This year a large Irish squad headed to the British & Irish Championships in Bedford England with 40+ pullers travelling to the event. Overall it was a very successful championship for the Irish.
Day One: Closed competitions
Saturday kicked off with the 600kg men’s competition. Ireland had an A & B team in this weight. Ireland A qualified for the semi-finals, where they defeated Northern Ireland A and went on to claim gold against Scotland A in the final.
After lunch the 680kg men’s took place. Again Ireland had 2 teams in this weight. Ireland A qualified for the semi-finals where they met England B, but were defeated. They then went on to meet Wales in the battle for bronze, but after a very tough battle Wales claimed the medal. Ireland A finishing 4th.
The last competition of the day was the mixed. Ireland had one team in this very tough weight. Ireland picked up points but not enough to claim a spot in the semi-finals.
Overall the first day was tough but successful for the Irish who fought hard for every point on the day. Massive congratulations to everyone that competed.
Day Two: Open competitions
The day started with the 720kg men’s competition, where Ballinastoe were successful and went on to claim the bronze
The Irish ladies joined forces with the Cornhill Ladies in the 520kg and qualified for the semi-final. After a very tough battle just missed out on the Bronze.
In the 680kg Ballinastoe were once again successful in taking home the bronze.
Kathleen Kennedy pulled with Haldon ladies in the 560kg competition, and went on to claim silver.
In the 640kg, G & B battled their way to the silver medal.
Again, massive congratulations to everyone that took part and thank you for all your hard work and dedication to the sport all season. Hopefully next year will see an even bigger squad travelling and taking part. Thank you to Sue Anderson from the English Tug of War Association for all the fantastic photos.