The third round of the outdoor championships took place today the Clontibret Vintage Rally in Co. Monaghan. The teams who attended were Ballinagh, Ballygar, Boley, Bryanstown, Boyneside, Clonmines, Donoughmore, Doyles Corner,
Fairywater, Glenhill, Gortletteragh, Grove, Killylough, Lakehill, Mountain View, The Lodge, Slaneysiders and Rocky’s. Eighteen teams took part in the 600kg competition which was run in two groups of eight. Gortletteragh and Lakehill qualified for the semi finals from group 1 with Slaneysiders from Co. Wexford just missing out. Killylough and Boley qualified from group 2. Killylough were very strong and they produced a fine display to defeat Lakehill to qualify for the final. Gortletteragh pulled strongly in the other semi final to defeat Boley in straight ends to set up a repeat of last year’s 600kg final. There was little between the teams in the first end of the final with Killylough just having the edge.
Gortletteragh produced a determined display in the second end taking a few steps from the Monaghan team but were unable to break them down as Killylough defended well. Eventually it was the experienced hosting club who took the title to stamp their authority on the Irish leightweight seen. Boley edged out Lakehill in a well matched contest to win the bronze medal. Ballygar from Co. Galway who have dominated the novice seen recently qualified for the Div 2 final where they came up against Glenhill from Co. Cork. The Galway team who decided to step up to Div 2 produced another strong display to overcome the Cork team in straight ends to win the gold medal. Ballinagh from Co. Cavan took maximum points in the first round of the 655kg novice Intermediate league with Clonmines from Co. Wexford finishing second.
Doyles Corner from Co. Galway and Clonmines contested the final of the U23 620kg championship. Clonmines continued their good form at U23 as they added this title to the 640kg title they won two weeks ago. Five teams took part in the in the 435kg non-championship ladies competition. There was some even pulling in this event as Boyneside from Co. Offaly and Ballinagh qualified for the final.
Ballinagh ensured a great day for the club with an impressive straight end victory over the Offaly ladies to win the gold medal. The ladies 405kg & 435kg leagues will continue next week in Rathowen.
See our Results page for full results from the national championship in Clontibret.
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