All the news from another great night out at the annual camogie awards.
Temperatures outside may have plummeted, but that didn’t stop our top camogie players from downing their sticks and donning their finery for a fun night out at the 2016 Camogie All-Stars Awards last Saturday, 5th November.
Just before the event kicked off at the Citywest Hotel, we were lucky enough to interview nominees Orla Cotter, Kate Kelly, Michelle Quilty, Jenny Clifford and Ciara Quirke in a Facebook Live Q&A. If you missed it, here it is again:
The night itself opened with some atmospheric Celtic drumming and dancing, which got hearts and nerves racing, and then we were straight into the gong-giving. Pre-dinner, the Junior and Intermediate Soaring Stars, Manager Of The Year and the Players’ Player awards were all announced. It was then down to Paddy Casey to keep us all entertained during dinner, and he didn’t disappoint.
Kilkenny’s Night To Remember
Unsurprisingly, it was All-Ireland Champions Kilkenny who dominated the evening, and it’s safe to say Denise Gaule had a pretty good night too. As well as her first All-Star award, the Kilkenny half-forward picked up the much-coveted Camogie Association/WGPA Players’ Player of the Year award. She was joined on the 2016 All-Stars team roster by teammates Emma Kavanagh, Collette Dormer, Anne Dalton, Meighan Farrell, Miriam Walsh, Julie Ann Malone and Michelle Quilty.
Galway’s Sarah Dervan, Rebecca Hennelly and Aoife Donohue all claimed a place and finalists Cork did equally as well with three spots going to Katrina Mackey, Pamela Mackey and Orla Cotter.
Finally after an outstanding year, which saw her finish as the Championship’s top scorer with an amazing tally of 5-49, Wexford full-forward Kate Kelly collected her ninth All-Stars Award. It was an incredible achievement that now sees her level with Gemma O’Connor at the top of the All-Stars Roll of Honour.
Top Cat takes top spot
Kilkenny’s Ann Downey was named as Manager of the Year after guiding the Cats to their first senior title in 22 years, a crowning achievement after having herself played in all 12 of Kilkenny’s previous All-Ireland wins.
2016 Intermediate Soaring Stars
• Linda Collins (Cork)
• Chloe Sigerson (Cork)
• Jenny Clifford (Kilkenny)
• Ciara Holden (Kilkenny)
• Aisling Burke (Laois)
• Jane Dolan (Meath)
2016 Intermediate Players’ Player of the Year: Ciara Holden (Kilkenny)
2016 Junior Soaring Stars:
• Ciara Donnelly (Armagh)
• Bernie Murray (Armagh)
• Eleanor Treacy (Carlow)
• Ciara Quirke (Carlow)
• Kelley Hopkins (Roscommon)
• Dinah Loughlin (Westmeath)
2016 Junior Players’ Player of the Year: Eleanor Treacy (Carlow)
Congratulations to all the winners and nominees. It was a great night, both for Irish sport and sportswomen, and we’re already looking forward to an exciting 2017 championship #SupportHerSport