The second round of the national indoor championship took place today at Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim. The weights contested were the 680kg senior, novice catchweight and open 600kg. The teams who competed were, Ballyhooly, Bremore, Canavans, Clonmany B, Cockhill, Gortletteragh, Fallons, Rocky’s & Urnaidhe.
The day got underway with the senior 680kg where four teams competed. After some fine contests in the round robin system it was Clonmnay B who finished top followed by Bremore. Clonmany B were drawn against their Inishowen neighbours, Cockhill in the first semi final. This was an even contest between the local rivals but it was Clonmany who were too strong and they went through to the final with a straight end victory. The second semi final between host club, Gortletteragh and Bremore was a much closer affair. Gortletteragh battled well and brought the Dublin team to within inches of the line but just ran out of steam as Bremore recovered to take the opening end. Bremore also won the second end to join Clonmnay in the final. The final was another entertaining contest but Clonmnay B were always in control and they went on to win their first national title of the season with a straight end victory. Cockhill dug deep to overcome Gortletteragh to win the bronze medal much to the dissapointment of the home support.
There was some fine pulling in the novice catchweight event with five teams taking part. The Canavans team from Belclare in Co. Galway were very strong topping the league system with maximum points. Fallons, Ballyhooly & Rocky’s joined them in the semi finals with Urnaidhe from Co. Carlow just missing out. Canavans continued their domination by easily overcoming Rockys to qualify for the final. Fallons, also from Co. Galway who pulled so well at the first championship in Fermoy were determined to win their medal on this occasion and they produced a fighting display to secure the silver medal with a straight end victory. The all Galway final between Canavans and Fallons was a close affair as Fallons defended well against the power of the Belclare men. Despite their best efforts it was Canavans who went on to win the first end.
The second end was a real battle as Canavans began to tire and Fallons recovered some ground but Canavans just did enough to pull the rope over the line and secure a hard fought national catchweight title. Rockys from Co. Cavan pulled well to win the first end of the bronze medal pull-off against Ballyhooly but the Cork team responded to take the contest to a third and deciding end. However, Rocky’s showed a huge amount of determination to win the deciding end and the bronze medal avenging their loss to the Cork men in the 680kg final at Fermoy two weeks earlier.
The three teams who took part in the open 600kg event were Cockhill, Rocky’s and Urnaidhe. Cockhill showed their experience in this event to take the title with Rocky’s finishing runners up.
See full results from today’s championship on our Results page.
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