Camogie: Wexford dominate All Star awards

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Updated: November 7, 2010

All Ireland champions Wexford dominate this, the 7th year of the Camogie Association’s All Stars awards in association with O’Neills, with eight of the All Ireland winning squad named in the side; finalists Galway take five positions while Kilkenny and Cork share one a piece.

President Mary McAleese presented the recipients with their awards at a gala banquet at City West hotel tonight .

Winning captain Una Leacy and sister Mary both collected awards; veteran attacker Kate Kelly picked up her fourth accolade while Katrina Parrock, Player of the Match in the Gala All Ireland final received her first award.

Galway sisters, Niamh and Orla Kilkenny collected their first awards at corner back and midfield respectively. Wing forward Brenda Hanney and joint championship top scorer Aislinn Connolly were also honoured.

Cork wing-back Anna Geary collected her county’s sole All Star while Anne Dalton, Kilkenny is named in midfield for the second consecutive year.Cork’s Gemma O’Connor holds the record having previously won 6 consecutive awards whilst sisters Claire and Ciara O’Connor both won awards in their respective grades,this time round.

Joachim Kelly was honoured with the Manager of the Year accolade. The former Offaly hurler guided his county to three All Ireland finals in two years, securing the Gala Premier Junior crown and most recently the Gala Intermediate title.

Galway’s Laura Mitchell was named as the O’ Neills Camogie Young Player of the Year. It tops off a wonderful season for the Killimordaly club woman who won a Minor All Ireland earlier in the season. Good to see Antrim gain five soaring stars awards whilst four went to Waterford including one to Shona Curran,who only last week captained Lismore to victory in the Munster Intermediate Club championship final. Both teams who promise much for the future.

Speaking at the awards President Joan O’Flynn: “Congratulations to all of this year’s nominees and award winners. It is a fantastic honour to receive an All Star award but also to be nominated. The All Star awards are a prestigious individual accolade and cherished amongst players. They reward consistent displays throughout the season which are rich with talent, commitment and limitless skills.

We are delighted that we are now in our second Year of the Soaring Stars while it is the Inaugural Year of the Intermediate Soaring Stars. The 2010 All Star, Soaring Star and Intermediate Soaring Stars teams are a wonderful exponent for the game of camogie.”

2010 Camogie All Star Team

Goalkeeper

Mags D’Arcy, Wexford

Backs

Claire O’Connor, Wexford

Catherine O’Loughlin, Wexford

Niamh Kilkenny, Galway

Regina Glynn, Galway

Mary Leacy, Wexford

Anna Geary, Cork

Midfield

Orla Kilkenny, Galway

Anne Dalton, Kilkenny

Forwards

Kate Kelly, Wexford

Una Leacy, Wexford

Brenda Hanney, Galway

Katrina Parrock, Wexford

Ursula Jacob, Wexford

Aislinn, Connolly, Galway

O’Neills Manager of the Year

Joachim Kelly, Offaly

Camogie Young Player of the Year

Laura Mitchell, Galway

2010 Camogie Soaring Stars Team

Goalkeeper

Caroline Connaughton (Roscommon)

Backs

Rhona Torney (Antrim)

Shona Curran (Waterford)

Regina Gorman (Kildare)

Fionnuala Carr (Down)

Patricia Jackman (Waterford)

Jennie Simpson (Waterford)

Midfield

Bernie Murray (Armagh)

Kerrie O’Neill (Antrim)

Forwards

Michaela Convery (Antrim)

Áine Lyng (Waterford)

Shannon Graham (Antrim)

Sarah Anne Fitzgerald (Laois)

Jane Adams (Antrim)

Jane Dolan (Meath)

Intermediate Soaring Stars 2010

Elaine Dermody (Offaly)

Michaela Morkan (Offaly)

Ciara O’Connor (Wexford)

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