The third round of the National Tug of War Championship was held yesterday in Knockmore Co. Mayo. The 680kg senior and division two titles were contested as was the under 23 620kg championship.
The teams who competed in the championship were Boley, Killylough, Lakehill, Gortletteragh, Grove, Ferrywater, St. Pats, Tara Arms, Slaneysiders and Lavalley. Nine teams competed in the senior 680kg competition. Reigning 680kg european champions Boley from Co. Wexford finished top of the league system on maximum points closely followed in second place by host club Lakehill from Co. Mayo. Killylough from Co. Monaghan and Ferrywater from Co. Tyrone took the remaining semi final positions. The semi final pairings were Boley versus Killylough and Lakehill versus Ferrywater. Boley continued their fine form earning a place in the final with a straight end victory over Killylough. Lakehill easily overcame Ferrywater to join them in the final; their third national final of the season. Killylough defeated Ferrywater in the third place pull-off to win the bronze medal.
The final, a repeat of the 720kg final earlier in the season was a hugely entertaining spectacle for the large crowd in attendance. Boley were hoping to maintain their amazing record spanning over twenty years at 680kg while Lakehill were out to win their first ever national senior title. Both teams piled on the pressure from the drop in a gruelling first end which lasted around four minutes. It was Boley however who showed the most determination to pull the rope across the line. The second end was a real battle, there was very little movement in the rope after three minutes and both teams were on two cautions each. Boley were eventually disqualifed for receiving their third caution. Both teams were physically exhausted going into the third and deciding pull which proved to be a battle of mental strength. Having fallen at the final hurdle in the previous two national finals this season the Lakehill men showed a huge amount of hunger and determination to pull the rope accross the line winning the gold medals and their first ever national senior title.
National 720kg winners the Grove from Co. Mayo and 600kg winners Ferrywater from Co. Tyrone were the teams who qualified for the 680kg division two final. The Tyrone men produced a resilient display to defeat their rivals to win the gold medals and their second national title of the season.
Tara Arms from Co. Carlow and St Pats from Co. Louth battled it out for the title of 620kg under 23 national champions. In a repeat of the 640kg two weeks ago in Slane the Louth men were once again too strong for Tara Arms and went on to win the gold medals and their second national title of the season.
For full results from the national championship held in Co. Mayo yesterday check our results page.
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