The second round of the outdoor championships was hosted today by the Gortletteragh club near Mohill in Co. Leitrim. The day was a big success as twenty two clubs competed in the senior, novice, U23 and ladies competitions. The teams who competed were Ballinagh, Ballygar, Bryanstown, Boley, Boyneside, Canavans, Clonmines, Connemara, Doyles Corner, Fairywater, Gortletteragh, Killylough, Killoughey, Lakehill, Lavalley, Saltmills, Slaneysiders, Stapeltons, The Lodge, Taughmaconnell, Tatch Bar and Renvyle.
Nine teams took part in the 680kg senior competition. The teams who qualified for the semi finals were Boley, Gortletteragh, Killylough & Lakehill. Lakehill faced Gortletteragh in an all Connaught clash with Lakehill winning the first end. The second end was a real battle as Lakehill edged close to the line, the host team fought back. With both teams on two cautions, Gortletteragh were eventually disqualified for locking. Boley overcame Killylough in the second semi final in an equally tough contest. Arch rivals, Boley & Lakehill faced each other in the final in a repeat of last year’s European final in Assen. The first end was an exciting contest with both teams breaking down some strong attacks, it was the Mayo team who eventually won the pull in a time of four and a half minutes.
Lakehill were very strong in the second end as they won revenge for last year’s European defeat to win their third national 680kg title in a row. Killylough overcame host club, Gortletteragh in a three end thriller to win the bronze medal. The teams who qualified for the Div 2 final were Bryanstown from Co. Wexford and Lavalley from Co. Mayo. Bryanstown continued their fine form this year as they added the 680kg title to the catchweight title they won last Sunday in Roundfort. Nine teams also took part in the novice 720kg competition.
There was some fine pulling in this competition with Ballygar, Boyneside, Killoughey & Saltmills qualifing for the semi finals. Ballygar defeated Saltmills to qualify for the final as Killoughey overcame their Offaly neighbours, Boynside, to book their place in the final. Ballygar from Co. Galway, who won a clean sweep of Connaught titles earlier in the year, easily overcame Killoughey in straight ends to win the national novice title at 720kg. Saltmill from Co. Wexford defeated Boyneside to win the bronze medal.
The three teams who took part in the U23 640kg championship were Clonmines, Doyles Corner & Saltmills. There was very little between the teams with Clonmines eventually winning the gold medal and Saltmills taking the silver medal. Well done to all three U23 teams. The first round of the ladies 405kg and 435kg leagues also took place as seven teams took part. Connemara finished the day on top of the 435kg league with Boyneside second and Renvyle third.
Tatch Bar and Canavans, both from Co. Galway finished joint first in the 405 league with Ballinagh from Co. Cavan in third place. Well done to all the ladies teams, round 2 will take place in Westmeath on the 11th of July.
See full results on our Results page.
Click here to see photos from yesterday’s national championship in Gortletteragh (note: there are two pages of photos).