FOOTBALL PLAYER OF THE MONTH
Alongside our sponsors Danske Bank, Ulster Schools recognise the achievements of a footballer and hurler every month from across the spectrum of ongoing games and competitions.
For December, the Danske Bank Football Player of the Month is Ruairi Canavan from St Ciaran’s Ballygawley.
Ruairi becomes the first football player to collect our Player of the Month award for a second time, having claimed his first award in December 2019 after captaining St Ciaran’s to the Arthurs Cup title.
Two years on, and it is his individual displays for St Ciaran’s in this years Danske Bank U19 Markey Cup which have set him apart. Despite losing both their group games and failing to progress to the knockout stages, Ruairi turned in two remarkable performances against Virginia College and neighbours Dean Maguirc Carrickmore, against whom he score his sides entire tally of 3-08.
Name: Ruairi Canavan
Club: Errigal Ciaran GAA
Favourite Position: Corner forward
Other hobbies: Golf
Childhood sporting hero: Colm Cooper Kerry GAA
Best Player you have played with: Cormac Quinn
Best Player you have played against: Michael Rafferty Dean Maguirc College
Best game you have been involved in: Tyrone GAA Minor Championship Final V Killyclogher in 2018
Best game you have been at as a spectator: Tyrone V Kerry, 2021 All-Ireland Semi Final
Best advice ever received: Don’t let the game pass you by
Biggest influence on career: Club coaches
Most important skill: Kicking
Biggest Strength in your game: Shooting
Area of your game you would like to improve: Left foot
Best thing about the GAA: Bringing the community together