Lucky number seven for Tipp top Cummins on Annaverna
TIPPERARY goalkeeper Brendan Cummins won a record seventh M Donnelly All-Ireland Poc Fada title by four pucks on Annaverna Mountain on Saturday.
Cummins won in three shots more than his course-record, with a score of 48, adding to his previous successes in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2012. The 38 year-old led at the halfway point and held on impressively with his rivals breathing down his neck.
Down's Graham Clarke finished four shots behind the Premier 'keeper, but ahead of Galway's James Skehill who took third spot in 57 pucks. Skehill had just 42 yards to spare over former champion Jerry Fallon of Roscommon.
'It's an unbelievable challenge and a great experience being up here on the mountain,' Cummins said. 'We have to be ambassadors for the Poc Fada. It's always important to spread the word.'
Waterford's Patricia Jackman took her fifth camogie title in a row with 27 shots, two better than her 2012 score.
1st Brendan Cummins (Tipperary) 51
2nd Graham Clarke (Down) 55
3rd James Skehill (Galway) 57
4th Gerry Fallon (Roscommon) 57
5th Cillian Kiely (Offaly) 59
6th Eoin Reilly (Laois) 59
7th Andrew Fahey (Clare) 60
8th Stevie Brenner (Waterford) 61
9th Donal Óg Cusack (Cork) 61
10th Sean McBride (Derry) 61
11th Patrick McKillion (Tyrone) 61
12th Colm Callanan (Galway) 66
1st Patricia Jackman (Waterford) 27
2nd Catrina Daly (Galway) 28
3rd Martina McMahon (Limerick) 30
4th Catriona McCrickard (Down) 31
5th Niamh Mackin (Louth) 33
6th Deirdre Colfer (Wexford) 33
7th Bronagh Mone (Armagh) 35
1st Jack Coyne (Galway) 25
2nd Adam O Brien (Limerick) 26
3rd Donal McKernan (Antrim) 27
4th Shane Connolly (Louth) 27