560 KG Club Championships
Both Bancran and Derryogue attended from the NITOWA with Derryogue pulled well extremely well to come fourth within their group. Bancran won their group before pulling Mosnang in the semi-final with Engelberg versus Sins, both Switzerland in the other semi-final.
The final saw Engelberg win in 2 straight ends against Bancran in a highly competitive competition.
Gold - Engelberg, Switzerland.
Silver – Bancran, Northern Ireland
Bronze - Sins, Switzerland.
560 KG Closed Championships
10 teams took part in the competition with Norther Ireland moving through to the semi-final stage.
In the semi-final NI meet Switzerland who won in 2 straight ends. In the other semi-final the Basque Country beat England in a really hard fought 3 end competition.
NI then went on to pull the English in the Bronze pull off that they wow comfortably.
Results of the Men 560 kg:
2. Basque Country
3. Northern Ireland
The NITOWA had a strong championships this season over 2 weekends, pulling the 600 and 680 Kg on weekend 1 and the 560 and 640 Kg Championship on weekend 2.
All 4 Championship weight classes were competed by Bancran (A & B in some classes) Garvagh, Greenhills and Leo’s Boys and this proved to be an extremely competitive and had fought events. Both Greenhill and Bancran put in a lot of effect to make the lower weight classes with the honour of representing the NTOWA at the British and Irish Championships in August and the European Championships in September at stake.
This league competition was one of the best example of tug of war pulling that has been seen within the province for many years with a high number of teams within the both the 600 kg and 680 kg classes from throughout Ireland.
The facilities at the Fermanagh Lakeland Forum Enniskillen were superb, an excellent weigh-in area and the pulling area was superb with great ground conditions. The weather was also very good with a bright sunny day with the teams pulling beside Lough Erne, the whole thing could just not get any better.
Alan Walker has had the honor of being asked by the Chinese Taipei Tug Of War Association of being invited as a guest, to Taiwan and watch the, “ Taipei-jing-mel Girls High School ” Tug Of War Champions.
Alan is a good friend of some of these people and in the past has had them stay with him and his family in Northern Ireland.
The event is run over 2 days and the total trip lasts 10 days.