Antrim trio in contention for camogie award

THERE will be definitely be an Antrim camogie  Player of the Year after three of their All-Ireland Junior Championship winning side have been shortlisted for the award.

Dervla Cosgrove scored four goals in their pulsating fine win over Armagh and she is joined by goalkeeper Aine Graham and and Emma Laverty.

Joint managers Mark ‘Duck’ McFadden and Brian Kearney have also been shortlisted for Manager of the Year.

The shortlists for the awards across  the senior, intermediate and premier junior grades were announced on Tuesday.

These awards are voted for by the GPA’s camogie playing membership  and recognise the outstanding individual performers over the course of
the season.

Miriam Walsh was outstanding as Kilkenny captured the O’Duffy Cup for  the 15th time overall and the second time in three years defeating Cork
in the decider.  They were pushed all the way in that final by Cork.

Katrina Mackey’s  performances earn her a place on the shortlist. And they are joined by Waterford’s Lorraine Bray who was instrumental
in her side reaching a first All-Ireland semi-final since way back in 1959.

Cork are also in with a shout of winning the intermediate award with  Joanne Casey nominated alongside Galway pair Lisa Casserly and Niamh

In the premier junior grade, an Antrim player will definitely pick up the  honour. Teammates Dervla Cosgrove, Aine Graham and Emma Laverty
are the three players in contention.

Speaking to mark the announcement of the three shortlists, Camogie  Association Uachtarán Hilda Breslin said; “I wish to congratulate the
many deserving nominees of the PwC GPA Camogie Player of the Year  Award.

“The recipients of these awards will be decided by their fellow  players and highlights the respect each recipient is held in by their peers
along with their own personal performance and dedication to the sport.  Best of luck to all nominees and I look forward to finding out the winner
on our Awards evening in Croke Park in November.”

The winners of the PwC GPA Camogie Players of the Year in all three  grades will be announced at the PwC Camogie All-Stars on Saturday, November
26 at Croke Park.


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