The first round of the men’s national outdoor championship was held in very wet conditions in Moville, Co. Donegal. The turnout was quite low mainly due to the location but nonetheless there was some good competition on display. The clubs who attended were Ballinastoe, Bancran, Clonmany, G&B, Lakehill, Loughmore and Rathanna/Glenhill.
Five teams competed in the senior 720kg. The first pull of the day between Lakehill and Rathanna was an even contest with Lakehill edging it in straight ends. G&B were very strong and despite loosing one end to Lakehill they topped the round robin. The conditions were very bad by the semi final stages due to very heavy rain. G&B easily qualified for the final with a straight ends win over Ballinastoe. Lakehill had to dig very deep to defeat Rathanna to qualify for the final having lost the first end. G&B’s fitness and determination was evident in the final and they powered their Connaught rivals over the line in both ends to comfortably win the gold medal. Ballinastoe produced an outstanding display in the third place pull-off coming from an end down to defeat Rathanna to win the bronze medal.
The three team who took part in the novice 720kg were Ballinastoe, Clonmany and Loughmore. Clonmany and indoor team struggled with the technique of the outdoor version of the sport but nonetheless put up a good show. Each team pulled each other twice with Ballinastoe and Loughmore qualifying for the final. Ballinastoe who are looking very sharp this season went on to win the gold medal with a straight end victory.
See results on our Results page.
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