Eight Antrim players on Colleges Camogie All Stars

Seven of the Antrim team that eclipsed the All-Ireland Minor B title in September received their Ulster schools’ camogie All-star awards on Thursday evening at a Gala Dinner in the Elk Toomebridge.The awards were presented by Antrim senior star and current Intermediate Player of the Year Maeve Kelly, herself a recipient of two successive awards while a student at Cross and Passion, Ballycastle. Four CPC students, winners of the Ulster senior title this year, picked up All-star awards, including Maeve’s sister and Antrim All-Ireland winning minor captain Fionnuala. The other three are Cassie McArthur (scorer of 6-3 in the recent Ulster minor final), Nuala Devlin and Orlagh Laverty.Orlagh is another player who matches an older sister with an award as Ciara Laverty was in the last team two years ago, as was Caoimhe Molloy, whose sister Katie made the team this season. Katie was also in the Ulster winning minor team earlier this month.

Eight of the nine Antrim’s players who recieved Ulster Colleges Camogie All Stars. Back L-R, Orla Donnelly, Fiounalla Kelly, Evanne Martin, Orlagh Donnelly, Sine Woodhouse. Front, L-R, Nualla Devlin, Cassie McArthur, Katie Moloy

Katie is a student in St Louis Ballymena who also have goalie Orlagh Convery in the selection. The second goalie is also from the same county; Orla Donnelly starred for Antrim in both All-Ireland minor finals, the drawn game and then the replay. Orla is a student in St Killian’s Garron Tower, as is midfielder Síne Woodhouse while another of the Antrim minors, Evanne Martin, is one of three representatives from St Patrick’s Maghera, the others being Doireann Donnelly and Aimee Lennon.Two players from the last All-star team two years ago received a second award, Ballygalget pair Beth Coulter and Tara Monan. Earlier this week Coulter won the Ulster Ladies’ Golf title. She will not be seen on the camogie pitches after June however as she takes up a four year golfing scholarship in USA. On Thursday she delivered a fine speech on behalf of the players recounting her experiences against her co-recipients in schools’ camogie and thanking the Ulster schools’ camogie council for all their work in providing games and opportunities for girls of all abilities.The Ulster All-stars normally represent the province in the schools’ inter-provincial competition, but that was shelved this season because of Covid.On Thursday evening each player received a specially commissioned trophy and jersey as well as a commemorative poster

Orlagh Convery of St Louis Ballymena with her mum and dad

Ulster Schools’ Camogie All-stars 2021-22

Orlagh Laverty, Fionnuala Kelly, Nuala Devlin, Cassie McArthur (Cross and Passion, Ballycastle)

Tara Monan, Ciara Fitzsimons, Beth Coulter (Our Lady’s & St Patrick’s Knock)

Doireann Donnelly, Aimee Lennon, Evanne Martin (St Patrick’s, Maghera)

Orla Donnelly, Síne Woodhouse (St Killian’s, Garron Tower)

Orlagh Convery, Katie Molloy (St Louis, Ballymena)

Cliodhna Hickson, Shannon Scullion (St Colm’s Draperstown)

Cara Reilly, Sinéad Livingston (Breifne College Cavan)

Tierna Savage (St Mark’s Warrenpoint)

Lucy O’Kane (Loreto Coleraine)

Orlaith McCusker (Sacred Heart Newry)

Aoibhin Daly (Dean Mag Uirc College Carrickmore)

Katie Comiskey (St Patrick’s Academy Dungannon)

Rachel Keenan (St Mary’s Magherafelt)

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