The final round of the national indoor championship took place yesterday at Buncrana, Co. Donegal where the 560kg senior and novice titles were decided. The teams who took part were Ballyhooly, Bremore, Carndonagh, Clonmany A, Clonmany B, Cockhill, Fallons and Rockyes.
Three teams took part in the novice event. There was very little between the teams but it was Rockyes and Fallons who qualified for the final with Ballyhooly who made the long trip from Cork just missing out. This was a repeat of the 600kg final from two weeks earlier with Fallons looking for revenge this time round. The Ballygar club who had previously won two silvers and a bronze in the indoor championships this season produced a powerful display to take the gold meadal and their first ever national title. Well done to the up and coming team from Co. Galway.
Five teams took part senior event. Bremore, who have been very strong all season were again dominant qualifing for the semi finals in first place without loosing a single end. They were closely followed by Clonmany A while Carndonagh and host club, Cockhill made up the other semi final positions. Clonmany B who were pulling with seven men just missed out. The first semi final between local rivals Clonmany A and Cockhill was a very entertaining contest as Clonmany just did enough to take the first end in a time of around four minutes. Cockhill brought the contest into a deciding pull with a powerful second end. Cockhill were well on their way to booking their place in the final but were turned very close to the line by the determined Clonmany men who went on to win the deciding pull. Carndonagh produced a fine performance against Bremore in the second semi final but the Dublin team were always comfortable as they booked their place in their fifth final of the season.
The final between Clonmany A and Bremore was another good contest but there was no team to touch the Bremore men on the day as they produced some fine pulling to take their third national title with a straight end victory. The third place pull-off was an entertaining pull between local rivals Cockhill and Carndonagh as the atmosphere from the large crowd in attendance added to the contest. Cockhill won the first end and were well on their way to winning the second end only to be turned by the Carndonagh men who showed a lot of determination taking the contest to a deciding pull. Carndonagh dropped in well in the deciding end winning some rope but Cockhill responded. It was anyones match at this stage with both teams feeling the exertions. Again it was the Carndonagh men who kept their shape earning a hard fought victory and the bronze medal, their first medal of the season.
See results on our Results page.
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