The following clubs attended the national championship held in Dunmain, Co. Wexford on Sunday last, Ballinastoe, Boley, Burren, Boyneside, Castlegregory, Clonmines, Donoughmore, Errill ladies, Glenhill, G&B, Killenaule, Lakehill, Loughmore, Rathanna, Rathdowney, Rockies, Saltmills and the Shop.
Eight teams competed in the senior 680kg. Boley pulled well and they defeated the Burren to qualify for the final. G&B defeated Clonmines in the other semi final. The final was a great contest as G&B attempted to avenge their defeat to Boley in the round robin. However, it was the hosting team who made a great start winning the first end in around 3 minutes. G&B responded very well and they showed determination, power and stamina to take the second and their end to take the gold medal, their second national title of the season.
Clonmines defeated the Buren to win the bronze medal. In the 680kg Div 2 section the two teams that got into the final were the Shop and Saltmills, this was a great final with very little between the two but the Shop proved to be the stronger and eventually took it in two straight ends to claim the title. Five teams competed in the novice 680kg event. The teams who qualified for the semi finals were Ballinastoe, Castlegregory, Killenaule and Loughmore. Killenaule defeated Loughmore in straight ends to go through to the final and Ballinstoe also enjoyed a straight end victory over Castlegregory.
The final between was a great pull as there was very little between the two teams, but Killenaule proved to be the stronger in the end and took both ends to take the title, their third novice title in a row. Three teams competed in the ladies 560kg and catchweight events. It was great to see the three teams being able to field 8 pullers for the 560kg. The final in this event was between Ballinastoe and Rathdowney.
It was a good contest but it was the Ballinastoe ladies who took the title. The final of the 6-a-side catch event was a repeat of the 560kg and the result was the same as Ballinastoe took the gold again. In the men’s 440kg 5 a side the 3 teams who competed were Boley, Donoughmore, and Rockies. The two teams to get into the final here were Boley and Donoughmore, this was a good final with little between the teams but Boley had the experienced Martin Kehoe in the anchor and eventually powered out the two ends to take the title.
Click here to see photos from Wexford. Thanks to our photographer, Pat Lee, for report and photos.
See full results on our Results page.