Tipperary’s Brendan Cummins proved to be ‘ King of the Mountains’ for the fifth time when he won Saturday’s M.Donnelly “2011 Poc Fada Craobh na hEireann” title on Annaverna mountains in County Louth.
A delighted Cummins spoke later of his great pride at annexing the title in this its 50th Anniversary year .
Cummins first won the title in 2004 with 48 pucks, the current record for the 5km course. Today, fittingly, he took the title with 50 .
At the finish he had a four poc advantage over 2010 titleholder, Down’s Graham Clark .
The 36 years old ,Tipperary net minder teamed up with Down’s Karol Keating to complete a ‘ Comortas Beirte’(Pairs) double title with a combined 108 pucks.
Waterford’s Patricia Jackman took her third successive M.Donnelly Poc Fada Camogie title also on the Annaverna Mountains in Cooley.
In so doing, Jackman became the first player to win the Camogie competition three times narrowly defeating young Galway debutante Rachel Monaghan, and two-time winner, Carlow’s Lyndsay Condell .
Jackman covered the course in 18 pucks, with Monaghan taking 19 pucks and Condell 37 pucks, but 1metre less than Monaghan.
Senior Men: 1st. B Cummins (Tipperary) 50 pocs: 2nd, G Clarke (Down) 54 pocs; 3rd, T Haran (Galway) 54 pocs
Comortas Beirte (Pairs): 1st, B Cummins (Tipperary)/K Keating (Down) 109 pocs; 2nd, M Butler (Wexford)/G Clarke (Down) 111 pocs; 3rd, T Haran (Galway)/J McGarry (Kilkenny) 114 pocs