The Tug of War community were saddened to rear of the recent passing of Billy Reilly. Billy, a native Offaly man is famous for his year’s of success with the Kilroe club based near Manchester where he spent most of his life. His untimely passing is a great loss to his family and friends and to the sport of Tug of War. Ag ndeanaigh Dia trocaire are a ainm. Click here for funeral arrangements cursory of the English website.
The St. Pats club travelled to Scotland for the recent UK championships turning in a fine performance and coming home with medals from various categories. The St. Pats senior team pulled well in the men’s 640kg reaching the semi final where they were defeated by eventual winners, Country club from Co. Tyrone. The St. Pats ladies got their first taste of international action and pulled extremely well against English, Scottish and Dutch opposition. The ladies won gold in the 500kg competition, gold in the 520kg and the club won gold and silver in the mixed 560kg. Well done to all involved. This is good progression for women in our sport following on from the successes of the outdoor panel at the UK outdoor championships in Belfast last year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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!
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