There was a good turnout of teams as the indoor championships continued yesterday in Ballygar, Co. Galway. The clubs who attended were Ballinagh, Ballinasloe, Baile Ghib, Boyneside, Carndonagh, Clonmany, Cuan Rithe, Cockhill, Killoughey, Kiltevna, Mountain View, Rathkeale, Rockies, Stapletons, Streamstown & Taughmaconnell.
Six teams competed in the senior 640kg competition. Clonmany B & Mountain View were the two strongest teams in this event and there was a great contest between them to decide who topped the round robin. Clonmany B won the first end but Mountain View responded with great determination winning the second and third ends to take top spot. Carndonagh who were a good 20kg light held a tight rope in the first semi final with Mountain View but the Louth team comfortably progressed to the final with a straight end victory. Neighbors Clonmany B and Cockhill faced each other in the second semi final as the Clonmany men progressed to setup a repeat of the 680kg final. The final was a very evenly matched contest as both dropped in hard but it was Clonmany who went on the offensive with tight pressure gradually working their way across the line to win the first end. Clonmany were determined to address their mistakes from their earlier meeting and also pushed hard in the second end.
Both teams were feeling the pressure at this stage with both taking cautions but it was the Donegal team who had that little bit extra to bring the rope across the line to win the gold medal and their second national title in a row. Five teams took part in the Div 2 640kg competition. The teams who qualified for the semi finals were Cuan Rithe, Killoughey, Stapletons & Streamstown. Cuan Rithe defeated Streamstown to qualify for their second Div 2 final of the season and Stapletons overcame rivals Killoughey to join them in the final. There was very little between the teams in the final but that little bit of extra experience proved to be the difference between the sides as Mike Stapleton and his men went on to win the gold medal and doing so claim their ninth national title between indoor & outdoor.
There was some good pulling in the novice 640kg championship as 8 teams competed. The semi finalists were Ballinasloe, Boyneside, Cuan Rithe & Taughmaconnell. Cuan Rithe enjoyed a straight end victory over Ballinasloe to qualify for the final as Boyneside also enjoyed a straight end victory over Taughmaconnell to get to the final. The final between Cuan Rithe and Boyneside was an evenly matched contest but it was Cuan Rithe from Co. Cork who continued their winning start to the season adding the 640kg title to the 680kg title they won two weeks earlier in Donegal. Taughmaconnell defeated rivals Ballinasloe in straight ends to win the bronze medal. There was a great entry of teams for the second round of the youth league as over 30 pullers competed in the six teams entered.
Rathkeale A were very strong in this competition as they went one better on the first round winning all five of their contests in straight ends to pick up the maximum 7 points. Clonmany B had to settle for second place and take the 6 points and Streamstown A were third and they get 5 points. This sets things up for a very exciting finale in Kingscourt on the 1st of December with both Clonmany B and Rathkeale A in joint first position with 13 points each. The association would like to thank Martin Egan, Daniel Doherty & Brian O’Sullivan for their great work to date with the youth panel.
There was also a great turnout of ladies pullers in Ballygar yesterday which by far exceeded that of any indoor championship in a long number of years. Three teams competed in the first round of the ladies open 405kg league. There was an exciting three ended contest between Kiltevna of Galway and Streamstown of Westmeath but it was the Galway women who clinched it in the deciding end. Kiltevna went on to finish in first place on the day taking the maximum 7 points. Mountain View were second and get 6 points with Streamstown having to settle for the 5 points. Mountain View and Streamstown battled it out in the ladies open 375kg first round and the Streamstown ladies were happier with their performance in this event as they take top spot with a straight ends victory in a best of five contest.
Four teams took part in the first round of the mixed open 600kg event. The experienced Mountain View pullers stamped their authority on this event winning all their contests in straight ends to take the maximum 7 points on offer. Streamstown A were runners-up picking up the 6 points and Ballinasloe who were in third place get the 5 points. The association would like to thank Helen Coyne and Martin Egan for their great work in developing the ladies indoor scene in the early stages of the season in the hope of developing a squad strong enough to represent Ireland at the forthcoming World Championships in Castlebar.
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See full results on our Results page.
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