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June winners: PwC GPA Women's and PwC GAA-GPA Players of the Month

06 July, 2021

  • Kilkenny camogie's Katie Nolan and Cork footballer Orla Finn are the women's winners
  • Clare hurler Tony Kelly and Kerry football's Sean O'Shea pick up the two men's awards

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

Kilkenny camogie's Katie Nolan and Cork footballer Orla Finn scoop the PwC GPA Women's Player of the Month Awards while Clare's Tony Kelly and Seán O'Shea of Kerry are named as PwC GAA/GPA Player of the Month award winners for hurling and football respectively.

Pictured are Sean O'Shea, Tony Kelly, Katie Nolan and Orla Finn.

Pictured are Sean O'Shea, Kerry (Football) and Tony Kelly, Clare (Hurling) with their PwC GAA/GPA Player of the Month awards for June; and Katie Nolan, Kilkenny (Camogie) and Orla Finn, Cork (Football) and with their PwC GPA Player of the Month awards for June.

Katie was one of the stars of Kilkenny's recent League final win over Galway, while her goal against Tipperary in the semi-final was key to sealing a dramatic win and their place in the decider.

Orla was key to Cork's run to the recent LGFA League final, though her eight points at Croke Park weren't enough to prevent defeat to Dublin.

Tony was at his sensational best as Clare powered to Munster SHC quarter-final victory over Waterford, notching another 1-12, including 0-5 from play, to go with his many other big individual tallies in major matches.

Seán pulled the strings in the Kerry attack once again as the Kingdom finished joint-League winners along with Dublin and then brushed Clare aside in the Munster SFC, his 1-7, including 1-4 from play, catching the eye.

PwC are now 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: "Sincere congratulations to Katie, Orla, Tony and Seán from all of us at PwC on being named Player of the Month Award winners for June. Each of them demonstrated superb individual performances, which were vital for their teams. We wish them all the best as the Championship season really starts to pick up pace and we look forward to a brilliant summer of action on the pitch".

"These Player of the Month Awards reward excellence across men's and women's Gaelic Games and we at PwC are proud to partner with the GPA to ensure that the effort, dedication and skill of all Gaelic players is celebrated equally".

Uachtarán Cumann Lúthchleas Gael Larry McCarthy said: "Tony and Seán are deserving winners of these awards and have been in exceptional form all season. The PwC All-Stars provide us with an opportunity to recognise outstanding talents that are an inspiration to club and county players through their endeavours, and we look forward to the excitement that is building over the forthcoming weeks of Championship".

Speaking on behalf of the GPA Ciarán Barr, Head of Finance and Operations, added: "Congratulations to the four winners for the month of June. They put in some outstanding displays and should be very proud to be recognised by their peers in this way. Congratulations to all the nominees".

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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