The title of 2011 ‘King of the Mountain’ goes to Tipperary goalkeeper Brendan Cummins as he was crowned the M Donnelly All-Ireland Poc Fada champion for the fifth time.
Conquering the Annaverna Mountain in 50 pucks – two more than his course record of 48 which he set in 2004 – the Tipperary All-Star ‘keeper beat last year’s winner Graham Clarke of Down, who finished behind Cummins with 54 pocs.
Winning the competition on its 50th anniversary was special to the 36-year-old All-Ireland winning ‘keeper, something he alluded to afterwards when he picked up the trophy on offer. It was fitting that the ‘keeper, who has a great love for the competition, won it with 50 pocs on it, the 50th anniversary.
It was his fifth win in the competition with previous victories in Ravensdale coming in 2004 – his first title – and then three years on the trot in 2006, 2007 and 2008.
He beat some stiff competition on the 5km mountain course on Saturday, in the form of last year’s champion Graham Clarke, Galway’s Tadhg Haran, Waterford manager and former Clare All-Ireland winning goalkeeper Davy Fitzgerald, 2010 and former Kilkenny goalkeeper James McGarry.
With 50 pocs, the Premier County star travelled 37m, but it wasn’t his only win of the day as he also came first in the Comortas Beirte (Pairs) competition, alongside Karol Keating of Down.
The duo came in ahead of Wexford’s Mark Butler and Clarke with a combined score of 109, just short of Clarke’s and Butler’s 111.
Third in the men’s competition was Tadhg Haran of Galway with 54pocs and Haran and James McGarry finished third in the pairs competition with 114 pocs.
In the ladies competition, Waterford’s Patricia Jackman capped off a dramatic three-in-a-row record setting Camogie Poc Fada title win when she matched her 28 poc tally from last year. In second place was Galway’s Rachel Monaghan with 31 pocs. Louth’s representative Vourneen Quigley finished sixth with 36 pocs.
Offaly’s Cillian Kiely was the winner of the Under-16 event with 24 pocs with Louth’s Ronan Mulholland finishing in fourth with 29.
Results - Brendan Cummins (Tiobraid Árann) 50 (37) 1st
Graham Clarke (An Dún) 54 (44m) 2nd
Tadhg Haran (Gaillimh) 54 (21m) 3rd
Stevie Brenner (Port Láirge) 54 (16m)
Mark Butler (Loch Gorman) 57 (10m)
Christy O’Connor (An Clár) 58 (108m)
Karol Keating (An Dún) 58 (64m)
Neil Mc Manus (Aontroim) 60 (92m)
Shane Hassett (Tiobraid Árann) 60 (25m)
James Mc Garry- (Cill Chainnigh) 60 (17m)
Pat Burke (Iarmhi) 61 (86m)
Patrick Stritch (The Netherlands) 61 (22m)
Keith Raymond (Sligeach) 63 (55m)
Davy Fitzgerald (An Clár) 58 (7m)
Patricia Jackman (Port Láirge) 28 (40m) 1st
Rachel Monaghan (Gaillimh) 31 (60m) 2nd
Lyndsey Condell (Ceatharlach) 32 (37.2m) 3rd
Kathleen Taggart (Doire) 33 (35.4m)
Sarah Murphy (Ciarraí) 34 (14.7m)
Voureen Quigley (An Lú) 36 (42.5m)
Christina Heaney (Ard Macha) 39 (12.5m)
Cillian Kiely (Uibh Fhailí) 24 (24m) 1st
Darragh O’ Callaghan (Corcaigh) 25 (50m) 2nd
Sean Savage (Dún) 28 (33.5m) 3rd
Ronan Mulholland (An Lú) 29 (34.6m) 4th
Sean Quinn (Sligeach) 29 (30m)
Fintan Murray (Átha Cliath) 33 (69m)
Brendan Cummins & Karol Keating 108 (101m)
Mark Butler & Graham Clarke 111 (54m)
Stevie Brenner & Neil McManus 114 (108m)
Tadhg Haran & James McGarry 114 (54m)
Shane Hassett & D. Fitzgerald 118 (32m)
Pat Burke & Christy O’Connor 119 (194m)
Patrick Stritch & Keith Raymond 124 (77m)