Sunday 9 December 2018

Seven All-Stars for Dublin as Aherne takes top honour

Dublin players, from left, Lyndsey Davey, Sinéad Goldrick, Ciara Trant, Sinéad Aherne, Lauren Magee, Noelle Healy and Siobhán McGrath with their TG4 All Star awards at the CityWest Hotel on Saturday night. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Dublin players, from left, Lyndsey Davey, Sinéad Goldrick, Ciara Trant, Sinéad Aherne, Lauren Magee, Noelle Healy and Siobhán McGrath with their TG4 All Star awards at the CityWest Hotel on Saturday night. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Jackie Cahill

All-Ireland senior champions Dublin have been honoured with seven representatives on the 2018 TG4 Ladies Football All-Star team.

Dublin's haul is a county record on an All-Star selection - as the 2010 and 2016 selections each contained six Sky Blues.

The selection was revealed on Saturday night at the annual TG4 All-Star awards banquet, in association with Lidl, at the Citywest Hotel.

Captain Sinéad Aherne received a seventh All-Star and was also named 2018 TG4 Senior Players' Player of the Year. Aherne bagged 5-31 in the campaign and was the popular choice with fellow players to finally claim the individual award.

There was a sixth All-Star in seven years for right half-back Sinéad Goldrick, who will line out for Foxrock-Cabinteely in next Saturday's All-Ireland senior club final against Mourneabbey.

The Cork club had the O'Sullivan sisters - county captain, Ciara, and Doireann - included on the All-Star selection.

Aherne and Goldrick are joined on the 2018 list by Dublin team-mates Ciara Trant, Siobhán McGrath, Lauren Magee, Noelle Healy and Lyndsey Davey.

Trant wins an All-Star for a second successive year, while McGrath picks up her first gong since 2010.

Midfielder Magee is one of five first-time recipients, 2017 Senior Players' Player of the Year Healy wins her fourth All-Star, and a third in a row, while Davey is also honoured for the fourth time.

Trant, Healy, Aherne and Cork's Emma Spillane are the only survivors from the 2017 selection, as All-Ireland finalists Cork picked up four awards in total.

Ciara, now a four-time winner, and Doireann O'Sullivan, who collected her first, are joined on the team by Spillane and another first-time recipient, Róisín Phelan, at full-back.

The remainder of the team is made up of players from Donegal, Galway, Kerry and Tyrone.

Donegal's Treasa Doherty earns her first All-Star at right-corner-back, while Sinéad Burke, from Galway, is also named for the first time on the selection, at left corner-back.

Tyrone's Neamh Woods collects her second All-Star and first since 2008, at midfield. And there's a third award for Kerry sharpshooter and captain Sarah Houlihan.

 

2018 TG4 Ladies Football All-Star team:

1. Ciara Trant (Dublin) - 2nd award

2. Treasa Doherty (Donegal) - 1st award

3. Róisín Phelan (Cork) - 1st award

4. Sinéad Burke (Galway) - 1st award

5. Sinéad Goldrick (Dublin) - 6th award

6. Siobhán McGrath (Dublin) - 3rd award

7. Emma Spillane (Cork) - 2nd award

8. Neamh Woods (Tyrone) - 2nd award

9. Lauren Magee (Dublin) - 1st award

10. Ciara O'Sullivan (Cork) - 4th award

11. Noelle Healy (Dublin) - 4th award

12. Lyndsey Davey (Dublin) - 4th award

13. Sinéad Aherne (Dublin) - 7th award

14. Doireann O'Sullivan (Cork) - 1st award

15. Sarah Houlihan (Kerry) - 3rd award

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