The winners for the highly anticipated 2023 PwC Camogie Soaring Star Awards have been revealed, to acknowledge the outstanding performance and commitment of players throughout the 2023 Glen Dimplex All-Ireland Intermediate and Premier Junior Championship season and the Very National League Final. The 2023 PwC Camogie Manager of the Year has also been announced.
Leading the way is the remarkable 2023 All-Ireland Intermediate Champions Derry, who drew in the final against Meath in Croke Park, but ultimately took the crown by 9 points in a thrilling replay. Derry has won an impressive eight Soaring Stars, which will be celebrated at the eagerly anticipated PwC All-Stars Awards Ceremony in Croke Park on 4th November.
All-Ireland Intermediate Championship finalists Meath follow with four winners, Clare with two wins and Tipperary claiming one Soaring Star.
The eight deserving Derry Players chosen for the 2023 PwC Camogie Soaring Stars team are:
- Niamh Gribbin Goalie
- Niamh Quinn Corner Back
- Lauren McKenna Half Back
- Aoife Ní Chaiside Centre Back
- Dervla O’Kane Midfield
- Mairead McNicholl Half Forward
- Aine McAllister Centre Forward
- Aoife Shaw Corner Forward
The talented players recognised for their exceptional contributions from Meath are:
- Claire Coffey Full Back
- Sophia Payne Corner Back
- Aoife Minogue Mid Field
- Amy Gaffney Half Forward
Clare’s Players who take their place on the 2023 PwC Camogie Soaring Stars team are:
- Ellen Casey Half Back
- Caoimhe Cahill Full Forward
Finally, Tipperary complete the team and have received a place as Corner Forward:
- Jean Kelly Corner Forward
Matthew Twomey was announced as the 2023 PwC Manager of the Year, recognising his outstanding leadership and achievements for the Cork Camogie Team. Appointed as Cork Camogie’s Senior Team Manager in 2021, Twomey saw two All-Ireland final defeats to Kilkenny and Galway, however, remained resolute and determined to lead his team to success in 2023. In his final game as Manager of The Rebels, Cork celebrated their triumphant return to glory after a five-year hiatus, capturing the All-Ireland title and reclaiming their position as a dominant force in camogie. Matthew stepped down from his role in September 2023.
Camogie Association Uachtarán Hilda Breslin said; I would like to congratulate all the Soaring Stars winners from our Premier Junior and Intermediate Championship, which are compiled by a dedicated All-Star Nomination Committee, to celebrate the high performance and commitment of these extraordinary players. The winners highlight the exceptional skill and talent displayed throughout the season for all to enjoy. The awards recognise excellence, dedication, and sportsmanship within our game.
Sincere congratulations to Matthew Twomey on his outstanding achievements and for being an exemplary figure as Manager of the Cork Camogie team. His ability to inspire and motivate his team, coupled with his unwavering commitment, truly sets him apart as a deserving winner of the PwC Camogie Manager of the Year. I would like to wish Matthew the very best in his future endeavours.
We extend our thanks to our wonderful sponsors PwC for their invaluable support for our All-Star Awards and I look forward to a wonderful night of celebrations in Croke Park on November 4th.
Enda McDonagh, Managing Partner, PwC, said; “On behalf of everyone at PwC, sincere congratulations to all the winners of the 2023 PwC Camogie Soaring Stars. Their high performance throughout the season see them as truly deserving winners. The commitment, dedication and teamwork they demonstrate, while also inspiring future generations, is to be applauded. At PwC we are proud to celebrate high performance both on and off the field.
Congratulations also to the Manager of the Year winner, Matthew Twomey of Cork, for leading his team to All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship success this year.”
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2023 PwC Camogie Soaring Star Winners:
- Niamh Gribbin, Derry – Goalie
- Niamh Quinn, Derry – Corner Back
- Claire Coffey, Meath – Full Back
- Sophia Payne, Meath – Corner Back
- Lauren McKenna, Derry – Half Back
- Aoife Ní Chaiside, Derry – Centre Back
- Ellen Casey, Clare – Half Back
- Dervla O’Kane, Derry – Midfield
- Aoife Minogue, Meath – Midfield
- Mairead McNicholl, Derry – Half Forward
- Aine McAllister, Derry – Centre Forward
- Amy Gaffney, Meath – Half Forward
- Aoife Shaw, Derry – Corner Forward
- Caoimhe Cahill, Clare – Full Forward
- Jean Kelly, Tipperary – Corner Forward