DCU student Kellyann Doyle received her first ever nomination for the Camogie All-Stars Awards.
The Kilkenny defender said it is a huge honour, made sweeter by the fact she came back from a cruciate injury in 2018.
“I spent the majority of 2018 trying to recover and trying to get back to the highest standard of playing camogie with Kilkenny. To be nominated this year means a huge amount.”
“There were three of us that did our cruciate on the camogie team and we just kept pushing each other on and we knew that we were gonna come back. Even just to get back to the club was amazing, playing with all the girls that I grew up with.”
Doyle said that to be nominated with the likes of Katie Power (Kilkenny), Denise Scaul (Kilkenny) and Niamh Kilkenny (Galway) was great.
Kilkenny lost to Galway in the All Ireland Final in September by 3-14 to 0-17. It was the side’s third All Ireland Final loss in a row.
“Obviously this year was very disappointing to get to the All Ireland and just not get over the final hurdle,” she said. “But everyone’s so positive in Kilkenny, look at the Dublin ladies footballers, they lost three in a row and look at them now. It’s crazy.”
Doyle is looking forward to DCU’s senior camogie season beginning again. She is confident the ladies will bounce back from a defeat to University of Limerick in the Ashbourne Cup semi-final last year.
“We got to the Ashbourne Cup and had a really disappointing performance, going on previous matches that we played that year, but there’s loads of girls coming back this year,” she said. “I know we lost a few fourth years, but there’s new first years coming in and there’s girls coming back from injuries this year so they’re all gonna make a huge impact this year as well.”
According to Doyle, the 20×20 campaign and representation for women in sport is very important.
“When we were smaller, I wouldn’t have been able to name any female camogie stars. I could name as many hurlers as you wanted but I didn’t know much about female sportswomen.”
Doyle cited Katie Power as one of her role models growing up. As they both play club camogie for Pilltown GAA, she always saw her at matches and looked up to her.
Doyle said she hasn’t faced much inequality in her sporting career, but there are still improvements to be made.
“I know it’s harder for camogie teams to get pitches because the men always take first preference. The girls don’t get much TV time, it might be two or three matches at the end of the year, but that’s it.”
The Camogie All-Stars Awards will be held on Saturday October 19th, where the final team will be announced.
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