The final event of the World Indoor championship, the men’s 680kilo has just finished up in Cesenatico, Italy with Ireland winning the bronze medal. The Irish will be reasonably happy with two bronze medals taking into account the mysterious illness which hit the camp resulting in a number of the teams having to be re-weighed. Sources at the championship say that bad water may have been the cause of the vomiting bug which has affected almost all of the countries taking part.
Seven teams took part in the 680kilo competition. Ireland began with a comfortable win over Italy but lost to the Netherlands in their second contest. The Irish responded well to take an end off a very strong Scottish team and finished up the round robin with a good victory over England to qualify for the semi finals with 13 points, tied with the Netherlands. Scotland managed to top the group with 14 points with England taking the last semi final spot on 11 points. Ireland faced the Netherlands in the semi final hoping to win revenge for their defeat in the round robin, but the Dutch were again too strong reaching their first final of the championship with a straight end victory. Scotland defeated England to join the Dutch in the final. An age old battle was reignited as Ireland faced England in the third place pull-off. Ireland managed to overcome their great rivals to finish the championships on a high winning the bronze medal in straight ends. The Netherlands who have progressed in the indoor scene in recent years put up a good fight against the Scots but it was not to be. Scotland rounded off a great day for them to win the gold medal to add to the 600kg gold earlier in the day.
The final day of the championship got underway this morning with the men’s 600kg competition. Ten countries took part in the event. England and Scotland were very strong and easily qualified for the semi finals with Northern Ireland coming in third. Ireland pulled well to take the last semi final position just ahead of France. Ireland then faced Scotland in the first semi final but the Scottish team were much too strong as they qualified for the final with a straight end victory. England also enjoyed a straight end victory over Northern Ireland. The two Irish teams then faced each other in the third place pull-off. However, it was disappointment for the Republic as Northern Ireland represented mainly by Country club pulled strongly to win the bronze medal with a straight end victory adding to the gold they won yesterday at 560kg. There was very little between the teams as England faced Scotland in a repeat of yesterday’s 640kg final. Scotland pulled well winning the first end. The second was a close battle, with both teams on two cautions each, England were disqualified for receiving their third caution as the Scots won sweet revenge for yesterday’s defeat at 640kg.