The 2012 national indoor season got up and running last Sunday at the Carlow Youth centre in Carlow town. The clubs who attended were Boyneside, Canavans, Clonmany, Cockhill, Four Lakes, Hillview, Mountain View, Streamstown, Rathkeale & Rockies. Five teams competed in the senior 720kg competition.
Cockhill and Mountain View were the two strongest teams in this event as they progressed to face each other in the final. The new look Donegal based Cockhill team were very strong in the final as they easily overcame the Louth team to win the gold medal and pick-up the national senior title. The third place pull-off between Canavans and Rockies was an entertaining affair as the Galway team won the first end. However the Kingscourt based Rockies team dug deep to win the second and third ends to pick up the bronze medal. The tides were reversed between these same two teams in the Div 2 final as Canavans produced a great performance to win the gold medal with a hard fought straight end victory.
Four teams competed in the 720kg novice competition. Boyneside who had a great outdoor season made their debut at indoor level and they pulled well topping the round robin. Boyneside defeated Rathkeale in the first semi final as Streamstown overcame Four Lakes to take their place in the final. The final was a close contest but it was Boyneside who continued their 2012 gold rush to win the national title with a straight end victory. Rathkeale defeated Four Lakes to win the bronze medal.
There was a good turnout of five teams in the 6-a-side youth league which is great progression on the development of the indoor Games. Rathkeale from Co. Limerick were very strong in this event as they fielded two teams. The Rathkeale A team pulled well to top the league after round 1 picking up the maximum 7 points. Clonmany B finished in second place and picked up the 6 points. Hillview who won the outdoor league took the 5 points with a third place finish. Canavans & Streamstown competed in the first round of the ladies 6-a-side league which again is good progression for ladies development at indoor level.
The experienced Canavans team emerged winners in this one to take the maximum 7 points after the first round. The same two teams competed in the first round of the mixed 4×4 league. This was run on a best of 5 ends and on this occasion it was the Streamstown club from Co. Westmeath who took the maximum 7 points winning by 3 ends to 1.
See full results on our Results page.
See tables after round 1 on our League Tables page.
Click here to see photos from Sunday’s championship in Carlow (Note: there are 2 pages of photos).
Thanks a million to Pat Lee for providing report and photos from Carlow!