Lakehill second in the world at 640 kilo
40 clubs entered the senior men’s 640kg which was run in eight groups of five teams. Lakehill and Harps were the only Irish teams taking part. Harps pulled well but failed to make any impact in their group. Lakehill had a very difficult group which included Engleberg from Switzerland (reigning European 640kg champions), Heure from the Netherlands (2005 European 640kg champions) and Bluewater from Canada. Lakehill pulled very well taking 9 points from a possible 12 to qualify for the last 16 in second place. In the last 16 they faced Sandhurst B who topped their group. This was a difficuly pull but they managed to overcome them in two straight ends. The Mayo men faced Jaggersrust from the Netherlands in the quarter finals, this was a tuff pull but Lakehill broke them down in both ends to qualify for the semi finals. The semi finals saw Lakehill facing OKIA from the Netherlands. There was a huge Irish support in the arena and Lakehill produced an outstaning performance with some fine pressure pulling to pull the Dutch team over the line in both ends to secure the silver medal.
Lakehill faced Engleberg in the final, both teams having previously faced each other in the group stages. Both teams dropped in hard but the Swiss team were too strong for Lakehill winning the first end in three and a half minutes. Lakehill broke down the Swiss in the second end but Engleberg were again too strong and won the gold medals in a time of around three minutes. Lakehill were very happy with their silver medal and the title of the second best 640 team in the world!
Slaneysiders from Wexford competed in the under 23 competition in the morning. They pulled very well picking up 5 points against very strong opposition but just fell short of qualifing for the knockout stages. The Grove from Co. Mayo pulled well in the mens 720kg but fell short of qualifing for the knockout stages.