Conditions were wet at the Avra Show in Co. Cavan today for the 560kg national championship. The clubs who attended were Ballinastoe, Boley, Burren, Boyneside, Donoughmore, Errill Valley, G&B, Glenhill, Gort na Cloiche, Killenaule, Kiltevna, Lakehill, Loughmore, Rathkeale, Rockies & the Shop.
Eight teams competed in an evenly contested senior 560kg competition where most of the teams took ends off each other in the poor conditions. Boley were strong as they topped the group, they were joined in the semi finals by the Burren, G&B and Lakehill. Boley pulled well in their semi final and avenged their recent defeats to G&B by pulling them in straight ends to qualify for the final. Lakehill dug very deep to defeat the Burren in a tough semi final to join Boley in the final. So we had the old rivals facing each other in the final with the first end lasting over five minutes before Lakehill eventually won it to go one up.
The second end was a real classic and with both teams on two cautions each the referee centered the pull. Lakehill dug very deep to eventually win the second end to take the gold medal and their first national title of the season. G&B pulled well to defeat the Burren to win the bronze medal. The Shop and Killenaule faced each other in the Div 2 final. This was Killenaule’s first time competing at Div 2 following their great success at novice level and they gave a good account of themselves. However, it was the experienced Shop team who were stronger and they went on to win their third title of the season.
Four teams competed in the novice 560kg event, they were Ballinastoe, Killenaule, Loughmore & Rathkeale. The young Rathkeale team pulled very well in this competition but it was Ballinastoe and Loughmore who progressed to face each other in the final. This was a great pull as there was very little between the two teams but Ballinastoe proved to be the stronger in the end and took the two ends to take the title and the gold medals. Ballinastoe also pulled very well in the mixed 600kg competition to defeat their rivals, Kiltevna, in the best of five ends to take the title.
Four teams competed in the men’s 5-a-side 400kg competition. They were Donoughmore, Rockies, Boyneside, and Kiltevna. The two teams to get into the final were Donoughmore and Boyneside. This was a mighty final where there was nothing between the two teams, and it went to a three ender before eventually Donoughmore took the deciding end to take the title and the gold medals. The three teams competed in the second round of the ladies 375kg league were Ballinastoe, Errill Valley, & Kiltevna. There was some great pulling in this competition with very little between the three teams but Kiltevna proved to be the stronger and came out on top to take the 7 points.
Ballinastoe were in second position and they now top the table with 13 points. Errill valley are in second place with 10 points. The league will reach its conclusion in Tullow on the 16th of August. The three teams who competed in the second round of the youth GENSB league were Rathkeale A, Gort na Cloiche, & Rathkeale B. There was some great pulling here between all three teams with very little between them but Rathkeale A came out on top to take the 7 points with Gort na Cloiche taking second place and Rathkeale B taking the third place. Rathkeale A top this league going into the final round in Grenagh with Gort na Cloice two points behind in second place.
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