The first round of the 2008 National Outdoor Championships took place yesterday in very wet conditions in Clontibret Co. Monaghan.
Fitteen teams competed on the day and the titles up for graps were the 600kg divisions 1 & 2 and the 640kg novice. The teams who competed were Boley, Killylough, Lakehill, Gortletteragh, Bremore, Carbery, Donoughmore, Ferrywater, Slaneysiders, St. Pats, Grove, Sportsmen, Ballyhooley, Creewood and Tara Arms.
11 teams took part in the 600kg competition which was run in two groups of 5 & 6. There was intense competition for the semi final places in group 1 which included Killylough, Bremore and Boley. Killylough from Monaghan topped the group and were joined in the semis by Bremore from Dublin who finished second. Lakehill from Mayo pulled well to top group 2 with maximum points and were joined in the semis by Gortletteragh from Leitrim. Killylough easily overcame Gortletteragh in the first semi final and were joined in the final by Lakehill who produced a fine performance to defeat Bremore in a hard fought contest. Bremore overcame their semi final disapointment to defeat Gortletteragh in two straight ends to win the Bronze medal. Killylough who pulled very well all day defeated Lakehill by two ends to nill to win the Gold medals and the title of national champions at 600kg.
Ferrywater from Tyrone and Donoughmore from Cork were the teams who qualified for the 600kg division 2 final. The final was controlled well by the Tyrone men who broke down heavy attacks from Donoughmore to take the Gold medals in two straight ends. 8 teams entered the 640kg novice competition including new clubs to the association Ballyhooley from Cork and Sportsmen from Louth. Tara Arms from Carlow and Bremore were the teams who qualified for the final. The young pullers from Tara Arms who performed well all day produced another fine display in the final to win the Gold medals in a straight end victory.