The Rockies club hosted the third round of the national indoor championship yesterday in Kingscourt, Co. Cavan. The clubs who attended were Ballinagh, Ballinasloe, Baile Ghib, Boyneside, Carndonagh, Clonmany, Cockhill, Cuan Rithe, Kiltevna, Mountain View, Rathkeale, Rockies & Streamstown.
Five teams competed in the 600kg senior competition. The first pull of the day was a close affair between Donegal rivals Clonmany B & Cockhill with Clonmany just edging it. Clonmany went on to top the round robin and faced Carndonagh in the semi final. The class of the Clonmany team saw them through to their third successive final with a straight end victory. Cockhill produced a great performance in the other semi final to defeat Mountain View in straight ends to qualify for the final. The final was a repeat of the first pull of the day between neighbors Clonmany B and Cockhill and this saw a more comfortable victory for the Clonmnay men as they march on winning the gold medal and their third national title in a row. Carndonagh dug deep to win the first end of their third place pull-off with Mountain View but the Louth team responded to win the second and third ends to win the bronze medal.
The three teams who took part in the Div 2 competition were Ballinasloe, Cuan Rithe and Streamstown. Cuan Rithe pulled well winning both their contests to qualify for the final where they faced Streamstown from Westmeath. The final was a close encounter but the Cork team continued their winning streak in this one winning the gold medal in straight ends. Six teams competed in the novice 600kg competition. The teams who qualified for the semi finals were Ballinagh, Boyneside, Cuan Rithe & Streamstown. The strong Cork team continued their winning ways to defeat Ballinagh in straight ends to win the first semi final as Streamstown also defeated Boyneside in straight ends to win the other semi final. This left us with a final showdown between Cuan Rithe and Streamstown, a repeat of the Div 2 final.
Once again the Cork team were not to be denied as they again proved too strong for the Westmeath outfit and went on to win the gold medal and the title with another straight end victory. Local club, Ballinagh, produced a fine performance to defeat Boyneside to win the bronze medal. Mountain View and Streamstown faced each other in the second round of the ladies 375kg open league. It was Mountain View who turned the tides on this occasion as they ran out winners by 3 ends to 1 to take the maximum points which leaves both teams tied on 13 points each going into an interesting final round in Donegal in two weeks time.
There was some great pulling in the second round of the ladies open 405kg league. Streamstown were very strong in this one and they finished top taking the maximum 7 points. Kiltevna and Mountain View finished on 2 points each but it’s Kiltevna who takes the 6 points as they just pipped Mountain View on the rope. This leaves Kiltevna on top with 13 points closely followed by Streamstown and Mountain View with this also promising to be a very exciting conclusion on the 15th of December in Buncrana. Ballinasloe, Mountain View & Streamstown battled it out in the second round of the mixed open 600kg league. It was Mountain View who stamped their authority on this competition as they ran out winners once again and sit at the top of the table with a maximum 14 points. Streamstown are in second place with 12 points.
The finale of the youth 420kg league was a very exciting contest with Clonmany B and Rathkeale A starting the day tied on 13 points each. The contest to decide the gold medal between these two teams was a very entertaining affair and the Limerick team got off to the perfect start winning the first end. The hardy Clonmany lads dug very deep and showed great determination to respond winning the second and third ends pipping their rivals to the gold medal just as they did last year. Streamstwon A won the overall bronze medal in the league.
See updated leagues on our League Tables page.
See full results from Cavan on our Results page.
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