HEAVY RAIN DOESN’T DAMPEN CHAMPIONSHIP SPIRIT AT DUNGANNON PARK
Even with all of the heavy rain and changeable weather during the past week, spirits weren’t dampened for the first two championships of the year on Saturday past. Teams gathered at Dungannon Park on Friday night for the weigh in and then again on the Saturday afternoon for stamping. With everyone weighed, the teams made their way to the highest point in the park where site staff had roped of an area overlooking the nearby allotments.
After the round robin in the 600 kg category Bancran, Derryogue, Garvagh and Leo’s Boys went forward to the semi finals. Bancran took on Garvagh whilst Derryogue were the opponents to Leos Boys. All of the semi finalists were evenly matched with everyone giving their all. Bancran and Derryogue took the honours for the final.
The young Garvagh team deserve credit as they stuck tight and well to their task only being beaten by experience. A team for the future. Leos Boys also showed a good improvement from last season and again are a team to be reckoned with.
Onto the final both Derryogue and Bancran took to the field with the first end taking almost 12 minutes. The ground was well cut and provided good holding positions. In the end it was Bancran that took the first end. After turning around both teams had another go at one another and this time it took just under five minutes for Bancran to take a tough fought for Gold medal and the Cathal McKeever cup for the 600kg NI Championship.
Next up came the 680 teams with the young Garvagh team showing some grit and determination against their experienced opponents. Again after the round robin Garvagh came in ahead of Derryogue with Leos Boys in third and Bancran fourth. Garvagh were destined to meet Bancran whilst Derryogue and Leos Boys were to fill the second semi final. This was to prove a turn up for the books with Derryogue and Bancran coming out on top and going forward to the final.
A repetition of the 600 was on the cards and once again neither team disappointed. Bancran came out on top again taking their second championship gold medal of the year.
The 600kg trophy was presented by the sponsor, Cathal McKeever along with the silver and gold medals whilst the Championship medals for the 680kg were presented by another long standing tug of war veteran Hughie Heron.
Again despite the weather both weights had proved to be excellent events.