Less than a week remains until the inaugural Liberty Insurance Camogie All-Stars Teams travel to Madrid, Spain. The squads leave on Wednesday November 29th and will return on Saturday December 2nd.
The 2016 and 2017 Senior All-Stars winners and nominees will go head-to-head in an exhibition match in XV Hortaleza Rugby Club, Madrid on Thursday November 30th. Read about the players representing the 2017 team below.
2017 All-Stars Team:
2017 Manager of the Year Paudie Murray takes charge of this highly talented squad, with representations from five different county teams.
Aoife Murray (Cork) – The Rebels shot stopper won her seventh All-Stars award earlier this month after helping her side to All-Ireland glory in September. The Cloughduv club member played in League, provincial and All-Ireland finals in 2017.
Tara Kenny (Galway) – Despite not claiming an All-Stars award, the Sarsfields player can be very proud of her efforts this year after she received her maiden All-Stars nomination. Kenny will be one of three Galway players representing the 2017 All-Stars panel.
Catherine Foley (Kilkenny) – Not many players can say they won their first All-Stars award after their first nomination but Foley can say those exact words after adding her first award to her Soaring Star that she received back in 2014. Foley won League and Leinster titles for the Cats and the Purcell Cup with her college D.I.T. this year.
Laura Treacy (Cork) – The Killeagh corner back claimed her second All-Ireland title in September and after a fourth consecutive All-Stars nominations, she went one step further and claimed her first All-Stars award for her efforts this year.
Gemma O’Connor (Cork) – After securing her eighth All-Ireland title in September the soldier from St. Finbarrs added her 10th All-Stars award to the collection, making history for the most All-Stars awards in Camogie history.
Máire McGrath (Clare) – The Banner county player already has a coveted award to her name and despite not claiming another this year, her solid performances in the Clare rear guard merited a place on the trip.
Eimear O’Sullivan (Cork) – The Rebel half-back has experience in abundance after walking the steps of the Hogan Stand for the fifth time this year. The Ballinhassig club player secured her second All-Stars award this year.
Meighan Farrell (Kilkenny) – The 22-year-old showed excellent maturity throughout her performances in the middle of the pitch for Kilkenny and deservingly added her second consecutive All-Stars award this year.
Ashling Thompson (Cork) – The 2017 Player of the Year nominee won her second All-Stars award earlier this month after some dominant performances in the Rebel midfield this year. Thompson is one of a number of Cork players making the trip to Madrid.
Chloe Morey (Clare) – The Sixmilebridge sharpshooter was in lethal form this season and is one of the most clinical scorers travelling to Madrid. Despite not winning an All-Stars award this year Morey does have one award to her name, claiming the award back in 2013.
Katie Power (Kilkenny) – One of many stars in attack for the Cats this year Power is a dominant force in the half-forward line. Her precision and accuracy is second to none which is why she claimed her third All-Stars award this year.
Amy O’Connor (Cork) – The multitalented athlete produced many fine performances in a very strong Rebel attack this season. The 21-year-old from St. Vincents is still waiting for her first All-Stars award, however with talent in abundance it is unlikely she will be waiting too many years to set that right.
Ailish O’Reilly (Galway) – The full-forward from Oranmore/Maree led the scoring charts throughout the Liberty Insurance Senior Championship and was recognised for her excellent displays by receiving her third All-Stars award earlier this month.
Aisling Maher (Dublin) – Another young player with a wealth of experience Maher produced many effective performances for the Dubs this year. She claimed her first All-Stars award to merit those performances and was the only Dublin player to win an award this year.
Aoife Donohue (Galway) – A second Galway ace making the 2017 team, Donohue won her second All-Stars award for her contributions this year. The Mullagh player was lethal from both open play and placed balls this season and was ever reliable for her team.
Full details regarding the Liberty Insurance Camogie All-Stars Tour can be found here.