The overall winner of the WLR/Granville Hotel GAA Award will be announced on Saturday January 20th and we’ve just added a new expert to our judging panel… YOU!
We want you to help us choose our overall winner, with your vote making up 25% percent of the overall vote.
Each time you vote, you’ll be entered in to win two tickets to join WLR and the monthly award winners at the Gala Awards Ceremony at the Granville Hotel on the evening of Saturday January 20th.
Refresh your memory on our monthly winners here, and scroll to the end to cast your vote. Voting closes on January 12th.
February: Beth Carton
Beth Carton had a busy February. The De La Salle player played a key role as UL claimed the Ashbourne Cup. Beth also put in some sterling performances for Waterford who battled well in the top flight of the Division 1 Camogie League.
March: Stephen Bennett
Stephen had an impressive March with the Waterford Senior Hurlers helping the Déise to important League wins over Dublin and Clare. The Ballysaggart man hit 2-2 against Dublin in Croke Park as Derek McGrath’s side recorded their first victory in HQ since 2008.
April: Dan Shanahan
Dan Shanahan rolled back the years to win the April award. The Waterford Senior Hurling selector was in fantastic form for his club, Lismore, who had a brilliant second half beating Passage at Fraher Field in the first round of the Waterford Senior Hurling Club Championship. He featured prominently again in Lismore’s win against Fourmilewater.
May: Donie Breathnach
Donie Breathnach won in May. The An Rinn clubman scored six points on his championship debut against Cork. Waterford went very close to causing an upset in the Munster Quarter Final as the Rebels held out for a narrow one point win.
June: Caoimhe McGrath
Waterford Ladies Football star, Caoimhe McGrath claimed the award for June. She played a key role at full back as the Déise ladies booked their spot in the Munster Final following impressive home wins over both Kerry and Cork. After a hard fought battle, it was Kerry who emerged winners by 1-14 to 3-6, as Waterford came very close to upsetting the odds.
July: Michael Walsh
Michael ‘Brick’ Walsh picked up the July award. He played a key role in re-igniting Waterford’s Championship season as the Déise recorded their first Championship victory over Kilkenny since 1959 at Semple Stadium. The Stradbally man netted a crucial goal as Waterford held on for a thrilling extra-time win. Michael had another big influence in the All-Ireland Quarter Final at the newly revamped Pairc Uí Chaoimh as he caused havoc for the Wexford defence, running at them and drawing frees in the opening half.
August: Jamie Barron
Jamie Barron won in August. The Fourmilewater man had a great season in midfield for Waterford playing a key role as the Déise marched through to their first All-Ireland Final appearance since 2008. Jamie netted a brace of second half goals in the All-Ireland semi-final victory over Cork at Croke Park. The Déise put in a strong second half to defeat a fourteen-man Cork team by 4-19 to 0-20.
September: Kevin Moran
Kevin Moran is the September winner. The De La Salle man had a great season for the Déise, who qualified for their first All-Ireland Final since 2008. He scored Waterford’s opening goal in the decider against Galway, but it was the Tribesmen who recorded a hard fought win to claim their first title since 1988. Kevin also played a key role as De La Salle booked their place in the County Senior Hurling Championship Final.
October: Philip Mahony
Philip Mahony was chosen as the October winner of the WLR/Granville Hotel GAA award following a fantastic month for his club, Ballygunner. He was influential in their County Championship win which was the fourth in a row for the City club. After fantastic wins over Thurles Sarsfields and Sixmilebridge, Ballygunner bowed out of Munster after defeat to unbeaten Na Piarsaigh in Semple Stadium.
November: Caithriona McGlone
Lismore camogie star Caithriona McGlone won the November award. She had a major part to play as Lismore won their fifth Munster Intermediate Final since 2010 scoring seven goals in four games. Lismore now play Athenry in the All Ireland Semi final on the 28th of January.
December: Seamus Prendergast
Seamus Prendergast led the scoring as Ardmore captured the Munster junior club hurling title despite playing the second half with 13 men and the last five minutes with 12. Seamus Prendergast netted two goals and five points in the provincial final against Ballybacon Grange. They now face Setanta of Donegal in the All Ireland semi final on the 21st of January.