Gortletteragh Tug of War club played host to a very successful national championship yesterday at the local GAA pitch near Mohill in Co. Leitrim. Twenty one clubs took part in the championship, the biggest number of teams to take part in a national championship for many years. The clubs who competed were Ballinagh, Clonmines, Boyneside, Coneel, Lakehill, Boley, Killylough, Bremore, Gortletteragh, Grove, Slaneysiders, Lavalley, Fairywater, St. Pats, Rossie Rebels, Gills, Canavans, Taughmaconnell, Stapeltons, Creewood and Tara Arms.
The weather conditions were excellent and underfoot conditions were ideal. Ten teams took part in the senior 720kg competition. There were many tight contests throughout the competition but it was Boley, Lakehill, Bremore and Killylough who qualified for the semi finals with host club Gortletteragh just missing out in fifth position much to the disappointment of the large home support in attendance. Leinster clubs Boley from Wexford and Bremore from Dublin faced each other in the first semi final. Both ends of this contest lasted over four minutes but it was the crafy Wexford men who qualified for the final.
Lakehill produced some fine pulling in the other semi final to overcome Killylough. Arch rivals Boley and Lakehill picked up from where they left off last year facing each other in a national final once again. Lakehill looked the stronger team from the drop and produced some fine power pulling to get the men from Wexford over the line. The second end was a real battle as Lakehill began to win some rope, with both teams on two cautions each Lakehill showed a huge amount of determination to get the rope over the line to win the Gold medal, a great start to a new season for the men from Co. Mayo. Killylough from Co. Monaghan produced a fine performance in the third place pull-off to overcome Bremore to take the bronze medal. The Grove from Co. Mayo faced Slaneysiders from Co. Wexford in the Div 2 final.
The Grove rounded off a great day for Mayo clubs with some fine pulling to secure the gold medal. Nine teams took part in the 720kg novice competition. Many of the clubs in this event were competing at national level for the first time and the association would like to congratulate them and wish them every success for the future. The clubs who qualified for the semi finals were Ballinagh from Co. Cavan, Clonmines from Co. Wexford, Boyneside from Co. Offaly and Coneel from Co. Carlow. Ballinagh produced a good performance to overcome Coneel to qualify for the final while Clonmines defeated Boyneside in the other semi final.
The newly affiliated Clonmines team produced a fine display in the final defeating the men from Cavan in straight ends to win the Gold medal. Four teams took part in the U23 640kg event. It was St. Pats from Co. Louth and Tara Arms from Co. Carlow who qualified for the final. St. Pats were too strong for the Carlow men and they went on to win the Gold medal.
See full results from yesterday’s championship on our Results page.
Click here to see photos from yesterday’s competition in Mohill. (Note: there are two pages of photos)