The St. Pats club hosted the second round of the national indoor championships today in Kingscourt, Co. Cavan where the 680kg titles were contested at senior, Div 2 & novice. The clubs who attended were Ballyhooly, Ballinagh, Ballinasloe, Binnian View, Canavans, Carbery, Clonmany, Cockhill, Four Lakes, Killoughey, Mountain View, St. Pats, Rockies & Tara Hill.
Five top teams took part in the senior 680kg competition with four of them qualifying for the semi final and it was Cockhill who missed out. Business really picked up as the large crowd in attendance were treated to two outstanding contests as Clonmany A faced St. Pats and Clonmany B faced Mountain View. Clonmany A really tested the hosting club winning rope in both ends as the Louth team had to dig really deep to qualify for the final with a straight end victory. The second semi final was a great battle as Clonmany B won some rope in the first end but Mountain View responded well. Both teams were giving it everything as fatigue began to set in at around the four minute mark and with both teams on two cautions each the referee centered the pull. Clonmany B showed a lot of determination to eventually win the contest in straight ends but almost completely emptied the tank in doing so as St. Pats awaited them in the final.
The final was a good contest but the strong St. Pats team were always in control and didn’t loose an inch of rope as they picked up an impressive straight end victory and their second national title in a row. Mountain View also suffered from their exertions in that epic semi final as they had no response to Clonmany A in the bronze medal pull-off. Ballyhooly from Co. Cork faced the local Kingscourt boys, Rockies, in the final of the Div 2 680kg competition. This was a repeat of the 720kg final from two weeks previous and proved to be another great contest. Ballyhooly were in control in the early stages as they won around 2 meters of rope but Rockies who were inspired by their vocal home support responded well and went on to win the first end. The fitness of the Cavan club was evident in the second end as they went on to win revenge for their defeat in the 720kg final winning the second end in a very controlled fashion picking up their first national title of the season.
Eight teams took part in a very exciting novice 680kg competition. Canavans who won the 720kg championship in Carlow were the early front runners but began to tire a little loosing a number of ends in qualifying for the semi finals. Binnian View, Killoughey & Stapeltons joined the Galway team in the semis. Stapeltons who were runners-up in the 720kg championship produced on impressive display to defeat Binnian View from Co. Down in the first semi final as Killoughey defeated Canavans to join the Down team in the final. The final was a great contest but it was the Galway team, Stapeltons, who produced a very controlled display to defeat the Offaly team in straight ends to win their first indoor title of the season, a great win for the Galway men. Binnian View pulled very well to defeat the 720kg champions, Canavans, to win the bronze medal.
Ballinagh, Binnian View & Rockies took part in the youth 6-a-side 425kg competition. There was some good pulling in this event but it was Rockies who proved to be the stronger team as they defeated Binnian View in the final to win the gold medal rounding off a great day for the club.
See full results on our Results page.
Click here to see photos from today’s championship in Kingscourt (note: there are 2 pages of photos).