Wednesday 13 December 2017

McCloy to spearhead new All Star selection committee

Downey: Home advantage.
Downey: Home advantage.

This year's Gala All-Ireland championship sees the introduction of a brand new panel of All Star assessors.

A six-person committee headed by former Derry camogie star Maura McCloy has been entrusted with the task of selecting this year's crop of All Stars and Soaring Stars.

Established for a two-year term, the panel will be attending games around the country across all levels and selecting this year's top performers.

The selection of All Stars in any code is always an area of great debate for the spectating public and, in order to ensure transparency, the committee has established five key assessment points -- work rate, effectiveness, skill level, sportsmanship and role modelling.

Meanwhile, on the field of play, Kilkenny will put their unbeaten record on the line when they welcome Tipperary to Nowlan Park in the fourth round of the Gala All-Ireland championship tomorrow.

Tipperary kept their championship hopes alive with an easy victory over Clare last weekend but face a tougher test against one of the favourites for this year's title.

Anne Downey's young team have home advantage and with vital victories over Galway and champions Cork, they should take the points against Eoin Brislane's charges.

Irish Independent

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