Tullow Agricultural Show, Co Carlow, was the venue for the penultimate 2011 All Ireland Outdoor Tug of War Championships on Sunday 21st August. The titles up for decision on the day were the Senior, Division 2 and Novice 560 kg championships. Thirteen clubs competed altogether in front of a large and appreciative crowd.
Six teams entered the senior competition. These were Binnian View, Boley, Clonmines, Glenhill, Gortletteragh and Killylough. After some very competitive pulling the four teams who made it through to the semi finals were Killylough, Boley, Gortletteragh and Binnian View. The semi final pairings saw Killylough face Binnian View and Gortletteragh take on Boley. Killylough came through in straight ends in the first semi final. The second semi final saw some top quality pulling with Boley eventually emerging victorious in straight ends over a gallant Gortletteragh. The scene was set for a top quality final between Killylough and the seven man team from Boley. The final lived up to expectations with Boley throwing everything at Killylough but the experienced Monaghan men held out for a straight end victory and yet another 560 kg All Ireland title.
The pull off for the bronze proved to be a very entertaining affair with Gortletteragh eventually coming through 2-1 against the rapidly improving Binnian View team. In the Division 2 competition, Glenhill yet again emerged victorious to round off what has been a hugely impressive year for the Cork team. The seven teams which entered the novice competition were Ballinagh, Baltinglass, The Burren, Brideswell, Killoughey, Rockies and Stapletons. After a very entertaining round robin league, the line up for the semi finals was The Burren vs Stapletons and Cavan rivals Rockies vs Ballinagh. The first semi final was a very tense affair with The Burren eventually coming through 2-0 after being taken to within a foot of the line in the second leg.
In the other semi final Rockies overcame Ballinagh 2-0. The final was a very entertaining battle between two evenly matched teams but it was The Burren who had a slight edge over Rockies and went on to take their first national title in straight ends followed by scenes of jubilation from this very promising young team. The pull off for the bronze was a tough battle between two experienced teams but Stapletons had that little bit extra and secured the medals with a 2-1 victory over Ballinagh. Report & photos by Helen Coyne, Ladies Liaison Officer. Many thanks to Helen for covering in my absence.
See full results on our Results page.
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