*Clare’s Caoimhe Cahill. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill
TWO CLARE camogie players have been nominated PwC GPA Camogie Premier Junior Player of the Year.
Newmarket-on-Fergus’ Ellen Casey and Caoimhe Cahill of Kilmaley have been included in the three-person shortlist to scoop the accolade alongside Tipperary’s Jean Kelly.
Clare claimed the Junior title for the first time since 2008 at the beginning of August with a 3-7 1-9 win over Tipperary in Croke Park. The side managed by John Carmody recovered from a six-point deficit and a nervy start to be crowned All-Ireland champions, the county’s second side will now compete in the intermediate grade next year.
Dual-player Caoimhe Cahill scored a vital goal on Clare’s way to defeating Tipperary and was named player of the game. The teenager also hit three points in the semi-final as Clare produced a strong finish to overcome Armagh 0-22 2-15.
At centre back, Ellen Casey offered a physical presence throughout the campaign for Clare. The teenager’s use of possession and long-striking proved the platform for many attacks and her defensive ability also managed to stop many opposing teams from making inroads.
There are no nominees from the Clare senior side for the 2023 PwC Camogie All-Star Awards. Leading the pack is the formidable 2023 All-Ireland Champions, Cork, with an impressive eleven nominations. Waterford follows closely with nine nominations, while Galway, Tipperary, and 2022 All-Ireland Champions, Kilkenny, also receive recognition with seven, six, and three nominations respectively.