Ballinastoe win third novice title on home soil
This championship was being held in Ballinastoe for the second year running and the clubs who attended were Ballinagh, Ballinastoe, Boley, Clonmines, Donoughmore, G&B, Gort na Cloiche, Killoughey, Kiltevna, Lakehill, Loughmore, Rathanna/Glenhill, Rockies, Slievenamon, Shop and St. Pats.
Eight teams took part in the 700kg senior competition. The teams who qualified for the semi finals were Boley, Clonmines, G&B & the Shop. G&B defeated Clonmines in straight ends as did Boley over Shop to set up a mouth watering final between these two great teams. The final was a great contest as Boley fought hard but it was G&B who held their composure to take the first end in a time of 3min 50sec. Boley also fought very hard in the second end but the G&B team were not to be denied as their determination ensured a third straight senior title winning the second end in a time of 4mins.
The Shop defeated Clonmines in straight ends to win the bronze medal. The three teams who took part in the 700kg novice competition were Ballinastoe, Gort na Cloiche and Loughmore. The competition was pulled over two rounds as there were only three teams. Ballinastoe were very strong again and the went on to win the gold medal, their third novice title of the season. Gort na Cloiche finished runners-up. The second round of the ladies 405kg and 435kg was also held with three teams competing, Ballinagh, Ballinastoe and Kiltevna.
Kiltevna were strong in the 405kg league and they take another 7 points and are in a good position going into the final round in Wexford. It was Ballinastoe who took the 6 points on this occasion which leaves them tied with Ballinagh on 11 points each going into the final round. We are set for an exciting finale to the 435kg league with both Ballinastoe and Kiltevna tied on 13 points each going into the final round. There was a great atmosphere as the local women defeated their Galway rivals to pick up maximum points on the day. In the 600kg mixed competition two teams battled it out them being Ballinastoe & Ballinagh. It was run on the best of 5 ends with Ballinastoe emerging stronger to take it by three end to two.
There was a great turnout of 10 team taking part in the final round of the men’s 5-a-side 425kg league. Slievenamon were strong on the day and they picked up the victory to take the 7 points on the day. It was Ballinagh who where the most consistent overall taking third place on the day picking up 5 points to add to the 6 points they picked up in Cork. This left the Cavan team with a total of 11 points just pipping the gold medal from St. pats and Rockies who finished in joint second place.
See full results on Results page.
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Click here to see photos from Ballinastoe. Thanks to Pat Lee for providing photos.
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