The ITOWA are running two 6-a-side leagues during the national championships as part of the ladies development plan. The weight categories for these leagues will be 405kg and 435kg. Both leagues will be run over four Sundays with gold and silver medals presented for the overall winners and runners-up of each league. The leagues will begin in Gortletteragh on the 20th of June. The second day will be Rathowen on the 11th of July and the third day in Ballyhooly on the 18th of July. Date and venue for the final day of the leagues is yet to be decided.
The first ladies development session was held today in conjunction with the Connaught championship hosted by the Gills tug of war club near Corofin, Co. Galway.
The day began with a ladies competition where four teams took part, Boyneside, Canavans, Doyles Corner & the Tatch Bar. This was then followed by the development session where ITOWA tutor, Eddie Fitzgerald and Ladies Laison officer, Tracey Smith went through some basic drills and skills. The next session which is to be combined with a youth development session is due to take place on Sunday the 27th of June at a venue to be decided. Ballygar TOW club continued their dominance in the Connaught novice championship making it three in a row, winning the 640kilo championship. Seven teams took part in this competition.
Ballygar defeated host club, Gills, who pulled very well to make it to the final. Gortletteragh who have been pulling very strongly in Connaught this season added the 640kilo senior title to the 720kilo title they won two week ago. The final Connaught Championship will be hosted next weekend by the Lakehill club in Knockmore, Co. Mayo where the 600kilo & catchweight novice & senior titles will be decided. Lakehill, who are 2-1 down to Gortletteragh at this stage with two weights remaining will have to dig deep if they are to retain their Connaught league title.
Click here to see photos from the ladies development day and the Connaught championship held at Gills of Corofin.
Click here to see more photos from yesterday’s Connaught championship at Gills courtesy of John McManus Photography. (Please ignore the pic of Jedward )
The Irish Tug of War Association would like to welcome newly affiliated clubs The Burren from Co. Clare, Lough Arrow from Co. Sligo, Killoughey / Kelly’s Bar from Co. Offaly and the Lodge from Co. Wicklow and wish them every success for the future.
The Burren club details can be found on our Munster page.
Lough Arrow club details can be found on our Connaught page.
Killoughey / Kelly’s Bar club details can be found on our Leinster page.
Logde club details can be found on our Leinster page.
The Irish Tug of War Association have committed to developing an international ladies panel for 2011. The first ladies development day will be held at Gill’s, Corofin Co. Galway on Sunday the 23rd of May at 2:30pm. There will be a ladies competition taking place at 2pm. Ladies who wish to take part in this competition are more than welcome as teams will be mixed. The purpose of this development day is to get the ball rolling on this goal and to get an idea of those interested in joining this panel. Contact the Ladies Liaison Officer for further details or if your interested in joining the panel. Contact details on the Contacts page.
The ITOWA youth development squad traveled to Daventry, England last weekend to take part in the Great Ormand st charity competition. The Eire Og lads performed very well winning silver in the 520kilo event and a second silver in the 560kilo event.
The 560kilo was the toughest competition they had in England for the last three years with nine teams entered including a very strong Sandhurst team and a very experienced Bedford ladies. They started nervously dropping a couple of points loosing 2-1 to Sandhurst. After a few positional changes they settled down to pull extremly well taking full points from the remaining pulls finishing on 21 points just 2 behind Sandhurst.
There were eight teams entered in the 520kilo event with Eire Og making three changes from the 560kilo team. Again the lads pulled very well loosing only to Sandhurst who just edged them in experience. Sandhurst finished the competition on maximum points with Eire Og in second place with 18 points. With all of the development squad except for two under the age of 17 we have a great scope to build for the Europeans in Minehead in 2011.
Click here to see more photos from the competition in Daventry.
The ITOWA are holding a judges course and test for anyone wishing to become a judge. In conjunction with this a refresher course will be held for all existing judges. The annual Judges fee is €20 and must be paid before taking the course. This will be held in Edenderry Rugby Club, Edenderry, Co. Offaly on Sunday the 16th of May and will begin at 10am. Anyone interested should submit their name to Eddie Hubbard (details on Contacts page) by Sunday the 9th of May.