Competition 15th August 2015 at YMCA Grounds

LOCATION:   YMCA GROUNDS AT KNIGHTSBRIDGE PARK, BELFAST
TIME:  1 pm WEIGH IN, 2pm FIRST PULL

WEIGHTS:  600kg and 640KGS

DATE:  15TH AUGUST 2015

For info contact NITOWA secretary Davy Wilson: djd(@)exelmail(.)com

Gold for Lakehill at Avra Show

Conditions were wet at the Avra Show in Co. Cavan today for the 560kg national championship. The clubs who attended were Ballinastoe, Boley, Burren, Boyneside, Donoughmore, Errill Valley, G&B, Glenhill, Gort na Cloiche, Killenaule, Kiltevna, Lakehill, Loughmore, Rathkeale, Rockies & the Shop.

Lakehill, national senior champions at 560kg

Lakehill, national senior champions at 560kg

Eight teams competed in an evenly contested senior 560kg competition where most of the teams took ends off each other in the poor conditions. Boley were strong as they topped the group, they were joined in the semi finals by the Burren, G&B and Lakehill. Boley pulled well in their semi final and avenged their recent defeats to G&B by pulling them in straight ends to qualify for the final. Lakehill dug very deep to defeat the Burren in a tough semi final to join Boley in the final. So we had the old rivals facing each other in the final with the first end lasting over five minutes before Lakehill eventually won it to go one up.

Shop, national Div 2 champions at 560kg

Shop, national Div 2 champions at 560kg

The second end was a real classic and with both teams on two cautions each the referee centered the pull. Lakehill dug very deep to eventually win the second end to take the gold medal and their first national title of the season. G&B pulled well to defeat the Burren to win the bronze medal. The Shop and Killenaule faced each other in the Div 2 final. This was Killenaule’s first time competing at Div 2 following their great success at novice level and they gave a good account of themselves. However, it was the experienced Shop team who were stronger and they went on to win their third title of the season.

Ballinastoe, national champions, mixed 600kg

Ballinastoe, national champions, mixed 600kg

Four teams competed in the novice 560kg event, they were Ballinastoe, Killenaule, Loughmore & Rathkeale. The young Rathkeale team pulled very well in this competition but it was Ballinastoe and Loughmore who progressed to face each other in the final. This was a great pull as there was very little between the two teams but Ballinastoe proved to be the stronger in the end and took the two ends to take the title and the gold medals. Ballinastoe also pulled very well in the mixed 600kg competition to defeat their rivals, Kiltevna, in the best of five ends to take the title.

Kiltevna, winners of round 2 of the ladies 375kg league

Kiltevna, winners of round 2 of the ladies 375kg league

Four teams competed in the men’s 5-a-side 400kg competition. They were Donoughmore, Rockies, Boyneside, and Kiltevna. The two teams to get into the final were Donoughmore and Boyneside. This was a mighty final where there was nothing between the two teams, and it went to a three ender before eventually Donoughmore took the deciding end to take the title and the gold medals. The three teams competed in the second round of the ladies 375kg league were Ballinastoe, Errill Valley, & Kiltevna. There was some great pulling in this competition with very little between the three teams but Kiltevna proved to be the stronger and came out on top to take the 7 points.

Rathkeale, winners of round 2 of the youth league

Rathkeale, winners of round 2 of the youth league

Ballinastoe were in second position and they now top the table with 13 points. Errill valley are in second place with 10 points. The league will reach its conclusion in Tullow on the 16th of August. The three teams who competed in the second round of the youth GENSB league were Rathkeale A, Gort na Cloiche, & Rathkeale B. There was some great pulling here between all three teams with very little between them but Rathkeale A came out on top to take the 7 points with Gort na Cloiche taking second place and Rathkeale B taking the third place. Rathkeale A top this league going into the final round in Grenagh with Gort na Cloice two points behind in second place.

See full results on Results page.

See updated leagues on our League Tables page.

Click here to see photos from Avra (thanks to our photographer Pat Lee for providing the photos).

G&B claim blue ribbon event in Ballina

The clubs who attended the 640kg national championship held in Ballina were Ballinastoe, Boley, Boyneside, Burren, Castlegregory, Donoughmore, Glenhill, G&B, Gort na Cloiche, Killenaule, Kiltevna, Lakehill, Lavalley, Loughmore, Rathkeale, Rockies and the Shop.

G&B, national senior champions at 640kg

G&B, national senior champions at 640kg

Seven teams competed in the senior 640kg event. The team who qualified for the semi finals were Boley, G&B, Glenhill & the Shoop. G&B pulled well defeating the Shop in straight ends to qualify for the final. Boley had to dig deep to overcome Glenhill in the second semi final. This set up a repeat of the 680kg final from two weeks ago between Boley and G&B. Boley were strong and won some rope in the first end before cracks began to appear allowing G&B to recover and win the first pull. G&B also won the second end adding the blue ribbon event to their two previous titles and cementing their place as the top team in the country at the moment. The Shop defeated Glenhill to win the bronze medal.

Killenaule, novice 640kg national champions

Killenaule, novice 640kg national champions

The semi final line-up for the novice 640kg was Castlegregory versus Loughmore and Killenaule versus Ballinastoe. Both Killenaule and Loughmore progressed with straight end victories. These two local rivals battled hard in the final but it was Killenaule who continue their amazing run to win the gold medal and their fourth national title in a row. Castlegregory defeated Ballinastoe to win the bronze medal.

Lakehill, winners of the men's 480kg

Lakehill, winners of the men’s 480kg

In the men’s 480kg 6 aside three teams competed they were Lakehill, Rockies, and Leaalley. The two teams to get into the final here were Lakehill and Rockies. This was a good final but Lakehill had the experience and power to take the two ends and the title and the gold medals. Rockies took the silver and Lavalley took the bronze.

Kiltevna, winners of round 2 of the ladies 405kg & 435kg leagues

Kiltevna, winners of round 2 of the ladies 405kg & 435kg leagues

Two Ladies teams competed in the Ladies Leagues of 405kg and 435kg round 2, they were Ballinstoe, & Kiltevna. There was some great pulling here in both of these competitions with very little between the two teams, but Kiltevna proved to be the stronger and came out tops in both of these to take the top points. Kiltevna are now on course to take the gold medals in both leagues.

Rathkeale, winners of the first round of the youth league.

Rathkeale, winners of the first round of the youth league.

The first round of the Youth Under 18 was also held in Ballina. Three teams competed, they were Rathkeale, Gort na Cloiche, & Lavalley. There was some great pulling here between all three teams with very little between either but Rathkeale just came out on top to take the 7 points. GnaC were second and get 6 points with Lavalley taking the third place and 5 points.

See full results on our Results page.

Please see updated leagues on our League Tables page.

Click here to see photos. Thanks to our photographer, Pat Lee, for photos & report!

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.

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.