Thye clubs who competed in the national championship held in Ballinaboola were Ballinagh, Ballinastoe, Boley, Clonmines, Donoughmore, G&B, Kiltevna, Killoughey, Loughmore, Mucair, Rathanna/Glenhill, Saltmills & the Shop.
Six teams competed in the senior 640kg. G&B easily ocercame Killoughey in the first semi final to qualify for the final. Boley had to dig deep and needed 3 ends to get past the Shop to join G&B in the final. G&B were far to strong for the hosting club in the final as they went on to win the gold medal. Killoughey defeated the Shop to win bronze. The 640kg Div 2 final was contested by local rivals Clonmines and Saltmills. Clonmines won this one in straight ends. In the Novice 640kg section, three teams competed. They were Ballinagh, Loughmore, and Ballinastoe.
After a great battle between all three teams the worthy champions were Ballinastoe who defeated Loughmore in the final. Congratulatiuon to Ballinastoe who have won 6 out of the seven national titles this season. Six teams also competed in the 560kg senior competition. B&G defeated Boley to qualify for the final while Donoughmore defeated rathanna/Glenhill in the other semi final. Donoughmore gave B&G a good pull but the Ballygar based team were not to be denied the clean sweep of national senior titles.
B&G have been outstanding this year and have raised the bar in Irish Tug of War. The association wishes them all the best as they prepare to face the world’s best in September’s world championships in Sweden. Rathanna/Glenhill defeated Boley to win the bronze medal. In the 560kg novice, only two teams competed. They were Loughmore & Mulcair. They had a fierce battle in the best of three rounds, and in the end Loughmore were victorious by taking their first novice National title, they were all thrilled by the great win.
The ladies 405kg and 435kg leagues reached their conclusions in Ballinaboola. Ballinastoe took pull points in the final round of the 435kg league and they take the overall gold medal. Kiltevna take silver. Kiltevna had the gold medal virtually secured going into the final round of the 405kg league and they took 6 points in round 3 securing the gold medal. Ballinagh and Ballinastoe were joint second after round 2 but Ballinastoe produced a great performance on the day taking maximum points to secure the silver medal. Ballinagh got bronze in both leagues. Ballinastoe also defeated Kiltevna in the 520kg 8-a-side final to round off a great day for the club.
5 teams competed in the Men’s 5 a side 390kg League Round 3. The Ladies Irish team competed in preparation for the British and Isish championship coming up this weekend. The Ladies were very strong and won all their pulls but their points didn’t count therefore Donoughmore took the top points and Rathanna/Glenhill took second on the day. When the total points were added it was Ballinagh who were the winners taking the gold medal. Donoughmore were next and took the silver, with Gort na Cloiche taking the bronze.
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