GAA/GPA Player of the Month (hurling)

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The GAA/GPA Player of the Month is a Gaelic games award that recognises the best hurler each month of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship. Each of the monthly award winners are selected by members of the Gaelic Players' Association from a shortlist nominated by an independent panel, made up of four former players.[1] The awards scheme is officially known as the Opel GAA/GPA Player of the Month.

While Vodafone had sponsored the All-Stars monthly awards scheme, the Gaelic Players' Association introduced their own awards in 2006. These were sponsored by Opel. Both the All-Stars and the GPA awards merged in 2011.[2] Mark Foley was the inaugural recipient in April 2006 for his "outstanding corner-back play" during Limerick's unbeaten run to the National Hurling League final.

Henry Shefflin has been Player of the Month the most with three awards. Two players have won the award in consecutive months; John Mullane in 2009, and Ger Farragher in 2010. They are also the only players to have won two awards in a single season.

As of May 2014, the most recent recipient of the award is forward Stephen Maher, who plays for Laois.

Winners[edit]

Month Year Player County Club Position Ref
April 20062006 Foley, MarkMark Foley Limerick Adare 4 [3]
May 20062006 Kelly, EoinEoin Kelly Tipperary Mullinahone 15 [4]
June 20062006 Deane, JoeJoe Deane Cork Killeagh 15 [5]
July 20062006 Shanahan, DanDan Shanahan Waterford Lismore 10 [6]
August 20062006 Shefflin, HenryHenry Shefflin Kilkenny Ballyhale Shamrocks 14 [7]
September 20062006 Fitzpatrick, JamesJames Fitzpatrick Kilkenny Ballyhale Shamrocks 9 [8]
April 20072007 Prendergast, SéamusSéamus Prendergast Waterford Ardmore 14 [9]
May 20072007 Curran, RonanRonan Curran Cork St. Finbarr's 6 [10]
June 20072007 Moran, OllieOllie Moran Limerick Ahane 11 [11]
July 20072007 Shanahan, DanDan Shanahan Waterford Lismore 10 [12]
August 20072007 O'Shaughnessy, AndrewAndrew O'Shaughnessy Limerick Kilmallock 13 [13]
September 20072007 Brennan, EddieEddie Brennan Kilkenny Graigue-Ballycallan 13 [14]
April 20082008 McGrath, ShaneShane McGrath Tipperary Ballinahinch 9 [15]
May 20082008 O'Callaghan, DavidDavid O'Callaghan Dublin St. Mark's 13 [16]
June 20082008 O'Connell, BrianBrian O'Connell Clare Wolfe Tones 8 [17]
July 20082008 Canning, JoeJoe Canning Galway Portumna 14 [18]
August 20082008 Lyng, DerekDerek Lyng Kilkenny Emeralds 9 [19]
September 20082008 Larkin, EoinEoin Larkin Kilkenny James Stephens 12 [20]
April 20092009 McCrabbe, AlanAlan McCrabbe Dublin Craobh Chiaráin 15 [21]
May 20092009 Cadogan, EoinEoin Cadogan Cork Douglas 3 [22]
June 20092009 Mullane, JohnJohn Mullane Waterford De La Salle 13 [23]
July 20092009 Mullane, JohnJohn Mullane Waterford De La Salle 13 [24]
August 20092009 Shefflin, HenryHenry Shefflin Kilkenny Ballyhale Shamrocks 14 [25]
September 20092009 Walsh, TommyTommy Walsh Kilkenny Tullaroan 5 [26]
April 20102010 Farragher, GerGer Farragher Galway Castlegar 8 [27]
May 20102010 Farragher, GerGer Farragher Galway Castlegar 8 [28]
June 20102010 Hayes, DamienDamien Hayes Galway Portumna 14 [29]
July 20102010 Walsh, MichaelMichael Walsh Waterford Stradbally 6 [30]
August 20102010 McGrath, NoelNoel McGrath Tipperary Loughmore-Castleiney 13 [31]
September 20102010 Corbett, LarLar Corbett Tipperary Thurles Sarsfield's 11 [32]
May 20112011 Keaney, ConalConal Keaney Dublin Ballyboden St. Enda's 12
June 20112011 Maher, PádraicPádraic Maher Tipperary Thurles Sarsfield's 6 [33]
July 20112011 Corbett, LarLar Corbett Tipperary Thurles Sarsfield's 12 [34]
August 20112011 Fennelly, MichaelMichael Fennelly Kilkenny Ballyhale Shamrocks 8 [35]
September 20112011 Walsh, TommyTommy Walsh Kilkenny Tullaroan 5 [36]
May 20122012 Hyland, WillieWillie Hyland Laois Clough-Ballacolla 7 [37]
June 20122012 Maher, PatrickPatrick Maher Tipperary Lorrha-Dorrha 11 [38]
July 20122012 Moran, KevinKevin Moran Waterford De La Salle 7 [39]
August 20122012 Canning, JoeJoe Canning Galway Portumna 13 [40]
September 20122012 Shefflin, HenryHenry Shefflin Kilkenny Ballyhale Shamrocks 15 [41]
May 20132013 Healy, CahirCahir Healy Laois Portlaoise 8 [42]
June 20132013 McCarthy, RichieRichie McCarthy Limerick Blackrock 3 [43]
July 20132013 Ryan, PaulPaul Ryan Dublin Ballyboden St. Enda's 14 [44]
August 20132013 Kelly, TonyTony Kelly Clare Ballyea 11 [45]
September 20132013 O'Donnell, ShaneShane O'Donnell Clare Éire Óg 14 [46]
April 20142014 Hogan, RichieRichie Hogan Kilkenny Danesfort 11 [47]
May 20142014 Maher, StephenStephen Maher Laois Clough/Ballacolla 11 [48]

Multiple winners[edit]

The below table lists those who have won on more than one occasion.

* Indicates current championship player
Rank Player Wins
1st Henry Shefflin* 3
2nd Joe Canning* 2
Tommy Walsh*
Lar Corbett*
Ger Farragher
John Mullane
Dan Shanahan

Awards won by county[edit]

As of September 2013
County Wins
Kilkenny 11
Waterford 7
Tipperary 7
Galway 5
Dublin 4
Limerick 4
Clare 3
Cork 3
Laois 3

Awards won by club[edit]

As of May 2014
County Wins
Ballyhale Shamrocks 5
Portumna 3
Thurles Sarsfield's 3
De La Salle 3
Ballyboden St. Enda's 2
Castlegar 2
Tullaroan 2
Lismore 2
Clough/Ballacolla 2

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