The second round of the National Outdoor championships took place yesterday in Creewood, Slane, Co. Meath. In comparision to last week in Monaghan the teams enjoyed glorious weather and ideal underfoot conditions.
Five titles were contested on the day and twelve clubs competed. These were Boley, Lakehill, Killylough, Bremore, Gortletteragh, Grove, Ryanstown, Lavalley, St. Pats, Creewood, Rocky’s & Tara Arms. Lakehill from Co. Mayo pulled very strongly in the 720kg senior winning the league system with maximum points. They were closely followed by Boley from Wexford in second place. Bremore from Dublin and Killylough from Monaghan were the two teams who joined them in the semi finals.
The semi final pairings were Lakehill versus Killylough and Boley versus Bremore. Lakehill continued their fine form to defeat Killylough in two straight ends and were the first team to qualify for the final where they were joined by Boley who also enjoyed a straight end victory over Bremore. In the third place pull-off Killylough broke down heavy attacks from Bremore in both ends and went on to win the bronze medals. The crowd were treated to an entertaining spectacle as arch rivals Boley and Lakehill squared off in the final. Boley went on the attack from the drop in the first end and didn’t allow the Mayo team to settle. Lakehill never recovered and Boley took the first end in just under 4 minutes. The second end was a more evenly matched affair and was eventually won by Lakehill who showed a lot of strength to get Boley over the line. There was very little between the sides in the third and deciding end with Boley showing their experience and determination in geeting the rope over the line to win the gold medals.
New clubs to the association Ryanstown from Co. Wexford and Lavalley from Co. Mayo competed in the Div 2 championship. Lavalley produced and excellent performance to qualify for the final where they were joined by the Grove also from Co. Mayo. The Grove proved too strong for the new boys in the final and went on to win the gold medals in a straight end victory.
Newly affiliated clubs Boyneside from Co. Offaly and Rocky’s from Co. Cavan were among the teams who entered the Novice Catchweight competition. Lavalley qualified for their second final of the day where they were joined by St Pats from Co. Louth. Lavalley were not to be denied a second time and produced a fine display in the final defeating the Louth men to win the gold medals. The under 23 640kg was another exciting competition. The teams to qualify for the final were St Pats and Tara Arms from Co. Carlow. St Pats pulled strongly in the final and went on to win the gold medals.
The final competition of the day was the youth 640kg. The teams who qualified for the youth final were Tara Arms and Creewood the host club. Creewood showed a lot of fight and determination to pull Tara Arms over the line in both ends to win the gold medals much to the delight of the cheering home supporters. The final was a very exciting spectacle and a fitting end to a great day of intense competition.
For full results from yesterday’s National Championship at Creewood check out our results page
Click here to see photographs from the competition (note: there are two pages of photographs)