The second round of the national championship took place yesterday in Ballycullane and was hosted by the Clonmines club. The clubs who attended were Araglin, Ballinagh, Ballinastoe, Boyneside, Canavans, Clonmines, Cuan Rithe, Farrenreigh, Glenhill, Grove, Inchnapoagh, Killoughey, Kiltevna, Lakehill, Rockies, the Shop, & the Mill.
Seven teams took part in the senior 720kg championship. Lakehill who were aiming to win their fifth title in a row pulled very strongly and topped the round robin with a maximum 18 points followed by Boley in second place with Clonmines & Killoughey taking the other semi final positions. Clonmines who were backed by their home support put up a good fight against neighbors, Boley but it was the Boley men who progressed to the final with a straight end victory. Lakehill had to work hard to defeat an ever improving Killoughey team to qualify for the final. This left Clonmines and Killoughey to fight it out for third place. Killoughey, winners of last year’s Div 2 title pulled very strongly to defeat the experienced Clonmines team in straight ends to win the bronze medal. The final between Boley and Lakehill was an entertaining affair to say the least and ended in controversial circumstances which will be dealt with by the executive committee.
Boyneside who won the Div 2 catchweight title in Clonakilty also qualified for the 720kg final where they faced Glenhill from Co. Cork. Boyneside had a significant weight advantage in this contest but the Cork team were very resilient, however it was Boyneside who went on to win their second Div 2 title in a row. Nine teams competed in an entertaining novice 720kg competition with Inchnapoagh from Co. Kerry making their debut at national level. The four teams who qualified for the semi finals were Ballinagh, Ballinastoe, the Shop & Rockies. The Shop defeated Ballinastoe in the first semi final as Rockies overcame Cavan neighbors, Ballinagh, to book their place in the final.
The final was a close contest but it was the Shop team who continued their winning ways with a very impressive win over an experienced Rockies club to take the gold medal. Ballinastoe defeated Ballinagh to win the bronze medal. The Gove and Ballinagh competed in the first round of the U23 450kg league. The Grove who performed well in last year’s youth league continued their progression by defeating Ballinagh to take maximum points from round 1. Kiltevna from Co. Galway made their national debut in the first round of the ladies 405kg league.
The ladies from the west put in a very impressive display to pip Ballinastoe by 1 point to take the maximum 7 points on offer. Ballinastoe take 6 points in second place with Boyneside who were third getting 5 points. Ballinastoe went one better in the first round of the ladies 435kg league by defeating Boyneside to take the maximum 7 points. The ladies leagues continue at Lough Arrow on the 7th of July.
See the U23 and ladies league tables after round 1 on our League Tables page.
See full results from Ballycullane on our Results page.
Click here to see photos from yesterday’s championship in Ballycullane. Thanks once again to Pat Lee for his wonderful photographs.