Kilkenny’s Eddie Brennan and Kerry's Colm ‘Gooch’ Cooper have been honoured with the Opel Gaelic Player of the Month Awards for September in hurling and football respectively.
Their selection is a fitting tribute to the achievements of both Kilkenny and Kerry in retaining their All Ireland titles.
Eddie Brennan’s man of the match winning performance in the final against Limerick helped the Cats to their 30th All Ireland title, while Kerry sharpshooter Cooper scored a hugely impressive 1-5 in helping Kerry see off Cork for their first two in a row since 1986.
Cooper’s outstanding performances throughout the championship for Kerry were a major factor in their march to Sam according to former Kerry manager and chairman of the Opel/GPA Football Selection Committee, Jack O Connor.
O’Connor said: ‘There isn’t really much more that I can say about Gooch that hasn’t already been written or said, but I did have the pleasure to manage him for three years with Kerry and I can honestly say it was a privilege.
‘Without a shadow of a doubt, he is the most gifted forward of his generation and proved it again in the All-Ireland SFC final with his 1-5 haul. Vision, handling skills, accuracy, bravery – you name it, he has it. Pure and simple, that man is a genius.’
Chairman of the Opel/GPA Hurling Selection Committee, Donal O Grady, had high praise for Brennan also: ‘Eddie Brennan is blessed with natural skill and to see him exhibit his full repertoire on All-Ireland SHC final day must have been a joy to behold for all Kilkenny supporters.
‘The man was just unstoppable from the word-go and his brilliantly-executed opening goal set the tone for the rest of the game. Limerick’s defenders just couldn’t cope with his electric pace and tremendous skill which helped him notch 1-5 from play, an impressive return in any game not to mention the most important match of the year.’