Tuesday 24 October 2017

Cork claim five All Stars


All-Ireland finalists Cork and Monaghan claimed nine ladies' All Stars between them with five and four awards respectively.

Deirdre O'Reilly and Briege Corkery earned their selection in defence, with Juliet Murphy capping off a fine year returning from her retirement with an All Star in midfield.

All-Ireland goalscoring hero Valerie Mulcahy was selected at corner-forward for her fourth All Star.

Cora Staunton collected her ninth All Star at full-forward and was joined by fellow Mayo star Yvonne Byrne in goal, who received her first award.

Geraldine O'Flynn was rewarded on the double as the Portlaoise-based teacher was selected at left half-back but also claimed the Players' Player of the Year Award.

The All Stars will travel to Hong Kong when they begin their tour next March.

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MULLINAVAT had to endure a nervy finish to beat St Ibars/Shelmaliers 3-12 to 3-10 and claim their first Leinster title.

With 12 minutes of normal time to go and 10 points clear, Mullinavat were coasting home. Or so it seemed.

But Wexford teams are renowned for their never-say-die spirit.

Deirdre McMahon began to fightback with a great point, followed by goals from Katrina Parrock and Michelle Murphy to leave just three points between the sides.

But Mullinavat showed superb resilience when needed most.

A wonderful display by centre-back Elaine Aylward began the move that led to Michelle Quilty setting up Rebecca Haberlin for a crucial goal.

St Ibars weren't finished, however, and with four minutes left, Michelle Hearne got on the end of another centre to palm to the net.

The crowd responded as both sides chased the clinching score.

Mistakes were made on both sides but Mullinavat made the fewer and player of the match Julie-Ann Malone knocked over a great point to be followed by another from Quilty.

Still there was a kick left in St Ibars and they still managed to fire home two points before the clock and the Kilkenny side beat them.

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