The national indoor season got underway yesterday at the Carlow Youth Center, Co. Carlow. The clubs who competed were Ballyhooly, Canavans, Carbery, Clonmany, Four Lakes, Killoughey, Mountain View, Stapeltons, St. Pats, Rockies, The Mill & Tara Hill.
Five team competed in the senior 720kg competition. St. Pats who pulled well throughout the competition defeated Clonmany A in straight ends in the first semi final as Clonmany B also enjoyed a straight end victory over Mountain View to join St. Pats in the final. The final was a very exciting contest as St. Pats produced a controlled performance in the first end and looked to be easing their way to the title. However, in the second end the Donegal team pushed to within inches of the line as cracks began to appear in the St. Pats team. Both teams collapsed to mat but it was St. Pats who reacted quicker by pushing Clonmany all the way to win the end, the gold medal and the first national senior title of the season. Clonmany A defeated Mountain View in straight ends to win the bronze medal.
Four team competed in the Div 2 competition as Ballyhooly topped the league system. The cork team defeated Tara Hill in the first semi final as Rockies overcame Carbery in the second semi to set up a Ballyholly versus Rockies final. Ballyhooly continued their good form as they went on to win the gold medal with a straight end victory. Carbery defeated Tara Hill to win the bronze medal. Six teams competed in a very good novice 720kg competition as the newly affiliated Tara Hill club from Co. Wexford made their debut at national level.
Canavans who fell away towards the later stage of this competition last year were back with a point to prove and they pulled very well topping the league system with maximum points. They continued their dominant form by defeating Killoughey in the semi final as Stapeltons defeated Four Lakes in the other semi final to set up an all Galway final. Stapeltons performed well in the final but there was no stopping the team from Belclare as they went on to win the gold medal and the title with a straight end victory. Killoughey from Co. Offaly overcame Four Lakes to win the bronze medal. Rockies and Killoughey competed in a youth league competition as Rockies ran out winners.
See full results on our Results page.
Click here to see photos from yesterday’s national championship in Carlow.
A member on the Ballyhooly club lost their gear bag in Carlow yesterday which contained runners and other pulling gear. Another team may have taken it by mistake. If you have the missing gear bag can you please call 086-3932469.