Kilkenny lead the way as Camogie All-Star format cuts out the positional controversies 2 months ago

Kilkenny lead the way as Camogie All-Star format cuts out the positional controversies

All-Ireland champs Kilkenny lead the way with 11 of the 36 nominees for the 2022 PwC Camogie All-Star awards.

Brian Dowling's team won their second All-Ireland in three years back in August and having impressed right throughout the year, beating Galway in the semi-final and then Cork in the final, it's only right that they're on top.

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Players from six different counties earned nominations, with Kilkenny's eleven closely followed by Cork, who have ten nominees while Waterford (7), Galway (5),  Dublin (2), Limerick (1) also feature.

All-Ireland winning Kilkenny goalkeeper Aoife Norris faces competition from Waterford’s Brianna O’Regan and Cork’s Amy Lee between the sticks.

Meanwhile, the outfield format makes a lot of sense, where players aren't just as nominated as defenders/forwards, but as corner backs/full backs/wing backs/centre backs and vice versa in the forward positions.

There have been plenty of All-Star controversies in hurling and Gaelic football down through the years, with players given awards in positions they didn't play as and, as you will see below, this is a good way to avoid that. While it will cut out the positional controversies, it may however lead to selection controversies with some players unlucky to miss out. You can never please everyone.

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The presentations of the awards will take place at a star-studded PwC Camogie All-Stars ceremony on 26th November in Croke Park. 

PwC Camogie All-Stars Nominations 2022:  

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Goalkeepers:  

Amy Lee (Cork)  

Aoife Norris (Kilkenny)  

Brianna O' Regan (Waterford) 

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Defenders:

Corner backs:

Libby Coppinger (Cork)  

Michelle Teehan (Kilkenny)  

Shauna Healy (Galway)  

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Tiffanie Fitzgerald (Kilkenny) 

Full back:

Grace Walsh (Kilkenny)  

Iona Heffernan (Waterford)  

Sarah Dervan (Galway)

Half backs:

Laura Hayes (Cork)  

Laura Murphy (Kilkenny)  

Orla Hickey (Waterford) 

Saoirse McCarthy (Cork)  

Centre Back:

Claire Phelan (Kilkenny)  

Laura Treacy (Cork)  

Roisin Black (Galway)

Midfielders

Aoife Donohue (Galway) 

Ashling Thompson (Cork)  

Hannah Looney (Cork)  

Katie Power (Kilkenny)  

Lorraine Bray (Waterford)  

Forwards: 

Half forwards: 

Abby Flynn (Waterford)  

Caoimhe Costello (Limerick) 

Denise Gaule (Kilkenny)  

Julianne Malone (Kilkenny)  

Centre forward:

Aisling Maher (Dublin) 

Beth Carton (Waterford)  

Fiona Keating (Cork)  

Corner forwards:

Aisling O' Neill (Dublin) 

Katie Nolan (Kilkenny)  

Katriona Mackey (Cork)  

Niamh Rockett (Waterford)  

Full Forward:

Ailish O' Reilly (Galway)  

Amy O' Connor (Cork) 

Miriam Walsh (Kilkenny)