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.

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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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UK & Irish Championships, 2016

A large Irish contingent travelled to last weekend’s UK & Irish championship which was held in Llinandrindod, Wales. Pullers travelled from Ballinastoe, Castlegregory, Donoughmore, G&B, Grove, Kiltevna, Loughmore & Rockies.

Irish squad in Wales

Irish squad in Wales

The Irish Ladies competed in their first British and Irish Championships and what a performance it was from our woman. They entered both competitions very light and were very unlucky in the 520kg just missing out on qualification to the semi finals by 1 point. A lot of positives can be taken from this trip they showed a lot of character and competed well as a team. The youth squad competed well in their competition and were very unlucky losing out on a semifinal place. They had picked up more points than England B going into the last of the round robin but England B managed to beat England A by 2 straight ends to get the last spot ahead of Eire og. Ballinastoe men competed very well in the club events. They continued to show the good form they have enjoyed here this year and like the youths just missing out on a semi final spot. Ballinastoe’s mixed team finished third losing out in the semifinals to a very strong Ershire team. B&G picked up 3 silver medals over the weekend, the closed 680kg, open 680kg and 640kg classes. They met some great competition over the weekend beating teams from Northern Ireland, Wales, Scotland and England. However an on form and on weight Lincoln team took the gold in all the 3 weight classes.  Congrats to all teams that competed as it was a great weekend.

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