The world open club championships got underway today in Appenzell, Switzerland. Lakehill who travelled to the championships with their bare 640kg team entered the 700kg competition this morning with John Coyle (Boyneside), Eugune Neary (GBT) & James Kehoe (Boley).
There were 36 teams in the competition which was run in four groups of 9 teams. Lakehill were very strong picking up a maximum 24 points in their group without loosing an inch of rope. In the quarter finals they met Volkonis from Latvia. This was a tough pull but they progressed to the semi finals with a straight end victory. This set-up a semi final clash with Veenseboys. This was another great performance as Lakehill progressed to the final with another straight end victory. The opponents in the final were the formidable Heure team from the Netherlands who are the reigning European champions at 720kg. The lads held another great rope and went on to win the gold medal and the world title with an impressive display of pulling. Boley, who won the national title at 580kg entered a very competitive 580kg competition in the evening. They qualified for the quarter final stage in second place behind Engelberg from Switzerland. In the quarters they were drawn against another strong Swiss team in Mosnang. Boley pulled well to win the first end. Cracks began to show in the Boley team as they were disqualified in the second end. Boley attacked in the third and deciding end but picked up 2 cautions as they fought to within 2 feet of the line before receiving their third caution and disqualification and a disappointing exit to the competition. The invincible Engelberg team won the gold medal defeating Veenseboys in the final. Gortletteragh/Ballygar also entered the 580kg competition but failed to qualify for the knockout stage with a third place finish in their group. Glenhill also pulled well in the group but failed to progress.
Click here to see the results book.
Click here to see photos from Day 1.
Click here to see the presentation of the medals.