Galway Camogie are delighted to be represented in the Athlete of the Year and Team of the Year sections of the Her Sport awards! But the girls need your votes! You can vote through the following link
https://awards.hersport.ie . The winners will be crowned on February 19, 2022. Voting closes on February 13, 2022.
Team of the year:
As winners of the 2021 All-Ireland Championship there’s no doubt that Galway Women’s Camogie are top contenders for Team of the Year.
The champions unrelenting work-rate and sharp technical skills were evident throughout the season. From the early group games to holding off a spirited Tipperary team in the semi-final, they excelled on their journey to the final. In a stunning showcase of physicality, skill and stamina, they overcame Cork by three points to win the O’Duffy Cup. Galway’s McGrath sisters Orlaith and Siobhan shone in the closing stages, combining for one goal and two points to push the Tribeswomen over the line.
The Champions lead the way in the 2021 All-Star nominations with a total of 12 players making the shortlist. Midfielders Aoife Donohue and Niamh Kilkenny are both in the running for Senior Player of the Year while Cathal Murray has been named Manager of the Year. With two All-Ireland’s in three years, Cathal Murray’s team have had more success than any previous squads and will surely be looking to keep the cup in Galway again next year.
Athlete of the Year: Aoife Donohue
Aoife Donohue’s 2021 remarkable exploits with Galway Camogie have earned her a fifth All-Star nomination, a shot at the Player’s Player of thee Year Award and yet another Senior Camogie All-Ireland title.
Throughout the Championship season, Donohue was a key cog in the Galway machine which went unbeaten on their way to All-Ireland glory. Donohue’s energy and athleticism was too much for any opponent to match as she bagged two goals and six points in her six games.
The Mullagh half forward picked up the Player of the Match award in Round 3 against Kilkenny and once again showed her big match temperament as she scooped the Player of the Match award in the final where she scored a point in a fierce contest against old rivals Cork.
Describing the meet as a “battle” in her post match interview, she acknowledged that the trophy could have gone either way. “We’re absolutely out on our feet, we expected nothing less from Cork. I’m delighted for the management and this group of players, especially after last year” she said.
“This team has got a lot of criticism for not performing on the big day, but by God did we show up today. I’m so happy for this group of players.”
Donohue won an All Star in 2019 and was also named Player of the League.
Note: Voting closes February 13, 2022. Cast your vote at https://awards.hersport.ie