Aisling Burke receiving her Player of the Year Award from Danny Gorman. Pic: Alf Harvey.
Laois Camogie Player of the Year Aisling Burke ended the year with a county and provincial medal to add to her trophy cabinet. Like all good Camross hurlers though, the talented centre-back is hungry for more success in 2018.
What was your personal highlight of 2017?
- Looking back on the year the highlight for me had to be winning the county final. After losing the year pervious it really made us appreciate the win this year. No one deserves or is guaranteed to win anything unless you are willing to work for it.
Did you achieve all you wanted to achieve in 2017?
- Winning the county final with Camross and the intermediate leinster final with Laois were both great achievements. It would have been great to have progressed further in both but hopefully that will drive us on for the coming year.
What was your biggest disappointment/regret of 2017?
- Without a doubt the biggest disappointment had to be our Leinster semi-final loss to Myshall. A single point in extra time was so hard to take but that’s sport and it can be so cruel at times.
Who was the toughest opponent you faced in 2017?
- The toughest opponent had to be Meath in the first round of championship. They were physically very strong and losing by such a score wasn’t an ideal start. As they are reining all Ireland intermediate champions it gives us an idea of what is expected next year.
What was the best sporting event you attended in 2017?
- For any GAA/Camogie player attending the all-Ireland hurling final on the first Sunday of September is always a must. Seeing Galway and of course Joe Canning lifting the Liam McCarthy was lovely to witnesses and experience that atmosphere.
What sporting event do you wish you could have attended in 2017?
- I would love to have attended a six nation’s rugby match in the Aviva Stadium. I have always enjoyed watching and admired the sport.
Who played the biggest role in helping you to be successful in 2017?
- Undoubtable my parents, what supportive understanding and caring people. For all the dinners, the holy water, having the gear ready and for been there when we win and when we lose thank you.
Non-Sporting highlight of the year?
- My mam and I headed to New York in November when the camogie came to an end. It was one way of trying to get the Leinster semi-final defeat out of my head.
What are your goals/ambitions for 2018?
- Getting back to an all-Ireland semi-final in intermediate championship with Laois, and at that stage anything can happen. Regarding the club a spot in the county final would be as far as we would be looking. We are the team to bet and we will be under no illusions for the coming year.
What is you biggest fear for 2018?
- Injury is always a fear. If you can stay injury free the rest will fall into place.
Aside from you/your team, who would you like to see be successful in 2018?
- Seeing as my camogie days began in Slieve Bloom I would love to see them be successful in the intermediate hurling championship.
What sporting event would you most like to attend in 2018?
- I would love to attend a six nation’s rugby match in the Aviva Stadium
Who would you say is 'One to Watch' in 2018?
- Any of the girls coming through off the winning laois U-16 team, of which some have joined the laois senior panel to keep us on our toes.
All-Ireland Football and Hurling
- Hard to pass Dublin for the football and I would go with Galway again for the hurling, but would not begrudge Waterford their day either.
Laois Senior Football and Hurling?
- Portlaois for the football and Camross for back to back titles.
Laois Ladies Football and Camogie
- Hard to see past Starsfields for the football, there is only a puck of a ball between us and O’Moores so it would be a hard one to call.
6 Nations and European Champions Cup
- Ireland for the six nations and Leinster for the European Champions Cup.