After close examination of more than 200 entries countrywide, the five finalists in the Liberty Insurance Camogie Made Us competition have been revealed. 

These five camogie clubs will now enter the public vote phase of the competition after which the top two teams will be named to compete at half-time of the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Final to win €7000 for their club. 

A judging panel, consisting of RTÉ sports journalist Marie Crowe, camogie player and four-time All-Ireland winner Mags D'Arcy and Liberty Insurance Head of Strategic Marketing Sean Brett, spent hours deliberating over the entries to shortlist the final five. 

Liberty Insurance and RTÉ teamed up to find Ireland's most inspirational Camogie coaches. They launched a call nationwide for nominations and entries and were blown away by the response. 

RTÉ sports journalist Marie Crowe. Pic: Supplied 

'The standard of entries was phenomenally high, from all around the country. The coaches who have been nominated have inspired a generation of young players through their hard work, dedication and kindness,' judge Marie said. 

'It was very difficult for us as a group of judges to narrow it down to the final five, but after some really good debate we got there,' judge Sean added. 

The impact coaches had on girls' lives on and off the field was highlighted in all the entries and exemplified in the five finalists. 

'Every entry focused on the human behind the coach,' Mags said.

Camogie All Star Mags D'Arcy was one of the expert judges. Pic: Supplied 

'The values and principles these coaches are instilling naturally is giving these girls the confidence they need to take on challenges both on and off of the field. Coaches unbeknownst to themselves are developing young women first and players second by creating an inclusive and empowering environment.'

 As proud sponsors of the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Camogie Championships for the past 6 years, Liberty Insurance understands the importance of strong coaches from grassroots right through to All-Stars, Sean said. 

Liberty Insurance brand marketing manager Sean Brett. Pic: Supplied 

That's why the insurer opted to focus this year's Camogie Made Us competition on unsung heroes of the sport, the coaches. 

'Coaches are critical, they inspire, motivate, provide positive leadership and importantly give players a reason to turn up for training and matches. They help to build a club ethos, passing their love of the game onto another generation,' Sean said. 

Last year's Camogie Made Us winners, Sarsfields from Cork. 

Marie added: 'Coaches are some of the first role models that young girls and young women encounter. Encouragement and support is vital for girls in sport and it's clear from the entries that the coaches have shown this in abundance.'

'Huge credit goes to the coaches for creating such a fun environment for these young players and for instilling a love for the game in them. The sport of Camogie is thriving because of the great coaches who volunteer their time.'

The next phase of the Liberty Insurance Camogie Made Us competition will showcase the five finalists and their inspirational coach. You will be able to vote for your favourite entry on rte.ie/camogie-made-us from Monday, August 19. Also listen in to 2FM's GameOn this week for more information on the finalists. 

The top two clubs after the public vote will compete at half time of the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Final to win €7000 for their club. The runner up will receive €3000. All five finalists will receive jerseys for their club.