Secondary schools from across the Southern Education and Library Board Area assembled last week at Craigavon for the annual tug of war championship.  The venue was Craigavon Leisure Centre at Brownlow and separate teams of boys and girls from Year Eleven took part.

The girls class comprised two groups of five teams each with the top two teams from each group going through to the semi finals.  Group A was dominated by Markethill High who went through with maximum points but second place was hard fought between Newtownhamilton High and Lismore Comprehensive with the former just having the edge by a single point. Craigavon senior High and St. Patrick’s,  Keady were close behind.

Group B in the girls was even closer with City of Armagh and Brownlow College finishing level on points and both progressing to the semis.  Aughnacloy College and Lurgan College acquitted themselves well and both picked up points.

The first semi final saw the girls from Markethill High pitted against the students from Brownlow College with the former going through to the final in two straight ends. The second semi brought together Newtownhamilton and City of Armagh with the latter coming out on top.

The girls final was an exciting contest between the two teams which had topped their respective groups but it was Markethill who came out victorious and preserved their record of not having lost a point all day.

The boys class was also divided into two groups of five teams each.  Group A saw Newtownhamilton High and Craigavon Senior High  tied on equal points with Lismore and St. Patrick’s, Keady not far behind.

Group B was also hard fought with every team picking up points from their opposition. However it was Aughnacloy who topped the group with City of Armagh very close behind.  Markethill, Craigavon Senior High and Lurgan College filled the minor places.

The first boys semi final brought together Aughnacloy and Craigavon Senior High with the former winning by two pulls to one after a tense struggle.  In the other semi  Newtownhamilton overcame City of Armagh after two hard fought ends.

The final was every thing it had promised to be as two well matched teams struggled for supremacy. It looked for a time that Aughnacloy would prevail but the boys of Newtownhamilton showed excellent technique and took the honours amid great excitement from their class mates.

The prizes were presented by Ms Carla Lockhart, Mayor of Craigavon, and Mr. Gerard Houlahan, Deputy Director of Recreation and Leisure , Armagh City and District Council.


Cathal Mc Keever.

Written by:  - 23 May, 2013