Dublin Camogie stars Aoife Bugler and Aisling Maher were among the winners at Saturday nights Camogie Association All Stars Awards Banquet in the Citywest Hotel.[contact-form-7 404 "Not Found"]
Dublin Premier Junior ace forward Aoife Bugler ended the night with two awards, a Soaring Star Award and place on the 2017 Soaring Star Team in the full forward position and Aoife also claimed the Players’ Player Of The Year Award.
It was just reward for the St Oliver Plunkett Eoghan Ruadh player who was brilliant all year for the Dublin Premier Junior Squad who won the Division 3 League title and contested the All Ireland Final.
Aoife is one of the most dangerous forwards in the game and she put in a string of high scoring top class displays this season and was deadly accurate from both open play and frees and with her best years still ahead, Saturday nights awards won’t be last Aoife will win over the duration of her Dublin career.
Dublin’s other award winner on Saturday night was Senior star Aisling Maher who scooped an All Star Award and a place on the 2017 All Star Team at full forward. It’s the first All Star award won by a Dublin player in ten years with Eimear Brannigan the last All Star recipient from the capital back in 2007.
Aisling was magnificent all year for the Dublin Senior Squad, her all action and combative play marked her out as one of the top forwards in the country. The St Vincent’s player is superbly accurate both from dead balls and open play and her name was consistently present on the Dublin scoresheets throughout the League and All Ireland Championship campaigns.
Aisling scored a number of eye catching points this season, particularly a number of top class over the shoulder beauties in both the All Ireland quarter final and semi final that were up there with the best points scored by any play in the country in 2017.
Another player with her prime years still ahead of her, on current form there could certainly be another few All Star Awards to add to the collection over the coming seasons.
Special mention also has to go to Dublin’s seven other nominees Faye McCarthy, Eve O’Brien, Eva Marie Elliott, Hannah Hegarty, Eimear McCarthy, Aine Woods and Grainne Free.
Each and every one of them were very worthy nominees and very unlucky not to walk away with an award on Saturday night which would have been thoroughly deserved for their display for Dublin this season.
But one thing is for sure, each of those above named players continue the form they have shown this season, then an All Star Award will be forthcoming in the coming seasons.