Boley win silver at 640kilo
48 teams entered the final open club competition of the championship, the 640kilo. Once again there was fierce competition for the last 16 with the top two team from the eight groups getting through. Boley & Bremore pulled well to top their groups. Lakehill were unfortunate to be drawn with five top teams in their group and entered the last pull needing 3 points from Goldscheuer from Germany. Unfortunately for the Mayo team they only picked up 1 point and missed out on qualification. Fairywater from Co. Tyrone pulled very well picking up 9 points to finish 3rd in their group. Slaneysiders, Gortletteragh and Glenhill pulled well but also missed out on qualification. Bremore faced Goldscheuer in the last 16 and despite a good display lost out to the Germans in straight ends.
Boley pulled well to qualify for the quarter finals defeating Oxney Vines Cross from England. Boley then became the third Irish team to face Goldscheuer and finally came an Irish victory over the Germans with a fine display to make the semi final. The Wexford men faced the strong Veenseboys from the Netherlands in the semi final and managed to break down the Dutch attack in both ends to qualify for the final. Eibergen also from the Netherland overcame Mosnang from Switzerland in the other semi final. This was a dream final between Boley and Eibergen but it was the dutch team who won revenge for their semi final defeat at 680kg by winning the gold medal with a straight end victory. Mosnang defeated Veenseboys to win the bronze.
Gortletteragh continued their fine form on Friday morning by getting to the quarter finals of the men’s 720kg. There they came up against the strong TTV Koapmanns team from the Netherlands. The Leitrim men produced a fine display to bring the contest to a third and deciding end but their luck was not in. As in the 600kg quarter final the previous evening they lost the toss for choice of ends for the deciding pull and the Dutch team progressed to the semi finals. However reaching the knockout stages of three open club competitions was indeed a fine performance from Gortletteragh. St. Pats from Co. Louth put up a fighting display in the men’s U23 600kg also on Friday morning but failed to emerge from their group.