The penultimate round of the outdoor championships was hosted today by the Clonmines club in Ballycullane, Co. Wexford. The clubs who attended were Arablin, Ballinagh, Boley, Boyneside, Clonmines, Gortletteragh, Grove, Hillview, Killoughey, Lakehill, Lough Arrow, Mill, Saltmills, Shop & Streamstown.
8 teams competed in the senior 720kg competition as Boley topped the round robin with maximum points. Lakehill were second as Gortletteragh & Clonmines took the other semi final positions. Lakehill faced rivals Gortletteragh in the first semi final. The team from Mayo had the slight edge but had to dig very deep to finish off the second end as they qualified for the final. Clonmines provided a stiff challenge for Boley but it was Boley who progressed in straight ends. Conditions deteriorated for the final following a very heavy rain shower but this provided for an exciting contest for the large crowd in attendance. Boley had the edge in the first end doing enough to win it in around 3 mins. The second end was a closer affair with very little movement either way. Cracks began to appear in both teams and with both teams on 2 cautions each it was Boley who were eventually disqualified for sitting. Lakehill dropped in hard in the third and deciding end and won a few meters of rope as the contest progressed. The Mayo team eventually managed to pull the rope across the line winning their fourth 720kg title in a row and their tenth national senior title.
The Div 2 final between Saltmills the local club and Killoughey from Co. Offaly took place during the heavy rain shower but this did not dampen the determination of both teams as they fought for the title. Eventually it was the Offaly team who took the gold medal with a straight end victory. 5 teams competed in the novice 720kg competition. As expected, Boyneside were very strong as they hoped to add this title to the 3 they had previously won this season.
The Offaly team booked their place in the final with a straight end victory over the Mill as The Shop joined them in the final with their straight end victory over Streamstown. Boyneside were a little too strong for the Shop but the Tipperary team did provide a stiff challenge in the second end. However, it was Boyneside who went on to take the gold and their fourth national title of the season. The Shop from Co. Tipperary defeated Streamstown from Co. Westmeath to win the bronze medal.
The U23 6-a-side league reached its conclusion today at St Leonards with the 430kg event. Clonmines, the hosting club continued their dominance in they event as they picked up the 7 points to finish top of the league with a maximum 21 points. Killoughey finished the league in second place and they get the silver medal as Ballinagh from Co. Cavan win the bronze medal. 5 teams competed in the final round of the youth 6-a-side league. This was an exciting conclusion with both Hillview and Lough Arrow tied on 13 points each at the start of the day.
It was Hillview the Offaly team who just did enough on the day pipping Lough Arrow to first place to secure the 7 points and finish the league on 20 points with Lough Arrow getting the silver medal on 19 points. The Grove from Co. Mayo can be very pleased with their first year out picking up the bronze medal with 15 points.
Check our League Tables page to see final tables after the last rounds of the U23 & youth league.
See full results on our Results page.
Click here to see photos from today’s national championship in Wexford (note: there are 3 pages of photos).