St Vincents Camogie star Niamh Hetherton named on AIB All Ireland Senior Club Championship Team of the Year

St Vincents camogie star Niamh Hetherton in action during the Dublin club championship final, Niamh has been named on the AIB All Ireland Senior Club Championship Team and won the Provincial Club Player of the year award

St Vincents rising Camogie star Niamh Hetherton has scooped both an AIB Team of the Year award and the Provincial player of the year award.

The news broke today as AIB and the Camogie Association announced the 2019/2020 AIB All Ireland Senior Club Championship Team of the Year and Provincial Players of the Year.

It’s deserved recognition for the number of top class performances from Niamh Hetherton as she helped her club St Vincents claim the Leinster club title and a place in the All Ireland semi finals.

The young starlet only sat her leaving cert exams last year, but despite her tender years is already proving to be a multitalented sports star in the making.

Niamh has proven equally talented at Gaelic football, she won an All Ireland Intermediate club title with Clontarf in 2018 and was also a standout player for the Dublin minor ladies footballers.

Hetherton made her Dublin Senior championship debut for Mick Bohan’s side in last seasons Leinster final against Westmeath and impressed as Dublin claimed their eight provincial title in a row.

The young star claimed her first Senior All Ireland title later in the year playing her part in helping Dublin win a third All Ireland title in a row.

There was little time to celebrate for Niamh Hetherton as she switched her attention to the Camogie club championship.

First securing the Dublin club title as St Vincents reclaimed the title they relinquished in 2018.

In the provincial championship final Niamh and her St Vincents teammates faced St Martin’s of Wexford.

The final ended in a draw but St Vincents prevailed in the replay by 2-11 to 2-09 with Niamh picking up the Player of the Match award.

And Niamh’s exploits and displays have been rightly recognised with a place on the Team of the Year and the Provincial Player of the Year award.

The team features six players from All-Ireland champions Sarsfields from Galway, six players from Ulster Champions and All-Ireland Runners-Up Slaughtneil, two players from Clare’s Scariff-Ogonelloe along with one player from St. Vincents of Dublin.

Four players, one from each province, were named as Provincial Players of the Year.

Aoife Ní Chaiside of All-Ireland finalists Slaughtneil, Niamh Hetherton of Leinster and St. Vincents, Mairéad Scanlan from Munster champions Scariff-Ogonelloe and Siobhán McGrath of Connacht and Galway’s Sarsfields.

The four players are now in the running for the prestigious AIB Camogie Club Player of the Year Award with the winner to be announced on AIB GAA social channels on Friday, April 3rd.

Whilst the current Covid-19 emergency prevents the holding of a ceremony to celebrate the announcement of the 2019/2020 AIB All-Ireland Senior Club Player Team and Player of the Year, AIB together with the Camogie Association, still want to acknowledge the selected players for their incredible performances throughout the season.

All 15 players whose performances, skills and talent lit up the AIB All-Ireland Club Championship will be awarded with hand crafted trophies created by renowned sculptor Jarlath Daly.

The four Provincial Players of the Year were chosen from the overall Team of the Year, which consist of the below list of 15 well-deserving players:

Team of the Year

Laura Glynn – Sarsfields (Galway)

Céat McEldowney – Slaughtneil (Derry)

Laura Ward – Sarsfields (Galway)

Susan Vaughan – Scariff-Ogonnelloe (Clare)

Aoife Ní Chaiside – Slaughtneil (Derry)

Maria Cooney – Sarsfields (Galway)

Shannon Graham – Slaughtneil (Derry)

Mairáad Scanlan – Scariff-Ogonnelloe (Clare)

Niamh McGrath – Sarsfields (Galway)

Siobhán Bradley – Slaughtneil (Derry)

Orlaith McGrath – Sarsfields (Galway)

Tina Bradley – Slaughtneil (Derry)

Louise Dougan – Slaughtneil (Derry)

Siobhán McGrath – Sarsfields (Galway)

Niamh Hetherton – St. Vincents (Dublin)

Provincial Player of the Year winners and overall Player of the Year nominees

Siobhán McGrath – Sarsfields (Connacht)

Niamh Hetherton – St. Vincents (Leinster)

Mairéad Scanlan – Scariff-Ogonnelloe (Munster)

Aoife Ní Chaiside – Slaughtneil (Ulster)

President of the Camogie Association, Kathleen Woods, commented on the Provincial Players of the Year and Team of the Year, saying:

“We are delighted to be able to recognise these players for their hard-work, commitment and talent through the announcement of the AIB Camogie Club Team of the Year and Provincial Players of the Year.

“The 2019/20 season required countless hours of training, traveling and facing tough competition which culminated in a dramatic Senior Final which ultimately saw Sarsfields of Galway prevail.

“We are delighted to recognise these players for their dedication to the sport, and the level of passion they’ve shown over the past few months.”

Maol Muire Tynan, Head of Public Affairs AIB, said:

“It is an honour for AIB to be associated with the All-Ireland Camogie Club Championships.

“All of us involved with sport feel the absence of live games but it is fantastic to have matches to look back at and the feats of skill, determination and resilience within them.

“As always this year’s AIB All-Ireland Camogie Club Championships had all of this and came to a fitting nail biting conclusion in an incredible Final between two-in-a-row winners Slaughtneil and this year’s champions, Sarsfield’s.

“This year’s AIB All-Ireland Camogie Club Player Awards are by necessity taking a different format.

“In no way does this diminish the scale of the accomplishment for the winning players to be acknowledged as the best player in your position throughout the Championships.

“It is an incredible achievement for the players, their clubs, coaches, families and communities.

“We would like to congratulate all of them and look forward to hopefully seeing them back on the field of play in the not too distant future.”

The AIB All-Ireland Senior Club Championship Team of the Year is selected by a judging panel made up of members from the Camogie Association, the provincial Camogie Councils and AIB with the winning players picked based on performances across the 2019/2020 Championships.

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