She was the favourite and delivered in every round as the title of ‘Galway’s Greatest Ladies Footballer’ went to the 2004 All-Ireland wining captain after the competition finished on Friday morning (1st June).
Annette Clarke‘s Galway senior career spanned 18 years with the highlights coming in 2002 and 2004. She won the All-Ireland Junior Ladies Football Championship beating Donegal before captaining her county to the Brendan Martin Cup two years later.
The two-time All-Star has played a key role in Kilkerrin/Clonberne’s recent domination of the domestic scene and her impact on Galway Ladies Football was acknowledged in 2016 when she was the subject of an episode of TG4’s ‘Laochra Gael.’
— Laochra Gael (@Laochra_Gael) October 12, 2015
Clarke’s involvement with Galway didn’t end upon her retirement after 2015. She was a member of the Tribesgirls’ management that won the 2017 All-Ireland under 16 title. And, along with her husband and team manager Kieran Collins, are part of the minor set-up that won the 2018 Connacht championship.
Niamh Fahey came second with 19% of the vote ahead of Caitriona Cormican (18%) and Edel Concannon (15%). But Clarke’s 48% tally had her the firm favourite from early on.
We’d like to thank everyone who supported the contest and the results of the final are listed below. And as an extra treat, here is the greatest Galway ladies football team ever based on your results.
- UNA CARROLL
2. AINE SEOIGHE
3. MARIE O’CONNELL
4. EMER FLAHERTY
5. FABIENNE COONEY
6. SINEAD BURKE
7. CAITRIONA CORMICAN
8. ANNETTE CLARKE
9. GERALDINE CONNEALLY
10. LOUISE WARD
11. TRACEY LEONARD
12. OLIVIA DIVILLY
13. ROISIN LEONARD
14. NIAMH FAHEY
15. EDEL CONCANNON
GALWAYS GREATEST LADIES FOOTBALLER – THE FINAL!
WHO DO YOU FEEL IS GALWAY'S GREATEST EVER LADIES FOOTBALLER?
— Galway Daily (@GalwayDaily) May 31, 2018