The third round of the national outdoor championship was hosted today by the Killylough club at the Clontibret vintage rally in Co. Monaghan. This was another sucessful competition with seventeen clubs taking parts. The large crowd in attandance were treated to some top class Tug of War despite some heavy showers of rain.
The clubs who competed were, Boley, Ballinagh, Bremore, Creewood, Carbery, Donoughmore, Fairywater, Grove, Gortletteragh, Harps, Killylough, Lakehill, St. Pats, Tara Arms, Urnaidhe, Rockys and Slaneysiders. Fifteen clubs took part in the senior 600kg which was run in two groups. Host club Killylough pulled well to top their group and were joined in the semi finals by Bremore from Dublin with Boley and Lakehill just missing out on qualification. Gortletteragh from Co. Leitrim and Fairywater from Co. Tyrone emerged from group two. Killylough easily overcame Fairywater to qualify for the final while the contest between Gortletteragh and Bremore was a gruelling affair which went to a third end. Gortletteragh showed a huge amount of determination in the deciding end to qualify for the final, their first ever national final at outdoor level.
The final between Killylough and Gortletteragh was an even contest with both ends lasting over four minutes but the host club were just too strong for the men from Leitrim and they went on to win the gold medal and their first national title of the season. Bremore overcame Fairywater to win the bronze medal. Slaneysiders from Co. Wexford pulled well to qualify for their third Div 2 final in a row and were joined by St. Pats who emerged from the other group. The Wexford men who had fallen at the final hurdle on the previous two Sundays were not to be denied on this ocassion and produced a fine performance to take the gold medal in a thrilling three end contest, congratulations to the lads on their first ever national title victory.
St. Pats and Tara Arms qualified for the final of the U23 620kg competition. The Pats mens who looked strong throughout the competition were not to be denied and they produced a good display to win their second U23 title of the season. The first of two 5-a-side U23 competitions also took place today. This competition was introduced to allow pullers from clubs who can not field eight at U23 compete at national level.
The competition was a good success with the Rockys club from nearby Co. Cavan finishing top with Urnaidhe from Co. Carlow finishing runners-up. Harps who travelled all the way from Co. Cork were third. The league will conclude in Ballyhooly, Co. Cork on the 19th of July.
Check our Results page for full results from todays national championship.
Click here to see photos from todays national championship in Co. Monaghan (note: there are two pages of photos)