The fourth round of the national outdoor championships took place yesterday in Ballyhooly, Co. Cork. The clubs who attended were Coneel, Boyneside, Harps, Rockys, Ballinagh, Knockanore, Clonmines, Ballyhooly, Gills, Stapeltons, Cappoquin, Knights, Canavans, Saltmills and Glenhill. The titles up for decision were the 600kg novice & catchweight novice, the ladies 5-a-side league kicked off while the U23 5-a-side league concluded.
The first round of the ladies 5-a-side league was a very exciting event with Munster league winners Cappoquin and the pride of Connaught, Canavans favourites to top the table on day one. It was the ladies from near Tuam in Co. Galway who travelled south to the backing vocals of their hometown band the Saw Doctors “to win just once” who produced a fine display to overcome their Munster rivals on this occasion. The ladies from Glenhill finished third while the Knights finished fourth. A huge congratulations to all the ladies teams who took part, the league will conclude in New Ross on the 2nd of August.
The U23 5-a-side league reached its conclusion. Rockys from Co. Cavan who topped the table in Monaghan two weeks ago continued their domination and produced another fine display to win the league. Glenhill from Co. Cork finished second in the league while Harps also from Cork came in third.
Nine teams took part in the 600kg novice competition which was run in one straight group. The teams who qualified for the semi finals were Ballinagh & Rockys both from Co. Cavan, Gills from Co. Galway and local team, Ballyhooly. Ballinagh overcome their Ulster rivals Rockys in the first semi final while Ballyhooly overcame Gills to join the Cavan team in the final. Ballinagh’s exertions in the semi final proved decisive and the Ballyhooly team produced a great performance to take the 600kg title with a third end victory much to the delight of the cheering home support in attendance. Rockys defeated Gills to claim third position.
Eleven teams took part in the novice catchweight event which was run in two groups. The semi final pairing were Clonmines versus Harps and Cappoquin versus Canavans. Cork team Harps overcame their Wexford rivals, Clonmines to reach the final while Canavans who were hoping to emulate their ladies team’s success overcame Cappoquin from Co. Waterford to claim the oher final position. Again it was the Cork outfit, Harps who emerged victorious in the final defeating Canavans to win the catchweight title. Cappoquin defeated Clonmines to claim third position.
Check out full results on our Results page.
Click here to see photos from yesterday’s national championship in Ballyhooly (note: there are two pages of photos)
Well done to the Ballyhooly club on hosting this very successful event. Thanks to Denis Dunlea, Niamh Dunlea and Pat Lee for sending me results, report and photos in my absence.