EGM of the ITOWA

An EGM of the ITOWA will take place in Tullamore court hotel at 11am on Sunday the 19th July. 

The EGM is at the request of more than 1/3 of the member clubs. 

The Motion is as follows 

“To reinstate the previous ruling on indoor shoes, which was in place prior to the below motion passed at the last ITOWA AGM i.e.

Indoor Shoes:

The shoes to be used for indoor tug-of-war are a standard shoe(as selected by the ITOWA Executive Committee in consultation with the Indoor Clubs). The shoes should be as originally produced by the sports shoe manufacturer. No modification to the sole of the shoes is permitted.”

Recent judges course

The following individuals passed the Grade 3 course; Martin Rowland, Francis Kelleher, Pat Carey, Eoin Carey. Also Martin Egan passed the Grade 2 judges course.

G&B win 680kg title in Wexford

The following clubs attended the national championship held in Dunmain, Co. Wexford on Sunday last, Ballinastoe, Boley, Burren, Boyneside, Castlegregory, Clonmines, Donoughmore, Errill ladies, Glenhill, G&B, Killenaule, Lakehill, Loughmore, Rathanna, Rathdowney, Rockies, Saltmills and the Shop.

G&B, national senior champions at 680kg

G&B, national senior champions at 680kg

Eight teams competed in the senior 680kg. Boley pulled well and they defeated the Burren to qualify for the final. G&B defeated Clonmines in the other semi final. The final was a great contest as G&B attempted to avenge their defeat to Boley in the round robin. However, it was the hosting team who made a great start winning the first end in around 3 minutes. G&B responded very well and they showed determination, power and stamina to take the second and their end to take the gold medal, their second national title of the season.

Shop, national Div 2 champions at 680kg

Shop, national Div 2 champions at 680kg

Clonmines defeated the Buren to win the bronze medal. In the 680kg Div 2 section the two teams that got into the final were the Shop and Saltmills, this was a great final with very little between the two but the Shop proved to be the stronger and eventually took it in two straight ends to claim the title. Five teams competed in the novice 680kg event. The teams who qualified for the semi finals were Ballinastoe, Castlegregory, Killenaule and Loughmore. Killenaule defeated Loughmore in straight ends to go through to the final and Ballinstoe also enjoyed a straight end victory over Castlegregory.

Killenaule, national champions, novice 680kg

Killenaule, national champions, novice 680kg

The final between was a great pull as there was very little between the two teams, but Killenaule proved to be the stronger in the end and took both ends to take the title, their third novice title in a row. Three teams competed in the ladies 560kg and catchweight events. It was great to see the three teams being able to field 8 pullers for the 560kg. The final in this event was between Ballinastoe and Rathdowney.

Ballinastoe ladies, winners of ladies 560kg & catch competitions

Ballinastoe ladies, winners of ladies 560kg & catch competitions

It was a good contest but it was the Ballinastoe ladies who took the title. The final of the 6-a-side catch event was a repeat of the 560kg and the result was the same as Ballinastoe took the gold again. In the men’s 440kg 5 a side the 3 teams who competed were Boley, Donoughmore, and Rockies. The two teams to get into the final here were Boley and Donoughmore, this was a good final with little between the teams but Boley had the experienced Martin Kehoe in the anchor and eventually powered out the two ends to take the title.

Boley, winners of the men's 440kg event

Boley, winners of the men’s 440kg event

Click here to see photos from Wexford. Thanks to our photographer, Pat Lee, for report and photos.

See full results on our Results page.

Ordination of Fr. Brendan Ward

Fr. Brendan pictured with Danny McGonigle of the Clonmany club

Fr. Brendan pictured with Danny McGonigle of the Clonmany club

Best wishes to Fr Brendan Ward of the Lakehill Tug of War club who was ordained a Priest for the diocese of Raphoe last Sunday. The association would like to wish him all the best for the future.

National Senior men’s team selection

  • Trials will take place on Saturday the 4th and Sunday the 5th July at the Rockies training ground, Kingscourt, Co Cavan.
  • All interested parties need to contact Gerry Ferguson, team manager, for a time slot. Gerry can be contacted on 087 249 6915.
  • Attendance is mandatory for anyone wishing to be considered for selection on the national teams for the upcoming European Championships in Belfast

The passing of Patsy McDonald

Patsy McDonaldThe association would like to extend it’s deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the late Patsy McDonald, Belturbet, Co Cavan. Patsy had a great love of the sport and was a loyal servant to this club, Killylough and formally Redhills. He represented Ireland on many occasion on the World & European stage and won many an international medal during this pulling career which was cut short due to illness. We have all lost a good friend and gentleman. Patsy’s funeral mass will take place today (Monday 22nd June) in St Patrick’s Church, Drumalee at 12pm. Ag ndeanaigh Dia trocaire are a ainm.

GENSB training session

GENSB training next Saturday the 27th June at 5pm in Gort na Cloiche training grounds, Co Longford. For further details please contact GENSB team Manage Brian O’Sullivan on 087 6844840