720 & 640 teams miss out on medals
Weather conditions improved for the last day of the World Tug of War championships in Stenungsund Sweden although the underfoot conditions had deteriorated due to yesterday’s heavy rain. Ireland entered the 720kg competition with a light team weighing no more than 680kg. There were 11 countries in the competition. They met a strong Swiss team in their first pull and lost two straight. They then recovered very well and produced some fine pressure pulling to pick up maximum points from eight matches loosing only to Sweden. They qualified for the semi finals in third position. Ireland were drawn against Sweden in the semi final. Sweden dropped in with huge pressure as the Irish weight disadvantage was evident as they failed to breakdown the Swedish attack in both ends. Ireland then faced the Netherlands for the bronze medal. The Dutch produced a fine performance winning the pull in straight ends to deny the brave Irish team of a medal. Switzerland defeated Sweden to win the gold medal.
Boley represented Ireland at 640kg in the afternoon. They were drawn in the easier of the two groups which included England, Scotland and Wales. The Irish picked up maximum points in all of their contests except for the English who proved too strong for the men from the south east. They qualified for the semi finals in second place in the group behind England. Switzerland were very strong in the other group winning it without loosing a single end. They were joined in the semi by Germany. Ireland faced Switzerland in the semi final but the Swss were too strong for the Irish team. Ireland then faced Germany for the bronze medal but they could not handle the power of the the German team and had to settle for fourth place. Switzerland defeated England to win the gold.