The national 600kg championships were hosted today by the Ballinagh club at the GAA fields in the town. There was a great turnout of teams and a large crowd of spectators enjoyed a great days action in glorious weather conditions. The clubs who competed were Ballinagh, Binnian View, Boley, Boyneside, Brideswell, Burren, Clonmines, Donoughmore, Gills, Glenhill, Gortletteragh, Killylough, Killoughey, Lakehill, Mountain View, Slaneysiders, Rockies and Thatch Bar.
11 teams competed in the senior 600kg competition which was run in one group. Many of the contests went to third and deciding ends due to a slight difference in sides. Gortletteragh pulled very well to top the round robin and were joined in the semi finals by Killylough, Mountain View & Slaneysiders. Killylough enjoyed a straight end victory over Slaneysiders to qualify for the final despite stiff opposition from the Wexford team. The first end of the contest between Mountain View and Gortletteragh was very entertaining. Mountain View attacked winning 2 meters of rope but the Leitrim team defended well and went on to win the contest in a time of around 4 minutes. They also added the second end to set up a repeat of the 600kg final from the previous two years. The final was another great contest and was thoroughly enjoyed by the large crowd in attendance. Killylough defended well in the first end and went on to win the pull wearing down the Leitrim men with their crafty style.
Gortletteragh responded with power in the second end to take the final to a deciding pull. Despite loosing the toss for choice of ends the determined Gortletteragh team ensured it was third time lucky at 600kg as they powered their way to their first ever national senior title. Slaneysiders from Co. Wexford produced another outstanding performance in the third place pull-off to defeat the experienced Mountain View team in straight ends to win the bronze medal, their first ever medal at senior level. The final of Div 2 600kg competition was contested by Glenhill and Clonmines. This contest also went to a third and deciding end and it was the Glenhill team who emerged with the gold medal adding to a great season for the Cork men.
6 teams took part in the novice 600kg competition. Ballinagh overcame Gills in the first semi final as Rockies defeated the Burren in the other semi to set up an all Cavan final. There was a great atmosphere in the final as neighbors and arch rival competed for the title. It was the Ballinagh team spurred on by their vocal home support who emerged with the gold medal as they produced a fine performance to win the title ensuring a night of celebrations in Barney Mac’s public house! The Burren from Co. Clare produced a fine performance in the third place pull-off as they defeated Gills from Co. Galway to win the bronze medal.
The three teams who competed in the ladies 520kg competition were Ballinagh, Boyneside & Thatch Bar. This was another good competition as Boyneside and the Thatch emerged to qualify for the final. This title was also decided with a third and deciding pull as both teams gave everything. In the end it was the Boyneside team who showed huge determination to work the rope back to win the title and the gold medal, a first national title for the club. The ladies teams will now concentrate on next Sundays league finale in Edenderry before the 560kg championship takes place in Leitir Mor on the 28th of August. Clonmines from Co. Wexford made it a clean sweep of national U23 titles as they defeated Killoughey in the 620kg final to take the gold medal.
The final round of the youth 420kg league also took place. Ballinagh who began the day with a 4 point cushion secured the gold medal finishing in first place on the day and first place overall with an impressive 33 points. Binnian View produced their best performance of the league to finish in second place on the day accumulating a total of 20 points. Boyneside secured a vital 5 points to finish tied with Rockies overall with 25 points each. Due to their great efforts it has been decided to present both teams with a set of silver medals meaning that Binnian View will get the bronze medal. Medals will be presented next weekend in Edenderry. Well done to all the youths who participated in the league.
See full results on our Results page.
Click here to see the youth league table after today’s finale.
Click here to see photos from today’s action in Ballinagh (note: there are 3 pages of photos).