96FM/C103 GAA Sports Star July award for Brian & Eoin Roche 2017-08-23 07:00:00

Unique winners of July accolade;
The month of July has seen a remarkable transformation in the fortunes of under-age hurling in the county, culminating in the winning of the Munster U17 and Minor tiles, and an All-Ireland U17 title as well.

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.

A special occasion for another Bride Rovers man County Chairman Ger Lane, who 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 our teams over the years, while thanks as well to the sponsors for their continued support and promotion of these very prestigious awards.

Diarmuid Vaughan of the Rochestown Park Hotel and Kieran Mc Geary 96FM were also fulsome in their praise for Brian and Eoin and hoped they would win many more awards for club and county, especially in the upcoming All-Ireland Final.
It fell to Brian to reply and he 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, and we would also like to thank 96FM and the Rochestown Park Hotel for this function today.”

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, and is thrilled with the displays of two very unassuming and talented young men from his home club.

Also in attendance were County Board Irish Officer Jerry Walsh, Cork under 17 coach John Considine and senior selector John Meyler, Derek Connolly team assistant with both the Under 17 and Minor teams, Bride Rovers officers Richie O’Reagan, Pat O’Connor and Daniel Lane, club historian John Arnold while St Colman’s College were represented by Jimmy Condon, while parents Donal and Eileen and sister Emma were also on hand to honour two very talented hurlers who will offer club and county a lot in the coming years.

The overall winner will be announced at the Gala Banquet in February and Brian and Eoin now join the previous monthly winners, David Drummond in January, February’s Shane O’Donovan, March winner Luke Meade, April’s winner Niamh Ni Chaoimh and May recipient Cork hurler Michael Cahalane and June winner Damien Cahalane.

Finbarr Mc Carthy
96FM/C103 Sport.

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