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July winners: PwC GPA Women and PwC GAA-GPA Players of the Month

10 August, 2021

  • Galway camogie's Siobhán McGrath and Meath footballer Emma Duggan are the women's winners
  • Waterford hurler Jamie Barron and Mayo football's Matthew Ruane pick up the two men's awards

Four brilliant players have been rewarded with Player of the Month awards following their exceptional performances throughout July.

Galway camogie's Siobhán McGrath and Meath footballer Emma Duggan scoop the PwC GPA Women's Player of the Month Awards while Waterford's Jamie Barron and Matthew Ruane of Mayo are named as PwC GAA/GPA Player of the Month award winners for hurling and football respectively.

Pictured are Matthew Ruane, Jamie Barron, Emma Duggan and Siobhán McGrath.

Pictured are Matthew Ruane, Mayo (Football) and Jamie Barron, Waterford (Hurling), July's PwC GAA/GPA Player of the Month award winners; and Emma Duggan, Meath (Football) and Siobhán McGrath, Galway (Camogie), July's PwC GPA Player of the Month awards winners.

Siobhán played a major role in Galway's three victories in July over Westmeath, Clare and Kilkenny, finding the net against the Banner and the Cats on their way to an All-Ireland semi-final on 28 August.

Emma was instrumental in Meath's victory over Tipperary, scoring five points as the Royals advanced to the knockout stages where they defeated Armagh to reach the All-Ireland semi-final against Cork this weekend.

Jamie was a standout performer as Waterford progressed to last weekend's All-Ireland semi-final against Limerick, notching four points in each of his last two games against Galway and Tipperary.

Matthew led Mayo's successful charge to the Connacht championship from the front, with two points in the semi-final against Leitrim before scoring 1-2 in the decider with Galway, setting up a showdown with arch-rivals Dublin in the All-Ireland semi-final this weekend.

PwC are proud sponsors of the Player of the Month Awards across camogie, hurling and football, men's and women's. This is the first year that the PwC GPA Women's Player of the Month Awards are being presented alongside their male equivalents. The prizes on offer for the winners match those presented to the male monthly winners.

Commenting on the announcement, Feargal O'Rourke Managing Partner of PwC said: "Well done to Siobhán, Emma, Jamie and Matthew from all of us at PwC for their stellar individual performances that resulted in them being named Player of the Month award winners for July. We wish each player the best of luck as we hit the business end of a Championship season that has been packed with quality action to date.

These Player of the Month awards are always closely contested, and to be nominated, let alone win, is a reflection of excellent performances in men's and women's Gaelic Games. We are proud at PwC to partner with the GPA to reward the skill, dedication and effort of all Gaelic players equally".

Uachtarán Cumann Lúthchleas Gael, Larry McCarthy said: "Congratulations to both players on winning the PwC GAA GPA Player of the Month Awards for July. Jamie was in excellent form for Waterford throughout their All-Ireland Hurling Qualifier run and Matthew was central to Mayo being crowned Connacht champions for the second year in-a-row. The Championships have provided us with incredible excitement so far and we look forward to the forthcoming games in August".

Speaking on behalf of the GPA, Tom Parsons CEO added: "Congratulations to each of the winners of July's awards. There were many outstanding performances during the month across all four codes which makes Emma's, Siobhán's, Jamie's and Matthew's achievements in winning these awards all the more impressive. Thanks too, as always, to PwC for their ongoing support and for helping us put male and female inter-county players on the same platform".

The PwC GPA Women's Player of the Month and PwC GAA/GPA Players of the Month Award winners are voted for by the GPA's membership.

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