Tipperary’s Brendan Cummins and Waterford’s Patricia Jackman emerged victorious from a host of big names at the rearranged 2014 M. Donnelly GAA All-Ireland Poc Fada Finals today.
Cummins captured an unprecedented eight title while Jackman won her sixth.
Meanwhile, it was a great day for Donal McKernan in the U16 finals – he won that title with 26 pucks and by seven metres.
It was always expected that the senior men’s event would be a ‘puck-off’ between All-Ireland winners Brendan Cummins and Clare goalkeeper Patrick Kelly and Laois’ Eoin Reilly and it was almost that.
Cummins hit top form once again with 52 pucks and 63 metres, while Derry’s Ruairi Convery came second with 57 pucks, 75 metres. Reilly took third place with 57 pucks, 30 metres.
Conditions were absolutely perfect for this unique GAA sporting and cultural contest and Cummins was thrilled to win again.
“It’s a record I’d wanted to capture but it was a very competitive event,” Cummins admitted.
“I knew the competition would be very stiff and I had prepared for that.”
The full list of finalists were: Donal O’Brien (Mayo), Eoin Reilly (Laois), Andrew Fahy (Clare) and Ruairi Convery (Derry), Patrick McKillion (Tyrone), Stevie Brenner (Waterford), Nigel Daly (Galway), Kevin Walsh (Kilkenny). Patrick Kelly (Clare) and Alan Nolan (Dublin).
Meanwhile, Patricia Jackman was also a favourite to make history and she did exactly that by winning again with 29 pucks, 62 metres. Catriona Daly (Galway) and Martine McMahon (Limerick) were in second and third place with scores of 29 pucks, 62 metres and 29 pucks, 15 metres respectively.