A terrific trio of ladies sports stars claim Evening Echo awards

A terrific trio of ladies sports stars claim Evening Echo awards
Melissa Duggan, ladies football winner, and Ashling Thompson, camogie winner. Picture: Denis Minihane.

THREE brilliant Cork athletes were honoured as the second quarterly winners of the Evening Echo Ladies Sports Star awards.

The prestigious scheme, now in its 12th year, selected Melissa Duggan, Sanita Puspure and Ashling Thompson, for their achievements across April, May and June.

The talented trio were acknowledged at a function in The Ambassador, where Evening Echo sports editor John McHale paid tribute to their dedication and sporting excellence.

“Any athlete who is at the top of their game in Cork is almost invariably leading the way on the national and international stage. That’s exactly the case here with Melissa and Ashling keeping Cork teams ahead of the rest in Munster and setting them up to challenge for All-Irelands again. Sanita is one of the country’s leading rowers and has proven herself time and again against the best in the world.”

Sanita Puspure. Picture: John O'Shaughnessy
Sanita Puspure. Picture: John O'Shaughnessy

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

Dohenys dynamo Melissa Duggan 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 takes on Fiona Claffey of Westmeath. Picture: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Melissa Duggan takes on Fiona Claffey of Westmeath. Picture: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

The 22-year-old half-back, who started out as a camogie player in Enniskeane alongside her twin sister Michelle, is studying pharmacy in Dublin.

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

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.

For all her success to date, Thompson was delighted to get the opportunity to play a final in the revamped Páirc.

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

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