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Saturday 14 December 2019

Magnificent seven All Stars for Jackies

Pictured are Dublin’s Olwen Carey, Carla Rowe, Siobhán McGrath, Lyndsey Davey and
Niamh Collins with their All Star awards. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Pictured are Dublin’s Olwen Carey, Carla Rowe, Siobhán McGrath, Lyndsey Davey and Niamh Collins with their All Star awards. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Dublin lead the way with seven representatives on the 2019 TG4 Ladies Football All Star team.

The Jackies' haul matches their all-time best of seven players on the annual selection, which was also achieved last year with keeper Ciara Trant unlucky not to have been included on this occasion.

The 2019 team was revealed on Saturday night at the annual TG4 All Star awards banquet, in association with Lidl, at the Citywest Hotel.

Dublin's Sinéad Goldrick wins a seventh All-Star award 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 Senior Championship Final, which was played out in front of a record 56,114 attendance. Another Dublin star, Siobhán McGrath, was honoured for a fourth time, while there's a third award for team-mate Carla Rowe. McGrath was also named as the 2019 TG4 Senior Players' Player of the Year.

It's the third successive year that a Dublin player has won the TG4 Senior Players' Player of the Year award, following wins for Noelle Healy in 2017 and captain Sinéad Aherne in 2018.

Galway defender Sinéad Burke and Cork forward Orla Finn, who was joint top scorer in the 2019 Senior Championship, both collect their second awards. The 2019 selection is also noteworthy for the presence of Galway twin sisters Nicola and Louise Ward in the prestigious 15.

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.

2019 TG4 Ladies Football All Stars: Monica McGuirk (Meath); Sinéad Burke (Galway), Niamh Collins (Dublin), Melissa Duggan (Cork); Nicola Ward (Galway), Sinéad Goldrick (Dublin), Olwen Carey (Dublin); Louise Ward (Galway), Siobhán McGrath (Dublin); Carla Rowe (Dublin), Niamh McEvoy (Dublin), Lyndsey Davey (Dublin); Tracey Leonard (Galway), Rachel Kearns (Mayo), Orla Finn (Cork).

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