Shefflin and Murphy the stars

The GAA/GPA All-Stars sponsored by Opel announced that Henry Shefflin (Kilkenny) and Michael Murphy (Donegal) are the Players of the Month for September in hurling and football respectively. Both selections, chosen by the inter-county playing body, recognise the outstanding individual contributions both made during their All-Ireland finals last month.

The GAA/GPA All-Stars sponsored by Opel announced that Henry Shefflin (Kilkenny) and Michael Murphy (Donegal) are the Players of the Month for September in hurling and football respectively. Both selections, chosen by the inter-county playing body, recognise the outstanding individual contributions both made during their All-Ireland finals last month.

Henry Shefflin was the driving force behind Kilkenny’s memorable comeback versus Galway, dragging his team back from the brink of defeat in a courageous display of skill, leadership and sheer determination.

Led from front

These traits were seen once again in the replay as the Ballyhale man again led from the front in a high quality display, as he claimed an unprecedented ninth All Ireland medal, in the process sealing his place as one of the greatest players of all time.

Michael Murphy has earned the approval of his peers for his performance in the All Ireland final, captaining his side to victory against an impressive Mayo side and leading by example in a brilliant all round display. This performance was capped by one of the all time great All Ireland final goals as he blasted past Mayo’s David Clarke inside five minutes.

GAA President Liam O’Neill said Henry and Michael served up performances to savour, playing crucial roles in the counties’ performances against Galway (hurling) and Mayo (football).