Cork camogie star Jen Hosford recently won an All-Star award in Australia.
She produced a number of outstanding performances for her adopted club side.
CORK camogie star Jen Hosford recently won an All-Star award in Australia.
The former Cork player had produced a number of outstanding performances for her adopted club side in Australia. Three other Cork players, Karen Jones, Clair O’Mahony and Louise Holland, were also recognised with All-Star awards.
Jen, who played her club camogie with Glen Rovers, when she was based in Cork, was thrilled.
“It was an unbelievable honour to receive an All-Star award. It was a proud moment,” said the camogie star.
Her All-Star success is all the more remarkable as she only returned to competitive action early this year, following a long-term injury. She finished her season on a high.
“I was delighted with my performance throughout the year, as I only returned to playing action in March, after ACL reconstruction. I quickly noticed my own confidence grow with every match. I mainly played centre forward or midfield, throughout the season. The club season finished in June and will restart in February, with the sevens tournament.”
The former Glen Rovers star plays with Melbourne Shamrocks. She is hoping her new club will enjoy more success next season.
“I was actually surprised how strong camogie is in Australia, as I did not think it would be as competitive. I play for Melbourne Shamrocks. Unfortunately, we were not too successful, in regards winning league or championship glory, but we progressed extremely well together, as the year went on.
“I am really looking forward to the competitive season resuming next year, as we have improved immensely as a team during the year. Joining camogie was the best decision I have made, because I have made the most amazing friendships through camogie. The club organises so many events to get everyone together and really makes you feel welcome.”
She is thrilled for the other three Cork players who garnered All-Star awards. The quartet were honoured for a series of great displays for their respective club teams this year.
“I am absolutely delighted for the girls. Their performance, and the dedication they have shown throughout the year, was fantastic, so it was welldeserved. They are all fantastic and strong players. As I’m the only one who plays for Shamrocks, I would have to say that on the pitch we are enemies, but that off the pitch we are great friends.
“I didn’t know either Clair or Louise, before I moved to Australia. I would have only known Karen Jones from playing Inniscarra, before she left for Australia. It is great to share success with other Cork players.”
Jen moved to Australia just over a year ago. She has settled seamlessly into life in Melbourne, but she misses her beloved Glen Rovers.
“I moved to Australia just over a year ago and it is the best decision I have made. The lifestyle is just amazing. I keep up to date with camogie news from home, through my own club and Cork camogie posts.
“I must say, I miss playing with the Glen girls and love seeing them in action from posts. Glen Rovers are a fantastic club, with great people, like Mary Newman, who works hard to keep camogie strong in our club.
“We have had a lot of success down through the years. My best moment from playing for them would be the year I returned from my first ACL surgery and won minor championship and senior B glory with the girls. That was a great year for the club.
“I had just turned 10 when I began playing with the Glen. They are a great club.”
Jen was delighted to see the Cork senior and intermediate camogie teams win All-Ireland titles in their respective grades this year. She was especially thrilled to see two Glen players in the victorious squads.
“It was fantastic to see the Cork girls win both the senior and intermediate All-Ireland championship titles this year, as they are a strong side. Cork is full of talented players, which augurs well for the coming years. They have a great backroom team guiding them.
“It was especially great to see talented players, like Leanne O’Sullivan and Lauren Callanan, representing the Glen, also. They are very good players, who have bright futures ahead.” The former Glen Rovers ace proudly represented her beloved Rebel team back in 2015. She has great memories of playing with Cork, both at underage and adult level.
“I began playing for Cork at underage level when I was 15. I then proceeded to senior level in 2015, receiving an All-Ireland that year. I have great memories of playing for Cork. I left at the end of the 2016 season, in preparation for Australia the following year.
“I also played for UCC during my three years studying early-years. We had a great team. I was joint captain of the team that reached the Ashbourne final in 2017. Unfortunately, we did not get the win.”
The ambitious camogie star has short-term and long-term goals she hopes to realise in the coming years.
“My goals in camogie would be to win the championship with the Shamrock girls next year and also win the State Games next year. When I return to Cork, I would love to win the senior championship with the Glen.”
“I miss playing with the Glen girls and love seeing them in action from posts ”
Former Cork forward Jennifer Hosford, being challenged by Wexford defender Stacey Redmond, in the 2015 clash in Riverstown.
Jennifer Hosford, Leanne O’Sullivan and Lauren Callanan, three past pupils, brought the O’Duffy Cup to Scoil OilibhÈir, Ballyvolane, three years ago.