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Kilkenny, Westmeath and Roscommon players claim Camogie Association Player of the League Awards

By Camogie Press
Posted 04/05/2018

Kathleen Woods with Littlewoods Ireland Camogie Leagues Division 1 Player of the League award nominees: Joan Gaule on behalf of Denise Gaule, Beth Carton, Niamh Mulcahy, Angela Downey on behalf of Anne Dalton and winner Ann Downey on behalf of Katie Power.

Kilkenny’s Katie Power scooped the Camogie Association Division 1 Player of the League Award for the 2018 Littlewoods Ireland Camogie Leagues at the second annual awards event held in Croke Park on Friday, May 4th.
 
Power’s consistently high performances for the Cats caught the eye of her opposition managers to see her top the nominations list ahead of a strong field made up of her teammates, Kilkenny duo Anne Dalton and Denise Gaule, Limerick star Niamh Mulcahy and the 2017 winner, Beth Carton of Waterford. The award marked a great campaign for the Cats star who collected a third league title in-a-row when they defeated Cork in the Division 1 Final last month.
 
Sheila McGrath was selected as the Division 2 winner following Westmeath’s run to the Division 2 Final where they were edged out by Cork on the day. The rising Westmeath star was instrumental in leading her side in an impressive campaign which saw them build on their 2017 All-Ireland Premier Junior title success. She was selected from a list of nominees that included Cork duo Keeva and Maeve McCarthy, Armagh’s Ciara Donnelly and Derry star Gráinne McNicholl.
 
Finally, Roscommon’s Niamh Farrell was chosen as the winner for Division 3, capping a promising start to 2018 for her in which her side finished as runners-up in Division 3 in April. She was selected for this award from a list of nominees that included Kerry’s Niamh Leen and her teammate Rachel Fitzmaurice.
 
The awards, which were selected by opposition managers highlighted the outstanding performances of all of the nominees through the 2018 Littlewoods Ireland Camogie Leagues.
 
Speaking at the event Camogie Association President Kathleen Woods said: 
"This is the second year of the Camogie Association Player of the Leagues Awards which highlight and acknowledge the top performers from this year’s Littlewoods Ireland Camogie Leagues.
 
All of the nominees here this evening have been selected by managers from opposing teams who they have faced this year. The managers have identified their outstanding performances against them this year and this unique insight is a true recognition of how impressive they have been to earn the praise and recognition of their opponents.”
 
Camogie Association Player of the League Award – Littlewoods Ireland Camogie Leagues Division 1
Katie Power (Kilkenny)
 
Camogie Association Player of the League Award – Littlewoods Ireland Camogie Leagues Division 2
Sheila McGrath (Westmeath)
 
Camogie Association Player of the League Award – Littlewoods Ireland Camogie Leagues Division 3
Niamh Farrell (Roscommon)
 
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