The first round of the national outdoor championships kicked off today in Roundford, Co. Mayo. The day was a good success with nineteen clubs competing; Ballygar, Ballinagh, Boyneside, Brideswell, Bryanstown, Clonmines, Connemara, Doyles Corner, Grove, Gills, Gortletteragh, Killoughey, Lakehill, Lavalley, Stapeltons, Taughmaconnell, the Lodge, Tatch Bar & Renvyle.
Seven teams took part in the senior catchweight competition. Lakehill continued their good form after winning the international event in Switzerland last weekend by topping the group with maximum points. They were joined in the final by Connaught rivals, Gortletteragh. The final was an even contest but Lakehill had a little extra power as they won the senior catchweight title with a straight end victory.
The teams who qualified for the Div 2 final were Bryanstown from Co. Wexford and Killoughey from Co. Offaly. It was a great achievement for the Killoughey team to reach a Div 2 final in only their first season but the Wexford men had a little more experience as they went on to win the gold medal.
Eleven teams took part in the non-championship 680kilo competition which was run in two groups. There was some even pulling in this competition but the teams who qualified for the semi finals were Ballygar, Doyles Corner, Stapeltons & Taughmaconnell. Ballygar, who also pulled well in Switzerland last weekend qualified for the final with a straight end victory over neighbours, Doyles Corner. Stapeltons, also from Co. Galway enjoyed a victory over Taughmaconnell from Co. Roscomman to join Ballygar the final. However, it was the strong Ballygar team who went on to win the gold medal with a straight end victory. Doyles Corner who have greatly improved in their first season enjoyed a sweet third end deciding victory over Connaught rivals, Taughmaconnell to win the bronze medal.
Ladies Tug of War is developing well under the guidance of Liaison officer, Tracey Smith, with five teams competiting in today’s non-championship competition. These teams were, Ballinagh, Boyneside, Connemara, Tatch Bar and Renvyle. This was an enjoyable competition with some even pulling but it was the Connemara team who ran out winners with maximum points to win the gold medal. Boyneside from Co. Offaly won silver as Tatch Bar from Ballygar, Co. Galway won bronze.
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Click here to see more photos from today’s national championship in Roundfort courtesy of John McManus photography.