World Games 2017

The World Games 2017 took place between 20–30 July in Wroclaw, Poland. The top 6 teams in the world qualified to take part in 3 Tug of War events ran over last Saturday and Sunday. The Women’s Indoor 540kg and the Men’s Outdoor 700kg were held last Saturday and the Men’s Outdoor 640kg was held on Sunday. Irish teams travelled over to take part in the women’s 540kg and men’s 640kg events. Continue reading

British and Irish Championships a great success

The British and Irish closed championships got underway on Saturday last in Breaffy house, Castlebar, Co. Mayo.

Ireland A team, 600kg gold medalists

Ireland A team, 600kg gold medalists

In the men’s 600kg the Ireland A team was represented by national champions St. Pats. The Ireland B team was made up mainly of pullers from Clonmany. Both Irish teams qualified for the semi final along with Northern Ireland A & B. Both Ireland teams progressed to face each other in the final and it was Ireland A represented by St. Pats who won the gold medal with a straight end victory. Northern Ireland B won the bronze medal.

Ireland A team, 680kg gold medalists

Ireland A team, 680kg gold medalists

Mountain View represented Ireland A in the men’s 680kg while the majority of the Ireland B team was made up of Cuan Rithe pullers. Both Ireland A and Scotland A progressed to the final with straight end semi final victories. The powerful Mountain View men produced a great display to win a second gold medal for Ireland with a straight end victory. Unfortunately the Ireland B team lost the bronze medal pull-off to England A but it was a great international experience for the men from Cork.

Ireland ladies, winners of 500kg & 540kg gold medals

Ireland ladies, winners of 500kg & 540kg gold medals

The ladies from Ballinastoe, Co. Wicklow and Kiltevna, Co. Galway represented Ireland in the 500kg & 540kg categories while the ladies from St. Pats also represented in the 500kg category.  The event itself was well run with ladies teams from Scotland, Richill, Northern Ireland along with the two Irish teams. In the 500kg the B&K ladies claimed gold for Ireland with St. Pats ( Ireland A) taking silver on the day. The B&K ladies followed that up with gold in the 540kg defeating Northern Ireland in straight ends to make it a great day for the club. The comradery amongst the teams in Castlebar over the weekend was admirable. Competing teams of professional standard and the true sportsmanship amidst them makes the sport even more enjoyable for all concerned. Congratulations to the Irish ladies who competed, their coaches and everyone involved in the preparation for such a fantastic weekend.
Comhghairdeas le gach duine, tá sibh déanta do thír bródúil sin.

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Great win for Carndonagh in men’s 560kg

Men’s 640kg results

Gold: St Pats, Co Louth

Silver: Mountain View, Co. Louth

Bronze: Carndonagh, Co. Donegal

Fourth: Ballyhagen, NI

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Men’s 560kg results

Gold: Carndonagh, Co. Donegal

Silver: Country Club, NI

Bronze: Richill, NI

Fourth: Ayrshire, Scotland

 

Ladies 500kg results

Gold: St Pats, Co. Louth

Silver: B&K (Kiltevna & Ballinastoe)

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Ladies 540kg results

Gold: B&K (Kiltevna & Ballinastoe)

Silver: Richill, NI

 

Mixed 600kg results

Gold: Tinto, Scotland

Silver: Kinneff, Scotland

Bronze: Richill, NI

 

Men’s 660kg results

Gold: St Pats, Co Louth

Silver: Mountain View, Co. Louth

Bronze: Cuan Rithe, Co. Cork

Fourth: Tinto, Scotland

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Ireland dominate championship in Castlebar

Men’s 600kg results

Gold: Ireland A (represented by St. Pats)

Silver: Ireland B

Bronze: Northern Ireland B

Fourth: Northern Ireland A

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Men’s 680kg results

Gold: Ireland A (represented by Mountain View)

Silver: Scotland A

Bronze: England A

Fourth: Ireland B

 

Ladies 500kg results

Gold: Ireland B (represented by B&K)

Silver: Ireland A (represented by St. Pats)

 

Ladies 540kg results

Gold: Ireland

Silver: Northern Ireland

 

Mixed 600kg results

Gold: Scotland

Silver: Ireland A

Bronze: Northern Ireland

Fourth: Ireland B

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British & Irish Indoor Championships

The British & Irish Indoor Championships will be held at Breaffy House Hotel, Castlebar, Co. Mayo on the 11th & 12th February 2017. All countries are welcome to send clubs to compete in the open club competition on Sunday the 12th.

Click here to visit dedicated page for further information.

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.