The NITOWA 640 Championship was held on Saturday 14th Jan 2017 at Fivemiletown College, hosted by the Country Club
After the festive break it was look to see the clubs and pullers back out and all weighed in on the day and got ready for action.
NITOWA 640 Kg Championship
NITOWA 640 Championship was the first pull of the day and the competition saw 4 teams taking part:
The league was run quickly and saw Richhill A head and shoulders above the other teams with maximum points.
In the first semi-final Richhill A pulled Richhill B with the senior A team winning in relative comfort against a B team that put up a good effort with a number of junior pullers.
The second semi-final saw the Country Club pulling against a very dogmatic Ballyhagen. The Country Club won the two tight ends with both ends lasting 2 minutes plus.
The final saw Richhill A against the Country Club in what many though would be straight forward outcome that would see Richhill winning their third senior championship weigh class out of three so far this year.
The first end saw both teams drop hard and tight and nipping from the start looking to gain any ground possible and Richhill A continually taking ground to win the end around 2 min 30 sec.
The second end again saw both teams dropping in tight with Richhill A pushing for the drop with more intent taking ground and the Country Club defending hard. After around 1 min 30 sec Richhill A started to struggle to keep the drive on with the pressure and intensity before being blown out the just over 2 mins.
The third end saw Richhill A win the toss and select their preferred end before both teams again dropped in for the deciding end. Richhill A attacked from the drop and took a lot of ground with the Country Club defending every inch for their life. Again as in the end before Richhill A started to struggle after a minute and with Country Club pushing on the pressure the end was won by Country Club in approximately 1 min 30 sec.
NITOWA 600 Kg Mixed Championship League
NITOWA 600 Kg Mixed Championship League was next and this mixed League has been extremely important to blood and test the female and junior pullers within the association under the watchful eye of Alan Walker.
The event was the best of 5 between the Country Club and Richhill. This was an all or nothing event for the pullers on both sides and was extremely hard with the rope moving forward and back.
Huge well done to all with Country Club narrowly taking the ends on the night.
NITOWA 400 Kg Championship League
This was the final event of the night with 7 teams taking part in the competition with:
A really good League saw some tired teams finish off a hard nights pulling.
The final saw Richill C winning in 2 straight ends against Richill A