G&B within touching distance of clean sweep

The clubs who took part at the national championship in Arva were Ballinagh, Ballinastoe, Boley, Donoughmore, G&B, Gort na Cloiche, Grove, Kiloughey, Kiltevna, Lakehill, Loughmore, Mulcair, Shop & Rockies.

G&B, national senior champions at 580kg

G&B, national senior champions at 580kg

7 teams competed in the senior 580kg competition. The strong Shop team hit G&B hard in the first pull of the day to shock the favorites with a straight end victory. However, G&B recovered well to qualify for the semi finals in first position and were joined by Boley, Donoughmore & the Shop with Lakehill missing out in 5th position. G&B enjoyed a comfortable win over Donoughmore to qualify for the final. Boley had to dig deep and needed 3 ends to beat the Shop to join G&B in the final. Boley and the G&B faced each other for the third time in succession and the Wexford team were hoping to get one over on their rivals but it was not to be. G&B were that bit stronger and they went on to win their fitth senior title in a row with a straight end victory.

Ballinastoe, national champions, novice 580kg

Ballinastoe, national champions, novice 580kg

The Shop won the bronze medal with a three ended victory over Donoughmore in the third place pull-off. Five team competed in the 580kg novice competitions. The teams who qualified for the semi finals were Ballinastoe, Ballinagh, GnaC & Loughmore. Ballinastoe enjoyed a straight end victory over Loughmore in the first semi final as did GnaC over Ballinagh in the other semi. This meant that Ballinastoe faced GnaC for the third time in a novice final this season. Ballinastoe have been very dominant this season at novice level and they win on to win the gold medal their fifth title of the season. Ballinagh overcame Loughmore to win the bronze medal.

Grove, winners of the youth league

Grove, winners of the youth league

The Grove from Co. Mayo enjoyed a slender 1 point lead over GnaC going into the final round of the youth 420kg league. Once again there was very exciting pulling between these two young teams which was run over the best of five ends. The Grove had the slight edge winning by 3 ends to 2 to take the 7 points on the day and the overall gold medal. Five team competed in the second round of the men’s 5-a-side 390kg league. The Irish ladies team also competed for training. Donoughmore from Co. Cork emerged with the 7 points in this competition with GnaC second and Ballinastoe third.

Ballinastoe, winners of round 2 of the ladies 375kg league

Ballinastoe, winners of round 2 of the ladies 375kg league

GnaC enjoy a two point lead over Ballinagh at the top of the table going into the final round which will take place in Wexford in two weeks time. Ballinagh, Ballinstoe & Kiltevna took part in the second round of the ladies 375kg league. Ballinastoe were strong in this event taking 7 points again which secures them the gold medal with a round to spare. Ballinagh & Kiltevna are tied on 11 points each going into the final round which will be held in Tullow on August 21st.

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Click here to see photos from Cavan, thanks to Pat Lee for photos.

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G&B continue march towards clean sweep

The weather held out reasonably well at the Ballina Agricultural show where the 680kg national championship took place yesterday. The clubs who attended were Ballinagh, Ballinastoe, Boley, Clonmines, G&B, Grove, Gort na Cloiche, Kiltevna, Killoughey, Lakehill, Mulcair, Saltmills, Slievenamon & the Shop.

G&B, national senior champions at 680kg

G&B, national senior champions at 680kg

8 team took part in the 680kg senior competition. The teams who qualified for the semi finals were Boley, G&B, Lakehill & the Shop. Boley enjoyed a reasonably comfortable straight end victory against the Shop in the semi final. The first end of the semi final between G&B and Lakehill was a good contest with little movement in the rope after 4 mins. Lakehill tried hard to win some rope but G&B were able to cope with the Lakehill attacks taking control to win the first end. G&B were also dominant in the second end and they went on to join Boley in the final.

Killoughey, national Div 2 680kg champions

Killoughey, national Div 2 680kg champions

This was a repeat of the 700kg final from last weekend and again it was a good contest. G&B won the first end after a good battle. Boley attacked harder in the second end but again the superiority of the G&B team won out as they went on to win the gold medal, their fourth title in a row. Lakehill defeated the Shop in straight ends to win the bronze medal. Saltmills and Killoughey faced each other in the Div 2 final. The Killoughey team from Co. Offaly emerged on top in this contest to take the gold medal.

