There was a good turnout of teams at yesterday’s national championship which was held in Clontuskert, Co. Galway. The clubs who attended were Ballinagh, Ballinastoe, Boley, Boyneside, Burren, Clonterm, Farrenmill, GnaC Valley, Killenaule, Kiltevna, Lakehill, Maharees, Miners Rest, Rathkeale, Stapeltons & The Shop.
The teams who qualified for the semi finals of the senior 700kg competition were Boley, Lakehill, Clonterm and the Shop. Lakehill defeated the Shop to qualify for the final. Boley took the first end against Clonterm but the Longford outfit showed huge determination to upset the Wexford team qualifying for the final with a deciding end victory. The final between Clonterm and Lakehill was a tough contest with little between the teams.
Lakehill applied huge pressure in both ends and didn’t allow Clonterm to dictate the contest and it was the Mayo team who went on to win the gold medal and their second national title in a row. Boley defeated the Shop to win the bronze medal. The Burren from Co. Clare pulled well to defeat the Shop from Co. Tipperary in straight ends to win the Div 2 700kg title to add to the 720kg title they won in Clonakilty. Seven teams competed in the novice 700kg competition.
The first semi final was between Farrenmill and Kiltevna and it was the strong Farrenmill team who progress to the final with a straight end victory. Ballinastoe had to dig deep to defeat Killenaule by 2 ends to 1 to progress to the final. The final was a repeat of the 720kg final held in Clonakilty and the result was the same on this occasion as Farrenmill took the gold medal and their second national title. 10 teams competed in the 580kg senior competition and there was some very tough pulling in the baking evening sunshine.
The teams who qualified for the semi finals were Bolneside, Clonterm, Glenhill and the Burren with Boley and Lakehill just missing out. Glenhill were strong and they defeated Boyneside in straight ends to qualify for the final. The Burren dug deep to defeat Clonterm in a deciding end to join their Munster rivals in the final. The Burren were appearing in their second senior 580kg final in a row but Glenhill were determined to inflict a second defeat in a row as the Cork team dropped in with great pressure in both ends.
Glenhill proved a little too strong and there were joyous scenes at the end as the Cork team won their first ever national senior title and the first senior title for a Munster team since 1976, indeed a wonderful achievement for the Watergrasshill outfit. Boyneside also produced a great display in the third place pull-off to defeat Clonterm in straight ends to win the bronze medal, their first ever senior medal. The teams who qualified for the Div 2 final were the GnaC Valley and the Shop. The GnaC Valley from Co. Westmeath produced a great display to win the gold medal with a straight end victory over the experienced Tipperary based team.
4 teams competed in the 580kg novice competition. The final in this event was between Killenaule and Rathkeale. Rathkeale from Co. Limerick who are mainly made up of youth pullers produced an outstanding display to defeat the Thurles based team in a deciding end to win the gold medal and the title. Miners Rest also from Thurles defeated Ballinagh in the third place pull-off to win the bronze medal, their first ever national medal. Rathkeale also pulled well in the first round of the youth league taking the maximum 7 points on offer. Ballinagh were second and take 6 points. The second round takes place in Ballina on the 13th July.
The two teams who took part in the ladies 560kg and ladies catchweight were Ballinastoe and Kiltevna. There was little between the teams but it was Ballinastoe who went on to win the titles at both divisions getting the better of their Galway rivals on this occasion. The ladies action also continues in two weeks time in Ballina with the second round of the 405kg & 435kg leagues.
See full results on our Results page.
See updated tables on the League Tables page.
Click here to see photos from yesterday’s action in Clontuskert.