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Imperial Clean Sweep From Meath In The Players’ Player Of The Year Nominees, Here’s Why

Emma Duggan, Emma Troy and Vikki Wall were all selected for the shortlist of the senior 2021 TG4 award. Alanna Cunnane takes a deep dive into the reasons why.

The nominations for the 2021 TG4 Players’ Player of the year are upon us with 9 players selected across the three divisions.

The outright victor is to be chosen at the All Star Awards on November 13th at Dublin’s Bonnington Hotel.

All three Senior proposals have also been nominated for that very contest, a testimony to Meath’s, Emma Duggan’s, Emma Troy’s and Vikki Wall’s greatness in this year’s championship.

Two of those in the Intermediate category were also triumphant at the TG4 finals, this time with Westmeath; Sarah Dillon and Lucy McCartan. Niamh O’Dea of Clare takes the last spot as even though her county crashed out at the quarter-final stage her individual brilliance in the campaign saw her collect 3-13.

14 September 2021; Clíodhna Ní Shé of Carlow is presented with The Croke Park/LGFA Player of the Month award for August by Alan Smullen, General Manager, The Croke Park, at The Croke Park in Jones Road, Dublin. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Golden boot winner Clíodhna Ní Shé can be seen in the Junior shortlist alongside Antrim’s Gráinne McLaughlin who hauled 0-38 and Wicklow’s vice-captain Marie Kealy.

Elected by their fellow players, here’s an insight into why the elite grade may have been bestowed the honour.

Emma Duggan (Meath)

19 year old Emma Duggan massed more than her Leaving Cert results this summer, accumulating a whopping 3-19 along the path to The Royal County’s success.

Instrumental in their 1-11 to 0-12 overcoming of Dublin the Dunboyne woman sank 1-2 in that All Ireland final and acted as the crucial blow to their defence.

This wasn’t an isolated incident however as she also had a phenomenal showcase in the semi-final against Cork and beyond.

Prone to sending the green flag waving at the most vital of occasions she also picked up the Croke Park/LGFA Player of the Month Award for September.

Vikki Wall (Meath)

Clubmate Vikki Wall is also up for the vote with a good track record in her favour too. Player of the Match on that hallowed day she is a fundamental cog in the Meath machine and even snatched the Intermediate version of this award last year.

Despite only tallying 1-6 in the competition her strong and determined runs from midfield open things up for her team, providing outlets and decoys as she advances forward.

Her teenage colleague not the only one to assemble accolades, Wall too collected a prize for her gifted talents recently, the PwC GPA Player of the month for September.

Emma Troy (Meath)

Emma Troy completes the trio. As a stakeholder of the bolstered defensive line.

The right corner back alongside teammates Mary Kate Lynch, Katie Newe, Aoibheann Leahy, Aoibhín Cleary and captain Shauna Ennis ensured a tight ship was run to impede any threats on keeper Monica McGuirk and has been recognised for her extraordinary work ethic.

Kicking two first half points in the All Ireland final she also displayed that her shooting boots are in flying form on the other side of the pitch too.

Alanna Cunnane

Alanna is a Journalism student in Dublin City University and is passionate about all sport - in particular Ladies Football and Soccer! Alanna has made contributions to Ocean FM, the Final Whistle, the Sligo Champion and the Connacht Telegraph! She even has hosts her own podcast called 'Are You Still Listening?'
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