Ballinastoe, national champions, novice 680kg

Ballinastoe, national champions, novice 680kg

Four teams took part in the novice 680kg competition. The teams who qualified for the final were Ballinagh and Ballinastoe. Ballinagh were appearing in their first final of the season but they could not deny the men from Wicklow from making it four titles on the trot as Ballinastoe won the gold medal in straight ends. Gort na Cloiche dug deep in the third place pull-off to overcome Mulcair in a three end decider to win the bronze medal. The three teams who took part in the ladies 560kg and 375kg round 1 were Ballinagh, Ballinastoe & Kiltevna.

Ballinastoe, winners of 375kg & 560kg competitions

Ballinastoe, winners of 375kg & 560kg competitions

Ballinastoe pulled very well in this competition and they faced rivals Kiltevna in the final. Ballinsstoe had the edge in the final and went on to win the gold medal. Ballinagh finished in third position. The results were the same in the first round of the 375kg 6-a-side with Kiltevna taking the maximum 7 points on offer. Kiltenva got the 6 points and Ballinagh take 5 points. Gort na Cloiche and the Grove contested the second round of the youth league in a best of 5 ends contest.

Grove, winners of rnd 2 of youth league

Grove, winners of rnd 2 of youth league

There was some good pulling in this contest and the Grove who were cheered on by their home support edged it by 3 ends to 2 cheered. This leave the Grove 1 point ahead as we head into the final round in Cavan on July 24th. 5 teams competed in the first round of the men’s 390kg 5-a-side league. The Shop were strong in this event and they went on to take the 7 points. Ballinagh were runners-up taking the 6 points and Gort na Cloiche A got 5 points for finishing in third position.

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Ballinastoe win third novice title on home soil

This championship was being held in Ballinastoe for the second year running and the clubs who attended were Ballinagh, Ballinastoe, Boley, Clonmines, Donoughmore, G&B, Gort na Cloiche, Killoughey, Kiltevna, Lakehill, Loughmore, Rathanna/Glenhill, Rockies, Slievenamon, Shop and St. Pats.

G&B, national senior 700kg champions

G&B, national senior 700kg champions

Eight teams took part in the 700kg senior competition. The teams who qualified for the semi finals were Boley, Clonmines, G&B & the Shop. G&B defeated Clonmines in straight ends as did Boley over Shop to set up a mouth watering final between these two great teams. The final was a great contest as Boley fought hard but it was G&B who held their composure to take the first end in a time of 3min 50sec. Boley also fought very hard in the second end but the G&B team were not to be denied as their determination ensured a third straight senior title winning the second end in a time of 4mins.

Ballinastoe, national champions, 700kg novice

Ballinastoe, national champions, 700kg novice

The Shop defeated Clonmines in straight ends to win the bronze medal. The three teams who took part in the 700kg novice competition were Ballinastoe, Gort na Cloiche and Loughmore. The competition was pulled over two rounds as there were only three teams. Ballinastoe were very strong again and the went on to win the gold medal, their third novice title of the season. Gort na Cloiche finished runners-up. The second round of the ladies 405kg and 435kg was also held with three teams competing, Ballinagh, Ballinastoe and Kiltevna.

Ballinastoe ladies, winners of rnd 2 of the ladies 435kg league

Ballinastoe ladies, winners of rnd 2 of the ladies 435kg league

Kiltevna were strong in the 405kg league and they take another 7 points and are in a good position going into the final round in Wexford. It was Ballinastoe who took the 6 points on this occasion which leaves them tied with Ballinagh on 11 points each going into the final round. We are set for an exciting finale to the 435kg league with both Ballinastoe and Kiltevna tied on 13 points each going into the final round. There was a great atmosphere as the local women defeated their Galway rivals to pick up maximum points on the day. In the 600kg mixed competition two teams battled it out them being Ballinastoe & Ballinagh. It was run on the best of 5 ends with Ballinastoe emerging stronger to take it by three end to two.

