Tyrone star Ruairí Canavan crowned U20 Player of the Year

May 25, 2022

Tyrone's Ruairí Canavan has been named the U20 Gaelic footballer of the Year

The title of EirGrid U20 Player of the Year has been given to Tyrone’s Ruairí Canavan after he propelled Tyrone to Ulster and All-Ireland glory with a series of superb performances.   

Ruairí, who was also named Ulster EirGrid GAA Football U20 Player of the year, was the standout talent in this year's EirGrid All-Ireland Under-20 Football Championship and is the deserving winner of the award. 

The Tyrone talisman produced stellar performances throughout Tyrone’s Championship, as the Red Hand County overcame strong opposition, defeating Down, Donegal, Cavan, Kerry and Kildare on the way to Ulster and All-Ireland titles.  Canavan hit 1-4 from play in the EirGrid U20 All-Ireland Final as part of a 1-7 haul, after firing eight points against Kerry in the semi-final. He amassed an astonishing 1-34 (37) across five games, averaging just under 7.5 points per game as Tyrone claimed their sixth All-Ireland at this level.  

EirGrid, the state-owned company charged with delivering a cleaner energy future through management of Ireland’s electricity grid, has been a proud partner of the GAA since 2015 when it first began sponsoring the U21 Football All-Ireland Championship before the competition evolved into the U20 grade. The Player of the Year initiative has been running since the inception of the sponsorship and is carefully selected by the Gaelic Writers Association. 

Michael Mahon, Chief Infrastructure Officer at EirGrid, commented 

“I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to Ruairí for being named 2022 EirGrid U20 Player of the Year. The aim of the U20 Player award is to acknowledge the outstanding individual performances and achievements throughout the season. Ruairí’s incredible scoring record speaks for itself, and he is a deserving receipt of the award.  

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