The Burren club hosted yesterday’s national 640kg championship in glorious weather conditions in Corofin, Co. Clare. The clubs who attended were Ballinastoe, Boley, Boyneside, Burren, Cuan Rithe, Glenhill, Grove, Inchnapoagh, Lakehill, Valley, Taughmaconnell, the Shop, Streamstown & Stapeltons.
Eight teams competed in the senior 640kg competition. Boley were very impressive in this event finishing with maximum points after the round robin. They were joined in the semi finals by Lakehill, Glenhill and the Valley. Boley and Lakehill progressed quite comfortably to set-up a third 640kg final in six years between these clubs. The first end was a stalemate for the first 3 minutes before the attacking began. Lakehill heaved strongly but Boley were quick to respond and the Wexford men looked always in control as they went on to win the end in a time of around four and a half minutes. Lakehill made their substitution and attacked hard in a gruelling second end and showed great determination to bring the contest into a third and deciding end.
The toss for ends favoured Boley and the fresh legs of Laurence Kehoe ensured that the Wexford men remain the team to beat at this weight division winning their sixth 640kg title in a row. Glenhill pulled very well to defeat the Valley in the third place pull-off to win the bronze medal. The Div 2 final was also a repeat of last week’s 680kg between Boyneside and the Burren. This was a very entertaining contest as Boyneside won the first end. The hosting Burren team showed a lot of determination to level the contest much to the delight of their cheering home support. However, Boyneside were not to be denied as they hung on to win the third and deciding end taking the gold medal, their fifth of the season.
Six teams competed in the novice 680kg championship. The teams who qualified for the semi finals were Ballinastoe, Cuan Rithe, the Shop & Streamstown. The Shop continued their good form by qualifying for the final with a straight end victory over Ballinastoe. They were joined in the final by Cuan Rithe who also enjoyed a straight end victory over Streamstown. The Shop were very impressive in winning the first end of the final but an upset looked on the cards as Cuan Rithe leveled the contest winning the second end on a disqualification.
But it was the Shop who continued their dominance of the novice division winning the gold medal making it three in a row national titles. Streamstown produced a good display to defeat Ballinastoe in straight ends to win the bronze medal. The two teams who competed in the ladies 560kg competition were Ballinastoe & Boyneside. This was a good even contest with very little between the sides but eventually it was Ballinastoe who ran out straight end winners to take the gold medal.
However, it was Boyneside who won sweet revenge in the ladies 6-a-side catchweight as they won gold in this event which was rescheduled from Clonakilty. The second round of the U23 league also took place yesterday in the Burren. The teams who competed were the Grove and Inchnapoagh. The Grove proved too strong in this one as they take the 7 points and wrap up the gold medal in the league with a round to spare.
See updated U23 league on our League Tables page.
See full results on our Results page.
Click here to see photos from the Burren. Thanks again to Pat Lee for photos.