Captaining Ardmore to a Munster club JHC title yesterday was up there with anything Declan Prendergast has achieved in his long playing career.
The 36-year-old former Waterford star led by example at full back as Ardmore defeated Brendan Cummins' Ballybacon-Grange by 3-11 to 2-8 in Mallow.
"I had my first game for Ardmore when I was seven. That's 30 years ago now, it's been a long road, but this... look, it's special," he told the Irish Examiner.
"To be honest, getting out of West Waterford was probably the biggest thing for us this year because there was a bit of a monkey on our back in that we were favourites for every game, everyone wanted a cut off us.
"We've cut loose since coming out of Waterford, we've been able to play with a bit more freedom. We had great days with Waterford, winning four Munster titles, and I wouldn't take anything away from that, but the whole parish is here with us today.
"It's really special."