Ballinaboola Co. Wexford played host to a very successful International Tug of War tournament which was run by the famous Boley club to mark their 35th anniversary.
The teams who attended the event were Boley, Killylough, Bremore, Lakehill, Gortletteragh, Grove, Ryanstown, Bosley from England, Loftadalen from Sweden, TTV Koapmans from the Netherland and Llamboioy from Wales. The competition got underway with the men’s 640kg. Nine teams took part in this event which was run on a league system. There was fierce competition for the semi final places as all the teams were evenly matched. Boley, Bosley and Lakehill took the top three positions while Bremore, Loftadalen and Llamboioy fought for the last semi final position.
Bremore produced a fine performance to take fourth spot. The semi final pairings were Boley versus Bremore and Bosley versus Lakehill. Boley easily overcame Bremore to qualify for the final while Bosley also enjoyed a comfortable straight end victory over Lakehill. Lakehill pulled well to defeat Bremore to win the bronze medals. The final between arch rivals Boley and Bosley was a hard fough contest with both ends lasting aound three minutes. Boley could not handle the power of the English team who produced a fine display to win the gold medals and avenge their defeat in last years 680kg final at the European Championships in Minehead.
Ten teams took part in the men’s 680kg competition which was run in two groups of five. TTV Koapmans from the Netherlands pulled very strongly to top group one with Boley taking the second semi final position. There was intense competition between Loftadalen, Lakehill and Bosley for the semi final places in group two. Loftadalen topped the group while Lakehill produced a fine display to defeat 640kg winners Bosley to take second position.
TTV Koapmans proved too strong for Lakehill qualifing for the final with a straight end victory while Boley pulled strongly to defeat Loftadalen to join the Dutch team in the final. The third place pull-off was a very close contest between Lakehill and Loftadalen with the Mayo team hoping to avenge their defeat to the Swedish men in the league system. Lakehill showed a lot of determintion and strenght to win their second bronze medal of the day by two ends to nill. The final pull of the day was the men’s 680kg final between TTV Koapmans and host club Boley. The tall dutch team proved too strong for the men from Boley and they went on to win the gold medals with a straight end victory.
For full results from yesterday’s International tournament check out our results page
Click here to see photographs from yesterday’s International tournament (Note: there are two pages of photographs)