December Open Club Competition

A permit has been issued for an Open Club Competition being held on Saturday December 30th in Cooley Hall, County Louth, for the Sean Kilbride and Padraig Shelin Memorial. Competitions on the day will be an open 640kg and 680kg. Contact Martin Egan for more information on 086 8376103

St. Pats Remain Unbeaten Heading into Christmas Break

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.

Pats Get The Better of Much Improved Mountain View in 680kg

Clonmany A hosted day 2 of the National Indoor Championship Series on Sunday. With the rope fitness of many teams improving as the season continues, the gap between St. Pats and the other clubs narrowed considerably from round 1. The result however, stayed the same, with the clubs stranglehold on men’s competitions continuing as they took gold in the 8-a-side and again made up both teams in the final of the 5-a-side competition.

6 clubs travelled to the Youth Club in Buncrana, Co. Donegal and first up was the 680kg National Championship with 6 teams taking part. At the 720kg National 2 weeks ago, Mountain View came off the rope in 2nd place after only losing to St. Pats in the round robin. This week they went one better and topped the group with only 1 dropped end. They were followed in 2nd place by St. Pats, while the 2 Donegal teams rounded out the semi final spots with Clonmany A in third and Carndonagh in 4th. Continue reading

Pats & Rockies Take Gold at the Indoor 720kg

St. Pats were very strong out of the blocks at the 1st Indoor National of the season in Longford on Sunday. Benefiting from a longer pre-season than most of the competition, they already look like the team to beat for the rest of the year. They comfortably took Gold in the Senior 720kg, as well as having 2 teams in the final of the 5-a-side. Rockies meanwhile took the Division 2 title in their 1st competition since the club reformed, beating host club GnaC into second.

7 clubs competed on the day – Mountain View, GnaC, Clonmany A, Clonmany B, St. Pats, Carndonagh and Rockies.

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Important Notice for All Indoor Athletes

With the start of the new Indoor season coming up, all clubs are advised to take note of the following:

All Clubs looking to take part in the upcoming indoor season are reminded that a full list of pullers, as well as the club affiliation form need to be submitted to Mary Catherine Murphy, Oldtown, Roundwood, Co. Wicklow, mcmurphy05@eircom.net . All elements of these forms need to be included for them to be accepted, including all relevant individual address, printed names, signatures and contact information for all pullers and club members. Any team who does not have these fully completed forms returned to Mary Catherine at least one week before the 1st National, will not be allowed compete on the day. Forms handed in on competition day will not be accepted. Forms given to other members of the Executive Committee will also not be accepted. All forms and fees must be sent directly to Mary Catherine.

There are 4 clubs who currently have mats hired from the Executive. These clubs will not be allowed compete in any Nationals until all outstanding money for the hire of these mats for this season has been received by Mary Catherine.

Going forward, all clubs are advised that any issues or questions they have must go through their Provincial Delegates and not the Secretary. Contact information for all Delegates can be found on the Contacts page.

Individual Weigh-in has now been fully implemented and will be in operation for the upcoming Indoor Season. This involves a change to the weigh-in and substitution procedure from last year and all Continue reading

2017 European Outdoor Championships

This years Outdoor European Championships were held in Southport, England. Pullers from several clubs travelled over to compete in the 4 men’s weight categories throughout the event.

 

Day 1 kicked off with G&B and Boley taking part in the 680kg Open Club competition. G&B did very well making the semi final where they met Ebersecken. They lost out in this pull and came up against Valleitrekkers in the bronze medal pull where they were unfortunately beaten in straight ends. Ebersecken went on to defeat TTV Heure to take the Gold Medal.

The days 2nd weight was the 560kg, with Glenhill taking part as the sole Irish club. Bancran and Derryogue from Northern Ireland were also competing. Glenhill finished up 6th in their group. The final of this event was contested by Engelberg and Bancran. Engelberg came out on top to take Gold, with Mosnang defeating Sins for the bronze.

Day 2 began with the 720kg. This was ran in 1 group and G&B were in action again. They were very strong in the group stage, coming off the rope in 1st place and defeating TTV Koapman in straight ends to make the final against TTV Valleitrekkers. They came up just short in the final losing in straight ends. Ttv Koapman took the bronze ahead of TTV Gelderswoude.

The 640kg was next and was ran in 4 groups. St. Pats were the only Irish club, while Derryogue from Northern Ireland were also taking part. Neither club made it out of their group and it was Ebersecken who took their 2nd gold medal, beating Venseeboys, with Engleberg taking bronze.

 

The weekends Closed Competitions began with the 680kg, ran in 2 groups. Ireland made it out of their group in 2nd, behind Switzerland and met The Netherlands in the semi final. Ireland lost out in the semi, but bounced back well to defeat Sweden and take the bronze medal. Ireland’s conquerors, The Netherlands, went on to defeat Switzerland in a 3 ended final.

The Closed 560kg was ran as one group of 10 teams, with Ireland finishing up in 8th place. Northern Ireland defeated England to take bronze in this event, while in the Final, Switzerland won out against The Basque Country.

The final days competition got underway with the Closed 720kg. The Irish team was strong in this event and made the semi final where they met Latvia. A straight end victory saw them progress to the final to face The Netherlands, in a repeat of the 680kg semi final meeting. unfortunately the result was also a repeat, with The Netherlands taking the Gold medal, but it was a fantastic Irish performance. England beat Latvia in the bronze pull.

In the closing event, the Closed 640kg, Ireland just missed out on the semi finals, finishing 5th. Switzerland emerged as eventual winners in a 3 ended final, beating The Netherlands. Sweden took the Bronze.

 

Congratulations to all Irish clubs and pullers who travelled and to the entire Irish Squad who came home with a Silver and Bronze medal. No Gold medal this time, but Irish teams and G&B in particular, put themselves in the mix for medals right across all 4 days and put in some very strong performances over the weekend.

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Important Notice for All Indoor Athletes

All Clubs looking to take part in the upcoming indoor season are reminded that a full list of pullers as well as the club affiliation form need to be submitted to Mary Catherine Murphy mcmurphy05@eircom.net . All elements of these forms need to be included for them to be accepted, including all relevant individual address and contact information for all pullers and club members.

Individual Weigh-in has now been fully implemented and will be in operation for the upcoming Indoor Season. This involves a change to the weigh-in and substitution procedure from last year and all Continue reading