We had great centre-back nominees, but one player stood tall. Gemma O’Connor is a brilliant defender and a true leader, consistently breaking up attacks, winning possession and dazzlingly distributing.
Picking Linda Mellerick for one of the midfield berths was a no-brainer for me and was a player the sports editor insisted had to be in the team even, though she was involved in picking the team.
Her consistent top-drawer performances for Cork over the years with her rangy style, her coolness under pressure and undeniable mental strength with frees from difficult angles in high pressure games, sees her take the position.
At centre-forward is Fiona O’Driscoll. Her ability to read the game and find open space was brilliant. A top-class hurler, her 3-2 in the 2002 All-Ireland final victory will live long in the memory.
You held your breath with anticipation once Jenny had the ball.
Before that, without the props we have today, Tom Nott was a fantastic man to analyse and read a game.