Success For Ireland At The Recent B&I’s.

Recently, Some of the members of the ITOWA travelled North to Coleraine to compete at the British & Irish Championships. This competition was seen as the test for the upcoming European Championships in Castlebar in September, with the Irish teams doing very well.

Day One: The 1st day was the closed competitions. First weight class of the day was the 600kg men. Ireland A was represented by G&B, Ireland B was our U23 squad (members of Ballinastoe & Mulcair). Ireland B showed great improvement, and the young squad certainly fought very well against all the experienced teams that they met. Definitely a bright tug of war future ahead for these young men. Ireland A made it out of the group into the semi finals. Here they met Scotland A, and indeed a mighty battle commenced. The Scottish men got the upperhand and went through to the final where they would meet Northern Ireland B, leaving Ireland A against Northern Ireland A in the battle for bronze. Ireland A recovered well after a very tough semi final and went on to claim the bronze medal. Scotland A won the gold, with Northern Ireland B taking silver.

Next out for Ireland was the ladies in the 560kg weight class. The Irish ladies team was made up of members of Ballinastoe, Killenaule, Castlegregory and Mighty Oaks. This was a very new experience for most of this team. However they fought hard all throughout the competition and picked up some points along the way. Overall a great learning experience that no doubt the ladies will carry forward to next years outdoor season.

The Irish men were back in action again after lunch, this time in the 680kg. Ireland A was represented by Mulcair, Ireland B was made up of members of Castlegregory & Ballinastoe. This was again a very tough weight class with every point hard earned and with fantastic results, as both Ireland A & B made it to the semi finals. Ireland A met England A & Ireland B met England B in the semi finals. Unfortunately, the English teams proved too strong and both progressed to the final, leaving Ireland A & B meeting to battle it out for the bronze. Both Irish teams put everything they had into this battle. The medal went to Ireland B after 2 very tough ends. England A took the gold, England B taking silver.

Ireland’s Youths were also participating on the day. Ireland A & Ireland B put on a fine display of tug of war. It is very encouraging for Ireland to see all the young members doing so well and improving week after week. Results of this competition were, Gold – Ireland A, Silver -Ireland B

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Day 2: Day 2 seen the Irish clubs competing in the open competitions. It was great to see such a great turnout of Irish clubs on the day, with Donoughmore, Castlegregory, Mulcair, Ballinastoe, Boley & Ballinastoe Ladies . Again, a very successful day for the Irish with Castlegregory taking silver in the 680kg & G&B taking silver in the 600kg.

Congratulations to all who participated in both the closed & open competitions. Ireland was very well represented with an excellent standard from all out members. The main focus now will be on the European Championships in Mayo this September. Wishing all participating an injury free, successful and enjoyable championships.

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