Cork and Galway dominate 2015 Camogie All-Stars team
All-Ireland Champions Cork and finalists Galway dominated the 2015 All-Stars team sponsored by Liberty Insurance, taking seven places each on this year’s selection presented by special guest Brent Pope and Camogie Association President Catherine Neary at Citywest.
Gemma O’Connor of Cork also collected the inaugural Camogie Association/WGPA Senior Players’ Player of the Year award. Patricia Jackman of Waterford was the recipient of the Intermediate accolade while Kate Nolan of Carlow was chosen as the Junior Players’ Player of the Year. All three were selected from a shortlist as compiled by the WGPA after voting by inter-county players. The awards are sponsored by Liberty Insurance.
O’Connor collected her ninth All-Star award at centre-back while team-mate Aoife Murray was selected in goals; Pamela Mackey and Rena Buckley were named in defence; Cork captain Ashling Thompson was selected in midfield and Orla Cotter and Briege Corkery were named in the forward line.
Galway received seven awards. Defensive duo, Sarah Dervan and Heather Cooney, were named at full-back and corner-back respectively. Lorraine Ryan was selected at wing-back and Galway captain Niamh Kilkenny took a place at midfield.
Niamh McGrath was named at centre-forward while Molly Dunne and Ailish O’Reilly were named at full-forward and corner-forward. Wexford’s Kate Kelly completed the team at left-wing forward.
Cork manager Paudie Murray was named as the Liberty Insurance Manager of the Year after guiding his county to successive All-Ireland titles.
Speaking at the event Camogie Association President Catherine Neary said: “The Liberty Insurance Camogie All-Star awards are an important date in the camogie calendar. It provides us with the opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate our players and I congratulate all of our award winners.
"They have entertained us all during the 2015 season with their skill, athleticism, determination and commitment. To win an All-Star Award or a Soaring Star Award is a wonderful achievement for any player and I have no doubt the players would be the first to acknowledge the role of their teammates. Congratulations also to the 2015 Manager of the Year, Paudie .Murray of Cork.
"This year saw the introduction of the Camogie Association / WGPA Players’ Player of the Year award and we have three fantastic winners. This award is a reflection of the esteem that the winners are held in by their fellow players who voted on this year’s recipients.”
The 2015 All-Stars team sponsored by Liberty Insurance
Aoife Murray, Cork, Pamela Mackey, Cork, Sarah Dervan, Galway, Heather Cooney, Galway, Rena Buckley, Cork, Gemma O’Connor, Cork, Lorraine Ryan, Galway, Niamh Kilkenny, Galway, Ashling Thompson, Cork, Orla Cotter, Cork, Niamh McGrath, Galway, Kate Kelly, Wexford, Briege Corkery, Cork, Molly Dunne, Galway, Ailish O’Reilly, Galway.
2015 Intermediate Soaring Stars sponsored by Liberty Insurance
Susie O’Carroll, Kildare, Melissa Lyons, Kildare, Lorraine Bray, Waterford, Beth Carton, Waterford, Patricia Jackman, Waterford, Jane Dolan, Meath.
2015 Junior Soaring Stars sponsored by Liberty Insurance
Susan Spillane, Roscommon, Rachel Fitzmaurice, Roscommon, Laura-Marie Maher, Laois, Louise Mahony, Laois, Sarah-Anne Fitzgerald, Laois, Pamela Greville, Westmeath.
2015 Manager of the Year sponsored by Liberty Insurance
Paudie Murray, Cork
2015 Camogie Association/WGPA Players’ Player of the Year sponsored by Liberty Insurance
Senior Players’ Player of the Year: Gemma O’Connor, Cork
Intermediate Players’ Player of the Year: Patricia Jackman, Waterford
Junior Players’ Player of the Year: Kate Nolan, Carlow