Gemma could get her 11th All-Star but Cork eclipsed by Cats in the nominations

Gemma could get her 11th All-Star but Cork eclipsed by Cats in the nominations
Cork's Gemma O'Connor and Meighan Farrell of Kilkenny. Picture: INPHO/Bryan Keane

GEMMA O'Connor is in line for her 11th All-Star but All-Ireland camogie champions Cork have received fewer nominations than their defeated rivals Kilkenny.

The Rebels, who won a record 28th title this year by the narrowest of margins, received 12 nominations, including three in midfield, where O’Connor is in the mix along with Julia White and Libby Coppinger.

Aoife Murray is a leading candidate to get the nod in goal, while Laura Treacy, Pamela Mackey, Hannah Looney and Chloe Sigerson are shortlisted in defence.

Up front Pamela’s twin sister Katrina is in contention, as well as Orla Cotter, Orla Cronin and Amy O’Connor.

Kilkenny have 14 players shortlisted, including eight defensive players who contributed to the Cats conceding a mere 1-57 across six games (an average of 10 points per game).

The dominance of the top-two counties leaves 19 nominations for the remaining counties, with losing semi-finalists Galway and Tipperary (five each) best of the rest.

There’s four for Waterford, three for Dublin and two for Offaly.

Dublin’s Premier Junior manager Shane Plowman joins Paudie Murray (Cork) and Angela Downey (Kilkenny) as the nominees for Manager of the Year.

CORK NOMINATIONS:

Goalkeeper: Aoife Murray.

Full-Back Line: Laura Treacy, Pamela Mackey.

Half-Back Line: Hannah Looney, Chloe Sigerson.

Midfield: Gemma O’Connor, Julia White, Libby Coppinger.

Half-Forward Line: Orla Cotter, Orla Cronin, Amy O’Connor.

Full-Forward Line: Katrina Mackey.

Manager of the Year 2018 sponsored by Liberty Insurance: Paudie Murray (Cork), Shane Plowman (Dublin), Ann Downey (Kilkenny).

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