FOOTBALL: 2021 TG4 All Stars nominees revealed
SENIOR champions Meath lead the way with 14 nominations on the list of 45 nominees for the 2021 TG4 Ladies Football All Star awards. (Photo (c) Sportsfile)
The Royals surged to Senior glory with a stunning Final victory over Dublin at Croke Park on September 5, to bring the curtain down on a memorable season of TG4 All-Ireland Championship fare.
Runners-up Dublin, who had won the four previous Senior Finals, have been rewarded with nine nominations following a season that also saw the Sky Blues collect the Lidl National League Division 1 title.
Cork, who lost out to Meath in the TG4 All-Ireland semi-final, have seven players nominated for All Star awards, while Mayo, defeated by Dublin in the last four, have earned six nominations.
There are three nominees from Donegal, two each from Armagh and Galway, and one apiece from Kerry and Waterford.
Five players from the 2019 TG4 All Star team are nominated for awards again; namely Meath goalkeeper Monica McGuirk, Cork’s Melissa Duggan, Dublin duo Carla Rowe and Lyndsey Davey, and Mayo’s Rachel Kearns.
McGuirk is joined by 13 of her Meath team-mates who stormed to a very first TG4 Senior title during the course of a history-making season that also saw Lidl National League Division 2 glory achieved.
The other Meath nominees are Emma Troy, Mary Kate Lynch, Katie Newe, Aoibheann Leahy, Aoibhín Cleary, captain Shauna Ennis, Máire O’Shaughnessy, Orlagh Lally, Orla Byrne, Stacey Grimes, Niamh O’Sullivan, TG4 Senior Final Player of the Match Vikki Wall, and Emma Duggan.
From Dublin, Rowe and Davey are joined on the list of nominees by goalkeeper Ciara Trant, Martha Byrne, Leah Caffrey, Orlagh Nolan, Lauren Magee, Jennifer Dunne and Hannah Tyrrell.
Joining Duggan on the list of nominees from Cork are Róisín Phelan, Eimear Meaney, Erika O’Shea, Hannah Looney, Sadhbh O’Leary and Eimear Scally.
Representing Mayo, 2019 All Star Rachel Kearns is joined by team-mates Saoirse Lally, Tamara O’Connor, Sinéad Cafferky, Sarah Rowe and Shauna Howley, while Donegal have nominations for Evelyn McGinley, Nicole McLaughlin and ace forward Geraldine McLaughlin.
The Senior Championship’s leading scorer, Aimee Mackin (4-28), has earned a nomination, along with team-mate Lauren McConville, while there’s also a pair of nominations for Galway, with goalkeeper Dearbhla Gower and Olivia Divilly acknowledged.
The list is completed by Katie Murray (Waterford) and Kerry’s Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh, who scored 3-20 for the Kingdom in the 2021 Championship.
One player will be chosen from the three shortlisted in each of the positions to make up the final selection, with the exception of midfield, where two from six will be chosen.
The 2021 TG4 All Star team will be announced at a gala banquet at Dublin’s Bonnington Hotel on Saturday, November 13.
The 2021 TG4 Junior, Intermediate and Senior Players’ Player of the Year award winners will also be announced on the night.
2021 TG4 All Star nominations:
Monica McGuirk (Meath)*, Ciara Trant (Dublin), Dearbhla Gower (Galway)
Right corner back:
Emma Troy (Meath), Martha Byrne (Dublin), Saoirse Lally (Mayo)
Mary Kate Lynch (Meath), Róisín Phelan (Cork), Evelyn McGinley (Donegal)
Left corner back:
Leah Caffrey (Dublin), Katie Newe (Meath), Eimear Meaney (Cork)
Right half back:
Erika O’Shea (Cork), Tamara O’Connor (Mayo), Aoibheann Leahy (Meath)
Aoibhín Cleary (Meath), Lauren McConville (Armagh), Nicole McLaughlin (Donegal)
Left half back:
Melissa Duggan (Cork)*, Orlagh Nolan (Dublin), Shauna Ennis (Meath)
Lauren Magee (Dublin), Jennifer Dunne (Dublin), Sinéad Cafferky (Mayo), Máire O’Shaughnessy (Meath), Hannah Looney (Cork), Orlagh Lally (Meath)
Right half forward:
Hannah Tyrrell (Dublin), Olivia Divilly (Galway), Orla Byrne (Meath)
Rachel Kearns (Mayo)*, Lyndsey Davey (Dublin)*, Stacey Grimes (Meath)
Left half forward:
Niamh O’Sullivan (Meath), Carla Rowe (Dublin)*, Sarah Rowe (Mayo)
Right corner forward:
Aimee Mackin (Armagh), Vikki Wall (Meath), Sadhbh O’Leary (Cork)
Emma Duggan (Meath), Shauna Howley (Mayo), Katie Murray (Waterford)
Left corner forward:
Eimear Scally (Cork), Geradline McLaughlin (Donegal), Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh (Kerry)
*(denotes 2019 TG4 All Star)
County by county breakdown:
Meath 14 , Dublin 9, Cork 7, Mayo 6 , Donegal 3, Armagh 2, Galway 2, Kerry 1, Waterford 1