Superb Bremore win Gold at 640kilo
The men’s 640kilo competition got underway in the afternoon with Bremore, Clonmany A & Clonmany B taking part. This competition was also run in two sections of eight teams with the top two from each group going through to the semi finals. Bremore and Clonmany A pulled very well topping their respective groups to qualify for the semis. Once again Clonmany B were very unfortunate missing out on a semi final place on cautions.
Bremore faced Stans Oberdorf from Switzerland in the first semi final. The Dublin team continued their fine form to qualify for the final with a straight end victory. Clonmany A also enjoyed a straight end victory over ASD Cobra FERMO from Italy to join Bremore in the final. The strength of Irish Tug of War on the world scene was evident once again as two Irish clubs faced each other in a major International final for the second time in little over five months. The final was a very exciting contest as Clonmany A pulled well to win the first end. Bremore responded by winning the second end to bring the contest into a deciding pull. There was a great atmosphere in the stadium as both teams battled it out for the World title. Clonmany A began to win some rope but Bremore responded taking it back to within 12 inches of the line. Clonmany A responded again taking a few meters of rope and went within six inches of the line. It was a real battle at this stage with both teams exhausted; it was a battle of mental strength. As Clonmany A collapsed on the mat, Bremore saw their opportunity and went for glory pulling the rope back to take the World title at 640kilo leaving a disappointed Clonmany team with the silver medal. The gold medal winning Bremore team were, Donal Conroy, Sean Delamere, Ciran O’Reilly, Brendan Mulchrone, Colm Durnin, Gerard McEneany, Michael McGreehan & Gerard Egan, they were coached by Martin Egan. ASD Cobra FERMO defeated Stans Oberdorf to win the bronze medal.