The final national championship of the season was hosted yesterday by the Cockhill club in Buncrana, Co. Donegal. The clubs who attended were Ballinasloe, Carndonagh, Clonmany, Cockhill, Cuan Rithe, Kiltevna, Mountain View, Streamstown, Rathkeale, Rockies & Streamstown. Five teams took part in the 560kg senior competition.
Clonmany B were going for a clean sweep of national titles and they pulled very well with their 7 man team topping the round robin to qualify for the semi finals. They were joined in the semis by Carndonagh, Cockhill & Mountain View. Both semi finals were close contests but it was both Clonmany B and Cockhill who progressed with straight end victories over Mountain View and Carndonagh respectively. The final was a very exciting contest and was greatly enjoyed by the large crowd in attendance. Cockhill who made their substitution before the contest really upped a gear for this clash of the local rivals, a repeat of the 600kg final from two weeks earlier. Cockhill worked very hard in both ends to win the gold medal stopping their neighbors from completing the clean sweep of titles. Carndonagh produced a great performance to defeat Mountain View to win the bronze medal.
The three teams who competed in the Div 2 competition were Ballinasloe, Cuan Rithe and Streamstown. Streamstown were strong in this one and they went on to top the round robin with Cuan Rithe finishing as runners-up. No final was pulled in this event as there were only three teams. Five teams competed in the 560kg novice competition. The semi final line-up in this one was Clonmany B v Streamstown and Cuan Rithe V Ballinasloe. Both Cuan Rithe and Streamstown qualified for the final with straight end victories. Once again the Streamstown team from Co. Westmeath proved stronger as they emerged with the gold medal and the national title.
The Clonmany B youth team pulling in the novice event produced a great performance to defeat Ballinasloe to win the bronze medal. Both Mountain View and Streamstown were tied on 13 points each going into the final round of the ladies open 375kg league. There was a good contest between the two sides in the decider but it was the slightly more experienced Mountain View women who edged it taking the 7 points on offer and the gold medal. The deciding contest of the ladies open 405kg league between Kiltevna and Streamstown was another exciting contest.
Streamstown needed the victory in this one to go level on points with Kiltevna at the top and they began well in the first end winning some rope but were eventually disqualified picking up their third caution for sitting. Kiltevna went on to add the second end picking up the overall gold medal to add to the gold they won from the outdoor league making it a great season for the Galway team. The open ladies competition saw women from Ballinastoe, Boyneside, Canavans, Kiltevna, Mountain View & Streamstown pulling on various teams, the highest participation from ladies clubs at indoor competitions in recent years. Well done to all who took part.
Clonmany B, Rathkeale and Streamstown faced each other in the U23 450kg 6-a-side event. Streamstown were very strong and finished in top spot with Clonmany B runners-up. Again, as there were only three teams no final was pulled. The same three teams took part in the youth 560kg competition and it is a great credit to these three clubs to be able to field 8 pullers at youth level. It was Clonmany B who emerged the stronger in this event with Rathkeale in second place.
The final round of the mixed 600kg open league rounded off the day’s proceedings. Mountain View have been very strong in this event and yesterday was no different as they ran out overall winners with Streamstown in second place.
See full results on our Results page.
See final leagues on our League Tables page.
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