Thursday 22 March 2018

Cork duo up for top award

ladies football

The nominations for the inaugural O'Neills/TG4 Ladies Football 'Players' Player of the Year' awards were announced in Croke Park yesterday.

All six counties that contested the All-Ireland finals are represented, along with Leitrim, across the junior, intermediate and senior categories.

The Senior award is between Monaghan's Sharon Courtney and the Cork duo of Juliet Murphy and Briege Corkery.

Full-back Courtney was immense for Monaghan during 2011 in both league and championship, while Murphy produced massive performances throughout the campaign and Corkery collected her sixth All-Ireland medal in September.

The winners will be announced at the All Star banquet on November 12.

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YMCA entertain Annadale in the Irish League on Saturday desperate to end their goal drought.

The Dubliners have scored just once in their last three outings in a run of defeats which began in the cup at the Belfast home of their weekend opponents.

"We have had lots of possession but no goals," said assistant coach Stephen Barry.

"It feels as though we just need one game where it is going to click."

Meanwhile, Glenanne travel north for their tilt at Instonians without star defender Joe Brennan and attacker Clive Kennedy.

However, they expect to have leading scorer Gary Shaw back in action in attack.


KEVIN O'BRIEN will be in charge when Ireland's first campaign at the Hong Kong Sixes begins tomorrow morning with group matches against Bangladesh and Australia.

Coach and manager Phil Simmons is expecting The Hills paceman Max Sorensen to make an impact on his international debut, while Paul Stirling, Niall O'Brien, Alex Cusack, George Dockrell and John Mooney complete his seven-man squad.

The winners of Sunday's Grand Final will fly home with a cheque for $50,000.

Irish Independent

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