The Shop club hosted yesterday’s national championship in Borrisoleigh, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. The clubs who attended were Ballinagh, Ballinastoe, Boyneside, Cuan Rithe, Donoughmore, Farrenreigh, Grove, Lough Arrow, Mill, Rathkeale, Shop & Streamstown.
Six teams competed in the novice 640kg championship. The hosting Shop club pulled very well topping the round robin, they were joined in the semi final by Cuan Rithe, Mill & Streamstown. The Shop enjoyed a straight end victory over the Mill in the first semi final but Cuan Rithe needed three ends to defeat Streamstown to qualify for the final. The Shop were not be be denied in front of their home support as they went on to add the 640kg title to the three previous novice titles they have won this season. The mill defeated Streamstown to win the bronze medal.
Five teams competed in a competitive mixed 4×4 600kg competition. The four teams who qualified for the semi finals were Ballinastoe, Boyneside, Donoughmore and the Shop with Ballinagh just missing out. It was rivals Ballinstoe & Boyneside who faced each other in the semi final. Boyneside went on to produce a great performance to win the gold medal which more than made up for just missing out on a medal in this event last year. Ballinastoe had to settle for the silver medal once again. Donoughmore who host the next round of the national championship went on to defeat the Shop to win the bronze medal.
Five teams also entered the second round of the youth league. Lough Arrow were very strong in this event and they went on to top the round taking the maximum 7 points to put them in a great position going into the last round which takes place in Donoughmore on the 11th of August. Rathkeale finished in second place as they did in Geevagh are are now on a total of 12 points. The Grove dug deep to pinch the 5 points keeping their hopes of a medal alive. The grove & Streamstown are now tied on 8 points each going into the final round.
See full results on our Results page.
See updated youth league table on our League Tables page.
Click here to see photos from Thurles. Thanks once again to the ever reliable Pat Lee for providing photos, results & report 🙂