The second national championship of the season was today hosted by the Grove club at Bonniconlon, Co. Mayo. This was another extremely well organised competition with a top class arena and facilities available to the nineteen clubs who competed. These clubs were Ballinagh, Ballyhooly, Boley, Bryanstown, Bremore, Boyneside, Creewood, Clonmines, Coneel, Fairywater, Gills, Grove, Gortletteragh, Lavalley, Lakehill, Slaneysiders, Taughmaconnell, Urnaidhe and Rocky’s.
Nine teams took part in the senior 680kg competition where Boley topped the group with Lakehill a close second and Bremore & Gortletteragh taking the other semi final positions. Boley defeated Bremore in the first semi final while Lakehill had to dig deep to overcome Connaught rivals Gortletteragh from Co. Leitrim. The stage was set for another final showdown between the top two teams in the country at the moment. Lakehill dropped in hard in the first end and managed to bring the Wexford team over the line in a time of around three and a half minutes. The crafty men from the southeast were not through yet and they produced a fine performance to take the contest to a third and deciding end. The third pull was another great battle between these two heavyweights. With both teams on two cautions each Lakehill began to win some rope forcing the Wexford men to the ground resulting in disqualification and back to back 680kg titles for the Lakehill team, their second national title in as many outings this season. Bremore defeated Gortletteragh to win the bronze medal.
Slaneysiders from Co. Wexford and host club the Grove qualified for the Div 2 final, a repeat of the 720kg final two weeks earlier. The Grove, cheered on by their noisy home support produced another great display to win the gold medal, rounding off an amazing start to the season for the Mayo teams. The novice 640kg competition was another huge success with ten teams taking part. The teams who qualified for the semi final were Ballinagh from Co. Cavan, Gills from Co. Galway, Ballyhooly from Co. Cork and Clonmines from Co. Wexford who were going for their second novice title of the season having won the 720kg two weeks earlier.
Ballyhooly produced a good display to overcome Gills in the first semi final while Ballinagh defeated Clonmines in the second semi final. Ballinagh who finished runners up at 720kg were not to be denied a second time and produced a fine display to defeat the Cork team to win the Gold medal. Gills from the Tuam area of Co. Galway produced a good performance to overcome Clonmines to win the bronze medal.
See full results from todays national championship on our Results page.
Click here to see photos from today’s national championship in Bonniconlon. (Note: there are two pages of photos)