Ballyhegan club were the weekend hosts for the Nigel Nesbitt Memorial competition at the Goodyear Sports Centre in Craigavon on Saturday 4th February.  A large contingent from the Irish Tug of War Association joined our local teams for the three competitions at 580, 600 and the memorial weight of 640kgs.  In the 640 and 600 events, five teams weighed in whilst 6 teams were entered in the 580kg event.

The first competition was the 640 memorial with the hosts Ballyhegan and Richhill being joined by Clonmany A and B and Mountainview.  This turned out to be a good competition with none of the teams giving away too much.  After the round robin Clonmany B came out on top with Mountainview, Richhill and Clonmany A following behind. 

The first semi final was between Mountainview and Clonmany A whilst Clonmany B team took the strain in the second semi against Richhill.  Mountainview won their requsite two pulls to move to the final whilst Clonmany B beat Richhill to go forward for the final place.

In the final the destination of the gold medal was decided over three pulls with the Clonmany B team taking the third end and to win the Nigel Nesbitt Trophy and the gold medal. 

Mr McKeever spoke prior to the presentation of the trophy about Nigel and the kind of person he was.  He then asked his mother to present the medals to the runners up and to Clonmany B winners whilst the trophy was presented by Mark Nesbitt, Nigels brother.

Two other weight categories took place with the 580 kgs being first.  Six teams participated with Carndonagh and Binnian taking to the mats.  After the round robin event Carndonagh came out in first place having dropped only one point to their near neighbours Clonmany B who had the same points closely followed by Ballyhegan and an ever improving Binnain team in fourth place.

Clonmany B met Ballyhegan whilst Carndonagh took on the Binnian team.  Clonmany B won their pull against Ballyhegan whilst Carndonagh took a strong win against Binnian.  The final was again a good event with the Carndonagh men taking a very good gold position against Clonmany B.

Only five teams participated in the 600 kgs event with Carndonagh taking a rest.  After the round robin Clonmany B came out on top closely followed by Mountainview, Ballyhegan and Binnian.  With one pulling four and two pulling three as above, Clonmany B went through to the final whilst Mountainview took the other semi final to secure their place in another final.  The final was once again a good contest between two good teams who had performed well all afternoon.  Clonmany B took the initiative from early on and won both pulls to once again take the gold medal position.

At the end of the competitition Mr McFetridge spoke to everyone present and thanked all the teams from the Irish Tug of War Association for their commitment and attendance at the event along with those local teams that had participated.  He thanked Ballyhegan for their hard work in setting up the competition and he wished everyone success at the forthcoming World Indoor Championships in Perth.

Written by:  - 6 Feb, 2012