Marie Coady, Tax Partner PwC, presents Jamie Barron of Waterford with his PwC GAA/GPA Player of the Month Award for August at a reception in PwC Offices, Dublin. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile.
Waterford’s Jamie Barron was today one of four players to be awarded with the first GAA/GPA Player of the Month awards under the new sponsorship of PwC at a ceremony at PwC’s head offices in Dublin.
Barron, who was last week nominated for an All-Star and for Hurler of the Year, took the hurling award for the month of August thanks to a brilliant display in Waterford’s All-Ireland semi-final win over Cork in which he scored 2-1 from play.
August’s football award went to Andy Moran. Moran was on fire in Mayo’s All-Ireland semi-final drawn encounter with Kerry notching up 1-05. He scored 1-01 in the replay win a week later.
The July winners were Galway’s Conor Cooney and Mayo’s Lee Keegan.
Conor Cooney was instrumental in Galway’s Leinster Hurling Final win against Wexford at the start of July. The St. Thomas’s clubman scored eight points in a man-of-the-match display.
July was a busy month for Lee Keegan as Mayo had hard fought wins against Derry, Clare and Cork in the All-Ireland football qualifiers. He was then named man-of-the-match in their quarter final drawn encounter with Roscommon. The wing-back scored 1-3 on the day.
These are extra busy times for Jamie Barron as for the lat two weekends he has played for his club Fourmilewater on the Saturdays in the County SHC and then on the Sundays he has lined out (with club and county colleague Conor Gleeson) with UCC in the Cork Co. SHC. It’s more of the same this weekend but the pair will have an extra couple of days rest in between games. On Thursday night the take on Portlaw in the Co. SHC in Fraher Field before taking on Sarsfields with UCC in their Cork Co. SHC quarter-final replay on Sunday evening at 7.15pm in Paric Uí Rinn.