This year's Camogie representatives who will compete in the M. Donnelly Poc Fada Finals on August Bank Holiday in the Cooley Mountains are Catriona McCrickard, Down, Bronagh Mone, Armagh, Niamh Mackin, Louth, Catriona Daly, Connacht, Martine McMahon, Munster, Deirdre Colfer, Leinster, Patricia Jackman, Munster & Defending All Ireland Poc Fada Champion. In advance of this year's event, read all about the Camogie Poc Fada champions who are vying for the crown.
Ulster Poc Fada Champion
Catriona Mc Crickard of the Liatroim Fontenoys Club Down has 8 Down Senior Camogie Championship Medals, 3 Ulster Club Senior Championship Medals and 2 All Ireland Club Junior Championship medals with her club Liatroim Fontenoys in a career spanning over
15 years. Caitriona is also goalkeeper for Down Camogie and this is her first year competing in Poc Fada.
Bronagh Mone is the Armagh Poc Fada champion from the St Mary's Granemore Club. She has been a goalkeeper for Armagh since 2003 and also played in that position for Queen's University, Belfast from 2003 to 2008. She has been selected for the Ulster Gael Linn squad on four occasions. Bronagh has amassed numerous honours, including 1 Junior Championship, 1 Intermediate Championship, 1 Mid-Ulster League, 1 B Championship as well as numerous third level honours.
This year's Louth representative is Niamh Mackin of the St Brides Knockbridge Club. Niamh has played at county level and has captained her club to the 2009 Final and was a member of the winning 2012 team
Catriona Daly of Mullagh, Galway is this year's Connacht Champion. Catriona holds 2 All Ireland U16 A Medals, 1 Minor All Ireland Medal, 3 Connacht Poc Fada Senior Titles. She has participated three times in the All Ireland Poc Fada. Amongst her honous are the Fr. Meaghair Shield title with AIT, 1st Year Camogie Player of the Year with AIT, All Ireland Feile A Runner-Up Medal 2008 and U14, U16 and Minor County titles with Mullagh.
Patricia Jackman of the Gaultier club and Waterford is the M.Donnelly All Ireland Poc Fada champion and is defending her crown again in 2013, having captured four All Ireland Poc Fada crowns. Jackman won an Intermediate All Ireland in 2011 with the Deise and has a proud winning record with Waterford Institute of Technology collecting 3 Ashbourne titles and 2 Ashbourne All Stars. Other accolades include, Munster Colleges' titles, Club senior titles, Kilmacud Sevens title and also U16, Junior and Intermediate All Ireland honours.
Deirdre Colfer of St Martins, Wexford is this year's Leinster representative. The secondary school teacher is a member of the Wexford Intermediate team. Deirdre claimed the Leinster Poc Fada this year in the Curragh having missed out in 2012. This is her second time competing in the Cooley Mountains.
Martine McMahon of the Croagh/Kilfinny, Limerick is this year's Munster Poc Fada champion (pictured with Munster Chairperson Eamonn Browne). Martine was the Munster Long Puck Champion in 2012, the All Ireland Long Puck runner up in 2012. She was a member of the Limerick League winning team this year and also has won U18 and U16 All Ireland titles with the county. Other honours include World Handball Champion Singles Ladies B 40×20 2012 Ladies B one-wall 2012.
The M Donnelly All Ireland Poc Fada Finals take place in the Cooley Mountains on August 3rd. To find out more about the Poc Fada click on An Poc Fada and on twitter at twitter.com/PocFadaFinals