Only two Cork players nominated for ladies football All-Stars

Roisin Phelan and Doireann O'Sullivan on the shortlist to collect 2022 TG4 awards
Only two Cork players nominated for ladies football All-Stars

Cork's Róisín Phelan in action against Deirdre Brennan and Megan Glynn of Galway. Roisin, along with Doireann O'Sullivan has been nominated for a 2022 TG4 Ladies Football All-Star award.

Just two Cork players have been nominated for the 2022 TG4 Ladies Football All-Star awards.

Roisin Phelan and Doireann O’Sullivan are the Cork nominees in what was a disappointing season for the Rebel ladies footballers, who were knocked out at the quarter-final stage of the championship by Mayo.

Despite that, both Phelan and O’Sullivan must be considered serious contenders to pick up an All-Star, and it would be a surprise if the former in particular didn’t do so.

Phelan is one of the best defenders in the country at the moment and her display in the Rebel Red all season backed that up. A model of consistency there were several games when many felt she should have won Player of the Game awards.

Like Phelan, O’Sullivan was back to her best for Cork this year but could lose out to one of the Donegal or possibly Kerry forwards.

All-Ireland champions Meath lead the way with 13 nominations on the list of 45 nominees.

The Royal County collected a second successive TG4 All-Ireland Senior title with victory over Kerry in the Croke Park Final on July 31, a victory which completed a brilliant double, following their victory in the Lidl National League Division 1 Final against Donegal in April.

Kerry have received 11 nominations following a campaign that also saw the Kingdom contest a TG4 Munster Senior Final, while they were crowned Lidl National League Division 2 champions.

Donegal, who contested the Lidl National League Division 1 Final before reaching the last four of the All-Ireland series, have six players nominated, while there five nominees from Mayo, who also contested a TG4 All-Ireland Senior Championship semi-final.

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Cork's Doireann O'Sullivan has been nominated for a 2022 TG4 Ladies Football All-Star award.  Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Cork's Doireann O'Sullivan has been nominated for a 2022 TG4 Ladies Football All-Star award.  Picture: Eddie O'Hare

There are four nominations for TG4 Ulster Senior champions Armagh, who were runners-up in the Lidl National League Division 2 Final, while Dublin and Cork earn two nominations each.

The list is completed by a nomination each for TG4 Connacht Senior champions Galway and Laois, who landed the TG4 All-Ireland Intermediate title in 2022.

Ten players from the 2021 TG4 All-Star team are nominated for awards again, including eight Meath stars who were honoured last year.

Monica McGuirk, a two-time recipient, is joined on the long list by fellow 2021 TG4 All-Star winners Mary Kate Lynch, Aoibhín Cleary, Emma Troy, Máire O’Shaughnessy, Emma Duggan, Vikki Wall, the 2021 TG4 Senior Players’ Player of the Year, and Niamh O’Sullivan, who was player of the match in the 2022 TG4 All-Ireland Senior Final.

The other Meath nominees are team captain Shauna Ennis, Aoibheann Leahy, Orlagh Lally, Kelsey Nesbitt, and Stacey Grimes.

From Kerry, there are nominations for goalkeeper Ciara Butler, Eilís Lynch, Kayleigh Cronin, Aishling O’Connell, Emma Costello, Cáit Lynch, 2017 All Star Lorraine Scanlon, captain Anna Galvin, Niamh Carmody, Síofra O’Shea and Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh, the 2012 and 2013 All Star who was also the top scorer in the 2022 TG4 All-Ireland Senior Championship.

Donegal’s 2021 TG4 All-Star winner Geraldine McLaughlin is joined on the 2022 list of nominations by team-mates Evelyn McGinley, Tanya Kennedy, Nicole McLaughlin, Niamh Hegarty, and captain Niamh McLaughlin.

Mayo’s five nominees are Danielle Caldwell, captain Kathryn Sullivan, Shauna Howley and the Cafferky sisters, Sinéad and Lisa.

From Armagh, Anna Carr, Lauren McConville, Aimee Mackin, and Aoife McCoy have been nominated, while Dublin have three-time All-Stars Leah Caffrey (a winner last year) and Carla Rowe on the list of 45.

Cork’s efforts in 2022 have been rewarded with nominations for 2018 All-Stars Róisín Phelan and Doireann O’Sullivan, while 2019 winner Nicola Ward is nominated from Galway.

The list is completed by Laois attacker Mo Nerney, the Intermediate Championship nominee and winner of the ZuCar Golden Boot award as top scorer in the 2022 TG4 All-Ireland Championships. Mo was also named recently on the TG4 Intermediate Team of the Championship.

One goalkeeper will be chosen from the shortlist of three, with three players selected from each of the full-back, half-back, half-forward, and full-forward lines for inclusion in the TG4 All-Star team, along with two midfielders from the six nominated.

The 2022 TG4 All-Star team will be announced at a gala banquet at The Bonnington Dublin Hotel on Saturday, November 19.

The 2022 TG4 Junior, Intermediate and Senior Players’ Player of the Year award winners will also be announced on the night, while the 2022 inductee into the Ladies Gaelic Football Association (LGFA) Hall of Fame will be acknowledged.

2022 TG4 All-Star nominees:

Goalkeepers:  Anna Carr - Armagh;  Ciara Butler - Kerry;  Monica McGuirk – Meath.  

Full-back line:  Róisín Phelan - Cork;  Evelyn McGinley - Donegal;  Tanya Kennedy - Donegal;  Leah Caffrey – Dublin;  Eilís Lynch - Kerry;  Kayleigh Cronin - Kerry;  Danielle Caldwell - Mayo;  Mary Kate Lynch – Meath;  Shauna Ennis - Meath.

Half-back line:  Lauren McConville - Armagh;  Nicole McLaughlin - Donegal;  Nicola Ward - Galway;  Aishling O’Connell - Kerry;  Emma Costello - Kerry;  Kathryn Sullivan - Mayo;  Aoibhín Cleary – Meath;  Aoibheann Leahy - Meath;  Emma Troy – Meath.

Midfield:   Niamh McLaughlin - Donegal;  Cáit Lynch - Kerry;  Lorraine Scanlon - Kerry;  Sinéad Cafferky - Mayo;  Máire O’Shaughnessy – Meath;  Orlagh Lally - Meath.

Half-forward line:  Niamh Hegarty - Donegal;  Carla Rowe - Dublin;  Anna Galvin - Kerry;  Niamh Carmody - Kerry;  Síofra O’Shea - Kerry;  Shauna Howley - Mayo;  Emma Duggan – Meath;  Kelsey Nesbitt - Meath;  Vikki Wall – Meath.

Full-forward line:  Aimee Mackin - Armagh;  Aoife McCoy - Armagh; Doireann O’Sullivan - Cork;  Geraldine McLaughlin – Donegal;  Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh - Kerry;  Mo Nerney - Laois;  Lisa Cafferky - Mayo;  Stacey Grimes - Meath;  Niamh O’Sullivan - Meath.

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