The fourth round of the national Tug of War championship took place today at the Streete Vintage Rally in Co. Westmeath.
This was another hugely successful championship with ninteen clubs attending, these were, Ballinagh, Ballygar, Bryanstown, Brideswell, Boley, Boyneside, Clonmines, Coneel, Connemara, Doyles Corner, Gortletteragh, Killylough, Killoughey, Lakehill, Lavalley, Slaneysiders, Stapeltons, Rocky’s and Tatch Bar. Twelve teams took part in the senior 720kg competition which was run in two groups of six. Lakehill and Killylough qualified from group 1 while Boley and Gortletteragh qualified from group 2. Connaught rivals, Gortletteragh & Lakehill faced each other in the first semi final with Lakehill qualifing for the final with a straight end victory. Boley also enjoyed a straight end victory over Killylough in the other semi final to set up a final with Lakehil, the seventh meeting of these two clubs in a national final in three years.
Boley struggled to cope with Lakehill’s pressure in the first end as the Mayo team won the pull in just under three minutes. The second end was a great battle as Lakehill began to move the rope back, the Wexford team responded well to recover. The cracks were beginning to show at this stage and with both teams on two cautions each, Lakehill were disqualified for locking to set up a third and deciding pull. Lakehill dropped in well in the deciding end showing a lot of determination to move the rope back to take the victory, their third national title of the season. Killylough enjoyed a straight end victory over Gortletteragh to win the bronze medal.
The Div 2 final was an all Connaught affair between Ballygar from Galway and Lavalley from Mayo. The impressive Ballygar team proved too strong for Lavalley as they won their second Div 2 title in a row with a straight end victory. Ballinagh from Co. Cavan and Clonmines from Co. Wexford contested the final of round two of the intermediate novice league. Ballinagh won this contest to stamp their authority at the top of the table with two days of the league remaining. Mountain View from Co. Meath and Clonmines contested the final of of round two of the youth 6-a-side league.
The Wexford team were not to be denied on this occasion as they took top spot in the league table with three rounds remaining. The second round of the ladies leagues also took place. Tatch Bar from Co. Galway stamped their authority on the 405kg league taking first place as they move 4 points clear of Ballinagh in second position. Connemara, also from Co. Galway have moved 5 points clear in the 435kg league with a first place finish with Boyneside from Co. Offaly in second place. The ladies league will continue next weekend in Ballyhooly, the venue for the finale has yet to be decided. See league tables on our Ladies Development page.
Seven teams took part in the 680kg non-championship novice competition. There was some fine pulling in this event as Brideswell, Doyles Corner, Killoughey and Stapeltons qualified for the semi finals. Stapeltons from Co. Galway and Killoughey from Co. Offaly faced each other in the final. This was a good contest which went to a deciding pull, but it was the impressive Killoughey team who won the gold medal, a great performance in only their third outing at national level. Brideswell defeated Doyles Corner to win the bronze medal.
See full results from today’s national championship on our Results page.
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