Dub stars shine at awards banquet
MICK Bohan’s all-conquering Dublin team dominated Saturday’s 2018 TG4 annual All-star banquet as they collected seven senior awards on a night when captain Sinead Aherne was confirmed as the country’s top player.
Named at corner forward, the 32 year old accountant was collecting her seventh all star while also claiming the TG4 Senior Players’ Player of the Year award ahead of team-mate Lynsdey Davey and Cork’s Ciara O’sullivan.
Indeed since returning from her one year sabbatical, the Sylvesters sharp shooter has been nominated on three successive occcassions where she had previously lost out to Brid Stack (Cork) in 2016 and Dublin’s Noelle Healy last year.
However the Dublin captain scored 1-7 in front of a record attendance of 50,141 at Croke Park as Dublin defended the Brendan Martin cup with victory over Cork, and was always going to be a hot favourite in a season that saw her register an impressive 5-31 in the championship.
However, many will feel that Skerries Harps firefighter Lyndsey Davey who picked up her fourth All star was slightly unfortunate to not to have claimed the ultimate accolade.
Davey joined the Dublin senior panel at the age of 14 in 2004 and would go on to win her first All star a year later. Now 28, Davey made a successful return from injury in 2017 and has re-invented herself as a roving half forward which saw her claim two player of the match awards this season with some sterling work in the middle third.
Davey was one of seven Dublin players to be honoured and the haul of seven was an all-time best on the All star team having previously collected six all stars on the 2010 and 2016 teams.
Meanwhile Lauren Magee (daughter of former Dublin footballer, Johnny) picked up her first award for her displays in midfield. Elsewhere there was also recognition for goalkeeper Ciara Trant and Noelle Healy who both survive from last year’s 2017 selection along side Aherne and Cork’s Emma Spillane.
And in a season where Dublin collected the Division one title for the first time in their history, both Sinead Goldrick and Siobhan Mcgrath were named in defence.
One person perhaps unlucky not to come away with an award on the night was Carla Rowe following her two goal heroics in September’s historic win over Cork.
However the Naul forward’s exploits did not go totally unrecognised when she was recognised by the Hot Press magazine as their sportswoman of the year.
All Star selection: Ciara Trant (Dublin), Treasa Doherty (Donegal), Roisin Phelan (Cork), Sinead Burke (Galway), Sinead Goldrick (Dublin), Siobhan Mcgrath (Dublin), Emma Spillan (Cork), Neamh Woods (Tyrone), Lauren Magee (Dublin), Ciara O’sullivan (Cork), Noelle Healy (Dublin), Lyndsey Davey (Dublin), Sinead Aherne (Dublin), Doireann Sullivan (Cork), Sarah Houlihan (Kerry).
Sinéad Aherne of Dublin makes her way up to collect her Player of the Year award at the All-star banquet.