Slievenamon, winners of rnd 3 of the men's 425kg league

Slievenamon, winners of rnd 3 of the men’s 425kg league

There was a great turnout of 10 team taking part in the final round of the men’s 5-a-side 425kg league. Slievenamon were strong on the day and they picked up the victory to take the 7 points on the day. It was Ballinagh who where the most consistent overall taking third place on the day picking up 5 points to add to the 6 points they picked up in Cork. This left the Cavan team with a total of 11 points just pipping the gold medal from St. pats and Rockies who finished in joint second place.

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Click here to see photos from Ballinastoe. Thanks to Pat Lee for providing photos.

More to follow.

G&B continue winning ways at Cork Summer Show

The third round of the outdoor championships were hosted at the Cork summer show and like last weekend it was another wet day resulting in difficult conditions. The clubs who attended were Ballinagh, Ballinastoe, Burren, Boley, Donoughmore, G&B, Gort na Cloiche, Kiltevna, Killenaule, Loughmore, Mulcair, Rathanna/Glenhill, Rossmore, Shop & St. Pats.

G&B, national senior champions at 600kg

G&B, national senior champions at 600kg

Six team competed in the senior 600kg. Once again G&B were very strong and topped the round robin. In the semi final they defeated Donoughmore to make the final. The Shop defeated the Burren in the other semi. This resulted in a final between G&B and the Shop in which G&B were far superior and took the gold medal to add to their 720kg title last weekend. The talk at this early stage of the season is can anyone stop the G&B machine from making history and taking a clean sweep of outdoor senior titles this season. We saw a good three ended contest in the third place pull-off between Donoughmore and the Burren where Donoughmore came out on top to win the bronze medal.

Ballinastoe, national 600kg novice champions

Ballinastoe, national 600kg novice champions

Five teams competed in the 600kg novice competition. The semi final line up was Ballinastoe versus Loughmore and Gort na Cloiche versus Mulcair. Ballinastoe won the repeat of the 720kg final in straight ends while Gort na Cloiche dug deep to overcome Mulcair in three ends. Ballinastoe were very strong and they won the final against Gort na Cloiche to take their second national title in as many weeks. Mulcair defeated Loughmore to win the bronze medal. The three teams who competed in the opening rounds of the ladies 405kg & 435kg leagues were Ballinagh, Ballinastoe and Kiltevna. The Galway team are the reigning champions and they look strong again this season taking the maximum 7 points in both leagues. Ballinagh were runners-up in the 405kg while Ballinastoe took the 6 points in the 435kg league. Four teams competed in the men’s 5-a-side 425kg competition. St. Pats struggled at the beginning but found themselves in the final where they faced Ballinagh. The Pats team emerged with the gold medal in this contest.

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Click here to see photos from Cork. Thanks to Pat Lee for providing the photos.

G&B win 720kg in Donegal

The first round of the men’s national outdoor championship was held in very wet conditions in Moville, Co. Donegal. The turnout was quite low mainly due to the location but nonetheless there was some good competition on display. The clubs who attended were Ballinastoe, Bancran, Clonmany, G&B, Lakehill, Loughmore and Rathanna/Glenhill.

G&B, national senior champions at 720kg

G&B, national senior champions at 720kg

Five teams competed in the senior 720kg. The first pull of the day between Lakehill and Rathanna was an even contest with Lakehill edging it in straight ends. G&B were very strong and despite loosing one end to Lakehill they topped the round robin. The conditions were very bad by the semi final stages due to very heavy rain. G&B easily qualified for the final with a straight ends win over Ballinastoe. Lakehill had to dig very deep to defeat Rathanna to qualify for the final having lost the first end. G&B’s fitness and determination was evident in the final and they powered their Connaught rivals over the line in both ends to comfortably win the gold medal. Ballinastoe produced an outstanding display in the third place pull-off coming from an end down to defeat Rathanna to win the bronze medal.

Ballinastoe, 720kg novice national champions

Ballinastoe, 720kg novice national champions

The three team who took part in the novice 720kg were Ballinastoe, Clonmany and Loughmore. Clonmany and indoor team struggled with the technique of the outdoor version of the sport but nonetheless put up a good show. Each team pulled each other twice with Ballinastoe and Loughmore qualifying for the final. Ballinastoe who are looking very sharp this season went on to win the gold medal with a straight end victory.

See results on our Results page.

Click here to see photos from Moville.