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Finalists dominate All Star camogie team, while JJ Doyle gets manager's gong

Updated: Sunday, 04 Nov 2012 14:26 | Comments

Guest of honour, Irish olympian Annalise Murphy (L) and Cork's Gemma O'Connor (L-R) Annalise Murphy, guest of honour, Claire O'Connor of Wexford and Aileen Lawlor, President of the camogie association Claire O'Connor and Catherine O'Loughlin celebrate Wexford's third All-Ireland in a row
Guest of honour, Irish olympian Annalise Murphy (L) and Cork's Gemma O'Connor (L-R) Annalise Murphy, guest of honour, Claire O'Connor of Wexford and Aileen Lawlor, President of the camogie association Claire O'Connor and Catherine O'Loughlin celebrate Wexford's third All-Ireland in a row

All Ireland champions Wexford and finalists Cork took six All Stars each at a ceremony in Citywest last night.

Wexford also claimed the Manager of the Year award, with JJ Doyle recognised for the second year in succession, having led the Model county to their three-in-a-row of All-Ireland titles earlier this September.

Wexford’s defensive lynchpins; Claire O’Connor, Catherine O’Loughlin and Deirdre Codd collected awards as did forwards Katrina Parrock, Kate Kelly and All-Ireland final player of the match Ursula Jacob.

Meanwhile for Cork, Gemma O’Connor collected her seventh All Star while the Mackey sisters, Pamela and Katrina, became the first twins to win Camogie All Stars.

Goalkeeper Aoife Murray, midfielder Jennifer O’Leary and forward Briege Corkery also joined their team-mates.

Offaly, who reached this year’s semi-final, were rewarded with Sheila Sullivan receiving an accolade at corner-back while Galway duo midfielder Niamh Kilkenny and centre-forward Niamh McGrath, were their side’s representatives on the 2012 team.

Speaking at the event, President of the Camogie Association Aileen Lawlor said: "It is a great honour to present this year’s All Star and Soaring Star awards. Congratulations to all 45 nominees for the All Star awards; to the chosen team of 15 as well as the recipients of the 18 Soaring Star awards.

"The Camogie All Stars in association with O’Neills are an event where our top class athletes are honoured and acknowledged on a national stage for their enormous contribution to camogie throughout the year.

"The All Star and Soaring Star awards are held in very high esteem and the competition for places shows us how greatly they are valued.

"Congratulations to JJ Doyle on his second successive Manager of the Year award. He has helped write Wexford into the history books, achieving their third senior camogie All Ireland in a row in 2012. It is a tremendous achievement for JJ.

2012 All Star Team
Aoife Murray (Cork), Claire O’Connor (Wexford), Catherine O’Loughlin (Wexford), Sheila Sullivan (Offaly), Pamela Mackey (Cork), Gemma O’Connor (Cork), Deirdre Codd (Wexford),
Niamh Kilkenny (Galway), Jennifer O’Leary (Cork), Kate Kelly (Wexford), Niamh McGrath (Galway), Briege Corkery (Cork), Katrina Mackey (Cork), Katrina Parrock (Wexford), Ursula Jacob (Wexford).

2012 Soaring Star Team
Emily Mangan (Meath); Karen Tinnelly (Down); Claire Coffey (Meath); Fiona O’Neill (Meath), Lisa McCrickard (Down); Sarah Anne Fitzgerald (Laois); Aoife Thompson (Meath), Catherine McGourty (Down); Kristina Troy (Meath); Susie O'Carroll (Kildare), Jane Dolan (Meath); Aileen Donnelly (Meath); Niamh Mallon (Down); Sinéad Hackett (Meath), Sara-Louise Carr (Down).

2012 Intermediate Soaring Stars
Sinéad Cassidy (Derry); Katie McAnenly (Derry); Sarah Noone (Galway)

2012 Manager of the Year
JJ Doyle (Wexford)

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