The national outdoor championships reached their conclusion yesterday in front of a large crowd at the Tullow Agricultural show, Co. Carlow. The clubs who attended were Ballinastoe, Boley, Boyneside, Burren, Clonterm, Donoughmore, Eire Og, Errill ladies, Glenhill, Killenaule, Killylough, Kiltevna, Lakehill, Maharees and the Shop.
Seven teams competed in the senior 560kg event. Both experienced Killylough and Lakehill teams performed poorly and failed to qualify for the semi finals as the teams who qualified were Boley, Burren, Clonterm & Glehill. Clonterm progressed to the final with a straight end victory over Glehill and the Burren also enjoyed a straight end victory over Boley to join Clonterm the final. The Burren with their attacking technique were very strong all day but were unable to trouble Clonterm who held a very tight rope. It was the Longford based team who were founded by Ollie Glancy earlier this year who rounded off an outstanding season winning their third national senior title with a straight end victory. Boley also defeated Glehill in straight ends to win the bronze medal.
Five teams competed in the 560kg novice competition. The Eire Og youth development squad who are preparing for next weekend’s trip to the GENSB Games in Folkestone fielded two teams in this event. Ballinastoe faced Maharees in the first semi final producing a good performance to qualify for another final. Killenaule also enjoyed a good victory over the Eire Og 2 team to progress to the final. This was Ballinastoe’s sixth appearance in a novice final this season and although the opposition was different on this occasion unfortunately for them the result was not as Killenaule from Thurles won the gold medal with scenes of great jubilation. The Eire Og 2 team laid good foundations for next weekend’s trip with a victory over Maharees to win the bronze medal.
Ballinastoe came into the final round of the ladies 435kg league with a 3 point cushion but there was a close battle between Boyneside & Kiltevna for the silver medal with both teams tied on 11 points each at the start of the day. It was Boyneside who pulled very strongly on the day taking the maximum 7 points on offer to secure the silver medal overall and Ballinastoe who took the 6 points on the day secured the gold medal with a total of 20 points. This meant that Kiltevna had to settle for the bronze medal with a total of 16 points.
Five teams pulled in the final round of the ladies 405kg league as Kiltevna started the day with a two point cushion at the top. The Galway ladies were pushed all the way and made to work very hard as Ballinastoe pulled strongly to take the maximum 7 points on the day. However Kiltevna managed to take the 6 points bringing their total to 20 and piped the gold medal by 1 point much to the delight of the ladies from the west of Ireland. Boyneside won the overall bronze medal in the 405kg league. Congratulations also to the Errill ladies and Donoughmore ladies teams who competed well all year showing good signs of progression.
See full results on our Results page.
See final league results on our League Tables page.
Click here to see photos from Tullow. (Thanks as always to Pat Lee for sending on the team photos).