The fifth national championship of the season was hosted yesterday by the Boley club in New Ross, Co. Wexford and the bar was raised once again with twenty four clubs competing in front of a huge crowd at the council college grounds. The clubs who competed were Boley, Killylough, Lakehill, Donoughmore, Bryanstown, Bremore, Gortletteragh, St Pats, Glenhill, Tara Arms, Clonmines, Coneel, Salrmills, Boyneside, Gills, Stapeltons, Taughmaconnell, Ballinagh, Ballyhooly, Harps, Knockanore, Canavans & Cappoquin.
Twelve clubs competed in the senior 640kilo which is the premiere event of the Tug of War calender. The competition was run in two groups of six teams. Group one included three top teams in Boley, Killylough & Lakehill. Boley pulled well to defeat all their rivals to finish top of the group as Lakehill & Killylough battled it out for the other semi final place. This contest was a good battle which went to a third end but the hardy men from Monaghan just edged Lakehill to book their place in the semi. There was some good pulling in group two as Bremore and Gortletteragh secured qualification with St. Pats just missing out in third position. Gortletteragh and Boley faced each other in the first semi final. The Leitrim men produced a good performance but Boley were too strong for them as they booked their place in the final. Bremore produced a great performance against Killylough in the other semi final to join the Wexford team in the final with a straight end victory.
The final between Boley and Bremore was an entertaining spectacle with some world class pulling. Both teams held on for over ten minutes with Bremore eventually showing signs of weakness only for Boley to capitalise to win the first end. Bremore decided to attack in the second end but Boley were too strong as they went on to win the gold medal and their first national title of the season. Killylough defeated Gortletteragh to win the bronze medal. Slaneysiders from Co. Wexford and Donoughmore from Co. Cork qualified for the Div 2 final. This was another very entertaining final as Donoughmore produced an excellent display winning the gold medal in straight ends, the first national title of the season for the Cork team.
The ladies 5-a-side league reached its conclusion and was another successful competition. Canavans ladies who topped the legaue two weeks previous in Ballyhooly were again too strong beating the Cappoquin ladies into second place. The Glenhill ladies sucured the bronze medals overall. President, Eddie Hubbard presented the ladies with their medals and commended all the ladies who competed on their efforts and thanked them.
The novice championships which have been a huge success also reached its conclusion yesterday in New Ross with the 680 kilo competition. Eleven teams took part and was run in two groups. The semi final pairings were Saltmills versus Clonmines, two Wexford teams and Coneel from Co. Carlow versus Boyneside from Co. Offaly. The recent development of the sport in the south east was very evident with three teams from this region making the last four. Both Clonmines and Coneel qualified for the final. Clonmines produced a great display in the final overcoming the Carlow team in straight ends much to the delight of the cheering home support. Another local team, Saltmills defeated Boyneside to win the bronze medal.
See full results on our Results page.
Click here to see photos from the national championship in New Ross. (Note: there are now two pages of photos, thanks to Pat Lee for sending on more photos)