Boley to host 640kg in New Ross

BoleyThe Boley club will host the 640kg national senior, Div 2 & novice championship at the Good Counsel College, New Ross, Co. Wexford on Sunday the 27th of July. The programme also includes the ladies 520kg, U23 league round 2, youth league round 3, and the second round of the men’s 400kg & 430kg leagues. Weigh-in from 9am – 12pm with first pull at 1pm. Chief judge is Seamus Kilbride.

Travelling to the USA for the World Championships

International travellers who are seeking to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) are now subject to enhanced security requirements and will be required to pay an administrative fee. All eligible travellers who wish to travel to the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Program must apply for authorization and then pay the fee using the following website;

https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/

This applies to all Irish people travelling to the championships.

Clonterm win 680kg title in Ballina

There was a good turnout of teams at the Ballina Agricultural show yesterday for the third round of the national outdoor championship and good weather conditions allowed for an enjoyable day’s pulling. The clubs who attended were Ballinagh, Ballinastoe, Boley, Boyneside, Burren, Clonterm, Errill ladies, Farrenmill, G na C Valley, Kiltevna, Killenaule, Lakehill, Loughmore, Maharees, Mulcair, the Shop, Streamstown & Rathkeale.

Clonterm, senior 680kg national champions

Clonterm, senior 680kg national champions

Six teams competed in a tough 680kg senior competition. Boley & Lakehill faced each other in the last pull of the round robin to decide who finished top and avoid Clonterm in the semi final. Both teams gave it everything in a grueling contest which Lakehill eventually won in a third end decider. Neither team fully recovered from this clash as Boley were defeated by Clonterm in the semi final and Lakehill had to dig very deep to defeat Boyneside in the other semi final in another third end decider.

Burren, Div 2 680kg national champions

Burren, Div 2 680kg national champions

Clonterm and Lakehill faced each other in a repeat of the 700kg final from two weeks ago. Clonterm were strong and their fitness was superior winning the final in straight ends to take the gold medal and a well deserved national title. Boley defeated Boyneside to win the bronze medal. The Burren and the Shop faced each other in the Div 2 final for the third time this season but the result remained the same as the Clare team won the gold medal with another straight end victory.

Farrenmill, novice 680kg national champions

Farrenmill, novice 680kg national champions

Five teams took part in the 680kg novice competition. Farrenmill have been dominant at novice level this season and they defeated Ballinagh in straight ends in the semi final to qualify for the final yet again. Once again it was Ballinastoe who joined them as they overcame Killenaule in the other semi final. Again, the final was a close contest between these two rivals but it was the Farremnill team from Co. Tipperary who took their third national title of the season with a straight end victory.

Rathkeale, winners of the youth & U23 league rounds

Rathkeale, winners of the youth & U23 league rounds

Rathkeale and Ballinagh competed in the second round of the youth league and it was the Rathkeale team from Co. Limerick who took the 7 points yet again to more or less secure the gold medal with a round to spare. The same two teams faced each other in the U23 league and the result was the same on this occasion with Ballinagh having to settle for second place. The next round of both underage leagues will take place in New Ross on July 27th. The second round of the ladies leagues were also staged in Ballina.

Kiltevna, winners of round 2 of the ladies 405kg league

Kiltevna, winners of round 2 of the ladies 405kg league

Kiltevna, the local Connaught team again pulled very well in the 405kg league finishing in first position from four teams to take the 7 points and put them in a very strong position with one round to go. Ballinastoe were runners-up once again. Boyneside finished in third spot and also sit in the bronze medal position overall. Ballinastoe stamped their authority on the 435kg league taking the 7 points on offer and sitting pretty in top spot with the final round coming up in Tullow on August 17th. Boyneside & Kiltevna are tied in second place with 11 points each. Well done to the newly affiliated Errill ladies from Co. Laois who made their national debut and competed very well in both leagues.

Maharees, winners of round 1 of men's 400kg & 430kg leagues

Maharees, winners of round 1 of men’s 400kg & 430kg leagues

The association ran the first rounds of the men’s 400kg and 430kg 5-a-side leagues in an effort to help keep teams on the road who are struggling to field 8 men. This proved to be a great success with 6 team competing in the leagues. Loughmore from Co. Tipperary made their national debut in this event. Maharees from Co. Kerry were very strong in both the 400kg and 430kg events taking top spot in each. Streamstown were runners-up at 400kg and Mulclair from Co. Limerick were runners-up in the 430kg league. The next round of the men’s leagues takes place in New Ross on July 27th.

See full results on the Results page.

See league tables on our League Tables page.

Click here to see photos from yesterday’s action in Ballina. Many thanks to Anne Glennon of the Kiltevna club who took the photos for the website :-)

Historic national title win for Glenhill

There was a good turnout of teams at yesterday’s national championship which was held in Clontuskert, Co. Galway. The clubs who attended were Ballinagh, Ballinastoe, Boley, Boyneside, Burren, Clonterm, Farrenmill, GnaC Valley, Killenaule, Kiltevna, Lakehill, Maharees, Miners Rest, Rathkeale, Stapeltons & The Shop.

