Staunton on shortlist for player of year
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.