The GAA-mmys: JOE's weekly Championship awards (Week 9) 7 years ago

The GAA-mmys: JOE's weekly Championship awards (Week 9)

Forget the All-Stars, these are the awards that GAA players really want to win.

The Maurice Fitz award for the score with the most outrageous curl of the week


Diarmuid Connolly put on what Tomás Ó Sé described as an "exhibition" of shooting with the outside of his boot in another outstanding individual display at HQ.

We could have chosen a few, but we've gone for this sweetly struck effort in the second half.

When faced with a blanket defence, the solution for Dublin is simple: Give it to Dermo.


The 'business at the back and sides, party up front' championship haircut of the week award

We could have picked from any number of the Westmeath fellas on show in Croke Park on Sunday; they must've good deals on haircuts in the Midlands.

But in the end we went for Dublin's Michael Dara MacAuley who rocked up to Croke Park sporting the most business back and sides and party up top haircut we've seen in the year's championship.

Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Final, Croke Park, Dublin 12/7/2015 Dublin vs Westmeath DublinÕs Michael Darragh Macauley Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie


The GAA shtyle statement of the week

Dan Shanahan always stood out as a player and he seems determined to stand out as a selector as well.

Looking like he had arrived at Semple Stadium straight from shooting a hip-hop music video, Shanahan sported his standard issue '3' baseball cap in a slightly loose and tilted manner that seemed to scream 'Come at me Tipperary'.

Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Final, Semple Stadium, Thurles 12/7/2015 Tipperary vs Waterford Waterford selector Dan Shanahan keep in close to Stephen Bennett Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy


Some would suggest that Shanahan's style was merely down to him bumping into Stephen Bennett, but we'd like to think he's ahead of the curve.

Dan Shana-hat anyone? *JOE opens door to allow tumbleweed pass through.

The 'did he get that from the soccer?' showboat of the week

Dinked pick-ups are ten-a-penny in Gaelic Football nowadays, but Darren McCurry came up with a beaut against Meath in Omagh on Saturday.

With the ball running away from him and him running away from goal, the Tyrone forward executed a delicious pick-up on the run under pressure and knocked over a point at a crucial stage to boot.


*All images and clips courtesy of Inpho and The Sunday Game

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Sign that maybe the GAA isn't getting soft at all award

This hit by Michael 'Brick' Walsh on Padraic Maher may have fallen on the illegal side of the hurling rule book but as the saying goes, 'never let the truth get in the way of a good story' and this was a monster of a hit.

Only in the GAA moment of the week

TJ Ryan got very excited on the sideline on Saturday and he was eventually left red-faced.

Not from the effort of roaring at his team but from this unfortunate tumble.

JOE's Guaranteed Irish Sports' Star of the Week Award, a tribute to the tradition of incredibly long names for award titles in the GAA

The award this week goes to Dublin hurling ace Paul Ryan, who scored a hugely impressive 12 points in their game with Limerick on Saturday evening.

What made the feat so impressive is that six of those 12 points came from play.

Fair play Paul.

GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship Round 2, Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co. Tipperary 11/7/2015 Dublin vs Limerick Dublin’s Paul Ryan Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

*All images and clips courtesy of Inpho and The Sunday Game