The national indoor 640kg championship was hosted today by the Mountain View club at St. Patrick’s hall, Lordship, Co. Louth. The clubs who attended were Ballinasloe, Ballyhooly, Binnian View, Carbery, Clonmany, Cockhill, Four Lakes, Killoughey, Mountain View, Stapeltons, St. Pats, Rockies & Taughmaconnell.
Six teams competed in the senior 640kg championship, the semi final line-up after the round robin was St. Pats versus Cockhill and Clonmany B versus Mountain View. Cockhill were stiff opposition for St. Pats in the first semi final but the Louth team progressed to the final in reasonably comfortable fashion. The other semi final was a repeat of last weekends 680kg semi and proved to be another excellent contest. Mountain View who struggled throughout the round robin produced an inspired display in the first end to slowly working the rope back to take the advantage much to the delight of their cheering home support. They also took the advantage in the second end as Clonmany defended well. Both teams were feeling the pain at this stage and with both on two cautions each, Mountain View were disqualified, picking up their third caution for sitting. Clonmany took control of the contest in the third and deciding end and produced a controlled display to set up a repeat of the 720kg & 680kg finals against St. Pats. The final was another good contest but as was the case last weekend, the semi final battle with Mountain View took its toll on the Clonmany team. St. Pats were always in control as they pushed their way to a fantastic victory and their third national title of the season. Mountain View went on to face Cockhill from Co. Donegal in the bronze medal pull-off and the miseries of the Louth team continued as the ever improving Cockhill team went on to win the bronze with an impressive straight end victory.
Four team competed in the Div 2 championship. The semi final pairings were Rockies versus Binnian View and Carbery versus Ballyhooly. Both Rockies and Binnian View emerged with straight end victory to qualify for the final. The final was a very exciting contest as Binnain View pushed well to within 2 feet of the line. However, the Cavan team defended well and never lost their shape as the Down men began to run out of steam. Rockies weathered the storm and pushed the rope all the way back to win the first end. The second end was a more controlled performance from Rockies as they pushed out the Down team in impressive fashion to win their second national title in as many weeks continuing their outstanding start to the indoor season. The bronze medal pull-off was an all Cork affair as Ballyhooly faced Carbery. Ballyhooly had to dig deep and proved too strong for the west Cork team as they went on to win the bronze medal.
Six teams also competed in the novice 640kg competition. There was some good pulling in this competition also as Ballinasloe, Stapeltons, Killoughey & Taughmaconnell qualified for the semi final as Four Lakes & Binnian View missed out. Stapeltons defeated Ballinasloe in an all Galway affair to qualify for the final as Taughmaconnell overcame Killoughey to join the Stapeltons in the final. There was no stopping the Stapeltons Farm supply team from Clontuskert as they proved much too strong for Taughmaconnell in the final winning the gold medal in straight ends to continue their outstanding season at both indoor and outdoor level. Ballinasloe put up a great performance in the third place pull-off but the experienced Killoughey team proved a little too strong as they went on to win the bronze medal.
See full results on our Results page.
Click here to see photos from the national championship in Lordship. (Note: there are 2 pages of photos)