Beth Carton (third from right, front row) made camogie history on Saturday night…..Photo: Inpho.
Beth Carton’s dedication and hard work was rewarded on Saturday night at the Citywest Hotel as the De La Salle hotshot collected Waterford’s first ever camogie All Star.
She scored 3-36 over five championship matches (3-5 from play) as Donal O’Rourke’s side defeated Limerick and Clare to qualify for the All Ireland quarter finals. In those two victories, she was front and centre. Against Limerick, she churned out 1-10, assisted the second goal for Kaiesha Tobin and caught a vital puckout towards the end. The following Sunday, she played a part in all twelve scores at Cusack Park. During the league, the leader of the Déise attack was responsible for 2-37.
Carton was the last name announced at the gala ceremony as she completed a full forward line that also contained Katrina Mackey and Cait Devane. It took her by surprise. “I’m absolutely gobsmacked to be honest, I wasn’t expecting it at all.”
With typical modesty, she saluted the volunteer effort behind the scenes. “There’s great people involved. This isn’t just for me, it’s for everyone involved in Waterford camogie and everything they’ve done from underage all the way up.”
The 20 year old joined seven Cork winners, including eleven-time All Star Gemma O’Connor, five Kilkenny players and one each from Galway and Tipperary up on stage. “They’re absolute heroes of the game and people that I looked up to when I was younger going to games with my Dad. It’s an honour to be on the same stage as them.”
Amazingly, the UL student changed her free taking technique mid-season on the advice of manager Donal O’Rourke. She took them off her left during the league and Ashbourne Cup but O’Rourke persuaded her to practice off her right and those hours spent on the De La Salle pitch reaped dividends during the summer.
POSITIVE YEAR FOR DÉISE CAMOGIE
Carton’s team mates Aine Lyng, Lorraine Bray and Niamh Rockett also earned nominations to round off a positive year on the inter county front. She hopes that there’s more to come from this squad in 2019. “To get back to a quarter final will take serious work but we’re ready to put it in. We’re really looking forward to it.”
2018 Camogie All Stars: Aoife Murray (Cork); Grace Walsh (Kilkenny), Sarah Dervan (Galway), Pamela Mackey (Cork); Hannah Looney (Cork), Anne Dalton (Kilkenny), Chloe Sigerson (Cork); Gemma O’Connor (Cork), Meighan Farrell (Kilkenny); Orla Cotter (Cork), Katie Power (Kilkenny), Denise Gaule (Kilkenny); Katrina Mackey (Cork), Cait Devane (Tipperary), Beth Carton (Waterford).