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Moran and Dooher win awards

Updated: Wednesday, 04 Jul 2007 15:18

Ollie Moran has won the Opel Hurler of the Month Award for June
Ollie Moran has won the Opel Hurler of the Month Award for June

Limerick's Ollie Moran and Brian Dooher of Tyrone have been honoured with the Opel Gaelic Player of the Month Awards for June in football and hurling respectively.

Their selection is a fitting tribute to the achievement of their respective counties in reaching their provincial finals.

Moran's tremendous performances for Limerick in their epic three -ame saga with Tipperary earned the Ahane clubman the hurling accolade, which came as no surprise to Hurling Committee Chairman Donal O'Grady.

'There's no denying that Limerick would not have got over the threshold if it weren't for the tremendous contribution of Ollie Moran throughout their three-game epic against Tipperary,' the former Cork manager said.

O'Grady, now an RTÉ analyst, added: 'On the first day, he was a clear man of the match winner after hitting five points from play and making the terrific catch which set up Pat Tobin for the equalising goal.

'When Limerick needed leaders, he was also to the fore during the closing stages of the first replay, and fittingly, he popped up to bag one of the key points at the end of extra-time in the second replay.’

Chairman of the Opel GPA Football Selection Committee Jack O'Connor wasn't in the least bit surprised to see Dooher get the vote of his peers and said the Tyrone player was one of the best examples of a modern-day half-forward.

The former Kerry manager remarked: 'When it comes to Brian Dooher, what you is see is what you get and that is total honesty. He has a non-stop engine and is a real team player in every sense of the phrase.

'His brilliant performance against Donegal in the Ulster semi-final had to  be seen to be believed.

'He covered every blade of grass, seemed to be at the end of every breaking ball and also chipped in with five points from play. When it comes to inspiring others, he is a manager's dream.'

Dooher, who was unable to attend today’s awards presentation due to work commitments, commented: 'No player could receive an award like this without the contribution of his team-mates so this is a tribute to the Tyrone panel.

'Personally, I am deeply honoured to be recognised by fellow players, something very special for any footballer.'

Dessie Farrell, Chief Executive of the GPA, said: 'There’s no doubt that Tyrone's victory over league champions Donegal is the most significant to date in the football Championship and Brian Dooher was the pivotal figure in that win.

'Hurling has received a real shot in the arm from the Limerick/Tipp epic and Ollie Moran deserves huge credit for his contribution throughout the series. It is most fitting that both men have received this ringing endorsement from their peers, the most prestigious accolade any player can get.'

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