The novice 640kg & catchweight championships took place at Ballyhooly, Co. Cork today as well as the third round of the ladies league. The teams who competed were, Ballinagh, Ballyhooly, Boyneside, Cappoquin, Clonmines, Connemara, Cuan Rithe, Doyles Corner, Glenhill, Gills, Harps, Killoughey, Knockanore, North Clare, Rockies, Stapeltons, Saltmills, Tatch Bar & Taughmaconnell.
Fourteen teams took part in the 640kg competition which was run in two groups of seven teams. The teams who qualified for the semi finals were Ballyhooly, Clonmines, Glenhill & Killoughey. Arch rivals, Ballyhooly and Glenhill faced each other in the first semi final with Glenhill winning in straight ends. Killoughey also enjoyed a straight end victory over Clonmines from Co. Wexford in the other semi final. Killoughey continued their fine form from last week when they won the 680kg open by defeating local team, Glenhill in two straight ends to win their first ever national title. Well done to the Offaly men. Clonmines defeated host club, Ballyhooly to win the bronze medal.
Eight clubs competed in the catchweight competition, this was also run in two groups. The teams who qualified for the semi finals were Ballinagh, Boyneside, Cappoquin & Saltmills. In the first semi final Ballinagh defeated Waterford club, Cappoquin to qualify for the final. Boyneside from Co. Offaly joined the Cavan men in the final as they overcame Saltmills from Co. Wexford. Ballinagh pulled very strongly in the final and they went on to win the gold medal and their first national title of the season with a straight end victory over the men from Offaly. Cappoquin defeated Saltmills to win the bronze medal.
The third round of the ladies leagues also took place with five teams competiting in each. Tatch Bar were very strong on the day as they took maximum points in both weights. The Galway team now enjoy a 7 point cusion at the top of the 405kg league going into the final day with Ballinagh in second place. Connemara, also from Co. Galway finished in second place in the 435kg league but maintain an 8 point cushion going into the final day which they will host in Lettermore, Co. Galway on Sunday the 22nd of August. See our Ladies Development page for the updated tables and further information.
See our Results page for full results from today’s national championship in Ballyhooly.
Click here to see photos from today’s national championship in Ballyhooly (note: there are 2 pages of photos). Thanks to the legend, Pat Lee for sending on report & photos.