Cork’s football captain and SportsNewsIreland columnist Amy O’Shea and Wexford’s camogie captain, Ursula Jacob, have been named as joint winners of The Irish Times / Irish Sports Council ‘Sportswoman of the Month’ for the month of September.
Inch Rovers ace attacker, O’Shea and Oulart-The-Ballagh star, Jacob shared a memorable month in the world of GAA, leading their respective teams to All-Ireland titles whilst playing a key role in these wins as representatives of their teams.
Inspirational Cork captain and PE teacher, Amy O’Shea, 28, made amends for Cork’s shock defeat to Tyrone in 2010, with the team bouncing back this year to win Cork’s sixth All Ireland title in seven years – regardless of Amy’s early exit from the pitch suffering her third cruciate knee ligament injury. “I said two rosaries when I came off – and it was nothing related to my knee”, she said, but Cork battled onwards resulting in the stalwart captain collecting the Brendan Martin Cup to complete yet another memorable season for herself and the Rebel County.
Similarly, Jacob, an All Star in 2010 and the highest scoring player in the 2011 Senior Camogie Championship, led her team to victory against Galway scoring 1-5 in the All Ireland final, earning player of the match.
With her farther, Mick, a former Wexford legend and brothers Michael and Rory long-serving intercounty hurlers, Ursula’s sporting heritage was evident as the Oulart-The-Ballagh star has led her county to back-to-back Championship titles
With 2011 All Star nominations for both women, no doubt they will be hoping to add to their trophy mantle in the race to win Sportswoman of the Year in December. For further details on the Sportswoman of the Year Awards visit www.irishtimes.com/events/sportswoman/.