HURLING 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 Hurling Player of the Month is Tom McGrattan from St Patrick’s Downpatrick.
Last month, Red High claimed the Danske Bank Mageean Cup for the first time in their history, and while their victory was inspired by top quality hurling right across the team, nobody epitomised that more than Tom.
In their semi final win against St Louis’ Ballymena, Tom produced a man-of-the-match performance, scoring 1-9 across the 60+ minutes in a breath taking display of skill and accuracy. He was no less a threat in the Final against St Patrick’s Maghera, with his 0-9 contributing significantly to their historic title.
Name: Tom McGrattan
Club: Portaferry GAC
Favourite position: Centre half forward
Other hobbies: Darts
Childhood sporting hero: Joe Deane then Patrick Horgan of Cork GAA
Best player you have played with: Caolan Taggart, Portaferry
Best player you have played against: Paddy Burke, Cushendall
Best game you have been involved in: Mageean Cup Semi Final V St Louis’ Ballymena
Best advice ever received: The last 15 minutes of a match determines the winners and losers.
Most important skill: First touch
Area of your game you would like to improve: Work rate
Best thing about the GAA: Playing with your mates and making new friends.