The nominees for the 2011 O’Neill’s Camogie All-Stars have been announced and as expected, All-Ireland champions, Wexford feature very prominently. The Slaney-siders have 13 players nominated in total as have the All-Ireland runners-up Galway.
Elsewhere, the semi-final runners-up, Kilkenny have seven and Cork have six. Clare come next with 3, Offaly have 2 while Tipperary complete the 45 nominees with Jill Horan being their only nominee.
The All-Stars will be announced at the by now traditional gala banquet at the City West hotel on Saturday November 5th.
There is no surprise that Wexford captain, Ursula Jacob, the scorer of a great goal in the All-Ireland final is nominated for what would be her second all star in a row.
Other recipients from last year to be nominated again include Mags D’Arcy, Claire O’Connor, Niamh Kilkenny, Mary Leacy, Anna Geary, Ann Dalton, Kate Kelly, Una Leacy, Brenda Hanney and Katrina Parrock.
Other notable nominees include the Offaly duo of Michaela Morkan and Elaine Dermody who were competing in the senior championship for the very first time following their Intermediate success in 2010.
The President of the Camogie Association, Joan O’Flynn had this to say about the nominations; “This year’s All Ireland Camogie championship in association with RTÉ Sport has been of top quality with eight teams vying for the honour of champions. It has been a season, which will live long in the memory, marked by remarkable collective and individual displays on the field of play.
The All Star awards recognise the magnificent contribution of players during the course of the season, from the closing stages of the league right through to the All Ireland final. The awards reward players for their outstanding displays of skill, athleticism and fair play during a highly competitive and demanding inter-county season. I am delighted this particular group of players will be afforded national recognition for their sporting achievements and I look forward to the announcement of the 2011 All Star team on Saturday, November 5th.”
The nominees in full are;
Mags D’Arcy (Wexford)
Susan Earner (Galway)
Aoife Murray (Cork)
Therese Manton (Galway), Claire O’Connor (Wexford), Collette Dormer (Kilkenny)
Catherine O’Loughlin (Wexford), Sinéad Cahalan (Galway), Siobhán Lafferty (Clare)
Lorraine Ryan (Galway), Jacqui Frisby (Kilkenny), Pamela Mackey (Cork)
Elaine Aylward (Kilkenny), Noeleen Lambert (Wexford), Ann Marie Hayes (Galway)
Therese Maher (Galway), Mary Leacy (Wexford), Michaela Morkan (Offaly)
Anna Geary (Cork), Aisling Dunphy (Kilkenny), Aoife O’Connor (Wexford)
Niamh Kilkenny (Galway), Jill Horan (Tipperary), Fiona Lafferty (Clare)
Ann Dalton (Kilkenny), Josie Dwyer (Wexford), Ann Marie Starr (Galway)
Kate Kelly (Wexford), Aoife Neary (Kilkenny), Lenny Holohan (Wexford)
Una Leacy (Wexford), Martina Conroy (Galway), Elaine Dermody (Offaly)
Michelle O’Leary (Wexford), Jennifer O’Leary (Cork), Aislinn Connolly (Galway)
Michelle Quilty (Kilkenny), Claire McMahon (Clare), Tara Ruttledge (Galway)
Ursula Jacob (Wexford), Brenda Hanney (Galway), Síle Burns (Cork)
Katrina Parrock (Wexford), Katriona Mackey (Cork), Veronica Curtin (Galway)