One of the most influential positions on the pitch, we look at who got the nominations for the Midfield positions for our Camogie All-Stars, sponsored by Liberty Insurance.
Orlaith Duggan (Clare) – The Banner captain is one of the hardest working players in her side and this year she showed tremendous leadership in the youngest Clare team to take to the field for many a year. Her positivity and experience bring the best out of her teammates and she deservedly receives her first ever All-Stars nomination.
Orlaith Duggan (Clare) in action during this year's Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Championship
Ashling Thompson (Cork) – One of the most inspiring players both on and off the field, Thompson has been the perfect role model for camogie players all over the country. Her ability to control a match and lift her team up when they are down is instrumental to the success the Rebels have shared over the last number of years. This is her fourth All-Stars nomination in total, while she is also in the shortlist for the Player of the Year award.
Ashling Thompson (Cork) during the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Final 2017
Eimear McCarthy (Dublin) – The Naomh Unnison club player was the driving force behind the girls in blue this season and has rightfully earned her maiden All-Stars nomination. She has ability in abundance and continues to produce consistent performances, one of her best coming when Dublin overcame Wexford in the Liberty Insurance Senior Championship Quarter-Final. She will no doubt be a player for all teams to look out for next year.
Eimear McCarthy (Dublin) surrounded by Kilkenny players during their semi-final clash
Niamh Kilkenny (Galway) – Involved in the Galway set up for many years now Kilkenny is no stranger to All-Stars nominations having received consecutive nominations from 2007 – 2015, winning five awards. The former county captain has a wealth of experience and has been a crucial figure in the Galway dressing room. In the past Kilkenny has received nominations for the Player of the Year, proving her consistency is second to none.
Niamh Kilkenny (Galway)
Ann Marie Starr (Galway) – Her Galway teammates will feel she has lived up to her name this year as her performances were crucial in her team’s run to the All-Ireland Semi-Final. She has suffered many a heartbreak on the pitch, including two All-Ireland Finals with Galway and an All-Ireland Senior Club Championship final with Killmor as captain of the side. She has yet to win an All-Stars award, with this her second nomination.
Ann Marie Starr (Galway) tries to dispossess Tipperary's Mary Ryan
Meighan Farrell (Kilkenny) – Stepped in a family of camogie history Farrell is one of three sisters on the Kilkenny panel. At just 22 years of age she has an extremely talented future ahead of her having already won honours in almost everything – club, county and college level. Having picked up her first All-Stars award last year she will be looking to add another one to the collection, along with a colleges All-Stars award.
Meighan Farrell (Kilkenny) during the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Championship Final
The awards night takes place in the Citywest Hotel on November 4th. If you wish to purchase tickets for the Awards, then please complete and return a Ticket Order Form to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the Camogie Association on 01 8658658. Tickets are priced at €75 per person with corporate packages also available.