The clubs who attended today’s national championship in Grenagh were Ballinastoe, Burren, Boley, Clonterm, Donoughmore, Farrenmill, Glenhill, GnaC Valley, Killenaule, Killylough, Loughmore, Maharees, Mulcair, Rathkeale and the Shop.
Eight teams competed in the senior 600kg competition which saw the welcomed return of the famous Killylough club who last competed at a national championship on the 21st August 2011. Clonterm were hoping to add to their recent success at 680kg & 640kg but performed poorly on the day missing out on a semi final position. The first semi final saw the meeting of Boley and Glenhill with Boley progressing in straight ends. The Burren overcame Killylough in the other semi final to go through to the final.
Boley were strong in the final and showed great determination to win the gold medal in straight ends, their first national title of the season. Killylough defeated Glenhill in straight ends to win the bronze medal. The teams who qualified for the Div 2 final were Donoughmore and the Shop. Donoughmore who were cheered on by their home support brought the contest to a deciding end but it was the strong Shop team who went on to secure the gold medal and a well deserved national title having been runner-up in all Div 2 finals to date this season.
Four teams competed in the novice 600kg competition. The young up and coming Rathkeale team fought hard in the semi final and brought their contest with the experienced Ballinastoe team to a deciding end but it was the Wicklow team who eventually went through to the final. Farrenmill defeated Killenaule in straight ends to go through to the final. This was the fifth meeting of these two teams in a final this season but it was Farrenmill who continued their winning streak picking up their fifth title with a straight end victory.
Killenaule produced a good performance to defeat Rathkeale winning the bronze medal. The two teams who took part in the mixed 600kg competition were Ballinastoe and Donoughmore. The local team who were encouraged by their home support performed well but it was the experienced Ballinastoe team who went on to win the gold medal overcoming the disappointment of loosing the final last year.
Maharees from Co. Kerry continued their dominance in the men’s 5-a-side 400kg league picking up the 7 points once again to take the gold medal with a maximum 21 points. GnaC Valley from Co. Westmeath take the silver medal and Mulcair from Co. Limerick won the bronze medal. There was an exciting finale to the men’s 430kg league with both Maharees and Mulcair coming into the final round tied on 13 points each.
But it was the Limerick based team who just edged it on the day taking the overall gold medal by a single point. Loughmore from Co. Tipperary won the bronze medal.
See the final tables on our League Tables page.
See results on our Results page.
Click here to see photos from the action in Grenagh. Many thanks again to Pat Lee for his great service in providing the great photos.