National Indoor Championship Infomation

Click here to find a list proposals from the indoor committee adopted by the ITOWA executive.

Indoor fixtures are available on the Fixtures page.


The ITOWA has 8 sections of indoor mats available for clubs to hire, the conditions are as follows

  • The mats are rented out  first come first serve
  • There will be 8 sections of mats available  to rent – each section is ½ of a full length of mat.
  • The rate will be €250 rent plus a €250 deposit
  • Deposit returned to the club on the return of the mats in a fit for use fashion
  • An individual in the club will have to sign a disclaimer to take responsibility to return mats should the club disband
  • Club must collect the Mats
  • Club must supply mats at any national championship they are requested to do so
  • Please apply in writing to the Secretary

Switzerland continue to dominate on final day of action in Belfast

The men’s 640kg team was mainly made up of G&B pullers. They were drawn in a tough group which included Switzerland, Sweden & England. The began well with victories over Scotland and Latvia. They then lost a bad end to England and lost two straight to Sweden which left them with too much to do. They produced a great display to take an end from the invincible Switzerland but it was too little too late. They finished in fifth place overall. Switzerland defeated Germany in the final to take the gold medal.

The Irish 720kg team were very disappointing in the morning competition finishing in sixth place overall from seven teams. Once again Switzerland took the gold medal in this weight defeating Sweden in the final.

The Irish ladies were well out of their depth over the weekend but nonetheless produced a gutsy display considering it was their first international championship. They showed determination to finish ahead to Belgium in Sunday’s 520kg competition.

See photos from Day 4 on Boley facebook page.

See photos on Niamh Dunlea photography.

Click here to see final results from Belfast.

Hard fought Bronze for Ireland in men’s 680kg

Ten countries competed in the men’s 680kg. Ireland fought hard to sneak into the semi finals.

Ireland, bronze medalists at 680kg

Ireland, bronze medalists at 680kg

They lost the semi final match-up to Switzerland and found themselves in a bronze medal match-up against Sweden. The Irish lads dug deep and went on to win the contest to bring home the bronze medal. The team was mostly made up of G&B pullers and three Boley pullers. Switzerland defeated Netherlands to win the gold medal.

Bancran were very impressive in the men’s 560kg representing Northern Ireland. The Derry lads defeated Switzerland in the final to win the gold medal. Ireland also entered the men’s 560kg, ladies 560kg, mixed 600kg and Junior 560kg. All teams did their best but fell well short of the standard on the day.

See photos from Day 3 on Boley facebook page.

See more photos from day 3 on Boley facebook page.
See photos on Niamh Dunlea photography.

Silver for Lakehill at 720kg

Lakehill pulled very well in yesterday’s 720kg open club championship to top their group. They then faced Ozoli from Latvia in the semi finals.

Lakehill, silver medalists at 720kg

Lakehill, silver medalists at 720kg

This was a tough contest which Lakehill eventually won by two ends to one. The Irish team then faced Lincoln from England in the final. The final was a close contest but Lakehill eventually ran out of steam loosing in straight ends so the English team took the gold medals. Well done to Lakehill on their silver medal.

G&B were the only Irish team to qualify for the knockout stages of the men’s 640kg, they finished runners-up in their group. This meant that they faced group winners Engelberg from Switzerland in the quarter final and the Irish team went on to loose this contest. Engelberg defeated their Swiss rivals Ebersecken in a great final to win the gold medal.

See photos from day 2 on Boley facebook page.

See photos on Niamh Dunlea photography.

Day 1 in Belfast

The Irish has a relatively disappointing opening day at the European championships in Belfast. Both Boley and Lakehill failed to progress from their groups in the men’s 680kg. G&B pulled well to top their group and made it through to the semi finals. They were defeated in the semis by Bison from the Netherlands. They also lost the bronze medal match to Elgelberg from Switzerland. Kiltevna ladies made a good debut at International level in the ladies 560kg. They weighed in 30kg light but pulled well picking up 4 points.

See photos on Niamh Dunlea photography.

GENSB Results

Click here for GENSB Results from the Netherlands.

Killenaule end great season with 580kg victory

The clubs who attended the national championship held at the Tullow show were Ballinastoe, Boley, Burren, Errill Valley, Glenhill, G&B, Killenaule, Kiltevna, Lakehill, Loughmore, Rathdowney, Rathkeale, Rockies and the Shop. Five teams competed in the 580kg novice championship.

Killenaule, novice 580kg national champions

Killenaule, novice 580kg national champions

The clubs who qualified for the semi finals were Ballinastoe, Killenaule, Loughmore and Rathkeale. Killenaule overcame Rathkeale in the first semi final as Ballinastoe defeated Loughmore in the second semi final, both in straight ends. This left a final between Ballinastoe and Killenaule. This was a great pull as there was very little between the two teams. Ballinastoe took the first end but Killenaule hit back and took the second and third ends  to take the title, this now being their sixth gold medal of the season in the novice section. Loughmore overcame Rathkeale to win the bronze medal.

Rockies, winners of the 375kg 5-a-side

Rockies, winners of the 375kg 5-a-side

The three teams who competed in the men’s 375kg of 5 aside were Rockies, Rathkeale, and Rathdowney. The teams to get into the final were Rockies and Rathkeale. This was a great final where there was little between the two teams, the Rockies proved to be the stronger and took it in two straight ends after a tough battle. Three teams competed in the ladies 520kg event, they were Ballinastoe, Rathdowney, & Kiltevna. There were some great pulling here with very little between the three teams. Kiltevna proved to be the stronger and came out tops to take the gold medal, Rathdowney took the silver medal.

Kiltevna, national champions, ladies 560kg

Kiltevna, national champions, ladies 560kg

Kiltevna also pulled well in the final round of the ladies 375kg league as four teams competed in this event. The Galway team took the maximum 7 points on offer but had to contend with the silver medal overall. Ballinastoe picked up 6 points on the day to take the overall gold medal. Errill Valley won the overall bronze medal. Six team competed in the men’s 680kg open event. G&B defeated Lakehill in the first semi final as Boley defeated the Shop in the other semi final. The final between G&B and Boley was a great contest which went to three ends with G&B eventually winning the deciding pull.

Ballinastoe, winners of the ladies 375kg league

Ballinastoe, winners of the ladies 375kg league

Seven team competed in the 600kg open event and the final was a repeat of the 680kg final with Boley facing G&B. Boley got the upper hand on this occasion and won the competition with a straight end victory.

See full results on our Results page.

See final league results on our League Tables page.

Click here to see photos from Tullow. Thanks as always to Pat Lee for photos.