The first national indoor championship of the season took place today in Carlow where a large crowd enjoyed a good day of competition. The teams who took part were Carbery, Killoughey, Four Lakes, Canavans, Binnian View, Rockyes, Stapeltons, Doyles Corner, Mountain View, Clonmany, Ballyhooly, Deel Rangers and Ballinasloe.
Four teams competed in senior 720kg competition with rivals, Mountain View and Clonmany facing each other in the final. This was an excellent contest as Clonmany who looked stronger all day won the first end. Clonmany also won rope in the second end but didn’t have the sting to finish off their opponents. Hands starting to tire resulted in locking, three cautions and disqualification for the Clonmany men. Mountain View proved to be the fitter team and they went on to win the third and deciding end and their first national title of the season. Binnian View from Co. Down defeated Canavans to win the bronze medal.
The three teams who competed in the Div 2 championship were Ballyhooly, Deel Rangers and Rockeys. There was good pulling in this competition but it was Deel Rangers from Co. Westmeath who were making their comeback at national level who went on to finish top of the league system winning the gold medal. Ballyhooly from Co. Cork won the silver medal. Eight teams took part in a very exciting novice 720kg championship where newly affiliated clubs, Ballinasloe, Binnian View and Four Lakes were making their debuts at national level.
Canavans from Co. Galway pulled very strongly to finish top of the league system. In the semi final they faced Killoughey from Co. Offaly who had a very good year in the outdoor championship. Canavans won the first end but began to tire in the second as Killoughey won a very exciting pull to level the contest. The Offaly men went on to win the third and deciding end to reach the final. In the final they we joined by Carbery from Co. Cork who defeated the Four Lakes from Co. Carlow in the other semi final. The experience in the Carbery team and Killoughey’s exertions in the semi final proved to be the difference between the two teams as the Cork men went on to win their first national title in many years. The newly affiliated Four Lakes club rounded off a great debut by defeating Canavans to win the bronze medal.
Five teams competed in the 6-a-side U23 420kg competition. Mountain View were very strong in this competition finishing top of the league with a maximum twelve points to win the gold medal. St. Pats from Co. Louth won the silver as the very impressive Canavans team who were making their debut at U23 level finished in third position. The two teams to take part in the ladies 6-a-side 405kg competition were local rivals Doyles Corner and Canavans, both from Co. Galway. Canavans who are very strong in the ladies competitions pulled well to win the first end. They also won a few feet of rope in the second end before Doyles responded and went on to win the pull to bring the contest to a third and deciding end.
This proved to be a very exciting contest and there were exuberant scenes as Doyles Corner went on to win the third end and their first ever national title, well done to both ladies teams. Five teams also took part in the last competition of the day, the non-championship 600kg competition. It was running late into the evening at this stage and again it was the team who finished top of the league who won the gold medal. That was Deel Rangers who made a very impressive comeback to add to their 720kg Div 2 title earlier in the day. Rockeys from Co. Cavan finished runners-up in this competition.
See full results on our results page.
Click here to see photos from yesterday’s national championship in Carlow. (Note: there are two pages of photos)