The Evening Echo sports awards will feature the best female athletes on Leeside

The Evening Echo sports awards will feature the best female athletes on Leeside
Lizzie Lee running for Ireland. Picture: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

THIS Friday, the Ladies Sports Star of the Year award winner will be announced in the Ambassador Hotel.

A total of 13 terrific Leeside competitors were honoured last year by the Evening Echo awards scheme and every one of them has a strong case for overall glory.

Phil Healy, athletics: Healy has set personal bests in the 200-metre and 400-metre events since a move to train and attend college in Waterford. After excelling in the European Indoor meet, her favourite discipline is the Outdoor Championships.

Phil Healy. Picture: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Phil Healy. Picture: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Margaret Cremen, rowing: She is another Cork rower who is combining local and international achievement. Cremen captured the Cork Sculling Ladder for three years in a row, as well as medalling for her country.

Margaret Cremen, Lee RC and Lydia Heaphy, Skibbereen RC. Picture: David Keane.
Margaret Cremen, Lee RC and Lydia Heaphy, Skibbereen RC. Picture: David Keane.

Nathalie O’Brien, soccer: This soccer ace was an FAI Cup winner with Cork City Women’s FC last season and represented Ireland with distinction in 2018.

Nathalie O'Brien. Picture: Doug Minihane
Nathalie O'Brien. Picture: Doug Minihane

Ashling Thompson, camogie: Thompson drove Cork to another Munster senior camogie title at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

She’s the most recognisable camogie player in the country, down to her unique style and exploits for Milford and the Rebels, as well as her role as an advocate for positive mental health.

Ashling Thompson scores a point. Picture: INPHO/Dan Sheridan
Ashling Thompson scores a point. Picture: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Melissa Duggan, ladies football: The Dohenys dynamo was the Player of the Match when Cork defeated Kerry in the Munster final at CIT, after nailing down a place at senior level with the ladies footballers since being called up in 2016.

Melissa Duggan. Picture: Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Melissa Duggan. Picture: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Sanita Puspure, rowing: It was second occasion rower Puspure, who is based in Ballincollig and trains at the National Rowing Centre nearby, won an Evening Echo award. Recently she collected a silver medal at World Cup I in Belgrade and will be a leading contender come the next Olympics.

Gold medalist Sanita Puspure. Picture: AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic
Gold medalist Sanita Puspure. Picture: AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic

Saoirse McCarthy, camogie: Cork won the minor, intermediate and senior camogie All-Irelands this season and Saoirse McCarthy was involved in all three, as well as picking up Player of the Match in the minor and intermediate deciders. For good measure, she won a soccer league title underage with Wilton.

Saoirse McCarthy. Picture: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Saoirse McCarthy. Picture: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Leanne Murphy, boxing: The Togher boxing club youngster was selected after landing two All-Ireland titles and beating England in her first international appearance in England.

Leanne Murphy. Picture: George Hatchell
Leanne Murphy. Picture: George Hatchell

Laura Lynch, soccer: The Wilton player was the key performer when the southsiders captured the FAI Intermediate Cup.

Wilton United's Laura Lynch scores with a superb strike. Picture: David Keane.
Wilton United's Laura Lynch scores with a superb strike. Picture: David Keane.

Yvonne O’Byrne and Roisin Upton, hockey: This talented duo played their part for the Irish side that upset the odds by reaching the World Cup final 

Ireland hockey team players and World Cup silver medalists, Yvonne O'Byrne and Roisin Upton. Picture: David Keane.
Ireland hockey team players and World Cup silver medalists, Yvonne O'Byrne and Roisin Upton. Picture: David Keane.

Doireann O'Sullivan, ladies football: One of a talented group of sisters from Mourneabbey, the brilliant forward was in the form of her life in 2018, especially in firing her club to a first senior All-Ireland.

Mourneabbey's Doireann O'Sullivan. Picture: INPHO/Laszlo Geczo
Mourneabbey's Doireann O'Sullivan. Picture: INPHO/Laszlo Geczo

Lizzie Lee, athletics: A previous overall winner of the Evening Echo award and maintained her impeccably high standards last year. Highlights included crossing the line first in the Dublin Mini Marathon and capturing the national women's marathon title and finishing third overall.

Lizzie Lee. Picture: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Lizzie Lee. Picture: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

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