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.

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GENSB Results

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European outdoor championships, Belfast

The European outdoor championships are taking place in Belfast from the 3rd – 6th September.  It is recommended that club teams be entered at least two weeks in advance of the event.

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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.

Carroll’s Irish Gifts sponsor Irish ladies squad

Irish Team sponsorship .jpg2The Irish Tug Of War Association would like to thank Carroll’s Irish Gifts, a leading retailer of quality Irish gifts who are based in Ireland but serve customers globally, for their sponsorship of sports gear for The Irish Ladies team, competing in The European Championships this September 5th & 6th in Belfast. Your generosity is much appreciated.

Boley win 600kg gold in Grenagh

The clubs who attended the national championship held in Grenagh were Ballinastoe, Boley, Burren, Castlegregory, Donoughmore, Glenhill, G&B, Gort na Cloiche, Killenaule, Kiltevna, Lakehill, Loughmore, Sop, Rathkeale & Rathdowney.

Boley, national senior champions at 600kg

Boley, national senior champions at 600kg

Nine teams competed in a good senior 600kg competition. The clubs who qualified for the semi finals were Burren, Boley, Glehill and Shop with Lakehill just missing out by 1 point. Boley overcame Glehill in straight ends to qualify for the final. The Burren had to dig very deep to defeat a strong Shop team in a deciding end to join Boley in the final. Boley who had won this title on the previous two occasions were looking strong in the final and were always in control winning their second national title of the season with a straight end victory.

Donoughmore, Div 2 600kg national champions

Donoughmore, Div 2 600kg national champions

Glenhill defected the Shop to win the bronze medal. The teams who qualified for the Div 2 final were Castlegregory and Donoughmore. The Kerry team performed very well to qualify for their Div 2 final and stunned the home support by taking the first end. However, the experienced Donoughmore team fought back to take the second and third ends to win the gold medal and the title.

Killenaule, novice 600kg national champions

Killenaule, novice 600kg national champions

Four teams contested the 600kg novice competition. The final was between Ballinastoe from Wicklow and Killenaule from Tipperary. This was a great pull as there was very little between the two teams but Killenaule proved to be the stronger and took the two ends to take the title and the gold medals. This is the fifth novice title of the season for the Thurles men, a great achievement for this up-and-coming team. Rathkeale the Gort na Cloiche contested the final of the 6-a-side 450kg competition.

Rathkeale winners of the youth league and the 6-a-side 450kg event.

Rathkeale winners of the youth league and the 6-a-side 450kg event.

Rathkeale were by far the stronger team in this contest and took the title with a straight end victory. The Limerick based Rathkeale team continued their dominance of the youth league picking up the 7 points in today’s third and final round. They take the overall gold medal with maximum ponts with Gort na Cloiche having to settle for the silver medal. The final rounds of the ladies 405kg and 435kg leagues were also held in Grenagh.

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

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

As was the case last year the Kiltevna team from Dunmore in Co. Galway have dominated both leagues and went on to pick up the 7 points in both the 405kg & 435kg final rounds and win the gold medal in each with a maximum 21 points. Ballinastoe are left to settle with the silver medal in each and Rathdowney take the bronze medal. The ladies will now concentrate on the final round of competitions to be held in Tullow next Sunday and then on the European championships in Belfast in early September.

See full results on our Results page.

See final youth and ladies league results on our League Tables page.

Click here to see photos from Grenagh. Thanks as always to Pat Lee for report & photos.

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).