LEOS BOYS KICK OF THE SEASON WITH AN INTERNATIONAL FLAVOUR.
Saturday past 3rd May, Leo`s Boys Tug of War club held their Annual International competition at the Benburb playing fields. This kicked off the new outdoor season in N. Ireland and teams came from near and far.
Our special guests this year was the T.T.V. Versieck from Belgium. The boys and girls travelled all the way from Belgium by minibus. From down south were newly formed Clonterm from Mayo, a team to watch for the future and it was great to see the Killylough club return to the tug of war scene. A club with many international titles over the past 30 years.
Bancran from Draperstown, Derryogue from Kilkeel, The Bogmen from Fintona in Co.Tyrone, the famous Garvagh Club, Castlederg Young Farmers Club and of course our own Leo`s boys club from Benburb.
The honours were picked up by the Castlederg Young Farmers winning the 6 a side novice section and our guests T.T.V. Versieck picking up a well deserved silver after a tough 3 ender final. The serious stuff at 620kgs had 7 teams compete and after some tough competition local boys Leo`s were pleased to make the semi finals.
But alas the mighty Bancran met the newly formed Clonterm in the final and picked up yet another gold.
The 680k pull had 6 clubs compete and again Leo`s came 3rd, a very strong Garvagh team fought the final out with our Mayo club who proved too strong for the Garvagh men.
We were also hosts to Steve and Karen Gardner from the Holland club in England. Both helped out with score keeping, judging and P.A. duties, not to mention the social duties afterwards in the Bottle bar. Steffi Rigolli, a judge with the Versieck club and the first female to undertake official duties at our competitions was a great addition on the day. Chief Judge, Jim Burns, over saw all the official duties on the day.
Our club president, Norman Millar, was on hand to welcome the Lord Mayor, Mr Sean Mc Guigan, to our competition. Sean watched and enjoyed the pulls and was on hand to welcome all our guests to Benburb and the district. The new facilities in the playing fields and the financial support from, The Bottle Bar and the Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council , for which we are very grateful made another International Day a great success.
Thanks to all our club members who made the day possible.