Sunday 25 March 2018

Dual star Corkery hailed for Cork league double

John Tarrant

CONSISTENCY surrounds the talented Briege Corkery whose faultless display for Cork helped secure 2013 National League titles in both camogie and ladies football. No matter the game, the Muskerry sports lady is always driving on relentlessly and inspiring colleagues to new honours.


On serving up performances to savour in both codes Briege has made an astonishing impact on over the past decade winning winning six All-Star awards and seven All-Ireland titles in ladies football. Equally, she has continued to perform spectacularly on the camogie fields collecting four All-Ireland camogie medals to add to her impressive collection.

Such dedication and merited Briege selection as monthly winner to the 96/C103 Cork GAA Sports Star of the Month Award at a presentation in the Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork. On doing so, Breige becomes only the fourth player to be honoured twice in the ten years of the awards; and joins Juliet Murphy, handballer Tony Healy and Niall McCarthy in the exclusive club.

Cork won the Camogie and Ladies Football Division 1 League titles and also captured the Munster Senior Camogie Championship with Breige a key player on both teams. She was also named on the Ladies Football team of the National League.

"It's a team game in both codes, you don't win unless playing colleagues around you are also on top," she said modestly. "It's far easier to come back each year after winning the previous season. The player are not only team colleagues but also great friends," she said.

The championship is underway, to date Cork performing well in camogie but incurring a setback to Kerry in football.

"The leagues are in the past, our thoughts are firmly on the championship where we must up the anti if Cork are to harbour hopes of outright honours. We have lost Juliet Murphy and Norita Kelly in football along with Gemma O'Connor in camogie, all huge players", she said.

The function was attended by family and friends along with County Camogie Board officers Marion McCarthy, Sile Golden and Mary Newman, Neilus Carroll and Kieran Keane of the County Ladies Football Board, camogie coach Paudie Murray and f6FM CEO Kieran McGeary and co-ordinator Finbarr McCarthy.