Four Galway players named on 2019 TG4 Ladies Football All Star team

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first_imgThe Ward twins, Louise and Nicola, Tracey Leonard and Sinead Burke was named last night as the four Galway representatives on the 2019 TG4 Ladies Football All-Star team. Megan Glynn, Sinéad Burke, Tracey Leonard, Róisín Leonard, Lisa Murphy, Olivia Divilly, Nicola Ward, & Louise Ward at the TG4 All-Star Awards. Pic: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile Nicola and Louise are the first set of twin sisters named in an All-Star team since Waterford’s O’Ryan twins, Martina and Geraldine, back in 1992.center_img Sinead Burke received her second award while forTracey Leonard, it was her first award. Galway’s haul of four All-Stars is second behind Dublin on the 2019 selection, while two players from Cork and one each from Meath and Mayo complete the line-up.The 2019 team was revealed on Saturday night at the annual TG4 All-Star awards banquet, in association with Lidl, at the Citywest Hotel.Coilin Duffy was there and he spoke to the four Galway representatives starting with the Ward sisters.Coilin then spoke to Sinead BurkeTracey Leonard was then next to speak to CoilinNicola and Louise Ward will now turn their attentions to next weekend’s All-Ireland Senior Club Championship Final when Kilkerrin-Clonberne will pit their wits against holders Mourneabbey from Cork.Dublin’s haul matches their all-time best of sevenplayers on the annual selection, which was also achieved last year.Dublin’s Sinéad Goldrick wins a seventh All-Staraward in eight years, and there’s a fifth award for team-mate Lyndsey Davey,who was Player of the Match against Galway in the 2019 TG4 All-Ireland SeniorChampionship Final, which was played out in front of a record 56,114attendance.Another Dublin star, Siobhán McGrath, is honouredfor a fourth time, while there’s a third award for team-mate Carla Rowe.Galway defender Sinéad Burke and Cork forward OrlaFinn, who was joint top scorer in the 2019 Senior Championship, both collecttheir second awards.It’s also the third successive year that sisters are named on an All-Star selection as the Hegartys from Donegal, Ciara and Niamh, were listed on the 2017 team, while the O’Sullivans from Cork, Ciara and Doireann, were honoured in 2018.There are nine first-time winners on the 2019 TG4All Star team, including Dublin’s Niamh Collins, Olwen Carey and Niamh McEvoy.Monica McGuirk earns the goalkeeping spot for herexploits with Meath, who contested the TG4 All-Ireland Intermediate Final, andit’s also a first All Star for the Royal County since 2011, when anothergoalkeeper, Irene Munnelly, was honoured.The other first-time All-Star recipients are Melissa Duggan (Cork) and Mayo’s Rachel Kearns.In total, there are four survivors from the 2018 All-Star team – Dublin trio Goldrick, McGrath and Davey, and Galway’s Burke.It was also confirmed on the night that the 2020 TG4 All-Star Tour will visit Austin, Texas, in the United States, with the tour scheduled for March 31-April 8.TG4 and the LGFA have also confirmed that LadiesFootball will feature in next year’s reality TV show ‘The Underdogs’, thetelevision series which is broadcast on TG4 each Autumn.Ladies Football featured on the Underdogs TV Series on three occasions in the past – in 2006 against Cork in Páirc Uí Rinn, in 2007 against the New York All-Stars in Gaelic Park, Bronx, and against the London Ladies team in 2008 under lights at Sunbury, the home of London Irish.More details on the 2020 Underdogs TV Series will beannounced in the coming months.Also on the night, Mayo star Niamh Kelly won the TG4‘Score of the Season’ award for her stunning goal against Galway in the 2019TG4 All-Ireland Senior Championship semi-final at Croke Park.Kelly’s mother, Breda, accepted the award on herbehalf, and it was presented by LGFA President Marie Hickey during a ‘RedCarpet Live’ Facebook event on the Spórt TG4 page.2019 TG4 Ladies Football All-Star teamMonica McGuirk (Meath) – 1st awardSinéad Burke (Galway) – 2nd awardNiamh Collins (Dublin) – 1st awardMelissa Duggan (Cork) – 1st awardNicola Ward (Galway) – 1st awardSinéad Goldrick (Dublin) – 7th awardOlwen Carey (Dublin) – 1st awardLouise Ward (Galway) – 1st awardSiobhán McGrath (Dublin) – 4th awardCarla Rowe (Dublin) – 3rd awardNiamh McEvoy (Dublin) – 1st awardLyndsey Davey (Dublin) – 5th awardTracey Leonard (Galway) – 1st awardRachel Kearns (Mayo) – 1st awardOrla Finn (Cork) – 2nd award Countyby county breakdown:7 Dublin, 4 Galway, 2 Cork, 1 Meath, 1 Mayoprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img

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