The Lough Arrow club hosted a very successful national championship yesterday in Geevagh, Co. Sligo. The clubs who attended were Ballinagh, Ballinastoe, Boley, Boyneside, Burren, Canavans, Clonmines, Glenhill, Grove, Kiltevna, Lakehill, Lough Arrow, Valley, Stapeltons, Streamstown, Rockies & Rathkeale.
Nine teams competed in the senior 680kg championship. Lakehill pulled well finishing with maximum points and they were joined in the semi finals by Boley, Burren & Rockies. Lakehill had a comfortable win over Rockies in the semi final and they were joined by Boley in the final who had to dig deep to defeat neighbors, Clonmines. The final was another close tough encounter between these two great rivals as Lakehill won the first end in just over two minutes. Lakehill dropped in hard in the second end as the Wexford team could not handle their power and it was Lakehill who went on to win the gold medal and retain their 680kg title, their fifth 680kg tile in six years.
Rockies dug very deep in the third place pull-off to defeat Clonmines in a three ended contest to win the bronze medal. Boyneside came up against the Burren team from Co. Clare in the Div 2 final. The Burren gave it everything in both ends but Boyneside had the edge in this one as they won the gold medal in straight ends. Eleven teams competed in the senior 580kg championship which was run in two groups. Boley & Glenhill emerged from group 1 as the Burren and Lakehill qualified from group two. Boley defeated Lakehill in the first semi final as the Burren defeated Glenhill to qualify for their first ever senior final.
The Burren put up a good performance against the Wexford team but it was Boley who had that extra experience as they went on to win the gold medal. Lakehill had to dig deep tot defeat Glenhill to win the bronze medal in a three ended contest. Boyneside continued their great form in Div 2 making it four out of four as they defeated the Valley from Co. Westmeath to win the gold medal. There was some great pulling in the first round of the youth league as seven teams took part. It was the hosting Lough Arrow team cheered on by their large home support who went on to win round 1 picking up the 7 points.
Rathkeale finished a close second with Streamstown in third position. Five team competed in the second round of the ladies 405kg league. Ballinastoe pulled strongly in this competition as they topped the round robin taking the maximum points bringing their total to 13 points. Kiltevna showed a lot of character as they defeated their Galway neighbors, Cavanavs, in a three ended contest to finish in second place earning them 6 points. This ties them with Ballinastoe at the top of the league with only one round remaining.
Ballinastoe also pulled strongly in the 435kg league as they also won round two and now sit nicely at the top with a maximum 14 points. Boyneside were second and pick up the 6 points. The ladies leagues conclude in Donoughmore on the 11th of August. Well done again to the Lough Arrow club for hosting an excellent well run championship with good facilities.
See full results on our Results page.
See updated leagues on our League Tables page.
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