Staunton on short­list for player of year

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Mayo’s Cora Staunton joins Dublin’s All-ire­land­win­ning duo Sinéad Ah­erne and Noelle Healy on the short­list for the 2017 TG4 Play­ers’ Player of the Year.

Staunton, who lines out for Car­na­con in next Sun­day’s Con­nacht se­nior club fi­nal re­play against Gal­way’s Kilk­er­rin-clon­berne, was part of the Mayo team beaten by Dublin in Septem­ber’s All-ire­land fi­nal. Dublin won 4-11 to 0-11 de­spite Staunton’s 0-7 tally. The Mayo star, who scored 4-13 for Car­na­con in the drawn Con­nacht club fi­nal, will join the pro­fes­sional ranks of the Aus­tralian Ladies Foot­ball League with the Great West­ern Sydney Gi­ants in Jan­uary.

Dublin’s All-ire­land win­ning cap­tain Sinéad Ah­erne was also nom­i­nated last year and scored 0-9 in Septem­ber’s Croke Park show­piece. St Brigid’s star Healy was the player of the match in the 2017 fi­nal, which saw Dublin win af­ter fin­ish­ing run­ners-up three times in a row.

The nom­i­nees for the 2017 TG4 Play­ers’ Player of the year were named last night in the se­nior, in­ter­me­di­ate, and ju­nior grades. The win­ners will be re­vealed at the 2017 TG4 All-star award ban­quet, which will be held at the Ci­ty­west Ho­tel on Satur­day, Novem­ber 25.

Af­ter win­ning the player of the match award in the TG4 All-ire­land in­ter­me­di­ate fi­nal, Tip­per­ary’s Ais­ling Mccarthy has been nom­i­nated for the TG4 In­ter­me­di­ate Play­ers’ Player of the Year award. She is joined on the short-list by Tip­per­ary col­league and Cahir club­mate Aish­ling Moloney, and Ty­rone cap­tain Neamh Woods.

In the ju­nior grade, Car­low’s Edel Hay­den, Emma Do­herty from Derry and Lon­don’s Lisa Caf­fer­key have been nom­i­nated for the Play­ers’ Player of the Year award. The nom­i­nees in all three cat­e­gories have all been se­lected by their fel­low play­ers, who could not vote for their own team-mates.

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