There was a good turnout of teams at the Ballina Agricultural show yesterday for the third round of the national outdoor championship and good weather conditions allowed for an enjoyable day’s pulling. The clubs who attended were Ballinagh, Ballinastoe, Boley, Boyneside, Burren, Clonterm, Errill ladies, Farrenmill, G na C Valley, Kiltevna, Killenaule, Lakehill, Loughmore, Maharees, Mulcair, the Shop, Streamstown & Rathkeale.
Six teams competed in a tough 680kg senior competition. Boley & Lakehill faced each other in the last pull of the round robin to decide who finished top and avoid Clonterm in the semi final. Both teams gave it everything in a grueling contest which Lakehill eventually won in a third end decider. Neither team fully recovered from this clash as Boley were defeated by Clonterm in the semi final and Lakehill had to dig very deep to defeat Boyneside in the other semi final in another third end decider.
Clonterm and Lakehill faced each other in a repeat of the 700kg final from two weeks ago. Clonterm were strong and their fitness was superior winning the final in straight ends to take the gold medal and a well deserved national title. Boley defeated Boyneside to win the bronze medal. The Burren and the Shop faced each other in the Div 2 final for the third time this season but the result remained the same as the Clare team won the gold medal with another straight end victory.
Five teams took part in the 680kg novice competition. Farrenmill have been dominant at novice level this season and they defeated Ballinagh in straight ends in the semi final to qualify for the final yet again. Once again it was Ballinastoe who joined them as they overcame Killenaule in the other semi final. Again, the final was a close contest between these two rivals but it was the Farremnill team from Co. Tipperary who took their third national title of the season with a straight end victory.
Rathkeale and Ballinagh competed in the second round of the youth league and it was the Rathkeale team from Co. Limerick who took the 7 points yet again to more or less secure the gold medal with a round to spare. The same two teams faced each other in the U23 league and the result was the same on this occasion with Ballinagh having to settle for second place. The next round of both underage leagues will take place in New Ross on July 27th. The second round of the ladies leagues were also staged in Ballina.
Kiltevna, the local Connaught team again pulled very well in the 405kg league finishing in first position from four teams to take the 7 points and put them in a very strong position with one round to go. Ballinastoe were runners-up once again. Boyneside finished in third spot and also sit in the bronze medal position overall. Ballinastoe stamped their authority on the 435kg league taking the 7 points on offer and sitting pretty in top spot with the final round coming up in Tullow on August 17th. Boyneside & Kiltevna are tied in second place with 11 points each. Well done to the newly affiliated Errill ladies from Co. Laois who made their national debut and competed very well in both leagues.
The association ran the first rounds of the men’s 400kg and 430kg 5-a-side leagues in an effort to help keep teams on the road who are struggling to field 8 men. This proved to be a great success with 6 team competing in the leagues. Loughmore from Co. Tipperary made their national debut in this event. Maharees from Co. Kerry were very strong in both the 400kg and 430kg events taking top spot in each. Streamstown were runners-up at 400kg and Mulclair from Co. Limerick were runners-up in the 430kg league. The next round of the men’s leagues takes place in New Ross on July 27th.
See full results on the Results page.
See league tables on our League Tables page.
Click here to see photos from yesterday’s action in Ballina. Many thanks to Anne Glennon of the Kiltevna club who took the photos for the website 🙂