Saturday 21 July 2018

All-Stars awards wrap: Moran keeps Footballer of the Year award in Mayo while Canning named Hurling's best

Mayo Footballer Andy Moran, left, and Galway Hurler Joe Canning, with their PwC GAA/GPA Footballer and Hurler of the Year Awards at the PwC All Stars 2017 at the Convention Centre in Dublin. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Mayo Footballer Andy Moran, left, and Galway Hurler Joe Canning, with their PwC GAA/GPA Footballer and Hurler of the Year Awards at the PwC All Stars 2017 at the Convention Centre in Dublin. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Andy Moran has been named as the 2017 GAA/GPA Footballer of the Year while Galway's Joe Canning has received the 2017 Hurler of the Year award.

Moran's win ensures that the Footballer of the Year award will stay in Mayo for another year following Lee Keegan's win in 2016.

The Ballaghaderreen forward saw off teammate David Clarke, Dublin captain Stephen Cluxton and 2017 All-Ireland final man of the match James McCarthy to claim football's top hounour.

McCarthy and Moran were also included in the GAA/GPA team of the Year where David Clarke saw off Cluxton.

Clarke was one of six Mayo players to earn a nomination with All-Ireland champions Dublin earning a further seven nominations, while Kerry and Tyrone received one All-Stars award each through Paul Geaney and Colm Cavanagh respectively.

Dublin forward Con O'Callaghan added to his first All-Star nomination when he received the Young Footballer of the Year award.

The 21-year-old student was widely touted for the gong after his incredible year with the champions.

Despite racking up three All-Ireland titles this year, the Cuala club man admitted he had the jitters ahead of the Croke Park showdown.

“There’s a bit of nerves before the match, but nothing that would put me off,” he said after accepting his award at the gala ceremony at the Dublin Convention Centre.

Despite “barely playing at all last year” he said “I kind of just went for it” during the senior football championships.

“Luckily things came off,” he added.

Meanwhile in the hurling Joe Canning capped off an incredible year to claim the Hurler of the Year award following Galway's incredible All-Ireland final win over Waterford.

Canning picked up his fourth All-Star nomination but it was the first time the Portumna forward won the Hurler of the Year award after previously picking up the Young Hurler of the Year award in 2008.

Canning saw off Waterford duo Kevin Moran and Jamie Barron to win the award while Galway teammate Conor Whelan claimed the Young Hurler of the Year award after beating out Mark Coleman (Cork) and Conor Gleeson (Waterford).

Hurler of the Year Nominees:

Joe Canning (Galway)

Kevin Moran (Waterford)

Jamie Barron (Waterford)

Young Hurler of the Year Nominees:

Mark Coleman (Cork)

Conor Gleeson (Waterford)

Conor Whelan (Galway)

Footballer of the Year Nominees:

Stephen Cluxton (Dublin)

James McCarthy (Dublin)

Andy Moran (Mayo)

David Clarke (Mayo)

Young Footballer of the Year Nominees:

Con O’Callaghan (Dublin)

Seán Powter (Cork)

Michael Daly (Galway)

PwC GAA/GPA Football All Stars:

1. David Clarke (Mayo)

2. Chris Barrett (Mayo)

3. Michael Fitzsimons (Dublin)

4. Keith Higgins (Mayo)

5. Colm Boyle (Mayo)

6. Cian O'Sullivan (Dublin)

7. Jack McCaffrey (Dublin)

8. Colm Cavanagh (Tyrone)

9. James McCarthy (Dublin)

10. Dean Rock (Dublin)

11. Aidan O'Shea (Mayo)

12. Con O'Callaghan (Dublin)

13. Paul Mannion (Dublin)

14. Paul Geaney (Kerry)

15. Andy Moran (Mayo)

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