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Kavanagh and Deane take Player of the Month awards

Updated: Thursday, 14 Jun 2007 16:17

Cork forward Joe Deane has won the Opel Player of the Month award for June
Cork forward Joe Deane has won the Opel Player of the Month award for June

Donegal footballer Rory Kavanagh has been rewarded for his excellent performances of late with the Opel Gaelic Player of the Month Award for June. Meanwhile, inspirational Cork forward Joe Deane picked up the hurling award to add to the Munster title captured last month.

John O'Mahony, chair of the judging panel for football, said: 'Rory has clearly been anxious to show new manager Brian McIver what he's made of. He scored one of the goals of the season when bagging 1-02 from play in the Ulster opener against Down. He followed up with another tour de force against Derry, hitting 0-04 from play, and this exciting sharpshooter has scope for further improvement.'  

Hurling judge Donal O'Grady claimed Deane was one of the best forwards of his generation. He said: 'Joe has been in great form to date. A hurler with an abundance of natural pace and skill, he displayed his attacking artistry in Cork's opening two games of the summer, scoring freely and notching eight points - 0-03 from play - against Tipperary in the Munster final.' 

Dessie Farrell, chief executive of the GPA, said the awards speak 'volumes about the quality of their efforts'.

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