Boley World Champions at 680 kilo
39 teams entered the mens 680kg which was run in four groups. Four Irish teams entered the competition, Boley, Lakehill, Gortletteagh and the Grove. The Grove were making their International debut pulled very well taking 12 points in their group. Gortletteragh also pulled well finishing third in their group. Lakehill entered the 680kg with heir 640kg team but desipte the weight disadvantage pulled well to finish third in their group just missing out on a last eight position. Boley lost a few ends along the way but managed to win their group. In the quarter final they faced Heure from the Netherlands and beat them two straight to make the semi final. They faced TTV Bison another Dutch team in the semi, this was a tuff pull. Boley won the first end and also won the second despite a blow-out. Bosley from England faced SINS from Switzerland in the second semi. Bosley won easily to set-up a repeat of last year European 680kg final in Minehead. Bosley were very strong and won the first end quite easily. Boley used their sub before the second end and the crafty men from the South East managed to wear down the strong English team. Bosley were disqualified in the second end. Boley lost the toss for the deciding end but nonetheless showed a huge amount of determination to pull the rope over the line and win the gold medals and the title of World 680kilo champions.
16 teams entered the men’s 560kg which was run in two group of 8. The young under 23 team of Slaneysiders from Co. Wexford performed well in their group. Despite having the more dificult group they got 6 point beating an English team two straight and also took ends off Jagersrust from the Netherlands, Hay-on-Wye from Wales and SINS from Switzerland. Goiherri from Spain and Sandhurst from England qualified from that group. Killylough got an easier group and managed to top it, Garvagh from Northern Ireland got second. Sandhurst were too strong for Killylough in the semi final. The final was between Sandhurst and Goiherri and was won by Goiherri. Killylough recovered well to defeat Garvagh two straight to win the bronze medals.