CORK ladies football captain Ciara O’Sullivan and back-to-back All-Ireland winning duo Sinéad Aherne and Lyndsey Davey, have been nominated for the 2018 TG4 senior Players’ Player of the year award.
The nominees were announced for the Player of the year awards in the senior, intermediate and junior grades earlier this week.
Two nominations for the Dublin camp comes as no surprise after they retained their All-Ireland title in Croke Park in September with a 3-11 to 1-12 win over Cork, and they also added a first-ever Division 1 Lidl Ladies National League crown to their cabinet earlier this year.
This is the third successive year that Dublin captain Aherne has been nominated for the award after a stellar couple of years in a blue jersey. The St Sylvester’s star was again in immense form this season, kicking a championship total of 5-31 and contributed 1-7 in her side’s victory over the Rebels in September.
Fellow attacker Davey also turned in a glittering display when the Dubs clinched their second consecutive senior title against Cork, Davey was previously nominated in 2015.
Teammate Noelle Healy claimed the accolade last December, but Cork fans will be hopeful the award will return Leeside once again, after last being won by a Cork player in 2016 when Brid Stack took home the honour.
It’s a first nomination for O’Sullivan, who will line out for Mourneabbey in their forthcoming All-Ireland Senior Club semi-final against Galway and Connacht champions Kilkerrin-Clonberne.
O’Sullivan has been in magnificent form for both club and county and is a very worthy nomination. The Mourneabbey star kicked 6-7 in this year’s championship while her leadership and work-rate throughout the summer was pivotal to Cork reaching their 12th All-Ireland final in 14 years.
After captaining Tyrone to TG4 All-Ireland Intermediate glory, while also claiming the Player of the Match award from the Final victory over Meath, Neamh Woods is nominated for the TG4 Intermediate Players’ Player of the Year.
Woods, who recently collected The Croke Park Player of the Month award for August, is joined on the shortlist by Tyrone team-mate Gemma Begley and Meath captain Niamh O’Sullivan.
There are two Limerick players in the running for the Junior Players’ Player of the Year award, with TG4 All-Ireland winning captain Cathy Mee and Final Player of the Match Rebecca Delee both nominated.
Mee proved an inspirational skipper for the Shannonsiders this year, while Delee scored two goals against London in the TG4 All-Ireland Junior semi-final and another brace in the Final victory against Louth.
Kate Flood, Louth’s 2018 Championship captain, is also nominated and she is a previous TG4 Junior Players’ Player of the Year award winner from 2015 The nominees in all three categories have all been selected by their fellow players, who could not vote for their own team-mates.
All three of the senior Players’ Player of the Year nominees are also in the running for prestigious TG4 All-Star awards, along with Tyrone skipper Woods.
The winners will be revealed at the 2018 TG4 All-Star Awards Banquet, in association with Lidl, which will be held at the Citywest Hotel on Saturday, December 1.
12 Cork players are up for All-Star awards following the 2018 championship season in which they regained the Munster title and contested their 12th All-Ireland final in 14 years.
Seven players received their first nomination including Mourneabbey teammates, Eimear Meaney and Maire O’Callaghan, Doheny’s Melissa Duggan, Fermoy’s Ashling Hutchings and Beara’s Aine O’Sullivan. Joining them are the O’Sullivan sisters Ciara and Doireann, along with Martina O’Brien, Roisin Phelan, Orla Finn, Eimear Scally and 2017 All-Star recipient, Emma Spillane.
TG4 Senior Players’ Player of the Year Award Nominees: Sinéad Aherne (Dublin). Lyndsey Davey (Dublin). Ciara O’Sullivan (Cork).