SUNSHINE GREETS TEAMS FOR THE FIRST OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS OF 2014
Benburb was warm on Saturday afternoon past for the first of the outdoor Championships of the season. Team had assembled the previous evening for individual weigh in at Norman Millers farm in the town land of Drumflugh outside Benburb. Nobody was holding back and everyone was weighed and on their way home in short time.
Leos Boys had put in a lot of work and with the assistance of Dungannon Council, the playing fields looked good for this the first Champion ship event of the year. One or two had chosen not to weigh on Friday night and the scales came in useful out on the field on Saturday. Team sheets entered and the stamping was concluded in a short space of time in readiness for the start at 3.00pm.
First up was the 600 event and after the round robin, Bancran had come in top spot followed by Leos Boys, Derryogue and Garvagh in fourth place. The usual criteria was applied and of course Bancran took on Garvagh whilst Leos Boys and Derryogue had to tough it out in the second semi. Bancran took the first semi final whilst in the second it took a little longer for Leos Boys to dislodge Derryogue and also go forward to the final.
A short rest to allow teams to recover from their exertions and out onto the field came the two finalists. This was once again a one way street with the strength of Bancran showing against the less experienced Leos Boys to take the Gold Medal and win the Cathal McKeever cup. A well deserved silver medal for a young emerging team from Leos boys. Well done.
A number of changes were made and now it was a step up in weight class to 680kgs. Most of the teams were well down on the weight and again we got stuck into the round robin event. In many instances the real fight doesn't start until the top four places and semi finals commence and this proved to be the case again. Bancran were the cream that came to the top closely followed by a different Garvagh team with Derryogue following behind and Leos Boys taking the fourth place.
Semi finals time and the top two teams in the round robin once again came to the top for the final. Even though Bancran had changed half of their team then eventually proved the stronger outfit against the Garvagh lads, taking another Gold medal and the 680kgs cup.
Cathal McKeever presented his trophy and the Chairman thanked everyone for turning up and making the event a goods pulling.
Looking forward to next week with the 580 and 640 event at Garvagh, with the weigh in on Friday night we lokk forward to another good Championship.
All of the top four team will now look to one another to blend the strength and experience for the upcoming UK event at the beginning of August.
Well done to Leos Boys for a good event.