The national indoor championship got underway today at St. Colmans College pitch, Fermoy. A very exciting novice 680kilo competition made up for a poorly supported senior 720kilo event where only three teams took part. The teams who attended the event were, Bremore, Gortletteragh, St. Pats, Ballyhooly, Rocky’s, Fermoy, Fallons, Carbery, Taughmaconnell and Glenhill.
Seven teams took part in a very entertaining 680kilo novice championship with many of the contests going to a third end. Fallons from Ballygar, Co. Galway who were making their debut at national level pulled extremly well to top the round robin system after their six contests. Rocky’s from Co. Cavan were a close second with local teams Ballyhooly & Fermoy also making the semi final stages. Fallons empressive competition continued by taking the first end of their semi final against Ballyhooly. However, the Cork team showed their experience by grinding down the Galway men taking the contest to a third end. Ballyhooly also won the third and deciding end to qualify for the final. Rocky’s overcame Fermoy in the second semi final to join the Cork team in the final.
The final was another great contest with Rocky’s winning the first end. Again Ballyhooly showed sheer determination to fight back winning the second and third ends to win the national title adding to the 600kg outdoor title they won back in July. The bronze place pull-off also went to a deciding end and it was the experienced Fermoy men who emerged with the medal leaving Fallons with a fouth place finish having topped the league system, nonetheless it was a fine performance from the Galway team who will learn a lot from their first competition at national level.
The three teams who competed for the senior 720kilo championship were Bremore, Gortletteragh and St. Pats. The Dublin team were very strong and well in control powering both teams out of it to take the title in straight ends. Gortletteragh won the silver medal leaving St. Pats with the bronze.
The first round of the U23 6-a-side league also took place where St. Pats faced Carbery from Co. Cork for the points. St. Pats were well in command powering Carbery out in straight ends so they carry maximum points to the next round.
See full results from Fermoy on our Results page.
Click here to see photos from the national championship in Fermoy (note: there are two pages of photos)
Thanks to Niamh Dunlea & Pat Lee for sending on results, report & photos