Eire Og reach last 16 at GENSB

The Eire Og team made up of pullers from Ballinastoe, Grove, GnaC & Rockies pulled well at the GENSB Games hosted by the Stans club in Switzerland.

Eire Og squad at GENSB

Eire Og squad at GENSB

They were drawn in a strong group which included Ebersecken but the lads pulled well and got enough points to qualify for the knockout stages. They were unlucky in the last 16 draw to be paired with Stans the hosting club and lost the contest in two straight ends. Stans eventually lost the final to rivals Sins also from Switzerland.

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UK & Irish Championships, 2016

A large Irish contingent travelled to last weekend’s UK & Irish championship which was held in Llinandrindod, Wales. Pullers travelled from Ballinastoe, Castlegregory, Donoughmore, G&B, Grove, Kiltevna, Loughmore & Rockies.

Irish squad in Wales

Irish squad in Wales

The Irish Ladies competed in their first British and Irish Championships and what a performance it was from our woman. They entered both competitions very light and were very unlucky in the 520kg just missing out on qualification to the semi finals by 1 point. A lot of positives can be taken from this trip they showed a lot of character and competed well as a team. The youth squad competed well in their competition and were very unlucky losing out on a semifinal place. They had picked up more points than England B going into the last of the round robin but England B managed to beat England A by 2 straight ends to get the last spot ahead of Eire og. Ballinastoe men competed very well in the club events. They continued to show the good form they have enjoyed here this year and like the youths just missing out on a semi final spot. Ballinastoe’s mixed team finished third losing out in the semifinals to a very strong Ershire team. B&G picked up 3 silver medals over the weekend, the closed 680kg, open 680kg and 640kg classes. They met some great competition over the weekend beating teams from Northern Ireland, Wales, Scotland and England. However an on form and on weight Lincoln team took the gold in all the 3 weight classes.  Congrats to all teams that competed as it was a great weekend.

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Details of indoor fixtures

Click here to see some information relating to the 2016 indoor fixtures.

More to follow.

Tributes paid to a “beautiful life cut way too short”

13937973_1240300609334446_5930630911537459495_oThe association would like to express it’s sincere sympathy to the Banet family and the Gort na Cloiche Tug of War club on the passing of daughter and club member, Shauna. Shauna was laid to rest in Bornacoola, Co. Leitrim today. May you rest in peace sweet angel.xxx

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Superb B&G secure the clean sweep

Thye clubs who competed in the national championship held in Ballinaboola were Ballinagh, Ballinastoe, Boley, Clonmines, Donoughmore, G&B, Kiltevna, Killoughey, Loughmore, Mucair, Rathanna/Glenhill, Saltmills & the Shop.

B&G, winners of all 7 national titles

B&G, winners of all 7 national titles

Six teams competed in the senior 640kg. G&B easily ocercame Killoughey in the first semi final to qualify for the final. Boley had to dig deep and needed 3 ends to get past the Shop to join G&B in the final. G&B were far to strong for the hosting club in the final as they went on to win the gold medal. Killoughey defeated the Shop to win bronze. The 640kg Div 2 final was contested by local rivals Clonmines and Saltmills. Clonmines won this one in straight ends. In the Novice 640kg section, three teams competed. They were Ballinagh, Loughmore, and Ballinastoe.

Ballinastoe, winners of the novice 640kg

Ballinastoe, winners of the novice 640kg

After a great battle between all three teams the worthy champions were Ballinastoe who defeated Loughmore in the final. Congratulatiuon to Ballinastoe who have won 6 out of the seven national titles this season. Six teams also competed in the 560kg senior competition. B&G defeated Boley to qualify for the final while Donoughmore defeated rathanna/Glenhill in the other semi final. Donoughmore gave B&G a good pull but the Ballygar based team were not to be denied the clean sweep of national senior titles.

Loughmore, winners of novice 560kg

Loughmore, winners of novice 560kg

B&G have been outstanding this year and have raised the bar in Irish Tug of War. The association wishes them all the best as they prepare to face the world’s best in September’s world championships in Sweden. Rathanna/Glenhill defeated Boley to win the bronze medal. In the 560kg novice, only two teams competed. They were Loughmore & Mulcair. They had a fierce battle in the best of three rounds, and in the end Loughmore were victorious by taking their first novice National title, they were all thrilled by the great win.

Ballinastoe, winners of the 520kg and 435kg league

Ballinastoe, winners of the 520kg and 435kg league

The ladies 405kg and 435kg leagues reached their conclusions in Ballinaboola. Ballinastoe took pull points in the final round of the 435kg league and they take the overall gold medal. Kiltevna take silver. Kiltevna had the gold medal virtually secured going into the final round of the 405kg league and they took 6 points in round 3 securing the gold medal. Ballinagh and Ballinastoe were joint second after round 2 but Ballinastoe produced a great performance on the day taking maximum points to secure the silver medal. Ballinagh got bronze in both leagues. Ballinastoe also defeated Kiltevna in the 520kg 8-a-side final to round off a great day for the club.

Ballinagh, winners of the 390kg league

Ballinagh, winners of the 390kg league

5 teams competed in the Men’s  5 a side 390kg League Round 3. The Ladies Irish team competed in preparation for the British and Isish championship coming up this weekend. The Ladies were very strong and won all their pulls but their points didn’t count therefore Donoughmore took the top points and Rathanna/Glenhill took second on the day. When the total points were added it was Ballinagh who were the winners taking the gold medal. Donoughmore were next and took the silver, with Gort na Cloiche taking the bronze.

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Click here to see photos. Thanks to Pat Lee, Boley TOW and Kiltevna TOW for photos.

More to follow.

Death notice

The association would like to express it’s sincere sympathy to Jim Curtis and all the Curtis and Barron families on the passing of their beloved Deirdre.

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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.

See full results on our Results page.

See updated leagues on our League Tables page.

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