The penultimate national championship of the season took place today in St. Patrick’s GAA hall, Lordship, Co. Louth. The titles contested were senior 600kg and novice 600kg. The teams who competed were Ballyhooly, Bremore, Carndonagh, Clonmany A, Clonmany B, Cockhill, Fallons, St. Pats and Rockyes.
Six teams took part in the senior 600kg competition. Bremore were very impressive in this event and easily qualified for the semi final in first position without loosing a single end. Clonmany B were a close second. There was fierce competition for the remaining semi final positions between Clonmany A, Cockhill and St. Pats but it was Cockhill who missed out on the knockout stages. Arch rivals Bremore and St. Pats faced each other in the first semi final in the repeat of last year’s final. However, it was the Dublin team who won revenge for last year’s defeat as they qualified for the final with a straight end victory. Neighbours, Clonmany A and Clonmany B faced each other in the other semi final in a repeat of the 640kg semi from two weeks ago in Carlow.
The result was the same as Clonmany B went through to the final to face Bremore, the third meeting of these two heavyweights in a national final this season. This was to be another mouth watering contest between these two great teams as Bremore fought hard to win the first end as they did in Carlow a forthnight ago. The Bremore men were not to be denied on this occasion putting the bitter defeats of the previous two finals behind them to win the second end, the gold medal and the national title at 600kg. St. Pats pulled out of the third place play-off which meant that Clonmany A won the bronze medal by default.
Only three teams took part in the 600kg novice competition. Rockyes who won their first ever national title two weeks ago in Carlow continued their fine form today winning the round robin system. Fallons from Co. Galway who have had a very good first season at national level winning a silver and bronze medal before today joined Rockyes in the final. This was an even contest but it was the Cavan team with three changes from their winning 640kg team who pulled a very controlled final to win their second title in a row with a straight end victory. The final national championship of the season will be hosted by the Cockhill club on the 14th of February in Burnfoot, Co. Donegal.
Four teams took part in a non-championship youth competition. There were three Bremore teams and one from Ballyhooly. Pullers ranged in age from 12 to 19 and there were some excellent contests. This competition is a positive development as the new outdoor youth league gets underway in the summer. Click here for details of the outdoor youth league. If anyone has any photos from this competition could they please email them to us firstname.lastname@example.org
See full results on our Results page.
Click here to see photos from the championship in Lordship (note: there are two pages of photos