TOW from Lordship on Irish TV

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St. Pats complete clean sweep in Donegal

There was a small turnout of clubs in Clonmany for the concluding national championship The clubs who attended were Clonmany, Cuan Rithe, GnaC Valley, Maharees, St. Pats & Rathkeale.

St. pats, national senior champions at 600kg

St. pats, national senior champions at 600kg

The semi final line-up of the senior 600kg competition was Clonmany B -v- Maharees and Cuan Rithe -v- St Pats. Clonmany B and St. Pats progress to the final. Clonmany B had defeated Pats earlier in the round robin but St. Pats who were aiming for a clean sweep of national titles dug deep to take the gold medal with a straight end victory. Maharees from Co. Kerry defeated their Cork rivals to win the bronze medal.

Maharees, winners of the 600kg & 560kg novice titles

Maharees, winners of the 600kg & 560kg novice titles

The medal winners for both the novice 600kg and 560kg competitions were the same and in the same order. Maharees from Co. Kerry defeated Rathkeale from Co. Limerick in both finals to win the gold medals in each. The Kerry club made the long journey home in fine form wrapping up the season with three novice tittles and also a gold in men’s novice 375kg 5-a-side league. GnaC Valley from Co. Westmeath took the bronze medal in both competitions.

St. Pats, 560kg national senior champions

St. Pats, 560kg national senior champions

The semi final line-up in the men’s 560kg compeition was Clonmany B -v- Cuan Rithe and Maharees -v- St. Pats. Again it was Clonmany B and St. Pats who progress to face each other in the final for the third time this season. However, it was not going to be third time lucky for the hosting club and the impressive outfit from Co. Louth took the gold medal and made it a clean sweep of national senior titles for 2014. The third place pull-off in the senior 560kg was one of the few exciting contests of the day as Cuan Rithe came from an end down to defeat Maharees to win the bronze medal and revenge for their earlier defeat in the 600kg bronze match-up.

St. Pats, winners of the ladies catchweight title

St. Pats, winners of the ladies catchweight title

GnaC Valley and St. Pats contested the ladies catchweight competition. The St. Pats ladies in their first season out completed the clean sweep of ladies victories winning the gold medal in this event. St. Pats also wrapped up the gold medal in the 600kg mixed league by winning the final round again defeating GnC Valley into second place.

Rathkeale, winners of the youth league

Rathkeale, winners of the youth league

Rathkeale A & B teams contested all three rounds of the youth league and they collected the gold and silver medals as the league reached it’s conclusion in Donegal. The men’s 425kg 5-a-side league also reached it’s conclusion as St. Pats took maximum points and Clonmany B finishing in second place. Clonmany B picked up 6 points to add to their 7 points from round 1 and they pipped St. Pats by 1 point to win the gold medal overall and gain a little consolation for the defeats to their rivals in the three national finals.

See results on our Results page

See final leag results on our League Tables page.

Click here to see photos from Donegal. Thanks to Connell Ward and St. Pats TOW for the photos!

Irish Ladies Panel for Belfast 2015

The preparations for the European Championships in Belfast 2015 have commenced for the Irish Ladies Panel. Should you wish to receive information and participate please send your  contact details to Helen Coyne Ladies Liaison Officer asap. Future updates will be via text/email to those who have commenced preparations or contacted Helen

St. Pats ease to 640kg title in Lordship

The Mountain View club hosted the national indoor 640kg championship in Lordship, Co. Louth yesterday. The clubs who attended were Ballinagh, Baile Ghib, Clonmany, Cuan Rithe, GnaC Valley, Kiltevna, Maharees, Mountain View, St. Pats, Stapeltons, Taughmaconnell & Rathkeale.

St. Pats, national senior champions at 640kg

St. Pats, national senior champions at 640kg

The semi final line-up in the 640kg senior competition was St. Pats versus Cuan Rithe and Clonmany B versus Mountain View. Pats easily overcame the Cork outfit as expected but the other semi between Clonmany and the hosting team was a very even and entertaining match-up. Clonmany B dug deep and showed great determination to win the contest in straight ends to join St. Pats in the final. St. Pats were the superior team in the final and they pulled their way to their third title in a row defeating the reigning champions in straight ends to take the gold medal. Mountain View defeated Cuan Rithe to win the bronze medal.

Cuan Rithe, national Div 2 champions at 640kg

Cuan Rithe, national Div 2 champions at 640kg

There was tough semi final clash in Div 2 between Cuan Rithe and GnaC Valley with the Cork outfit eventually coming through in the third end decider. They were joined in the final by neighbors Maharees who overcame Stapeltons in straight ends. The final was another exciting contest with the Kerry team taking the first end but Cuan Rithe responded with great determination to take the second and third ends to win the gold medal and their second national title of the season.

