The third round of the national indoor championship took place today at the Carlow Youth Centre in Carlow town. The weights contested were senior 640kg and novice 640kg. The teams who competed were Ballyhooly, Bremore, Clonmany A, Clonmany B, Cockhill, Fallons, Rockyes, Taughmaconnell and Urnaidhe.
Five teams took part in the novice 640kg competition and there were some fine even contests with very little between the teams. Ballyhooly finished top of the round robin system with Rockyes a close second. Fallons and Taughmaconnell were the other teams who qualified for the semi finals with local team Urnaidhe just missing out. Ballyhooly from Co. Cork faced Fallons from Co. Galway in the first semi final. The Cork team who were hoping to win their second title of the season began well winning the first end. However, Fallons who finished runners-up in the 680kg in Carrick on Shannon responded well to take the contest to a third and deciding end.
There was a great atmosphere as both teams battled hard for a place in the final. With both teams on two cautions each, Fallons were disqualified for receiving their third caution as Ballyhooly progressed to the final. Rockyes from Co. Cavan who had previously won silver and bronze medals in this year’s championships had a much more comfortable victory over Taughmaconnell from Co. Roscomman. The final between Rockyes and Ballyhooly was an even affair but the Cavan men had a slight edge in the first end pulling the rope across the line in a little over two minutes. Under the guidance of coach, Andrew Clarke the Rockyes team pulled an impressive second end to win the gold medals and their first ever national title. Well done to the lads from Kingscourt, Co. Cavan. Fallons recovered well from their semi final dissapointment to win the bronze medals with an impressive victory over Taughmaconnell.
The four teams who took part in the senior 640kg championship were Bremore, Clonmnay A, Clonmany B and Cockhill. Bremore pulled well to top the round robin system with Clonmany B finishing in second position. Bremore faced Cockhill from Co. Donegal in the first semi fianl. There was little between the teams but the Dublin team continued their fine form to qualify for the final with a straight end victory. Arch rivals, Clonmany A and Clonmany A both from Inishowen in Co. Donegal faced each other in the second semi final. This was a mouth watering contest as Clonmany A began well bringing the rope to within a few inches of the line but the reigning world champions were not done yet and the recovered well to win the first end. Clonmany B also went on to win the second end to set up a repeat of the 680kg final at Carrick on Shannon. The final turned out to be a hugely entertaining contest and will go down as one of the greatest finals in history as the two heavyweights slugged it out for the title. Bremore who were the reigning champions at 640kg continued their fine form to win the first end with some well controlled pulling. The second end was a real battle as Clonmany B bagan to win some rope but Bremore responded bringing it back to the centre mark. Clonmany B recovered and eventually brough the contest into a third and deciding end in a time of four and a half minutes. The deciding end was similar to the second but it was the determined Donegal men who just did enough to pull the rope across the line to win the gold medals and the national senior title at 640kg. Clonmany A defeated neighbours Cockhill to win the bronze medals.
For full results from today’s national championship in Carlow check out our Results page.
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