Seven clubs featured in the first Rearden's Club Camogie All-Stars

Seven clubs featured in the first Rearden's Club Camogie All-Stars
Rearden's All-Star Aoife Kavanagh, Inniscarra, challenges Donna O'Neill, Glen Rovers. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

THE Rearden’s All-Star will feature a camogie selection for the first time at tomorrow night’s awards in the venue on Washington Street from 7pm.

The 2017 team is primarily made up of the four semi-finalists and finalists with Inniscarra, Glen Rovers, Milford and St Catherine’s making up 12 of the 15 positions. The other three go to Ballincollig, Douglas and Courcey Rovers.

1. Denise Luby (Glen Rovers): Glen Rovers reached both the league and championship finals. Denise was consistent between the posts throughout. Cool under pressure, a great hand and strong puck-outs, Denise reads games well.

In only her second season in goal, she was instrumental in Glen Rovers reaching both finals. Had a very good season.

2. Leah Weste (Ballincollig): A solid defender for Ballincollig’s senior team for several seasons. Out in front and first to every ball against St Finbarr’s in their opening round, she gave a star performance.

Despite losing to Milford in the quarter-final, Leah defended intensely and drove her team forward as they took the game to Milford in the second half. Showed great leadership.

3. Kelly Falvey (Glen Rovers): Playing at full-back for the first time this season, Kelly was given the task of marking opponents’ key players in many championship games.

Showing maturity and a calmness under pressure, she denied star forwards many scores with strong persistent play.

4. Elaine O’Riordan (Milford): A consistent superb defender for Milford. Always attacking, never shying from the tough tackle, always driving her team forward.

Defender Elaine O'Riordan bursts from defence. Picture: Larry Cummins
Defender Elaine O'Riordan bursts from defence. Picture: Larry Cummins

5. Ashling Thompson (Milford): Had a great season. Started most games at midfield, but defended brilliantly when Milford were under pressure and attacked with force when in possession.

Showing great spirit and leadership, she stood out in every game she played.

6. Rena Buckley (Inniscarra): Coolness personified, a great reader of the game, the leader of a solid Inniscarra defence. Used her experience to huge effect and was outstanding in a tough schedule for the county champions.

Inniscarra's Rena Buckley drives up field. Picture: John D Kelly
Inniscarra's Rena Buckley drives up field. Picture: John D Kelly

7. Aoife Kavanagh (Inniscarra): Lining out alongside Rena Buckley, Aoife grew stronger as the championship progressed. Had a tremendous season.

Very strong under the high ball, winning most of those aerial battles, with a great work rate, Aoife was one of Inniscarra’s best defenders throughout the championship and a key reason why they are champions again.

8. Jacinta Crowley (Courcey Rovers): Courcey Rovers won the senior league final and throughout that campaign Jacinta was excellent at midfield, possessing a great work ethic and as a superb free taker.

She carried those performances through to the championship. A solid season.

9. Aileen Sheehan (Inniscarra): A player who was consistently outstanding around the middle of the field for Inniscarra.

Her link play, work rate, defending and forward runs were very impressive. Her goal with two minutes to go in the semi-final saw Inniscarra win by a solitary point and go on to win the championship.

10. Katrina Mackey (Douglas): Another outstanding year for one of Cork’s star forwards. Her performances for Douglas were top class where she almost pulled them into the semi-final.

Scoring 12 points of a total of 14 in the drawn quarter-final and striking nine from 14 in the replay, some of the points were top class, making Katrina an automatic choice.

11. Orla Cotter (St Catherine’s): Incredible performances all through for St Catherine’s once again. A player who consistently delivers top-class displays for her club. Covers miles, defending, attacking, linking with teammates, showing great positional sense Orla was a standout choice.

12. Finola Neville (St Catherine’s): Scored a goal to put the game beyond Glen Rovers in the champions opening round. Covering miles all through, made great runs and laid off some great passes for team-mates to score. Was Catherine’s best player in their semi-final defeat to Glen Rovers where she worked her socks off.

St Catherine's forward Finola Neville. Picture: Des Barry
St Catherine's forward Finola Neville. Picture: Des Barry

13. Joanne Casey (Inniscarra): What a club player! Has great strength, speed and wrist work. Extremely dangerous every time she’s in possession. Always guaranteed a big return.

A superb free taker. Player of the match in the county final, with a contribution of 2-7, 2-3 from play.

14. Emma Murphy (Glen Rovers): Just 16 years of age the day Glen Rovers booked their place in the final this year. What a player for the future.

Scored in every championship game, with 1-2 in the final. Led the way up front, not afraid to take responsibility. Gathers possession, turns and looks to score every time.

15. Maria Watson (Milford): Never fails to deliver and this season was no exception despite the disappointment of losing to Inniscarra by a point in the semi-final.

Scored 4-7 from four championship games with some spectacular goals.

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