St. Pats Pull for the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust!


Open Indoor Tug-of-War Competition in aid of The Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust

Sunday October 2nd at Silverbridge Hall, Contae Ard Mhacha

Mens 680kg(8-a-side)
Men’s 375(5-a-side)
Mixed 600kg(4 men + 4 women)

European Week of Sport

ITOWA at SARI event

ITOWA at SARI event

On Saturday 10th September Cathy O’Toole and colleagues from the ITOWA attended an event with SARI at the Garda head quarters as part of the European Week of Sport.

Click here to see photos from the event.

The European Week of Sport takes place between the 10-18 September and aims to promote sport and physical activity across Europe. The Week is for everyone, regardless of age, background or fitness level. With a focus on grassroots initiatives, it will inspire Europeans to #BeActive on a regular basis and create opportunities in peoples’ everyday lives to exercise more. As an annual event, the European Week of Sport will inspire all kinds of creative and exciting events and activities in different countries.

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Click here for a full list of events

Defibrillator Course

We will be running a Defibrillator training course/refresher course on Saturday the 8th of October at 10am in the Tullamore Court Hotel. There is no charge for doing this course. Anyone who has previously attended a course run by the association will need to this refresher course as their qualification has expired now. Can anyone willing to renew or do the course for the first time, please contact the Secretary ASAP so that we can finalise numbers.

G&B win bronze for Ireland in men’s 640kg

Ireland, bronze medalists in men's 640kg

Ireland, bronze medalists in men’s 640kg

G&B rescued a disappointing championship from an Irish point of view by wining the bronze medal for Ireland in the men’s 640kg class. The Galway based team performed very well in a very difficult competition where 20 countries competed. A gutsy performance in the third place pull-off against Germany which went to a third and deciding end ensured an outstanding bronze medal is a very strong field which included the likes of England, Netherlands, Basque country, Sweden & Switzerland. Ireland were drawn in the slightly easier group and faced the Basque country in a contest to decide who would top the group. This was a grueling match-up and eventually went to the Basque which meant that Ireland would face the winners of the other group in the semi final and this was sure to be Switzerland. Ireland lost the semi final and faced Germany in a match-up to decide the bronze medal. This was another great contest which went to a deciding end and it was the G&B men who showed the most determination to win a well deserved medal.

Ireland were drawn in a tough group which included Switzerland and the Netherlands in the men’s 700kg. Realistically the aim was to finish in third position in the group and qualify for the World Games. The decisive contest was to be against Germany which the Irish lost and meant that they finished 4th in their group and missed out on a World games spot. The Irish put that disappointment behind them to defeat Latvia in the pull-off to secure a 7th place finish.

It was nice to see some Irish debutantes on the men’s 580kg team on Saturday evening. The lads pulled well in their group but unfortunately missed out on semi final qualification with a third place finish behind England and Norther Ireland. Norther Ireland represented by Bancran lost the bronze medal match-up to Switzerland.

Click here to see the full results book from Sweden.


Open club round-up from Sweden

The open club finished up this evening in Malmo, Sweden with Irish interest over the last two days being with Boley, G&B & Lakehill who competed in the men’s competitions. G&B performed well today finishing joint top of their group with Goiherri but were runner-up due to receiving more cautions. This meant they faced a group winner which unfortunately were the invincible Ebersecken. Ebersecken won a tough pull two straight and went on to defeat Swiss rivals Engelberg in the final. Boley pulled well in their group and finished third place failing to qualify.

G&B 640kg team in action in Malmo

G&B 640kg team in action in Malmo

Boley pulled well in their 700kg group yesterday finishing runners-up in their group to qualify for the quarter finals. Unfortunately they also faced another Swiss team in Engelberg so that was the end of the road for them. G&B were unlucky not to qualify finishing in third position behind Ebersecken and Bison. Ebersecken went to to win the gold medal defeating Heure in the final.

Bancran pulled very well in the men’s 580kg which went on late into Thursday night pulling under floodlights. They qualified for the final where they were defeated by Engleberg but nonetheless a much deserved silver medal for the Derry men. Therefore, the Swiss team continue to dominate the men’s competitions with Engelberg & Ebersecken sharing the spoils.

World Outdoor Championships, Malmo, Sweden

header-vm-i-malmoThe president of the Association would like to give his best wishes to the Irish travelling to represent us at next week’s World Outdoor Championships, Malmo, Sweden. Safe travelling to all.
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Click here to see entry list to the open club championship.
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Eire Og reach last 16 at GENSB

The Eire Og team made up of pullers from Ballinastoe, Grove, GnaC & Rockies pulled well at the GENSB Games hosted by the Stans club in Switzerland.

Eire Og squad at GENSB

Eire Og squad at GENSB

They were drawn in a strong group which included Ebersecken but the lads pulled well and got enough points to qualify for the knockout stages. They were unlucky in the last 16 draw to be paired with Stans the hosting club and lost the contest in two straight ends. Stans eventually lost the final to rivals Sins also from Switzerland.

Click here to see full results.

Click here to see photos thanks to the Stans club.