banquet, sponsored by Liberty Insurance, will be held in Citywest Hotel on Saturday November 5. Tickets, priced at €75 per head, are available from the Camogie Association, tel 01-8658651.

PHOTO: Kilkenny senior All-Ireland-winning captain Michelle Quilty is in the running to earn an All-Star.