The inaugural British and Irish Championship was held today in Huddersfield, England. Having replaced the UK Championships, it was the first of what will now become a yearly event for both outdoor and indoor tug of war. One Irish team traveled to take part in the championship, made up of pullers from both Cuan Rithe and Carndonagh.
In the first competition, the closed International mens 600kg, 7 teams took part. The semi final line-up was Northern Ireland B vs England B and Scotland A vs Ireland. Scotland and Northern Ireland went on to contest the final with Northern Ireland taking Gold. England defeated Ireland for the bronze.
In the second competition of the day, the closed men’s 680kg, 7 teams also took part. This time the semi final line-up was England A vs Ireland and Scotland A vs England B. England A and Scotland A progressed through to the final with England A coming out on top. Ireland took the bronze, defeating England B.
In the two open club competitons Uppertown from England defeated Northern Ireland’s Country Club in the final of the men’s 640kg competition. Ireland’s Cuan Rithe got the better of Kilroe from England for the bronze. Country Club bounced back in the final of the 560kg to overcome Raunds for the Gold while Cuan Rithe lost out 2 ends to 1 to Uppertown for the Bronze.