Historic day for Lakehill in Ballinagh

The finale of the outdoor season was hosted today by the Ballinagh club in Co. Cavan. The clubs who attended were Ballinagh, Ballinastoe, Boley, Boyneside, Burren, Glenhill, Grove, Lakehill, Shop, Streamstown, Rockies & Valley.

Lakehill, national senior champions at 560kg

Lakehill, national senior champions at 560kg

Ten teams competed in the senior 560kg championship which was run in one large group. Glenhill pulled very well topping the round robin with maximum points, they were joined in the semi final by Boley, Lakehill & Rockies. Lakehill produced a powerful display to defeat rivals Boley in straight ends in the first semi final. However, Glenhill who began to tire were defeated in straight ends by Rockies from Cavan in the other semi final. This left a match-up between Lakehill and Rockies for the title and it was the experience Lakehill team who went on to win the gold medal with a straight end victory winning their third national title of the season.

Boyneside, national 560kg Div 2 champions

Boyneside, national 560kg Div 2 champions

Glenhill who pulled strongly all day ended up in fourth position as they were defeated by Boley in the bronze medal pull-off. Boyneside faced the Burren in the Div 2 final for their third time this season but the result remained the same as Boyneside proved too strong and completed a clean sweep of national Div 2 titles. The Shop were also hoping to complete a clean sweep of novice titles as the novice 600kg event got underway. The Tipperary team pulled strongly as they topped the round robin with maximum points.

Streamstown, national champions, novice 560kg

Streamstown, national champions, novice 560kg

They went on to face Streamstown in the final but  it was the Westmeath team who had the last laugh as they denied the Shop the victory they needed. Streamstown were very impressive winning the gold medal in a hard fought battle. The hosting Ballinagh club got the bronze medal. Old rivals Ballinastoe and Boyneside faced each other in the ladies 520kg competition. It was the Wicklow team who won the bragging rights after the 560kg final in Corofin but the Edenderry outfit were keen to win revenge.

Boyneside, national champions, ladies 520kg

Boyneside, national champions, ladies 520kg

Indeed it was Boyneside who showed the most determination as they went on to win the gold medal with a straight end victory. The Grove had already wrapped up the gold medal in the U23 league before the action even got underway in Ballinagh but the hosting club were hoping to dampen the celebrations. The Grove and Ballinagh pulled out the best of five ends but it was the strong Mayo outfit who went on to take the maximum points again running away with the gold medal in impressive style.

Grove, winners of the U23 league

Grove, winners of the U23 league

Thanks once again to Pat Lee for covering the championship as he has done all season, a great servant for the sport at Munster and national level!

See full results on our Results page.

See final U23 table on our League Tables page.

Click here to see photos from Ballinagh.

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