Tuesday 19 November 2019

Stars prepare to break new ground in Big Apple

Kilkenny camogie star Grace Walsh in Croke Park yesterday ahead of the Liberty Insurance All-Star tour to New York later this month. Photo: INPHO
Kilkenny camogie star Grace Walsh in Croke Park yesterday ahead of the Liberty Insurance All-Star tour to New York later this month. Photo: INPHO

Two teams comprising the country's top camogie stars will jet out to New York later this month as the sport goes 'on tour' to the Big Apple for the second Liberty Insurance Camogie All-Stars Tour.

This year's match will also break new ground by being the first camogie match to be live-streamed from outside of Ireland. The match will be broadcast on Liberty Insurance's Facebook page as the game truly goes international.

Recipients of All-Star awards from 2018 and 2019, as well as several nominees, will take off for the Big Apple on Thursday, November 21. They will play an exhibition match in Gaelic Park in the Bronx that Saturday, with throw-in taking place at 9pm Irish time (4pm local time).

The teams will include stars from seven counties including Cork's Amy O'Connor, Galway's Sarah Healy and Kilkenny's Grace Walsh who were all in attendance at yesterday's launch in Croke Park.

O'Connor collected her first All-Star this year as did goalkeeper Healy after a summer to remember for the Tribeswomen in which she starred between the posts in their All-Ireland final win. Walsh will represent the 2018 All-Stars having collected her first award last year.

The tour will also include several other stalwarts including Cork legend Aoife Murray who won her eighth All-Star in 2018, and Kilkenny's Anne Dalton, Player of the Year in 2018. Niamh Kilkenny, the current Player of the Year, will also take part.

Cathal Murray of Galway and Cork's Paudie Murray will manage the sides. Kildare's Ray Kelly, who refereed this year's senior All-Ireland final, will be the man in the middle.

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