The first round of the of the outdoor championship took place yesterday at the Clonakilty Agricultural show in West Cork. The clubs who attended were Ballinastoe, Boley, Boyneside, Burren, Castlegregory, Clonmines, Donoughmore, Glenhill, Killenaule, Lakehill, Loughmore, Mulcair, Rathdowney, Rockies, Saltmills & the Shop.
Eight teams competed in the senior/Div 2 competition. The team whom qualified for the semi finals were Boley, Glenhill, Lakehill and the Shop. Both Boley and Lakehill progressed to face each other in the final. This was a good contest with the first end lasting around 7 minutes. Lakehill have been the dominant force at this weight category winning the title for the last 6 consecutive years but it was rivals Boley who were slightly stronger this year and they went on to win the gold medal with a straight end victory.
Glenhill defeated the Shop to win the bronze medal. Local rivals Clonmines and Saltmills from Co. Wexford qualified for the Div 2 final. The final was a close affair but it was Clonmines who were slightly stronger and they progressed to win the gold medal and the title. The three teams who competed in the 720kg novice championship were Ballinastoe, Castlegregory and Killenaule.
Munster rivals Castlegregory and Killenaule progressed to the final of this event. The final was a close affair with little between the teams but it was Killenaule who proved stronger taking the title in straight ends. The association introduced 6-a-side competitions this season for teams who are struggling to field 8 mean and the first event in Clonakilty proved to be a good success with 6 teams taking part.
There was some great pulling in this 525kg event with very little between the teams as Donoughmore pulled extremely well winning maximum points in the round robin. Mulcair from Limerick joined Donoughmore in the final. Donoughmore proved that small bit the stronger and more experience here and took the gold medal in two straight ends after a tough battle.
See results on our Results page.
Click here to see photos from Clonakilty. Thanks to Pat Lee for providing the photos & results.