Tuesday 14th February 2017
Austin Gleeson is named overall winner of the WLR FM Granville Hotel GAA Award for 2016
Austin Gleeson won the first monthly award last February. At the time he said it's the start of the year and hopefully there is more to come. And of course there was. He won the treble at the All Stars, an all star, young hurler of the year and hurler of the year.
The Mount Sion man started the year as he meant to go on. He was honoured in February following his performances in the league victories against Kilkenny and Cork and played a major part in Waterford's league and championship campaign.
His performance in the Munster u21 final was one of the best individual performances ever seen with Austin dominating throughout the entire game.
He was also part of the Waterford team that beat Galway winning the county's first All-Ireland U21 hurling title in 24 years at Semple Stadium in September.
Chairman of the judging panel Stephen Frampton said he and his fellow judges Liam Cusack, Tomas McCarthy and Micheal Drislane were hugely impressed with all the monthly winners.
Austin, he said, was one of the most outstanding GAA players in the Country and has a huge future in front of him.
Stephen said Austin was one of the most consistent performers for the Senior and Under 21 teams and his club Mount Sion.
Austin had strong competition from the other monthly winners -
Shane Bennett was the March recipient after the Ballysaggart hurler sparkled for Waterford in Division 1 A of the hurling league. Shane ended the year an All Ireland winner with the Waterford Under 21 team.
Maria Delahunty won in April after she helped the Waterford Ladies footballers win through to the Division 3 league final.
Maria is also a member of the Wexford Youths soccer team who reached the FAI cup final in November.
Patrick Curran was the winner in May. He was outstanding in the League Final and in the replay against Clare .The 20 year old was in top form for his club Dungarvan in the Senior hurling championship.
Patrick added to his Minor All Ireland medal with another with the Under 21 team.
June winner Captain Kevin Moran had a fantastic game in the Munster semi-final. He put in an outstanding performance in the game against Clare and is all set to lead Waterford in the forthcoming league and championship campaigns.
Jamie Barron took the July award. The judges said he was one of the most consistent players and outstanding midfielders throughout the league and championship campaigns. He won his first all star in November and was part of the Nire football team that won the County final against Ballinacourty two days later.
Michael 'Brick' Walsh was the August winner. The Stradbally man's calm influence and experience was an essential ingredient to Waterford's young team throughout another successful season of progression for Derek McGrath's side.
The September award went to Michael Harney who was part of the Waterford U21 team that beat Galway winning the county's first All-Ireland U21 hurling title in 24 years at Semple Stadium.
Pauric Mahony was the October winner following his fantastic performances in Ballygunners win over Passage in the County final and their narrow loss to Thurles Sarsfields in the Munster semi- final.
The final award of the year went to Conor Gleeson in November.
The dual player had a brilliant game scoring five points from play as the Nire beat Cork Champions Carbery Rangers after extra time in the Munster club semi-final. He was also part of the winning Waterford All Ireland Under 21 team.