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Mark Fahy comes third in Puc Fada 05-07-2016

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Mark Fahy Puc Fada

Turloughmore’s Mark Fahy, fresh from winning the Galway Puc Fada Competition, came third in the Connacht Final of the Puc Fada on Monday evening. Mark won the Galway Final in Gort two weeks and did well to finish third in the Provincial decider. Gerry Fallon won and led from the start while Sligo’s Keith Raymond was runner up - both of them qualify for the All Ireland Final in the Cooley Mountains. Mark, who plays Minor, U21 and Junior for the club, finished in third place. He is a member of the County Minor panel at the moment. Well Done Mark from all in THC!


Fallon and Phillips win Connacht hurling Puc Fada titles
By Michael O Connor
A new brigade of young talented hurlers forced the very best from veteran puc fada competitor Gerry Fallon at the scenic and well appointed Connacht GAA centre in Ballyhaunis on Monday evening before an sizable attendance who were present to see a number of competitions go down to the final puck before new Connacht champions were unveiled.
Eight senior contenders were in action for the senior crown that was held by Sligo's Keith Raymond and the 2015 title at under 16 level was captured by Cormac Phillips who was underage once again in 2016. The Senior contenders were Mary Fahy from Turloughmore, Galway, Bobby Douglas, Tooreen, Mayo, Davog Freyne, Tooreen, Mayo, Jerry Fallon, Oran, Roscommon, Keith Raymond, Calry, St Josephs and Ronan Cox, Calry St Josephs, Sligo. Finally a welcome new addition was Luke Hands originally from Oranmore, Co Galway but now firmly settled and playing in St Gabriels, London and representing London.
The Under 16 competitors included Stephen Goldrick, Carrick HC, Leitrim, Cormac Phillips, Ballyhaunis, Mayo, James Cunniffe, Four Roads, Roscommon and Roan Connelly, Naomh Eoin, Sligo.
Conditions threatened rain throughout the running of the event at the Mayo course but bar a stiff breeze the elements were kind to the competitiors. Exchanges were even throughout and at the midway point the leading contenders were Jerry Fallon, Mark Fahy who is just turned 17 years of age and Keith Raymond. The second half of the course was more of an endurance course as the competitors had to avoid the Connacht GAA building, rough terrain and a few small water obstacles. The resolve of a number of competitors especially the younger brigade was tested to the limits. In the under 16 category Cormac Phillips was the stand out performer as he held a three to four shot lead from his nearest competitior throughout. Ironically he had the same number of shots over the course as the senior winner and the Ballyhaunis youngster along with Mark Fahy are two to watch in the years to come at senior level.
The final shots saw Jerry Fallon regain the Connacht Puc Fada title from Keith Raymond by one stroke with Mark Fahy a clear third as most of the remaining candidates were all within a shot of third place to suggest a very evenly contested event.
The camogie association ran their own Puc Fada event organised by their personnel and this was also held in tandem with the hurling event. It was a double success for St Thomas GAA club of Galway as Sarah Skehill won the senior title and Sarah Healy won the Under 16 title.
In the presence of Connacht GAA president Mick Rock, Connacht GAA secretary John Prenty, National puc fada committee member Bernie O Connor and Connact Coiste Iomana chairman Stephen Cahalan the prizes were presented afterwards at a ceremony in the Connacht GAA centre. Kitty Morley representing the Camoige association presented the camogie awards. Connacht GAA president Mick Rock congratulated all the participants on their endeavours and he also reserved mention for the organising committee who have managed to reinvigorate the competition alongwith other provincial committees. Stephen Cahalan congratulated the various winners and wished them well in the Cooley mountain and reminded all that Connacht winners have performed brilliantly in recent years at national level and with the example shown once again at local level there is no reason why another Connacht winner in hurling or camogie is not beyond possibility.

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