The outdoor season got up and running in glorious weather conditions at yesterday’s Clonakilty show in west Cork. The turnout of teams was a little low but nonetheless the large crowd in attendance were treated to some good competition.
The clubs who attended were Araglin, Boley, Boyneside, Burren, Clonmines, Lakehill & The Shop. All seven teams competed in the senior catchweight competition. Boley and Lakehill were very strong and they were joined in the semi finals by the Burren and the Shop. Lakehill defeated the Burren while Boley defeated the Shop to set-up an inevitable final between these two world class teams. Lakehill dropped in low and hard in the first pull and pushed well on a very tight rope to edge the first end. The same tactic was used by the Mayo team in the second end as they won almost 3 meters of rope but the crafty Boley team broke them down and responded to take the contest to a third and deciding end.
The toss for ends favoured Lakehill and it was the Mayo team who powered home to win the gold medal and retain the catchweight title. The Burren also needed a third end to defeat the Shop in a very entertaining bronze medal pull-off. Boyneside who were the dominant team in the novice division during 2012 are now competing in Div 2 and found themselves in the final where they came up against Cork team, Araglin. Boyneside lead by John Coyle were too strong for the Cork team as they got their first outing in Div 2 off to the perfect start.
The Shop from Co. Tipperary and Araglin were the only two teams to contest the novice title. The Shop who are now coached by former ITOWA president, Anthony Pender were too strong in this contest as they won the gold medal with a straight end victory.
See full results on our Results page.
Click here to see photos from yesterday (Thanks to Tracey & Pat Lee for the photos).