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Twin winners of July accolade

Wednesday, 23rd August, 2017 6:00pm

The month of July has seen a remarkable transformation in the fortunes of underage hurling in the county, culminating in the winning of the Munster U17 and Minor tiles, and an All-Ireland U17 title too.

Central to these wins were the Roche twins Brian and Eoin, who were outstanding in both competitions and their part was acknowledged this week when they were presented with the 96FM/C103 GAA Sports Star of the month award, in association with the Rochestown Park Hotel.

In the process, they become the first set of twins to win the award and follow in the footsteps of fellow clubman Brian Murphy - a previous recipient of the monthly award.

Bride Rovers man and County Chairman Ger Lane said: “Brian and Eoin are outstanding ambassadors for club and county and it’s hard to believe they are only 17. We are very proud of them and hopefully their remarkable run can continue next month in the All-Ireland Minor Final.”

Ger also congratulated the mentors on both teams with special words for John Considine and John Meyler, who have done exceptional work with the teams over the years. He also thanked the sponsors for their continued support and promotion of these awards.

Brian Roche said: “We are thrilled to be chosen for this award and we would like to thank all those with our club and Cork who have helped out careers to date. It’s been an exciting few weeks and we are looking forward to the All-Ireland Final next month and hopefully we can help Cork with another title. We would also like to thank 96FM and the Rochestown Park Hotel.”

The formal presentation were made by Ger Lane and Fr Seanie Barry, an All-Ireland medal winner with Cork in 1966 and a very proud Bride Rovers man. Fr Seanie is currently home on holidays from his work in Nigeria.

Also in attendance were County Board Irish Officer Jerry Walsh, Cork Under 17 coach John Considine, senior selector John Meyler, team assistant with both the Under 17 and Minor teams Derek Connolly, Bride Rovers officers Richie O’Reagan, Pat O’Connor and Daniel Lane, and club historian John Arnold.

St Colman’s College were represented by Jimmy Condon, while parents Donal and Eileen and sister Emma were also present.

The overall winner will be announced at the gala banquet in February.

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