The first round on the national indoor championships were held yesterday at St. Brigid’s hall, Clonmany. The clubs who attended were Ballinagh, Baile Ghib, Boyneside, Clonmany, Cockhill, Cuan Rithe, Mountain View, Streamstown, Rathkeale & Rockies. Carndonagh & Country club also attended for the open 600kg competition.
The semi final match-up’s in the senior 680kg competition were Clonmany B versus Rockies and Cockhill versus Mountain View. The hosting Clonmany side proved too strong for Rockies in the first semi final as they progressed to the final with a straight end victory. The much changed Cockhill side from the team which won last season’s 680kg title pulled well in their semi final winning the first end. They also dropped in hard in the second end and pushed well before cracks began to appear in the team. Mountain View defended well gaining momentum and went on to bring the tie to a third and deciding end. It was Mountain View who were more in control of the deciding end and they went on to qualify for the final and set up a decider against Clonmany B. The final was an evenly matched contest with both sides pulling well and in great shape for this early stage of the season. However, it was Clonmany who had the edge as they went on to win the gold medal with a straight end victory, their first national title success since 2009. Cockhill had to dig deep to defeat Rockies to win the bronze medal.
Seven teams took part in a very entertaining novice 680kg competition. The newly affiliated Baile Ghib club from Co. Meath who were making their debut at national level entered two teams in the event. The teams who qualified for the semi finals were Cuan Rithe, Boyneside, Streamstown & Rathkeale. Streamstown defeated Rathkeale in the first semi final and Cuan Rithe defeated Boyneside in the other. The final between Cuan Rithe and Streamstown was a great contest which went to a third and deciding end. There was very little between the two sides in the decider but it was the Cork team Cuan Rithe who had the edge winning the gold medal and their first ever national title in great scenes of jubilation. Boyneside defeated Rathkeale from Co. Limerick in straight ends to win the bronze medal. Only three teams entered the Div 2 680kg competition. The final of this event was a repeat of the novice as Cuan Rithe faced Streamstown.
The Westmeath team did their best to turn the tides this time round but it was Cuan Rithe who rounded off an historic day for the club winning their second gold medal of the day with a straight end victory. The four teams who took part in the first round of the youth 6-a-side league were Clonmany B, Streamstown and Rathkeale A & B. There was some good quality and exciting pulling in this event as Clonmany B rounded off a great day for their home support taking the maximum 7 points on offer to top the table. Rathkeale A finished second taking the 6 points and Streamstown were third getting 5 points. The next round of the of the league takes place at the championship to be held in Ballygar on the 17th of November.
See the youth league table after round 1 on our League Tables page.
See full results on our Results page.
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