Michael Cahill - inaugural winner of Player of the Month

Player of the Month

Player of the Month

The winner of the inaugural Clean Ireland Recycling Tipperary Club Championships Player of the Month Michael Cahill has admitted that 2013 has been a tough year, with both Tipperary and Thurles Sarsfields knocked out of the championship well before the closing stages.

Speaking as he received the June award, introduced by Clean Ireland Recycling in support of their sponsorship of the Tipperary Football and Hurling Championships, the Tipperary and Thurles defender said it has been difficult to sit back and watch the championships without regret.

“There have been plenty of surprises in the Tipperary club championships and more still in the All-Ireland senior hurling championship. The latter, in particular, is the most open there has been in years, not least after the weekend’s defeat of Kilkenny, and is being hailed as the best championships in years.

“That’s not much consolation to people from Tipperary. For me personally it’s been hard watching both the All-Ireland and Tipperary club championships since Tipp and Thurles were knocked-out. No one likes to lose and I have never had a July like it and it’s inevitable that you think about the ‘what ifs’.

“Both the defeats against Nenagh and Kilkenny were bitterly disappointing and its very strange not to be involved in anything at this stage of the season.

“We had a fantastic run with Thurles last year, winning the county and going close in the All-Ireland club championship and with Tipp we have been involved up to the closing stages every year since I have been involved so this is a disappointing year for sure.

“But you just have to store it up and try make sure it doesn’t happen again. You learn a lot more from you defeats than you ever do your victories so we just need to take what we can from them and use it as motivation for next year.

“The 2014 season is a long time away but I will just keep tipping away with my fitness and be ready once we started into training again in a few month’s time.”

Congratulating Michael Cahill on winning the award, Tipperary Sales Manager for Clean Ireland Recycling and fellow Thurlesman Bill Ryan said: “Michael is a deserving winner of our first award as his performance against Nenagh in June was exceptional, despite the defeat. It was a short year for Michael this year but it didn’t stop him from standing out and we are delighted to be able to recognise his display with this first Player of the Month award.”

The Clean Ireland Recycling Tipperary Club Championships Player of the Month Award is selected by representatives of local media in Tipperary.