Day six of the national outdoor championship was held in glorious sunshine at the Tullow Agricultural today where a very large crowd enjoyed some top class pulling. The teams who competed were Ballinagh, Ballygar, Boley, Clonmines, Donoughmore, Doyles Corner, Fairywater, Glenhill, Gortletteragh, Harps, Killylough, Killoughey, Mountain View, Rocky’s, Saltmills & Slaneysiders.
The 560kg championship was this year replaced with 580kg as this is the representing weight at the World Championships in South Africa. Eight teams took part in this competition. There was very little between the teams in this event with Killylough, Boley, Fairywater & Gortletteragh qualifing for the semi finals as Slaneysiders just missing out. Killylough easily overcame Fairywater in the first semi final as Gortletteragh had to dig deep to defeat Boley in the second semi final.
The final between Killylough and Gortletteragh, a repeat of the 600kg final earlier in the season was a high quality affair with the first end lasting over ten minutes. However, the experience of the Monaghan team proved to be the difference as they went on to win the gold medal, their second national title of the season. The seven man Boley team dug deep to defeat Fairywater to win the bronze medal. The Div 2 final was an all Cork affair between Donoughmore & Glenhill as Ballygar who were pulling with 7 men just missed out on a place in the final. Donoughmore who have been very strong over the last few seasons added another national title to their collection with a straight end victory over their neighbors.
Seven teams competed in the 600kg novice championship and again there was very little between the teams in this competition as Killoughey, Ballinagh, Rocky’s & Saltmills qualified for the semi finals. The first semi final was an entertaining battle between Cavan neighbors, Ballinagh & Rocky’s with Rocky’s having the edge to qualify for their first final of the season. Killoughey edged out Saltmills to join them in the final. Killoughey who have had an amazing first season at national level produced another excellent display to win the gold medal to add to their 640kg gold and two silvers at 680kg & 720kg. PJ Bracken for ITOWA coach of the year? Saltmills edged out Ballinagh in the third and deciding end to win the bronze medal.
Ballinagh and Clonmines battled it out in the fourth and final round of the 655kg novice intermediate league. Clonmines battled hard winning a few meters of rope in both ends but Ballinagh showed a huge level of determination to win the contest and the overall league. Well done to the Cavan team who were crowned novice intermediate league champions. Mountain View pulled well to win the final round of the 6-a-side youth league but it was not enough as Clonmines who had done enough in earlier rounds won the overall gold medal.
Mountain View won silver and Ballinagh took the bronze. The youth development squad will now concentrate on the GENSB games which take place in Holland at the end of the month. The final round of the outdoor championship takes place in Lettermore, Connemara, Co. Galway next weekend as the ladies leagues reach their conclusion. There will also be non-championships 680kg and catchweight novice competitions on the day.
See full results on our Results page.
Click here to see photos from Tullow (note: there are two pages of photos)