Last year, the use of I.D cards was introduced for weigh-in at National competitions. This year, every card holder will be entered into a draw to win a range of prizes on offer. These cards will also now be used at competition entrances to gain entry for €5 instead of the typical €10 charged by most shows. These cards are only valid for 1 year, so they need to be renewed for 2018, if you haven’t already done so. New cards will be valid for the new affiliation year, which runs until March 31st 2019.
As passed at this year’s AGM, it is now a requirement of the Association, under article 7.3 of the constitution, for all members to affiliate as individual members of the association and to pay the annual €50 subscription. This applies to everyone, whether they are officials, or individual club members. Once each member completes the individual membership application process, they will be issued with a new I.D card.
In order to make this process as straight forward as possible, the individual membership application process will be done online here
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A hugely successful Indoor World Championships saw Irish teams return home with a large medal haul, after being involved in the knockout stage of every single Senior men’s event across the week.
In the closed competitions, Ireland won 560kg Gold and took Bronze in the 640kg and 680kg events. Ireland finished 4th in the remaining closed competition, the 600kg.
In the open events, St. Pats went one better than they managed at the 2016 World Championships in Volendam, Netherlands. This time the club won all 4 of the senior men’s weights. Mountain View also won Bronze in the open 560kg competition to round out a very strong showing by all Irish participants in the Championships.
Congratulations to all the Mountain View and St. Pats members, along with the pullers from Clonmany and Carndonagh, who travelled to Xuzhou, China to take part and are now returning home as either first time medalists or multiple World Champions. Continue reading
Day 1 of the Indoor British & Irish Championship was held today in Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh where the closed competitions took place. There was great success for Ireland in both men’s weights.
The final of the 600kg was an all Ireland affair, with Ireland B (represented by Mountain View) taking Gold by defeating Ireland A (represented by St. Pats).
Ireland B (represented by Carndonagh) also made the final of the 680kg event. They came away with silver, after losing out to Scotland. Ireland A (represented by Clonmany) defeated England to win the Bronze medal.
St. Pats won Gold in an open club 640 competition that was also held today. Mountain View took silver in this event.
Congratulations to all involved and best of luck in tomorrows open competitions.
The final of the National Indoor Championship Series took place last Sunday in St. Mary’s Hall, Edgeworthstown, Co. Longford. St. Pats took Gold in the 560kg to complete another clean sweep of Indoor Championships. They were stopped short of going unbeaten in all competitions however, as Mountain View defeated Carndonagh in the 5-a-side final.
The 3rd competition of the day, the Open 640kg competition, was also won by St. Pats.
The 560kg round robin was topped by St. Pats, who went into the straight final Continue reading
The 1st National Championship of 2018 was held on Sunday in the Youth Club in Buncrana, Co. Donegal. The weight on the day was the 600kg Championship and there is now only 1 more round of Indoor Nationals left before the British & Irish Championship in February. As the indoor season reaches its peak, the result on Sunday had a very similar look. Much like the rest of the season so far, no club has been able to close the gap on St, Pats. The club took the 600kg title and are now only 1 round away from a clean sweep of National Championships.
There were 3 competitions ran on the day, with an Open 680kg competition being ran as well as the 600kg Championship weight and the 5-a-side 375kg.
The round robin in the days main event ended Continue reading
The affiliation forms for 2018 are now available at the Affiliate Your Club page.
Full member clubs will need to register before the 31st of January in order to have a vote at the upcoming AGM which will be held on March 25th. This includes all indoor clubs, who will need to re-affiliate before February, to have a vote. There is no change to the affiliation process from last year. A proposal surrounding individual affiliation will be put forward at this years AGM, but for now, standard club affiliation still applies.
At a recent meeting of the Executive, Gerry Ferguson has been appointed to the newly created position of the Clubs Liaison Officer to the Executive. As some of you may be aware, it is now mandatory for all National Sporting Bodies to become compliant with the Governance Code by the end of 2019. This will be a 2 year process that will involve policy’s and changes to be made and adopted, covering a wide range of areas. This is designed to improve the operation and transparency of all sporting bodies.
As part of these changes, a Liaison Officer should be appointed to communicate between the Executive and the Clubs, on an ongoing basis. Gerry has agreed to take on this role. A proposal to make this an elected position, in line with the Secretary and Treasurer, will be put forward at this years AGM.
The 1st point of contact for all clubs who have any questions or issues will continue to be their Provincial Delegates. These delegates are elected by all the clubs for this specific job. After that, Gerry will be the main point of contact for club matters and will work with the Provincial Delegates as well as chair subcommittee meetings. Contact information for all Delegates can be found on the Contacts page.
St. Pats held the 3rd round of the National Indoor Championship Series on Sunday the 3rd. It was the last indoor fixture before the Christmas break and also the final national event of 2017. The venue in Tralee, the John Mitchels Sports Complex, was excellent and roundly praised. With Clonmany A away, it was a repeat of the 680kg final, as Pats defeated Mountain View to go into the Christmas break unbeaten.
St. Pats took the gold without dropping an end, as they topped the round robin. They were followed into the semi finals by Mountain View A in 2nd, Carndonagh in 3rd and Mountian View B in 4th. The semi’s saw straight end victories for both Pats and Mountain View A.
Carndonagh went in to the Bronze decider for the 3rd time in a row, while it was Mountain View B’s first medal pull, having taken part in every National this year so far. It was third time lucky for Carndonagh as they took the clubs first medals of the season with a straight end victory.
St. Pats won their 3rd gold of the season in the final with another straight end victory over Mountain View A.
In the the 5-a-side 400kg Competition, 5 teams took part and the semi final lineup saw St. Pats A take on Rockies, while St, Pats B were up against Carndonagh A
Both St. Pats teams progressed without dropping an end which left Carndonagh and Rockies to contest the Bronze medal pull. Carndonagh A took this to claim a second bronze of the day.
The all Pats final was won by St. Pats B in a reversal from the previous 425kg competition.
Thanks to Karen Hickey for the scores.