Poor day one for Irish teams
In a cruel twist of fate arch rivals Boley & Lakehill were drawn in the same group in the 680kg competition and faced each other in the first pull of the day, a repeat of the final from two years ago. This was a grueling contest with Lakehill winning rope in both ends but Boley doing enough to take the points.
Lakehill also dropped an end to Veenseboys which meant that they missed out on qualification with 16 points with Boley and Veenseboys on 17 points each. Boley, who never really recovered after their battle with Lakehill lost 2 straight to Vorden from Holland in the quarter finals. Gortletteragh pulled well to qualify for the last 8 but were unlucky to be drawn against Engelberg. Engelberg went on to win the gold medal defeating Felton Eccles in the final. Vorden won bronze. Killylough pulled well in the 560kg competition but were unlucky to finish level with Veenseboys in 2nd place on 13 points and just missed out on qualification on cautions. Glenhill pulled very well in the 560kg also getting 3rd place in their group. Gaztedi went on to win the 560kg. The Irish ladies clubs, Connemara & Boyneside made their debuts at international level and pulled well against all the teams. They both picked up a respectable 4 points each and will have gained a lot of experience from it. The very impressive Chinese Taipei team won the ladies competition. In the evening, Mountain View entered a team in the mixed 4×4 600kg championship, this was the first time for TWIF to run this competition at a major international event. The impressive Wallby from Sweden topped Mountain View’s group and went on to win the competition. The Irish team pulled well finishing joint third in their group with 10 points.