ROCKCHAPEL footballer Liam Collins caused alarm bells to ring in opposing defences on the playing field all through 2012 that helped the club claim outright Co Junior Football Championship honours.
And outside the park, Liam was again in rich scoring form as he collected €4,400 in the Rockchapel GAA club lotto.
Initiated in April 2011, Liam is the second jackpot winner after club Treasurer John Broderick got it right to collect €6,000 earlier in the year.
With a triumphant path that collected both a Duhallow and county championship, interest heightened in the lotto into the autumn and, ultimately, there was again widespread delight when the jackpot won by a popular young man.
It all comes easy to Liam, yet it was a pleasant surprise ahead of the Christmas season. "I'm just delighted to win, but not too sure how I will enjoy it after a hectic season in terms of football and hurling", he said.
It's been a rewarding few years for the Kerry Co- Op employee, who had already won county, Munster and All Ireland club Junior hurling championship medals with Meelin. Likewise, Rockchapel ended a barren run, bridging 11 years to regain the Duhallow JAFC title before going on to repeat the county triumph of 1987.
"It's been a successful innings for both Meelin and Rockchapel. We can relax for a few weeks but new challenges lay ahead for 2013 and we will plan accordingly," said Liam.
One of Rockchapel GAA Lotto Committee members, Triona Carroll, said the fundraiser is the main source of income for the club.
"Thanks to the support of the public, through a once off year yearly subscription or weekly sales, the Rockchapel lotto has proved a phenomenal success," Triona said. "Within the club, the money generated is put to good use through upgrading facilities, new goalposts and the purchase of machinery."