The national outdoor championships continued yesterday and were hosted by Boley in New Ross, Co. Wexford. The teams who attended were Ballinagh, Ballyhooly, Binnian View, Boley, Boyneside, Clonmines, Cuan Rithe, Donoughmore, Glenhill, Gortletteragh, Killoughey, Lakehill, Mountain View, North Clare, Saltmills, Slaneysiders, Stapeltons, & Rockies.
Nine teams competed in the senior 640kg championship which was run in one group. The hosting club pulled well to top the round robin and were joined in the semi finals by Mountain View, Gortletteragh & Slaneysiders with Lakehill having a disappointing day missing out on qualification. Boley enjoyed a comfortable straight end victory over their Wexford neighbors, Slaneysiders in the first semi final as Mountain View had to dig deep to overcome Gortletteragh in the second semi. Boley and Mountain View faced each other in what was a very entertaining final. Mountain View attacked in the first end and progressed to within a meter of the line only to be disqualified for receiving their third caution. The Louth team attacked again in the second end and rattled the local team but Boley kept their shape well and worked the rope back to win the gold medal and their fourth 640kg title in as many years.
Gortletteragh pulled well to defeat Slaneysiders in straight ends to win the bronze medal. The teams who qualified for the Div 2 final were Binnian View from Co. Down and Clonmines, another Wexford team. Clonmines pulled well in this contest to win the gold medal with a straight end victory adding the 640kg title to the 680kg title they won in Ballina. Eight team competed in the 680kg novice championship. The teams who progressed to the semi finals were Ballinagh, Glenhill, Killoughey & Stapeltons.
Killoughey from Co. Offaly progressed to the final with a straight end victory over Glenhill. Stapeltons from Co. Galway had to dig deep needing a third and deciding end to defeat Ballinagh to qualify for the final. The final was a great contest as Stapeltons who were competing in their first ever final won the first end against the experienced Killoughey team who were pulling in their seventh final. Killoughey fought back in the second end and began to win some rope but picked up cautions in doing so eventually receiving their third caution and disqualification handing the title to the Galway team. Well done to Mike Stapelton and his team on winning their first ever national outdoor title.
Clonmines & Killoughey competed in the final of the U23 competition. Clonmines were hoping to win their second U23 title of the season as Killoughey were hoping to put the disappointment of loosing the novice final behind them. However, the Offaly team had to settle for the silver again as Clonmines rounded off a great day for the Wexford teams adding the U23 600kg title to their Div 2 640kg title. The penultimate round of the youth 420kg league saw four teams competing.
Once again it was the consistent team from Ballinagh Co. Cavan who picked up the maximum 7 points bringing their total to 26 virtually guaranteeing them the gold medal as they prepare to host the final round of the league on their home soil next weekend. Rockies finished in second place and are in second place overall with a 2 point cushion over Boyneside ahead of next weekends finale.
See full results from New Ross on our Results page.
Click here to see the youth league table after round 4.
Click here to see photos from yesterday’s championship in New Ross (note: there are 3 pages of photos)