Two Clare Camogie stars have been nominated for the PwC GPA Camogie Premier Junior Player of the Year.
Kilmaley’s Caoimhe Cahill has been nominated for the gong alongside Newmarket-on-Fergus’ Ellen Casey. The three-player shortlist is completed by Tipperary’s Jean Kelly.
Clare claimed the All Ireland Junior Camogie title when they defeated Tipperary in the final 3-7 to 1-9 last month. The victory was significant for Clare as they claimed their first title at this grade since 2008.
John Carmody’s charges endured a nervy start, falling to an early six-point deficit but they refused to panic as they gradually reeled in and overtook the Premier County. Cahill netted a crucial goal as Clare produced a stirring comeback on a day when the Kilmaley clubwoman received the Player of the Match award. Cahill also notched three points in her side’s 0-22 to 2-15 win against Armagh in the semi-final.
At centre back, Ellen Casey offered a physical presence throughout the campaign for Clare. She was the lynchpin at the heart of the Banner defence as Clare’s half-back line of Laura McMahon, Casey and Sinead O’Keeffe consistently gave their side the platform to launch attacks.
There are no nominees from the Clare senior side for the 2023 PwC Camogie All-Star Awards. Cork lead the way with an impressive 11 nominations. All Ireland finalists Waterford follows closely with nine nominations, while Galway have seen seven players shortlisted. Tipperary see six players nominated while three Kilkenny players have been recognised.
The 2023 PwC Soaring Stars and Manager of the Year winners will be announced on Monday, 25th September. The eagerly anticipated Awards Ceremony will take place at Croke Park on 4th November 2023.
Camogie Association Uachtarán Hilda Breslin said; “2023 has been an extraordinary year, showcasing exceptional talent and unwavering determination from all the players. I extend my heartfelt congratulations to those who have been chosen as nominees for the prestigious PwC Camogie All-Stars. Each of them has contributed immensely to the breathtaking display of our beloved game, making it an unforgettable journey from start to finish. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to our sponsors, PwC, for their unwavering support of the All-Stars Awards.”
“Every single nominee is truly deserving of their recognition, and I eagerly anticipate celebrating their achievements at the Awards evening in the iconic Croke Park. Furthermore, I would like to extend my congratulations to the numerous well-deserving nominees of the PwC GPA Camogie Player of the Year Awards across the Senior, Intermediate, and Premier Junior championships. These awards will be decided by their fellow players and highlight the profound respect each recipient holds among their peers, as well as their exceptional personal performance and dedication to the sport.”
To all the nominees, I wish you the best of luck in your pursuit of these prestigious titles. May your future endeavours continue to inspire and elevate the world of camogie.”