The Boley club hosted the 640kg national championship yesterday in New Ross. The clubs who attended were Ballinastoe, Ballinagh, Boley, Boyneside, Burren, Clonterm, Donoughmore, Farrenmill, Glenhill, GnaC Valley, Killenaule, Lakehill, Loughmore, Maharees, Mulcair, Rathkeale & The Shop.
Seven teams competed in the senior 640kg championship with Boley, Boyneside, Clonterm & Lakehill qualifying for the semi finals. Boyneside gave Clonterm a good rattle taking rope off them but Clonterm managed to regroup an went through to the final with a straight end victory. Boley faced Lakehill in the other semi final. Lakehill pulled well in the first end taking rope from the local team but it was Boley who went through to the final with another straight end victory. The final was a great contest one of the best seen in recent year. The first end was a stalemate for almost ten minutes and with both teams on two cautions each before referee James Ward centered the pull.
Clonterm dropped in hard on the restart and powered across the line in less than a minute to take the first end. Clonterm were almost at the line in the second end but picked up their third caution which brought this great final to a third and deciding end. Clonterm were not to be denied and it was the Longford outfit who had the edge in the deciding end to win the gold medal and the blue ribbon event title which Boley have held since 2006. Boyneside produced a strong performance to defeat Lakehill in straight ends to win the bronze medal.
The final of Div 2 was again contested by rivals the Burren and the Shop. The Clare team proved superior once again as they ran out winners picking up their fourth gold medal of the season. Only three teams entered the novice 640kg competition. The final was again contested by Ballinastoe and Farrenmill and again it was the strong team from Thurles who won the gold medal with a straight end victory picking up their fourth gold medal of the season. There was good pulling in the ladies 520kg competition between Ballinastoe, Boyneside and Donoughmore. Ballinastoe & Boyneside progressed to the final.
It was the team from Edenderry who had the edge on this occasion as they who were coached on the day by big Danny McGonigle went on to win the gold medal and the title. The final round of the youth 420kg league was contested by Ballinagh and Rathkeale. It was the team from Limerick who proved too strong overall and they ran out convincing gold medal winners with a maximum 21 points with Ballinagh taking the silver medal. The result was the same in the second round of the U23 league as the Limerick lads took maximum points to more or less guarantee the gold medal with one round remaining which will be held in Grenagh on August 10th.
The second round of the men’s 5-a-side leagues were also staged in New Ross. Maharees from Co. Kerry took control of the 400kg league picking up another 7 points with GnaC Valley runners-up. Mulcair from Co. Limerick picked up the 7 points in the 430kg league. Maharees were second and Loughmore were in third position. The final round of the leagues takes place in Grenagh on August 10th.
See full results on our Results page.
See updated leagues on our League Tables page.
Click here to see photos from New Ross (Many Thanks as always to Pat Lee for the great photos)