The clubs who attended the national championship held in Grenagh were Ballinastoe, Boley, Burren, Castlegregory, Donoughmore, Glenhill, G&B, Gort na Cloiche, Killenaule, Kiltevna, Lakehill, Loughmore, Sop, Rathkeale & Rathdowney.
Nine teams competed in a good senior 600kg competition. The clubs who qualified for the semi finals were Burren, Boley, Glehill and Shop with Lakehill just missing out by 1 point. Boley overcame Glehill in straight ends to qualify for the final. The Burren had to dig very deep to defeat a strong Shop team in a deciding end to join Boley in the final. Boley who had won this title on the previous two occasions were looking strong in the final and were always in control winning their second national title of the season with a straight end victory.
Glenhill defected the Shop to win the bronze medal. The teams who qualified for the Div 2 final were Castlegregory and Donoughmore. The Kerry team performed very well to qualify for their Div 2 final and stunned the home support by taking the first end. However, the experienced Donoughmore team fought back to take the second and third ends to win the gold medal and the title.
Four teams contested the 600kg novice competition. The final was between Ballinastoe from Wicklow and Killenaule from Tipperary. This was a great pull as there was very little between the two teams but Killenaule proved to be the stronger and took the two ends to take the title and the gold medals. This is the fifth novice title of the season for the Thurles men, a great achievement for this up-and-coming team. Rathkeale the Gort na Cloiche contested the final of the 6-a-side 450kg competition.
Rathkeale were by far the stronger team in this contest and took the title with a straight end victory. The Limerick based Rathkeale team continued their dominance of the youth league picking up the 7 points in today’s third and final round. They take the overall gold medal with maximum ponts with Gort na Cloiche having to settle for the silver medal. The final rounds of the ladies 405kg and 435kg leagues were also held in Grenagh.
As was the case last year the Kiltevna team from Dunmore in Co. Galway have dominated both leagues and went on to pick up the 7 points in both the 405kg & 435kg final rounds and win the gold medal in each with a maximum 21 points. Ballinastoe are left to settle with the silver medal in each and Rathdowney take the bronze medal. The ladies will now concentrate on the final round of competitions to be held in Tullow next Sunday and then on the European championships in Belfast in early September.
See full results on our Results page.
See final youth and ladies league results on our League Tables page.
Click here to see photos from Grenagh. Thanks as always to Pat Lee for report & photos.