2017 Ulster College’s All Star Awards
Ulster Schools’ Camogie All-Stars Announced
Fresh from her Player of the Match award for helping Eglish retain their Ulster Intermediate club title, St Catherine’s Armagh student Leeanne Donnelly has collected her second Ulster Schools’ camogie All-star in the 2017-2018 team announced yesterday in Armagh.
The St Catherine’s Armagh student was in excellent form in the provincial club final at the end of last month, shooting 1-2 in a 1-14 to 2-9 win over Clonduff.
Here sister Ciara, who scored 0-8 in that same club final, actually coaches her younger sister in St Catherine’s and she will be pleased that two other members of the school senior team, Katie Convie and Catherine Muldoon, have also made the combined school selection.
In total there are five players picking up their second camogie All-star with two of those from Down. When Anne-Marie Smyth won her first award two seasons ago, the Ballygalget girl was at school in St Columba’s Portaferry, but she has since moved to Assumption Ballynahinch.
The other Down player was a dual All-star last season in football and camogie. Sorcha McCartan is the daughter of former Mourne All-Ireland football medallist Gregory McCartan and a student in St Louis Kilkeel.
Clare Mulholland from St Mary’s Magherafelt made it two camogie awards in succession, while Emily Falloon from St Louise’s Belfast was a dual All-star last year and has doubled up in camogie after being part of the all-conquering Antrim minor side that claimed the Ulster and All-Ireland titles earlier this year.
In total no fewer than seven of that successful Saffron outfit have made the Schools’ select including Áine Devlin and Amy Boyle from St Louis Ballymena and four players from Ulster schools’ senior champions Cross & Passion Ballycastle who are favourites to retain their schools’ crown.
Ballycastle club players Maeve Kelly, Bronagh McKeague and Catherine McShane are joined in the team by Loughgiel under-age sensation Roisin McCormick, who entered the recent Ulster senior club final against Slaughtneil as a substitute and almost swung the decision in favour of the Shamrocks.
Derry, traditionally very strong at schools’ level, have managed to get four players in the frame – Clare Mulholland from St Mary’s Magherafelt, Emma Wilson from across the town in St Pius X, Dara McGuckin from St Patrick’s Maghera and Roisin Gallagher from St Mary’s Clady, the youngest player in the selection
On Sunday Roisin scored 1-5 to help Clady win the Junior Medallion Shield final against Sacred Heart Newry, who have Ciara Cowan on the All-star team.
Two years ago the county of Cavan gained their first All-star camogie award in Phillipa Waters. Two more followed last year and again this season there are two players included, Niamh Keenaghan who helped Loreto Cavan to the Senior Medallion Shield final at the start of 2017, beating St Claire’s Ballyjamesduff in the final, for whom Shanise Fitzsimons takes back an All-star award.
Overall there are 7 players from Antrim, 4 from Derry, 4 from Armagh, 3 from Down and 2 each from Cavan and Tyrone who will now make up the squad for the Inter-provincial competition at the end of November.
Ulster Colleges’ Camogie All-stars 2017-2018
Maeve Kelly, Roisin McCormick, Brónagh McKeague, Catherine McShane (Cross and Passion, Ballycastle)
Leanne Donnelly, Katie Convie, Catherine Muldoon (St Catherine’s, Armagh)
Jordan Carr, Ciara Hawes (St Patrick’s, Keady)
Aine Devlin, Amy Boyle (St Louis, Ballymena)
Shanise Fitzsimons (St Clare’s, Ballyjamesduff)
Clare Mulholland (St Mary’s, Magherafelt)
Roisin Gallagher (St Mary’s, Clady)
Emma Wilson (St Pius X, Magherafelt)
Niamh Keenaghan (Loreto College, Cavan)
Clara Cowan (Sacred Heart, Newry)
Anne-Marie Smyth (Assumption, Ballynahinch)
Sorcha McCartan (St Louis, Kilkeel)
Emily Falloon (St Louise’s, Belfast)
Beth Fitzpatrick (St Mark’s, Warrenpoint)
Dara McGuckin (St Patrick’s, Maghera)