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Third place for Laois and Abbeyleix keeper at National Poc Fada Championships

Enda Rowland
Enda Rowland

Laois and Abbeyleix goalkeeper Enda Rowland finished in third place at the National Poc Fada Championships.

After Covid-19 meant there was no ‘long puck’competition in 2020, Cooley Mountains in Louth was the venue.

Competitors must puck a sliotar with a hurl – they may lift and strike or hit the ball from the hand – and the whole course measures over 5km.

The winner is whoever can complete the course in the fewest amount of pucks.

12 players entered the hurling event with nine coming forward for the camogie equivalent.

Rowland had top scored for Abbeyleix on the night before this event as he managed 1-5 in the defeat to Camross.

And he was in good form in Louth too to come home in third place of those who took part.

Limerick 2018 All-Ireland hurling winner Colin Ryan was crowned the champion and lifted the Corn Setanta trophy.

In 2019, he finished in fourth place by Offaly’s Cillian Kiely – with the 2019 champion back in sixth place this time.

Offaly’s Cathal Kiely finished just ahead of Rowland in second place overall.

In the senior camogie competition, the title went to Molly Lynch from the Sarsfields club in Cork.

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.