Tuesday 12 November 2019

Dublin defensive duo Goldrick and McGrath battle Galway's Louise Ward for Player of the Year award

Sinéad Goldrick of Dublin during the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Senior Football Championship Semi-Final match between Dublin and Cork at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Sinéad Goldrick of Dublin during the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Senior Football Championship Semi-Final match between Dublin and Cork at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Michael Verney

Michael Verney

Dublin's All-Ireland-winning duo Sinéad Goldrick and Siobhán McGrath have been nominated for the 2019 TG4 Ladies Football Player of the Year award alongside Galway’s Louise Ward.

Six-time All-Star Goldrick – who recently signed for AFLW side Melbourne FC and will relocate to Australia on a short-term basis in the coming months – scored a crucial goal in last month's All-Ireland final defeat of Galway as Mick Bohan's Dubs secured a famous three-in-a-row.

The tenacious defender was also nominated for Player of the Year in 2012 and will bid to go one better this time around against Sky Blues' team-mate McGrath, herself a three-time All-Star, and Galway star Ward.

Goldrick, who underwent hand surgery in recent weeks, and Ward are both preparing for huge club games this Sunday as they line out in provincial finals and they could meet at the All-Ireland stage.

Goldrick's Foxrock-Cabinteely are gunning for a fifth straight Leinster title when they tackle Laois side Sarsfields while Ward's Kilkerrin-Clonberne will aim to retain their Connacht crown against Roscommon's Kilbride, having already defeated Mayo powerhouse Carnacon.

The Tipperary duo of Aishling Moloney and Australia-bound dual star Orla O’Dwyer were nominated for TG4 Player of the Year award at intermediate level alongside Meath goalkeeper Monica McGuirk, having lifted All-Ireland honours last month.

At junior level, Louth’s All-Ireland winning captain Kate Flood could collect a third Player of the Year award at the TG4 All-Star Awards Banquet, which will be held at the Citywest Hotel on Saturday November 16.

Flood produced a Player of the Match display in their final victory but Fermanagh’s prolific young forward Eimear Smyth is also nominated after their run to the final, as is Hannah Noonan, a former Dublin player who enjoyed an excellent season for beaten All-Ireland semi-finalists London.

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