The penultimate round of the national indoor championship was held yesterday in Tullamore Co. Offaly. The clubs who attended were Ballinasloe, Ballycommon, Ballyhooly, Clonmany, Cockhill, Four Lakes, Killoughey, Rathkeale, Rockies, Streamstown & Stapeltons.
Six teams took part in the senior 600kg championship. The ever improving Rockies club pulled very well in this competition and it was obvious that they are now feared by the top clubs as Cockhill brought on the talented Gary Conway before their meeting. Nonetheless, Cockhill had to dig very deep especially in the second end to defeat the Kingscourt team. The Rockies club were dealt a cruel blow in their second end against Clonmany B having worked their opponents back to within a foot of the line only to run out of mat giving Clonmany the opportunity to recover and win the pull.
Clonmany B & Rockies faced each other again in the semi final and the Donegal team had to work just as hard on this occasion to win qualification to the final with a straight end victory. Cockhill easily defeated Stapeltons in the other semi final. The final between the two neighboring Donegal clubs was a good even contest but it was the Cockhill team who always had the edge and the power to stamp their authority on the match-up winning their fourth national senior title with a straight end victory. Rockies and Stapeltons faced each other in what was a combined senior bronze medal/Div 2 final. The experienced Rockies team were too strong in this contest and went on to win both sets of medals with a straight end victory.
Seven teams competed in what was a very entertaining and evenly balanced novice 600kg competition. The teams who qualified for the semi final were Ballinasloe, Four lakes, Killoughey & Streamstown. Well done to the local Ballycommon club from near Tullamore who made their national championship debut in this event. Killoughey defeated Four lakes in the semi final to qualify for the final. They were joined in the final by Streamstown who defeated Ballinasloe in the second semi final. The final was a repeat of last weekend’s 640kg championship in Ballygar. The very impressive Streamstown team who were pulling with 7 men put up a strong challenge in the final but it was the experienced Killoughey club from Co. Offaly who won sweet revenge for last week’s defeat as they went on to win their first indoor title of the season with a straight end victory. Ballinasloe faced Four lakes in the bronze medal pull-off. The Galway team who were left very disappointed after last weekend 640kg in Ballygar found themselves in a deciding end once again with a medal up for grabs. It was to be third time lucky on this occasion for the Ballinasloe team as they dug deep to win the deciding end and a well earned bronze medal.
See full results on our Results page.
Click here to see photos from Tullamore (note: there are 2 pages of photos).