Cork and Dublin dominate nominations
From the Irish Times web site
Twelve of Cork’s five-in-a-row side have been named in the 2009 Ladies Football All Star nominations, while beaten finalist Dublin have a further nine of the 45 on the shortlist. Cork full-back Angela Walsh is chasing her fifth All-Star, while midfielder Juliet Murphy could get her fourth when the winners are announced at Citywest, November 14th. For Dublin, goalkeeper Cliodhna O’Connor and captain Denise Masterson are among those nominated, with the county sure to secure its first All-Star since Gemma Fay in 2005. Golden boot winner Cora Staunton is among four Mayo nominees and is going for her seventh, while Kildare’s Noelle Earley joins her brother Dermot on an All Star shortlist.
Speaking today, Ladies Gaelic Football Association president Pat Quill said: “2009 has been a truly memorable year for ladies football with three classic finals having been played out at Croke Park with over 20,000 in attendance. “Year by year new teams are pushing to the forefront, which is encouraging and indicative of the growing strength of the game. It is heartening to see Dublin back in the spotlight and they deserve their nine nominations and Clare are rewarded with three which shows that there is real talent at intermediate level. “Congratulations are due to all the nominees and we look forward to what is sure to be a great night for everyone involved.” Galway also have four nominations, while semi finalists Monaghan have five and Intermediate champions Clare have three.
2009 All Star Nominations
Goalkeeper : Elaine Harte (Cork), Cliodhna O’Connor (Dublin), Denise Walsh (Clare)
Full Back Line: , Rena Buckley (Cork), Noelle Comyn (Dublin), Maria Kavanagh (Dublin), Sinead McLaughlin (Tyrone), Emer Flaherty (Galway), Geraldine O’Flynn (Cork), Noelle Tierney (Mayo), Dervla Toal (Armagh), Angela Walsh (Cork)
Half Back Line : Colleen Barrett (Dublin), Martha Carter (Mayo), Breige Corkery (Cork), Jennifer Grant (Tipperary), Aoife McAnaspie (Monaghan), Siobhan McGrath (Dublin), Rebecca McPhilbin (Galway), Ciara O’Sullivan (Cork), Bríd Stack (Cork)
Midfield : Amanda Casey (Monaghan), Louise Henchy (Clare), Norita Kelly (Cork), Denise Masterson (Dublin), Juliet Murphy (Cork), Alison Smyth (Longford)
Half Forward Line: Edel Byrne (Monaghan), Nollaig Cleary (Cork), Eimear Considine (Clare), Noelle Earley (Kildare), Anne Marie McDonagh (Galway), Emma Mullen (Mayo), Mary Nevin (Dublin), Amy O’Shea (Cork), Shauna O’Hagan (Armagh)
Full Forward Line: Sinéad Aherne (Dublin), Una Carroll (Galway), Lyndsey Davey (Dublin), Joline Donnelly (Tyrone), Niamh Kindlon (Monaghan), Caroline Little (Fermanagh), Ciara McAnaspie (Monaghan), Valerie Mulcahy (Cork), Cora Staunton (Mayo)