St. Pats dominate on day one of indoor championship

The first round of the national indoor championships were hosted yesterday by the St. Pats club in the Phoenix centre in  Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan. The clubs who attended were Ballinagh, Baile Ghib, Country club, Cuan Rithe, GnaC Valley, Killoughey, Kiltevna, Maharees, Mountain View, St. Pats, Taughmaconnell, Tara Hill, Rockies & Rathkeale.

St. Pats, national senior champions at 720kg

St. Pats, national senior champions at 720kg

Five teams competed in the senior 720kg competition. St. Pats defeated GnaC Valley in the first semi final and Mountain View defeated Killoughey in the other semi to join Pats in the final. The final was a close contest but it was St. Pats who had the slight edge over their Louth rivals to win the gold medal and national title with a straight end victory. GnaC Valley defeated Killoughey to win the bronze medal.

Cuan Rithe, national 720kg Div 2 champions

Cuan Rithe, national 720kg Div 2 champions

Six teams competed in the Div 2 competition. Cuan Rithe defeated Killoughey in the first semi final. GnaC Valley defeated Mountain View in the other semi to join the Cork team in the final. Cuan Rithe pulled very well in the final to win the gold medal and the national title.

Taughmaconnell, novice 720kg national champions

Taughmaconnell, novice 720kg national champions

Four teams took part in the 720kg novice competition. Mountain View fielded a novice squad but they were defeated by Taughmaconnell in the first semi final. Ballinagh overcame Baile Ghib in the second semi final to join the Roscomman team in the final. Taughmaconnell are an experienced outfit and they had a slight edge in the final as they went on to win the gold medal. Mountain View won the bronze medal.

St. Pats, winners of round 1 of the ladies 375kg & 405kg league

St. Pats, winners of round 1 of the ladies 375kg & 405kg league

The three teams who competed in the first rounds of the ladies 375kg & 405kg were Kiltevna, St. Pats and Tara Hill. The result was the same in both leagues with St. Pats finishing first taking the 7 points and Kiltevna in second taking the six points. Well done to Tara Hill who also competed well on their first day out. Two St. Pats clubs took part in the first round of the mixed 600kg league with the A team taking the 7 points. Similarly, two Rathkeale teams entered the first round of the youth league with the A team taking the 7 points.

St. Pats, winners of round 1 of the men's 375kg league

St. Pats, winners of round 1 of the men’s 375kg league

The first round of the men’s 5-a-side league was a great success with ten teams entering and was run in two groups of five teams. Country Club from Co. Tyrone were welcome visitors and they entered two teams. It was St. Pats again who rounded off a great day for the club winning the first round to take the 7 points. Rockies from Co. Cavan were runners-up and they get 6 points. Maharees all the way from Co. Kerry pulled very well to finish in third position picking up 5 points.

See league tables on our League Tables page.

See full results on our Results page.

Click here to see photos from Carrickmacross. Thanks to the St. Pat’s club who provided the photos for the website.

Senior 720kg final

Click here to see the first end of yesterday’s 720kg senior final between Mountain View and St. Pats.

Click here to see the second end.

Thanks to the St. Pat’s club for the videos.

National indoor fixtures

The national indoor fixtures are now available on the Fixtures page.

Due to the busy daily schedule weigh-in is from 9 – 11am with first pull at 11:30am.

The closing date for applications for a temporary transfer is the 3rd of October.

All queries must go through the secretary.

JUNIOR JAMBOREE in South Africa in March 2015

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Congratulations Pat McGurl

Pat McGurlCongratulations to Pat McGurl who passed the TWIF judges course which was held in conjunction with the recent World Championships in Madison, USA. Pat is one of our most recognised and respected referees, well done on passing on the first attempt!

Photos from World Championships in Madison

Click here to see some photos from the recent World Championships in Madison, USA.

Click here to see more photos courtesy of the Netherlands association.

Round-up from Madison

Men’s 640kg results

Gold: Switzerland

Silver: Sweden

Bronze: Germany

Fourth: Basque Country

A disappointing championship from an Irish point of view reached it’s conclusion yesterday in Madison with a 6th place finish in the men’s 640kg. The Switzerland national team based around the invincible Ebersecken and Ebgelberg clubs won the gold at 640kg claiming six gold medals winning all six senior men competitions. With Ebersecken also winning this year’s GENSB Games the Swiss look set to dominate the sport for year’s to come. There is a bit of soul searching to be done by the new Irish management set-up but nonetheless it was a gutsy performance overall by the small Irish panel who travelled and competed in difficult conditions. We wish everyone a safe trip home.

Click here to watch the 640kg final, a masterclass of Tug of War from Switzerland.