A good turnout of teams enjoyed pleasant weather conditions at today’s opening national outdoor championship of the season which was held at the Clonakilty Agricultural show in Co. Cork.
The clubs who attended were Araglin, Ballinagh, Ballyhooly, Boyneside, Boley, Clonmines, Cuan Rithe, Donoughmore, Glenhill, Harps, Hillview, Killoughey, Lakehill, Lavalley, Lough Arrow, North Clare, Rathkeale & The Shop. Six teams took part in the senior catchweight competition. Lakehill, who lost this title last year pulled well to finish top of the group after the round robin. The Mayo team easily overcame Donoughmore in the semi final to qualify for the final.
They were joined in the final by rivals, Boley who defeated neighbours, Clonmines in the second semi final. There was very little between the teams in the final but it was Lakehill who had a little extra power as they went on to win their first national title of the season with a straight end victory. Clonmines defeated Donoughmore to win the bronze medal. Glenhill from Watergrasshill in Cork defeated Lavalley from Co. Mayo to win the Div 2 title. Seven teams took part in a good novice catchweight competition as Araglin from Co. Cork & The Shop from Co. Tipperary made their debuts at national level.
The ever improving Boyneside club from Co. Offaly pulled well to top the round robin and went on to defeat the Shop to qualify for the final. They were joined in the final by Offaly neighbours, Killoughey who overcame Cuan Rithe in the second semi final. The final was another close contest but it was the determined Boyneside men who overcame their rivals with a straight end victory to win their first ever national title. The Shop defeated Cuan Rithe to win the bronze medal.
Four teams took part in the Youth 6-a-side 425kg competition. They were joined in that competition by Boynside & Donoughmore ladies. The newly affiliated Hillview club from Co. Offaly pulled very well and they went on to win the gold medal by defeating Lough Arrow from Co. Sligo in the final. Local club, Harps defeated the newly affiliated Rathkeale from Co. Limerick to win the bronze medal. The youth 420kg league will begin in Taughmaconnell, Co. Roscomman on the 8th of July.
The first round of the U23 league was also held today as five teams competed for the points. Clonmines from Co. Wexford were very strong as they finished top taking the full 7 points. Killoughey were second and get the 6 points as Ballinagh who finished third get 5 points. The league table after round 1 can be found on the League Tables page. The second round of the league also takes place in Taughmaconnell on the 8th of July.
See full results from today’s championship on the Results page.
Click here to see photos from the championship in Clonakilty (Note: there are 3 pages of photos). Thanks to Pat Lee and others who took photos for website!