St Pat’s Tug-Of-War club, National Senior 720kg champions. Back L-R: Coach Hugh Mór Conway, Timmy Kelliher, Declan Griffin, Tommy Griffin, Warren Conway, Liam Fitzpatrick (assistant coach). Front L-R: Ciarán Fitzpatrick, Michael Owen McGreehan, Seán Conway, Gary Conway

TUG-OF-WAR | St Pat’s dominate at first national event of the season

Local club hoping to emulate the heroics of last season

Sunday last saw local tug-of-war team St Pat’s head for Edgeworthstown in Co Longford to contest the National 720kg Championship and the five-a-side 450kg Championship.

These are the first championships of the 2017 indoor season and St Pat’s will be going all out to emulate the success of last season when they won all 10 championships, pulling over 300 ends of tug-of-war and losing only one during the entire season.

St Pats also won all three Open Championships, as well as the 600kg International Championship at the British and Irish Championships in Mayo.

When added to the three world titles won at the last World Indoor TOW Championships in the Netherlands, St Pat’s are now recognised as easily the best tug-of-war team in the world!

In the 720g, seven teams entered the fray: Clonmany A and Carndonagh from Donegal, Gort na Cloiche, Co Longford, Mountain View and Mountain View B from Co Louth, Rockies, Co Monaghan and St Pat’s, Louth/Armagh.

Competition was to be pulled in the usual round-robin basis — every team pulls every other team and the top four move through to the semi-finals.

St Pat’s won all six pulls very easily to go forward to the semi-finals where they met Carndonagh. The other semi-final saw Clonmany A beat Mountain View to go through to the final against St Pat’s.

The final was also a one-sided affair with St Pat’s proving much too strong for Clonmany to secure the national 720kg gold medals for the fifth year in a row.

Next up was the five-a-side 450kg where nine teams took to the mats. This was pulled in one section, again using the round robin method, so each of the teams had eight pulls, with the top four going through to the semis.

When the dust settled, St Pat’s again remained unbeaten, winning all eight pulls 2–0 to move through to a semi-final showdown with Donegal kingpins, Clonmany.

The other semi-final had St Pat’s B against Clonmany B. The two St Pat’s teams progressed effortlessly to the final, demonstrating the strength and depth of the Pat’s panel, and it was the A team who took the gold medals with an extremely hard-fought victory.

Next up for St Pat’s is the 680kg championships and the five-a-side 425kg championship which will be held in Buncrana, Co Donegal. St Pat’s will be going all out to continue their unbeaten run of championship victories.

The St Pat’s panel was Gary Conway, Hugh Óg Conway, Seán COnway, Michael Owen McGreehan, Declan Griffin, Tommy Griffin, PJ Griffin, Christopher Griffin, Warren Conway, Timmy Kelliher, Liam Fitzpatrick, coached by Hugh Mór Conway.

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