Last Sunday seen the indoor season get off to a great start. St. Pats hosted the National 720kg in Kingscourt, Co Cavan. Teams competing on the day were St. Pats, Rockies, Clonmany B & Mountain View.
The day kicked off with the National 720kg, with Clonmany B, Mountain View A, Mountain View B & St. Pats fighting it out for the title. At the end of the round robin, St. Pats had the most points. This meant they met Mountain View B in the semi final, while Clonmany B would meet Mountain View A. St. Pats powered on to a win over Mountain View B, claiming both ends and a place in the final. The other semi final was a much tougher battle. Both Mountain View A and Clonmany B were both evenly matched. But in the end the Donegal men won in 2 straight ends and also claimed there spot in the final.
The bronze pull was between Mountain View A & B. The more experienced Mountain View A team claimed the bronze in 2 straight ends.
St. Pats met Clonmany B in the final. St. Pats took the first point, although it was hard earned, St. Pats had the upperhand from the start. The second end was a tougher battle, with Clonmany B taking control from the start and working hard to push St. Pats over the line. However, St Pats were not to be beaten and managed to hold on, eventually over powering Clonmany B and claiming the 2nd end and the National 720kg title.
Next was the 640kg Open. The same 4 teams competed in this competition. This time in the semi finals, St. Pats met Clonmany B, and Mountain View A met Mountain View B. Clonmany B & Mountain View B made it through to the final.
The fight for bronze was between Mountain View A and St. Pats. St. Pats claimed the first end. The 2 end was indeed a hard fought battle. St. Pats were powering Mountain View A to the line, but Mountain View A held on to break their power and eventually win the 2nd end. This lead to a 3rd and deciding end. Mountain View A took control from the start and although under great pressure from the St. Pats men, managed to hold on and claim the 3rd end.
The final between Clonmany B & Mountain View B was on at the same time. This time the Mountain View men went on to claim victory over Clonmany B to win the 640 open competition.
Last competition of the day was the 375kg 5 a side open. St. Pats A, St. Pats B, Rockies, Mountain View A & Mountain View B competed in this weight. In the semi finals, St. Pats A met Mountain View A, and St Pats B met Mountain View B. Both Mountain View teams progressed to the final.
The bronze went to St Pats A, with Mountain View A proving too strong for Mountain View B and taking the gold in 2 straight ends.
Thanks to all who attended the competition and we look forward to the next National being held in Donegal on 24th November.