The large crowd who attended today’s national championship in Taughmaconnell were treated to a fine spectacle of pulling as the 680kg novice title was decided along with the next phase of the ladies, youth & U23 leagues. The clubs who attended were Ballinagh, Ballinastoe, Ballyhooly, Boyneside, Brideswell, Canavans, Clonmines, Cuan Rithe, Four Lakes, Grove, Hillview, Killoughey, Lough Arrow, The Shop, The Glen, Taughmaconnell, Rathkeale, Rockies, Stapeltons & Streamstown.
12 teams took part in the 680kg novice event which was run in two groups of 6 teams. Boyneside pulled very strongly topping their group and were joined in the semi finals by the hosting club, Taughmaconnell. The Shop topped group two and they were closely followed by Streamstown from Co. Westmeath in second place. Boyneside were too strong for the Streamstown men in the first semi final and they were joined in the final by Taughmaconnell who had to dig deep to overcome the Shop in the other semi final. The final was a close contest but the hugely improved Boyneside under the guidance of new trainer and front-man, John Coyne were too strong for the local men and they added the 680kg title to the catchweight they won in Clonakilty on the 10th of June. Streamstown who were making their debut at national level rounded off an excellent day for the club by defeating the Shop from Co. Tipperary to win the bronze medal.
5 teams competed in the second round of the ladies 405kg league. There was some great pulling in this event with nothing between the top three teams. Boyneside, Canavans & Brideswell all took pulls off each other and ended up locked with 9 points each in joint first position. They all get 6 points each and Ballinastoe who finished in fourth place get 3 points. The Glen from Co. Wicklow made their debut at national level in the 435kg league. Boyneside were very strong in this event picking up the maximum 7 points to cement their place at the top of the league. Once again Ballinastoe were second and Brideswell were third as we head into the final round of the league which takes place in Bonniconlon next weekend.
5 teams competed in the first round of the youth 6-a-side league as the Grove youths who host next weekend championship in Bonniconlon made their national debut. There was some great pulling in this event as Lough Arrow from Co. Sligo took the maximum 7 points. Hillview were second and they get 6 points with Rathkeale from Co. Limerick getting the 5 points for finishing third. 3 teams competed in the second round of the U23 6-a-side league. Once again, Clonmines from Co. Wexford were too strong finishing in first position with Killoughey a close second. Ballinagh from Co. Cavan were third.
See the updated league tables on our League tables page.
See full results from today’s national championship on our Results page.
Click here to see photos from today’s national championship in Taughmaconnell (note: there are 2 pages of photos).