Wexford teams rule on home turf
The penultimate outdoor championship of the season took place in New Ross today where nineteen clubs competed, these were, Ballinagh, Ballygar, Ballyhooly, Boyneside, Boley, Bryanstown, Clonmines, Doyles Corner, Glenhill,
Gortletteragh, Harps, Killylough, Killoughey, Lakehill, Mountain View, Rocky’s, Saltmills, Slaneysiders & Stapeltons. The 640kg senior competition was run in one group with ten teams taking part. There was a high standard of pulling in this competition. The teams who qualified for the semi finals were, Boley, Gortletteragh, Lakehill & Mountain View with Killylough just missing out in fifth position. Boley defeated Gortletteragh in the first semi final as Lakehill defeated Mountain View in the other semi to set up a mouth watering final. Boley dropped in well in the first end and never allowed the Lakehill team to settle. Boley won the pull in a time of around three and a half minutes. Lakehill gave it everything in the second end but Boley defended well.
The local team’s hunger and determination ensured their third 640kilo title in a row, stamping their authority on Tug of War’s blue ribbon event. Mountain View defeated Gortletteragh to win the bronze medal. Ballygar from Co. Galway maintained their unbeaten record this year as they overcame the challenge of Bryanstown from Co. Wexford in the Div 2 final. Nine teams competed in the 680kg novice competition, the teams who qualified for the semi finals were, Boyneside, Killoughey, Saltmills & Stapeltons. Killoughey defeated their Offaly neighbors, Boyneside in the first semi final as local team, Satlmills overcame Stapeltons from Co. Galway in the other semi final.
Killoughey were hoping to add to their 640kg gold but faced a stiff challenge in Saltmills in the final. There was a huge home support as the Wexford men produced an excellent performance to win the gold medal and their first ever national title. Well done to Saltmills. Stapeltons produced a fine display as they defeated Boyneside to win the bronze medal. Another Wexford team, Clonmines, faced Harps from Co. Cork in the final of the U23 600kg competition.
Clonmines pulled well and won the title with a straight end victory. Clonmines also qualified for the final of round three of the youth 6-a-side league where they defeated Mountain View to stamp their authority at the top of the table. Well done also to the Ballinagh youth team who pulled well on their first outing at national level. Clonmines rounded off an excellent day for the local clubs as they won round three of the novice intermediate league defeating Ballinagh into second place.
With two victories for Ballinagh and one for Clonmines its all to play for as the league concludes next Sunday at the Tullow Agricultural show.
See full results on our Results page.
Click here to see photos from New Ross (note: there are two pages of photos) (Thanks to Sean Murray for taking photos).