The final rounds of the national indoor championship were hosted today by the Carndonagh club at St Bridget’s hall, Clonmany, Co. Donegal. The teams who competed were Ballinasloe, Binnian View, Carndonagh, Clonmany A, Clonmany B, Canavans, Deel Rangers, Glenhill, Mountain View, Rockyes and Stapeltons.
Five teams took part in the 600kg senior competition with the semi final pairings being Clonmany A versus Clonmany B and Mountain View versus Carndonagh. Mountain View were very strong as they overcame the host club in straight ends. They were joined in the final by Clonmany B who defeated their rivals in an impressive straight end victory. Clonmany B fought hard in the final but the Louth team were a little stronger as they won their fourth senior title of the season quite comfortably. Carndonagh produced an excellent performance to defeat neighbors, Clonmany A in straight ends to win a well deserved bronze medal. Mountain View set out to win a clean sweep of senior titles as they faced Deel Rangers in the semi final of the 560kg competition. There was no stopping the Louth men as they qualified for the final where they were joined by Clonmany A who fought hard to win revenge on Carndonagh in the second semi final. Clonmany A who were pulling with seven men produced a determined display but it was Mountain View who went on to win the gold medal and an amazing fifth title of the season. Congratulations to Mountain View on an excellent season. Carndonagh rounded off a good day for the club with a hard-fought straight end victory over Deel Rangers to win their second bronze medal of the day.
Deel Rangers who were aiming to complete a clean sweep of Div 2 titles easily overcame Glenhill to qualify for the 600kg Div 2 final. In the second semi final it was Rockyes from Co. Cavan who produced a fine display to defeat Binnian View to guarantee the silver medal. Rockyes who specialise in the lighter weight categories pulled very well in the final but it was the strong Deel Rangers team who took the gold medal with a straight end victory. Binnian View came from an end down to defeat Glenhill in the deciding end to win the bronze medal. Three teams took part in the Div 2 560kg competition as Deel Rangers qualified for the final once again. Glenhill overcame the disappointment of loosing out on bronze at 600kg to join the Westmeath men in the final. But there was no stopping the men from Co. Westmeath as they completed the outstanding achievement of winning all the Div 2 titles in their comeback season.
The four teams who took part in the novice championships were Ballinasloe, Binnian View, Canavans and Stapeltons. Binnian View who have had an excellent first season at national level qualified for the 600kg final where they were joined by Galway team, Canavans. It was the men from Co. Down who produced another fine performance to win the 600kg gold to add to their 640kg & 680kg titles. In an all Galway contest, Stapeltons defeated Ballinasloe to win the bronze medal.
Binnian View also qualified for the 560kg final where this time they were joined by Stapeltons, the team from east Galway. This was a very entertaining contest as the Down men were denied their fourth title by an excellent Stapeltons performance as the Galway men won their first ever national title with a straight end victory. Well done to Michael Stapelton and his team. Canavans rounded off a good day for the Galway clubs by defeating Ballinasloe to win the bronze medal. Well done to the judges in charge, Pat McGurl & Gerry Ferguson who officiated a very busy program very efficiently in what was a very enjoyable conclusion to the national indoor season.
See full results on our Results page.
Click here to see photos from the national indoor championship held at Clonmany (note: there are two pages of photos)