Lakehill, national senior champions at 700kg

Lakehill, national senior champions at 700kg

The teams who qualified for the semi finals of the senior 700kg competition were Boley, Lakehill, Clonterm and the Shop. Lakehill defeated the Shop to qualify for the final. Boley took the first end against Clonterm but the Longford outfit showed huge determination to upset the Wexford team qualifying for the final with a deciding end victory. The final between Clonterm and Lakehill was a tough contest with little between the teams.

Burren, national Div 2 champions at 700kg

Burren, national Div 2 champions at 700kg

Lakehill applied huge pressure in both ends and didn’t allow Clonterm to dictate the contest and it was the Mayo team who went on to win the gold medal and their second national title in a row. Boley defeated the Shop to win the bronze medal. The Burren from Co. Clare pulled well to defeat the Shop from Co. Tipperary in straight ends to win the Div 2 700kg title to add to the 720kg title they won in Clonakilty. Seven teams competed in the novice 700kg competition.

Farrenmill, national champions, novice 700kg

Farrenmill, national champions, novice 700kg

The first semi final was between Farrenmill and Kiltevna and it was the strong Farrenmill team who progress to the final with a straight end victory. Ballinastoe had to dig deep to defeat Killenaule by 2 ends to 1 to progress to the final. The final was a repeat of the 720kg final held in Clonakilty and the result was the same on this occasion as Farrenmill took the gold medal and their second national title. 10 teams competed in the 580kg senior competition and there was some very tough pulling in the baking evening sunshine.

Glenhill, national senior champions at 580kg

Glenhill, national senior champions at 580kg

The teams who qualified for the semi finals were Bolneside, Clonterm, Glenhill and the Burren with Boley and Lakehill just missing out. Glenhill were strong and they defeated Boyneside in straight ends to qualify for the final. The Burren dug deep to defeat Clonterm in a deciding end to join their Munster rivals in the final. The Burren were appearing in their second senior 580kg final in a row but Glenhill were determined to inflict a second defeat in a row as the Cork team dropped in with great pressure in both ends.

GnaC Valley, national Div 2 champions at 580kg

GnaC Valley, national Div 2 champions at 580kg

Glenhill proved a little too strong and there were joyous scenes at the end as the Cork team won their first ever national senior title and the first senior title for a Munster team since 1976, indeed a wonderful achievement for the Watergrasshill outfit. Boyneside also produced a great display in the third place pull-off to defeat Clonterm in straight ends to win the bronze medal, their first ever senior medal. The teams who qualified for the Div 2 final were the GnaC Valley and the Shop. The GnaC Valley from Co. Westmeath produced a great display to win the gold medal with a straight end victory over the experienced Tipperary based team.

Rathkeale, winners of round 1 of the youth league

Rathkeale, winners of round 1 of the youth league

4 teams competed in the 580kg novice competition. The final in this event was between Killenaule and Rathkeale. Rathkeale from Co. Limerick who are mainly made up of youth pullers produced an outstanding display to defeat the Thurles based team in a deciding end to win the gold medal and the title. Miners Rest also from Thurles defeated Ballinagh in the third place pull-off to win the bronze medal, their first ever national medal. Rathkeale also pulled well in the first round of the youth league taking the maximum 7 points on offer. Ballinagh were second and take 6 points. The second round takes place in Ballina on the 13th July.

Ballinastoe, winners of the ladies 560kg

Ballinastoe, winners of the ladies 560kg

The two teams who took part in the ladies 560kg and ladies catchweight were Ballinastoe and Kiltevna. There was little between the teams but it was Ballinastoe who went on to win the titles at both divisions getting the better of their Galway rivals on this occasion. The ladies action also continues in two weeks time in Ballina with the second round of the 405kg & 435kg leagues.

See full results on our Results page.

See updated tables on the League Tables page.

Click here to see photos from yesterday’s action in Clontuskert.

Weighing of teams for national championships

To deal with the higher number of teams to be weighted on Sunday mornings, the scales will be open from 9am – 12pm for all remaining outdoor national championships.

National senior panel

A development panel, to develop future members of the Irish senior men’s team is being put in place by Team Manager Gerry Ferguson and Selector Anthony Pender. It is planned to have  training days in July, with a view to sending a panel to compete in the UK open club championships in Belfast on the 2nd August.  Any queries, please contact the secretary.

Men’s 5-a-side league

As a result of the feedback from clubs, two 5 a side men’s league will be run. The weights will be 400kgs and 430kgs.  There  will be 3 round of each league, in Ballina, New Ross and Grenagh. Medals will be presented on the final day of the league. Please note that a puller competing in the 5 a  side league cannot pull in another competition on that day, however should a club have sufficient men they can entry a team in both the 5  a side and 8 a side competition. All queries should go through the secretary.