St. Pats TOW.
Sunday last saw the St. Pats Indoor Tug-of-War Club head for Tralee, Co. Kerry where they were hosting the third day of the national Indoor TOW Championships. This would be the last day of championships before breaking for Christmas.
The Indoor season was organised with three championships in 2016 and two in January 2017. St. Pats had great results in the two earlier legs taking the titles contested on each occasion, and so expectations were high for them coming into this third championship day and they would be going all out to continue their unbeaten run.
The national 640kg eight-a-side and the 400kg five-a-side were up for contention. First up was the 640kg and here five teams took to the mats for the round-robin league to determine who moved through to the semi-final. St. Pats went through with four straight 2-0 wins. The semi-finals saw St. Pats easily defeat Mountain View B and go through to the final against Mountain View A who had beaten Carndonagh in the other semi-final. The final had St Pats easily pull Mountain View A up and down the mat to take the title.
The second title for contention was the national five-a-side 400kg. Here five teams again took to the mats for the round-robin section. St. Pats fielded two five-a-side teams in this competition and as had happened in the two previous five-a-side championship, the final was an all St. Pats affair, with the A team v the B team. It was a very close contest, but the St. Pats B team won the day with the St. Pats A team taking silver.
The St. Pats panel for this championship was Gary Conway, Hugh Óg Conway, Seán Conway, Michael Owen McGreehan, PJ Griffin, Warren Conway, Tommy Griffin, Declan Griffin, Timmy Kelliher, Jason Griffin & Christopher Griffin, coached by Coach Hugh Mór Conway and Brian McLoughlin, assisted by Liam Fitzpatrick, Yvonne McEntee and Carla Fitzpatrick.
Photo caption: St. Pats TOW Panel - National 640kg Championships, National five-a-side 400kg Champions & Silver Medallists
Back Row L-R: Coach Hugh Mór Conway, Yvonne McEntee, Seán Lynch - Sponsor, Brian McLoughlin, Timmy Kelliher, Warren Conway, Christopher Griffin, PJ Griffin, Carla Fitzpatrick.
Front Row L-R: Gary Conway, Seán Conway, Jason Griffin, Tommy Griffin, Declan Griffin Hugh Óg Conway, Michael Owen McGreehan