The date is set for the sixth Rearden's Club All-Stars, which will include camogie and ladies football teams for the first time

The date is set for the sixth Rearden's Club All-Stars, which will include camogie and ladies football teams for the first time
Joanne Casey, Inniscarra, strikes from Leanne O'Sullivan, Glen Rovers, in the camogie final this season. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

THE sixth annual Rearden's Club All-Stars will be held on Wednesday, December 6.

This year, awards will be given out to four teams – hurling, football, camogie and ladies football – which is an expansion of the popular scheme.

It was initiated in 2012 to reward senior players on the hurling and football front for their excellence in club colours. 

As well as the 30 male and 30 female players picked for All-Stars next month, Players of the Year will be given out in the four major competitions, including camogie and ladies football which has been the case since its inception.

Rearden's general manager Michael O'Sullivan said the organisers are delighted to incorporate camogie and ladies football All-Stars for the first time.

Mourneabbey's Doireann O’Sullivan in action. Picture: Patrick Browne
Mourneabbey's Doireann O’Sullivan in action. Picture: Patrick Browne

“The Rearden's All-Stars have become a big part of the season for club hurlers and footballers and it's great that we’ll be able to do the same for ladies football and camogie,” he said. 

“Cork have had outstanding success in ladies football for a long time and the camogie team won a great All-Ireland against Kilkenny last month, their third in four years. 

"The Rebels have really been leading the way.

“It means the standard of club games are higher than ever and those players deserve to be acknowledged too.

“It will be a special night for everyone involved and I know the judges always work hard reflecting on the season so the stars of the club scene, even if they might not have got the chance to play for Cork, get the recognition they deserve.” 

Prizes were already bestowed to the best performers in the semi-finals in hurling and football and the Players of the Match for the finals. They went to St Finbarr's Robert O'Mahony, Nemo Rangers' Jack Horgan, Imokilly's Brian Lawton and Ger Millerick.

Paul Montgomery and Michael O'Sullivan present the Player of the Match trophy to Ger Millerick, Imokilly. Picture: Jim Coughlan.
Paul Montgomery and Michael O'Sullivan present the Player of the Match trophy to Ger Millerick, Imokilly. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

A panel of local journalists will selector the All-Stars 15s in the four categories. get special statues from Reardens ahead of the county finals.

Last season the players of the year were Patrick Horgan (Glen Rovers), John Hayes (Carbery Rangers), Joanne Casey (Inniscarra), and Roisín O’Sullivan (Mourneabbey).

Experienced Glen Rovers duo Donal Cronin and Brian Moylan, Douglas’ Alan Cadogan, Ballymartle’s Darren McCarthy, ex-Sars and current Douglas forward Cian McCarthy, and former Sars wing-back Éanna Martin are the benchmark for consistency in club hurling. 

They all won three Reardens All-Star awards over the five years to date.

Tireless midfielder Cronin and teak-tough defender Moylan were among seven winners from the county champions the Glen last season. The other Glen players to make the cut in 2016 were Patrick Horgan, Graham Callanan, Dean Brosnan, David Noonan, and Conor Dorris.

This year's teams, particularly on the hurling front, will feature a number of new faces given none of the 2017 SHC semi-finalists reached that stage a year earlier.

Ian Maguire of St Finbarr's in action against Kevin Fulignati of Nemo Rangers. Picture: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Ian Maguire of St Finbarr's in action against Kevin Fulignati of Nemo Rangers. Picture: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Nemo, of course, will be to the forefront in the football, but the Barrs are certain to be well represented too, given their excellence in coming through the back-door to the final.

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