Waterford’s Beth Carton scooped the Division 1 Player of the League Award for the 2017 Littlewoods Ireland Camogie Leagues at the inaugural Camogie Association Player of the League Awards which were presented by Camogie Association President Catherine Neary in Croke Park on Friday, May 19th.
Carton’s fine performances for na Déise caught the eye of her opposition managers to see her top the nominations list ahead of a strong field made up of Kilkenny trio Anne Dalton, Denise Gaule and Miriam Walsh as well as Limerick star Niamh Mulcahy.
Karen Kielt was selected as the Division 2 winner following Derry’s run to the Division 2 Final where they were edged out by Cork on the day. The Oak Leaf County stalwart was instrumental in leading her side on this impressive run. She was selected from a list of nominees that included Cork’s Sarah Buckley, Down’s Niamh Mallon, Siobhán Hurley of Kildare and Laois star Sarah-Anne Fitzgerald.
Finally, Dublin’s Caragh Dawson was chosen as the winner for Division 3, capping a great start to 2017 for her in which her side also claimed the Division 3 title last month. She was selected for this award from a list of nominees that included Kerry’s Patrice Diggin and Shauna Fallon of Roscommon.
The awards, which were selected by opposition managers highlighted the outstanding performances of all of the nominees through the 2017 Littlewoods Ireland Camogie Leagues.
Speaking at the event Camogie Association President Catherine Neary said:
"The inaugural Camogie Association Player of the Leagues Awards acknowledge the top performers from this year’s Littlewoods Ireland Camogie Leagues.
All of the nominees here this evening have been highlighted for their outstanding performances by managers from opposing teams who they have faced this year. This recognition shows just how impressive they have been to garner the praise and recognition of their opponents.”
Camogie Association Player of the League Award – Littlewoods Ireland Camogie Leagues Division 1
Beth Carton (Waterford)
Camogie Association Player of the League Award – Littlewoods Ireland Camogie Leagues Division 2
Karen Kielt (Derry)
Camogie Association Player of the League Award – Littlewoods Ireland Camogie Leagues Division 3
Caragh Dawson (Dublin)