Dublin scoop record haul at ladies football All-StarsDecember 2, 2018
All-Ireland senior champions Dublin have been honoured with seven representatives on the 2018 TG4 All-Star team.
Dublin’s haul is an all-time best on an All-Star team selection – as the 2010 and 2016 selections each contained six Sky Blues.
The selection was revealed on Saturday night at the annual TG4 All-Star awards banquet, in association with Lidl, at the Citywest Hotel.
Captain Sinéad Aherne received a seventh All-Star award, and her third in a row, along with the Players’ Player of the Year crown.
There was a sixth award in seven years for right-half-back Sinéad Goldrick, who will line out for Foxrock-Cabinteely in next Saturday’s All-Ireland Senior Club final against Mourneabbey.
The Cork club have the O’Sullivan sisters – county captain Ciara and Doireann – included on the 2018 TG4 All-Star selection.
It is the second year in a row that a set of sisters has been named on the All-Star selection, as the Hegartys from Donegal, Ciara and Niamh, were listed on the 2017 team.
Aherne and Goldrick are joined on the 2018 list by Dublin team-mates Ciara Trant, Siobhán McGrath, Lauren Magee, Noelle Healy and Lyndsey Davey.
Trant wins an All-Star for a second successive year, while McGrath picks up her first gong since 2010.
Midfielder Magee is one of five first-time recipients, 2017 Senior Players’ Player of the Year Healy wins her fourth All-Star award, and a third in a row, while Davey is also honoured for the fourth time.
Trant, Healy, Aherne and Cork’s Emma Spillane are the only survivors from the 2017 selection, as TG4 All-Ireland finalists Cork picked up four awards in total.
Ciara, now a four-time winner, and Doireann O’Sullivan, who collected her first, are joined on the team by Spillane and another first-time recipient, Róisín Phelan, who is named at full-back.
Spillane received an award at right-corner-back in 2017 but this time she earns the left-half-back slot.
The remainder of the team is made up of players from Donegal, Galway, Kerry and Tyrone.
Donegal’s Treasa Doherty earns her first All-Star at right-corner-back, while Sinéad Burke from Galway is also named for the first time on an All-Star team at left-corner-back.
Tyrone’s 2018 TG4 All-Ireland Intermediate Championship winning captain Neamh Woods collects her second All-Star award, and first since 2008, at midfield.
And there is a third award for Kerry sharpshooter and captain Sarah Houlihan, who was last honoured in 2013.
2018 TG4 Ladies Football All-Star team:
1. Ciara Trant (Dublin) – 2nd award
2. Treasa Doherty (Donegal) – 1st award
3. Róisín Phelan (Cork) – 1st award
4. Sinéad Burke (Galway) – 1st award
5. Sinéad Goldrick (Dublin) – 6th award
6. Siobhán McGrath (Dublin) – 3rd award
7. Emma Spillane (Cork) – 2nd award
8. Neamh Woods (Tyrone) – 2nd award
9. Lauren Magee (Dublin) – 1st award
10. Ciara O’Sullivan (Cork) – 4th award
11. Noelle Healy (Dublin) – 4th award
12. Lyndsey Davey (Dublin) – 4th award
13. Sinéad Aherne (Dublin) – 7th award
14. Doireann O’Sullivan (Cork) – 1st award
15. Sarah Houlihan (Kerry) – 3rd award
County by county breakdown:
7 Dublin, 4 Cork, 1 Donegal, 1 Galway, 1 Kerry, 1 Tyrone.
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