The national outdoor championships continued today in fine weather conditions in Bonniconlon, Co. Mayo. The clubs who attended were Ballinagh, Ballinastoe, Brideswell, Boyneside, Boley, Canavans, Clonmines, Gortletteragh, Grove, Hillview, Lough Arrow, Lakehill, Taughmaconnell & Stapeltons.
Six team competed in the 680kg senior competition. There was some good pulling in this event as Lakehill topped the round robin and were joined in the semi finals by Boley, Clonmines & Gortletteragh. The first semi final saw a mouth watering contest between Connaught rivals, Gortletteragh & Lakehill. Lakehill continued their good form booking a place in the final with a straight end victory. Boley had to dig deep to overcome Wexford neighbors, Clonmines in the second semi final to set-up a final showdown against Lakehill. This was the fifth year in succession that these two clubs met in the 680kg final. Lakehill were eager to avenge their defeat to the Wexford men in last year’s final and got off to a good start winning the first end with some good pressure pulling. The local lads never allowed Boley to settle and they went on to win the second end and their fourth 680kg title in five years. Gortletteragh defeated Clonmines to win the bronze medal.
Local rivals Taughmaconnell & Stapeltons faced each other in the Div 2 final. This was a really tough battle which went to a third and deciding end but it was the men from Taughmaconnell who has that little bit extra on the day to win the gold medal. Congratulations to the Taughmaconnell team on winning their first ever national title. The ladies leagues drew to a close today as the final rounds were contested. Boyneside continued their good form picking up maximum points to secure the gold medal in the 405kg league.
Canavans picked up silver and Ballinastoe overtook Brideswell in the league table to snatch the bronze medal by just 1 point. Boyneside rounded off another great day for the club by also winning gold in the 435kg league with a maximum 21 points. Ballinastoe finished up in the silver medal position and Brideswell picked up the bronze. Five teams competed in the second round of the youth league. Hillview from Co. Offaly were very strong in this event picking up maximum points on the day.
Lough Arrow were second and get 6 points while the Grove who were the hosting club on the day picked up 5 points in third place. The youth league concludes in Clonmines on the 12th of August and the final round will be very interesting with teams currently tied in the gold and bronze medal positions.
See updated league tables on our League Tables page.
See full results on our Results page.
Click here to see photos from today’s championship in Bonniconlon. (Note: there are 2 pages of photos)