Round 2 of the National Outdoor League takes place this Sunday at Piltown, Co. Kilkenny, hosted by the Mighty Oaks. Competition information is below. The current league scores can be found on the Results page. With some of the leading teams heading to England this weekend, it is a great opportunity for other clubs to narrow the gap before the final round in Enniskillen on July 22nd. Again, there will be no semi finals this Sunday, but after the round robin on the final day in Enniskillen, the 4 teams with the most combined points from all 3 days will go into a semi final to decide the overall winner.
Most clubs have now submitted their information for the Accreditation I.D cards and we would like to thank all of them for doing so. There are still 2 – 3 clubs who haven’t submitted all their information. As this is a brand new set up for weigh-in and to make sure everyone has their cards, we have delayed the start of the Individual weigh-in until the 1st National Championship in Clonakilty on June 11th. This gives all athletes 2 more weeks to get everything organised. Anyone without their card with them at the weigh-in for the Clonakilty Championship will not be allowed compete in that days competitions without exception.
As a result, standard team weigh-in will be in operation for the final time at this Sunday’s competition.
Round 1 of the league was a fantastic day of very competitive competition. Continue reading
The 2017 National Outdoor season got underway last Sunday with the 1st round of the National League in Newtownforbes, Co. Longford, hosted well by the Gort Na Cloiche TOW Club.
15 clubs competed in total, including 4 from Northern Ireland. They were – G&B, Boley, The Shop, Glenhill, Castlegregory, Ballinastoe, Ballinagh, Gort na Cloiche, Mighty Oaks, Mountain View, B&K, Bancran, Richhill, Leo’s Boys and Greenhill. It was the first national outing for the brand new club the Mighty Oaks from Co. Kilkenny.
In the days opening competition, the Men’s Open 600kg, 12 teams took part in two groups of 6. Bancran and Greenhill were very strong in their respective groups, while G&B continued on from last year as one of the strongest teams in the Republic. At the end of the groups pulling, the scores looked like this:
Bancran – 15 points
The Shop – 12 points
Boley – 7 points
Castlegregory – 6 points
Gort na Cloiche – 3 points
Ballinagh – 2 points
Greenhill – 15 points
G & B – 12 points
Glenhill – 8 points
Ballinastoe – 7 points
Richill – 3 – 5 points
Mighty Oaks – 0 points
This means that Bancran and Greenhill are currently in pole position after taking maximum points. As it stands it is G&B and the consistently improving Shop who occupy the qualifying places for the 2 Irish teams to compete in the 600kg British & Irish Championship.
The Individual Weigh-in will be in operation from Round 2 of the National Outdoor League on the 28th of May. From then on, there will be a change to the weigh-in and substitution procedure and all pullers looking to weigh-in for a competition will need to have a new affiliation I.D Card with them for every event. It is important that all clubs begin the process of getting these cards ASAP so that they have them back in time. All card information needs to be submitted at least 5 days before a competition, to allow enough time for the card to arrive in time. Pullers will not be able to weigh-in without their card. The new weigh-in and substitution procedures will be as follows: