AOIFE MURRAY: Arguably the best goalkeeper in the country over the past decade. Aoife’s inspirational athleticism, her bravery in advancing on attacking players, her pinpoint puck-outs and her penalty-taking capabilities, not to mention the control she kept of her square and the six players in front of her, were exceptional.
CATHY LANDERS: Led Cork to the All-Ireland title in 1983 and is the holder of four senior medals. A tough defender who never conceded an inch, she frequently played a sweeper’s role, cutting off many attackers’ routes to goal. Strong and determined, she brushed aside tackles.
GEMMA O’CONNOR: A brilliant defender and inspirational to all those around her, she is another of the game’s finest. Having lined out in various positions with Cork, without doubt in recent times she has been at home at the heart of defence. Gemma has it all — skill, passion, with a huge determination to win.
PAMELA MACKEY: One of Cork’s most consistent defenders over the past decade. A player whose work- rate, talent, and calm demeanour on the pitch is never found wanting, particularly when the pressure is on. Her speed, deceptive strength, and attacking attributes often turn defence into attack for her team.