Maharees, national champions 640kg novice

Maharees, national champions 640kg novice

Five teams competed in the 640kg novice competition. Taughmaconnell defeated Baile Ghib in the first semi final with Maharees overcoming Rathkeale in the other semi. Taughmaconnell the Roscomman based team were going for their third title of the season but it was not to be as Maharees produced a fine display to win the gold medal with a straight end victory. Rathkeale defeated Balie Ghib to win the bronze medal.

St. Pats, winners of the ladies 375kg league

St. Pats, winners of the ladies 375kg league

Both the ladies 375kg and 405kg leagues reached their conclusion in Lordship with the destination of the medals already decided after the first two rounds. The strong St. Pats team in their first season out continued their fine form with two fine performances to yet again take the 7 points rounding off both leagues with a maximum 21 points in each. Kiltevna from Co. galway had to settle for the silver medals overall.

Clonmany B, winners of round 1 of the men's 425kg league

Clonmany B, winners of round 1 of the men’s 425kg league

Ten teams took part in the first round of the men’s 425kg 5-a-side league. There was some good pulling in this event especially between the top three teams. Clonmany B produced a fine performance to finish top after round one taking the 7 points. Mountain View were runners-up and they take 6 points. St. Pats who were third take 5 points.

See full results on our Results page.

See updated league tables on our League tables page.

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Motions for TWIF congress

Suggested motions for the 2015 TWIF congress should be submitted to the secretary by the 15th December. The ITOWA executive will make the final decision on motions to be submitted to TWIF.

Winter Ready Campaign

Bw Winter ReadyFollowing on from an email from the Department of Transport , Tourism and Sport in relation to the Winter Ready campaign. The ISC were asked to contact NGBs to ask if it would be possible for NGBs to place a link to the www.winterready.ie on their website. 

St. Pats dominance continues in Mallow

The Cuan Rithe club hosted a well run second round of the national indoor championship at a very good venue in mallow, Co. Cork yesterday. The clubs who attended were Ballinagh, Castlegregory, Cuan Rthe, GnaC Valley, Kiltevna, Maharees, Stapeltons, St. Pats, Tara Hill, Taughmaconnell, Rathkeale & Rockies.

St Pats, national senior champions at 680kg

St Pats, national senior champions at 680kg

There was a poor turnout in the senior 680kg competition with the reigning champions Clonmany B and last year’s runners-up Mountain View not taking part. This left St. Pats as the only senior graded team in the competition and they ran out comfortable winners taking their second gold medal of the season with a straight end victory over Cuan Rithe in the final. GnaC Valley defeated Stapeltons to win the bronze medal.

GnaC Valley, national Div 2 champions at 680kg

GnaC Valley, national Div 2 champions at 680kg

Four teams also took part in the Div 2 competition. GnaC Valley faced Cuan Rithe in the final of this event a repeat of the final from two weeks ago in Carrickmacross. The home crowd were left disappointed on this occasion as GnaC Valley won revenge for the defeat of two weeks ago to win the gold medal. The five teams who took part in the novice competition were Ballinagh, Castlegregory, Maharees, Taughmaconnell & Rathkeale.

Taughmaconnell, national champions, novice 680kg

Taughmaconnell, national champions, novice 680kg

Taughmaconnell from Co. Roscomman reached the final once again where they faced the Maharees team from Co. Kerry. It was Taughmaconnell who showed their experience in this contest as they went on to win the gold medal and their second novice title of the season. The young Rathkeale pulled very well to win the bronze medal. The ladies 405kg & 375kg competitions were again contested by Kiltevna, St. Pats & Tara Arms.

St. Pats, winners of round 2 of both ladies leagues

St. Pats, winners of round 2 of both ladies leagues

The pulling between the three teams was quite event especially between Kiltevna and St. Pats. However it was the strong St. Pats team on heir first year out who got the better of the Galway ladies in both competitions to take the 7 points in each. Two St. Pats clubs took part in the second round of the mixed 600kg league with the B team taking the 7 points. Similarly, two Rathkeale teams entered the second round of the youth league with the A team taking the 7 points. St. Pats also wrapped up the men’s 375kg 5-a-side in fine style to take the gold medal with maximum points.

Maharees, winners of the men's 375kg novice league

Maharees, winners of the men’s 375kg novice league

Rockies from Co. Cavan put it up to their rivals pulling well to take the silver medal overall. Maharees from Co. Kerry pulled very well in the 375kg novice league taking maximum points overall. GnaC Valley finished runner’s up taking the silver medal while Taughmaconnell just missed out on a medal.

See updated leagues on our League Tables page.

See full results on our Results page.

Click here to see photos from Mallow. Many thanks to Pat Lee and to the St. Pats club for providing the photos.