Irish teams Boley, Lakehill & Gortletteragh took part in the men’s 640kg competition on day two in Pretoria. The temperature was in the thirties once again as 23 teams battled for the medals. The competition was run in four groups. Gortletteragh pulled well but failed to qualify from their group. Unfortunately, Irish clubs, Boley and Lakehill who both qualified from their groups faced each other in the quarter finals. This was a gruelling contest between the arch rivals. Boley won the first end but Lakehill attacked in the second end taking Boley to within a foot of the line. Lakehill were eventually disqualified for locking. Boley progressed to face Eibergen from Holland in the semi finals. Boley had no answer to the strong Dutch team and lost in straight ends. Their exertions against Lakehill were showing as they failed to recover and ended up loosing the bronze pull-off to Felton Eccles from England. Eibergen faced Veenseboys in an all Dutch final, a repeat of yesterday’s 700kg final. It was the same result on this occasion as Veenseboys made it a clean sweep of senior men’s titles winning gold in straight ends.
There was some Irish success this morning as Stephen Blake from Ballygar anchored the Gaztedi team who won gold in the mixed 600kg competition. Well done to Stephen.