Gold medal for Ireland in men’s 560kg

Day 3 of the World Indoor Championship Tug of War in Volendam saw the men’s 560kg kick off at 10am with 7 countries competing.

Ireland, World champions at 560kg

Ireland, World champions at 560kg

The teams who qualified for the semi finals were Ireland, Northeren Ireland, Scotland & Chinese Taipei. Ireland pulled well to overcome neighbors Northern Ireland in the semi final. The defending World Champions  Chinese Taipei defeated Scotland to join the Irish in the final. The Irish team represented mainly by men from the Mountain View club showed great determination and strength to beat the defending champions and win the gold medal. A great start for Ireland. The Ireland ladies represented by St. Pats also pulled very well in the ladies 540kg.

Ireland ladies 540kg team

Ireland ladies 540kg team

With 11 countries competing they finished in 7th place overall winning qualification to the World Games in Poland in 2017 as the Basque Country cannot compete. Fantastic result considering it was their first taste of International pulling at the top level. China defeated Chinese Taipei in the final to win gold. The Ireland men’s 640kg was represented by St. Pats and put in a great performance taking bronze in a very fiercely contested tournament!! The lads defeated England to win the bronze medal.

Ireland, bronze medalists at 640kg

Ireland, bronze medalists at 640kg

Results of the 560kg Men;
Gold: Ireland
Silver: Chinese Taipei
Bronze: Northern Ireland
4th: Scotland.

Results of the ladies 540kg;
Gold: China
Silver: Chinese Taipei
Bronze: Basque Country
4th: the Netherlands

Men’s 640kg results;
Gold: Scotland
Silver: Netherlands
Bronze: Ireland
4th: England

Mountain View defeat St. Pats to win men’s 560kg

Mountain ViewThe world indoor championship got underway today in Volendam, Netherlands  with the club 560kg competition. Mountain View have defeated St. Pats in the 560kg final to win the gold medal and world title. They won a tough semi final against Sokarri of the Basque country to set up a repeat of the national final from Kingscourt on December 13th. St. Pats defeated Country club from Co. Tyrone in the other semi final.

Gold – Mountain View (Ireland)
Silver – St. Pats Tug-of-War Club (Ireland)
Bronze – Sokarri (Basque Country)
4th – Country Club Tug Of War (Northern Ireland)

British and Irish Championship

The inaugural British and Irish Championship was held today in Huddersfield, England. Having replaced the UK Championships, it was the first of what will now become a yearly event for both outdoor and indoor tug of war. One Irish team traveled to take part in the championship, made up of pullers from both Cuan Rithe and Carndonagh.

Ireland, bronze medalists at 680kg

Ireland, bronze medalists at 680kg

In the first competition, the closed International mens 600kg, 7 teams took part. The semi final line-up was Northern Ireland B vs England B and Scotland A vs Ireland. Scotland and Northern Ireland went on to contest the final with Northern Ireland taking Gold. England defeated Ireland for the bronze.

In the second competition of the day, the closed men’s 680kg, 7 teams also took part. This time the semi final line-up was England A vs Ireland and Scotland A vs England B. England A and Scotland A progressed through to the final with England A coming out on top. Ireland took the bronze, defeating England B.

In the two open club competitons Uppertown from England defeated Northern Ireland’s Country Club in the final of the men’s 640kg competition. Ireland’s Cuan Rithe got the better of Kilroe from England for the bronze. Country Club bounced back in the final of the 560kg to overcome Raunds for the Gold while Cuan Rithe lost out 2 ends to 1 to Uppertown for the Bronze.