The championships came to an end today in Pretoria with the senior men 640kg competition. Ireland began well picking up six points against hosts, South Africa and the USA. They then faced a strong England team and lost two straight followed by another defeat to the strong Dutch team. The Irish then receovered and began to pull very well as the tracks got a little deeper.
Ireland and Sweden were fighting for fourth position and the contest between them was a real battle. The first end lasted around five minutes with both team on two cautions each but the Irish showed their determination to win the pull and the three points needed. In the semi final Ireland faced the Netherlands. They matched the Dutch well but were unable to win any ground on them loosing two straight. England represented by Felton Eccles were very strong as they overcame Switzerland to qualify for the final. Ireland faced the Swiss in the bronze pull-off. This was another tough contest as they hoped to avenge their earlier defeat in the league. Once again sheer determination and fighting spirit saw the Irish picking up the victory and the bronze medal to finish the championship on a high. The Irish team was, Joey Kehoe, Ollie Kehoe, Shay Ryan, Gerard Ferguson, Laurence Kehoe, Connell Ward, James Kehoe, Sean Roberts & Paul Rowland. The Dutch continued their winning streak with a clean sweep of the senior men’s competition, an amazing six gold medals. Safe journey to all travelling home to Eire and all parts of the World. Congradulations to the South African association on hosting a wonderful championship.
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