Media reports from the 2012 Provnical Poc Fada Competitions
Connacht - Callanan and Monaghan take Connacht Poc Fada honours
Galway duo Colm Callanan and Rachel Monaghan took honours at the Annual Connacht Poc Fada held in Tooreen, Co. Mayo on Monday, July 16th.
Kinvara clubman and former Galway goalkeeper Callanan was in impressive form to deliver his first provincial title.
Roscommon's Jerry Fallon makes his return to the Cooley Penninsula today, with the former All-Ireland champion taking second place in Connacht.
The Oran clubman was joined by his fellow Roscommon colleague Noel Fallon in Mayo, but the Four Roads clubman only managed fifth spot.
Once again Rachael Monaghan from Mullagh claimed the Senior Camogie title.
Athleague, Roscommon's Kelly Hopkins finished second, while Niamh Briscoe of Davitts was third.
Last year's All-Ireland Runner-Up was again in superb form as the Galway Minor star booked her place here on the Annaverna Mountain this afternoon.
Meanwhile, Callanan's fellow Kinvara clubman Ronan Kilkelly claimed the Under 16 Boys Connacht Poc Fada title.
Kilkelly finished second in the Galway Poc Fada but made amends in Tooreen to take provincial honours.
Leinster - New Format for Leinster Poc Fada
The M. Donnelly Leinster Poc Fada took a new format this year with the hurling competition taking place as a road event near St. Mullins in Carlow with the Camogie competition held as a separate event at Dublin's Phoenix Park.
Competitors from across Leinster took to the roads of Carlow on the evening of July 12th last, with two representatives from each county taking to the three and a half mile course.
In a pairs event, last year's winner Mark Butler of Wexford joined his fellow St. Martin's colleague Conor Furlong, but the duo had to settle for third spot in 93 pucks.
Drumcullen, Offaly duo Joe Troy and Damien Spain took first place in 82 pucks, with five to spare over second placed Eoin Reilly and Enda Rowland from Abbeyleix in Laois.
In a celebrity event, Carlow's Pat Coady and James McGarry of Kilkenny were victorious ahead of Wexford duo Tom Dempsey and George O'Connor.
Troy was delighted to bring the Ollie Walsh Perpetual Trophy to Offaly.
"The weather was tough and it was a long drive down, we were last to puck off, but thankfully we came out on top," he said.
"It is great for people like John Leahy who help organise the competition in Offaly and it is a big plus for us. We went down there with no pressure on us to give it a try.
"We are delighted to win it and to bring any piece of silverware back to Offaly means a lot to us."
The Camogie event at the Phoenix Park was a keenly contested affair before Dublin came away with double honours.
Dublin goalkeeper Stephanie Carthy of Naomh Mearnóg took Senior honours two shots ahead of Deirdre Colfer from St. Martin's, Wexford with Tracey Condell of Naomh Brid, Carlow finishing third.
Faughs Celtic's Niamh Mahon edged Michaela Murtagh of Delvin, Westmeath to take Under 14 honours, with Wexford's Tara Doyle third.
Munster - Brenner, McMahon and Fenton take Munster honours
Thurles Racecourse again played host to a successful M. Donnelly Munster Poc Fada on July 14th last, with Waterford's Stevie Brenner taking the Senior Hurling
The De La Salle clubman was pushed all the way in one of the tightest competitions in years with just three pucks separating the six participants.
Brenner took the Corn Tommy Quaid back to the South East in 24 pucks, one ahead of UCC's Seamus Coffey and Tadhg Flynn of Causeway in Kerry.
Drom and Inch, Tipperary's Shane Hassett and Pat Cunningham of Clooney/Quin in Clare completed the course in 26 pucks each, with Kildimo, Limerick's John Chawke in sixth spot with 27 pucks.
Croagh/Kilfinney's Martina McMahon was crowned the Senior Camogie Munster Poc Fada champion, finishing ahead of Clare's Aisling Corbett.
Watergrasshill, Cork's Colum Fenton booked his place on the Annaverna Mountain this afternoon, thanks to his Under 16 Munster win in 18 pucks.
Sean Daly of Abbeyside, Waterford came second in 19 pucks, with Pallasgreen's Colin Ryan and Gavin Ryan of Upperchurch Drombane finishing the course in 20 pucks.
Ulster - Derry double at Ulster Poc Fada
Derry were to the fore at the O'Neill's Ulster Poc Fada on Saturday July 21st, as Ruairi Convery and Maura McAuley took the Senior Hurling and Camogie titles respectively.
For Convery it was a fourth title in succession, completing the course in 33 pucks, ahead of Antrim's Kevin McKernan.
Convery was delighted to take yet another success.
"I'm delighted with the victory," he said.
"It was that little bit more special as it was the third time winning it on Divis Mountain.
"The weather was great on Saturday but with all the rain that fell during the week, the underfoot conditions where tricky, and in this game, that makes a lot of difference."
Ruairi isn't keen to stop now and is hoping to break his All-Ireland deadlock in the Cooley Mountains this weekend.
"I've been pretty unfortunate the way things worked out this past two years," he said.
"I had a knee operation last year and also had club championship the previous year.
"I'm definitely looking forward to getting up the Cooley's again and giving it a lash."
Convery will be joined by his fellow county colleague Maura McAuley in Louth after the Castledawson native took provincial honours completing the course in 54 pucks.
Meanwhile, Tyrone's Gavin McNamee took Under 16 Hurling honours, with Kevin McKernan Snr. victorious in the Over 40 competition.
In Camogie, Down's Leona Brown claimed the Under 16 title, while Aisling Magee of Derry was the Over 35 winner.
Antrim's Sean McGreevy took the inaugural Cic Fada title with 50 kicks.
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