The novice 640kg & catchweight titles were contested today in cold wintry conditions at Ballyhooly, Co. Cork. Nonetheless there was a good turnout of clubs and spectators who enjoyed a good competitive day of action. The clubs who attended were Ballinagh, Ballyhooly, Binnian View, Boyneside, Burren, Canavans, Cappoquin, Cuan Rithe, Glenhill, North Clare, Mill, Taughmaconnell, Three Counties, Saltmills, Stapeltons & Rockies.
Nine teams took part in the novice 640kg championship which was run in one group. The semi-final line-up was Binnian View versus Stapeltons and Glenhill versus Rockies. Both contests were hard fought but it was Glenhill & Binnian View who progressed to face each other in the final. Again, there was very little between the teams in the final but it was the men of Glenhill who had a slight edge winning the gold medal in straight ends to take the title back to Watergrasshill. Rockies defeated Stapeltons to win the bronze medal.
Eight teams competed in the catchweight championship and again it was pulled on one rope. The semi-final pairings in this competition were Canavans versus Cuan Rithe and Saltmills versus North Clare. Canavans produced a powerful display to qualify for the final in straight ends as Saltmills had to dig deep to overcome the challenge of North Clare in a third end decider. The final was another entertaining affair but it was the men from Saltmills, Co. Wexford who added the catchweight title to the 720kg title they won in Ballycullane and the 680kg tiles of 2010. Cuan Rithe won their second bronze medal of the season by defeating North Clare in the third place pull-off.
Four teams took part in round 3 of the youth league. The last pull of this round robin between Cavan rivals, Ballinagh & Rockies was to decide who bagged maximum points in this round. This was a great battle which went to a third end. Ballinagh looked like taking the points as they began to win some rope only to be disqualified for receiving their third caution which meant that Rockies took the maximum 7 points. Ballinagh take 6 points and they remain on top of the league with 19 points. Boyneside took the 5 points after finishing in third position.
Click here to see the youth league table after round 3.
See full results on our Results page.
Click here to see photos from today’s national championship in Ballyhooly (note: there are 2 pages of photos).