Tipp duo win player awards

Tipp duo win player awards

Three players from this year's two All-Ireland senior winning sides, Tipperary and Cork, and a fourth from beaten SFC finalists Down have today collected the last of the 2010 GAA Player of the Month awards, sponsored by Vodafone.

Star Tipperary attacker Noel McGrath collected the August hurling award while his county colleague and All-Ireland final hat-trick hero, Lar Corbett was presented with the September award.

Joining them on the awards list at today's presentation ceremony at the Westbury Hotel in Dublin was Cork All-Ireland midfielder Aidan Walsh, who collected the September football Player of the Month award, with Martin Clarke of Down receiving the August football award.

The Tipperary duo became the first Premier County players this season to end up on the Player of the Month awards list, a reflection of the county's perfect timing in hitting top form at the business end of the season following their disappointing start to the Championship with a surprise defeat to Cork.

The August award for McGrath, 19, is due recognition for the 2009 Young Player of the Year's stunning display in Tipp's impressive 3-19 to 1-18 victory over Waterford. McGrath hit five outstanding points from play against the Deise as he won a crucial battle against one of the finest centre-backs in the game, Michael 'Brick' Walsh.

Just six days later, he was again a central figure in blue and gold as the county overran Antrim in the All-Ireland Under-21 semi-final. His team-mate Corbett (29) was a popular choice for the September Player of the Month award after his magical three goals helped Tipp power past Kilkenny and erase the memory of the harrowing 2009 All-Ireland final defeat to the same opponents.

The August football award was some consolation to Down forward Clarke (23) after his side's narrow defeat to Cork in the recent All-Ireland final and recognition of his outstanding performance in spearheading Down's victory over Kerry in what was one of the surprise results of the 2010 Championship.

Clarke maintained his fine form later in the month as he was one of the stars of their semi-final victory over Kildare.

For the 20-year-old Walsh, who gave an imperious midfield display in Cork's All-Ireland final victory over Down, the award caps a magnificent September and, indeed, season after the Rebels ended up double champions, with their 20-year wait for the All-Ireland title coming five months after their National League Division 1 title victory.

GAA President Christy Cooney said: "Today's awards bring together four stars of the 2010 GAA season. Each of them has added so much to what has been a truly memorable year.

"The fact that Tipperary players claimed both the August and September awards reflected their well-timed run all the way to a victorious and tremendous All-Ireland final win.

"Similarly in football, both Martin Clarke and Aidan Walsh did the business for their counties at the peak of the season and all four are fully deserving of these awards."

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