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St. Pats TOW complete clean sweep with latest Indoor Championship success

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St. Pats TOW complete clean sweep with latest Indoor Championship success

St. Pats National 560kg Champions on the rope. Front - Back: Gary Conway, Declan Griffin, Tommy Griffin, Liam Fitzpatrick, Yvonne McEntee, Seán Conway, PJ Griffin.

Sunday last saw Courtbane-based Indoor Tug of War team St. Pats compete in the fifth and last Indoor Championship of the season. St. Pats had already taken the four previous competitions - the 720kg, 680kg, 640kg and the 600kg.

The championship was pulled on the usual round robin (every team pulls every other team) and after this, it was the usual suspects in the final - St. Pats against Mountain View. Mountain View, with eight international standard pullers, started as the firm favourites, however, St. Pats pulling with great strength, style and determination quite easily took Mountain View down the mat for a 2-0 victory. This was a mighty performance from all the St. Pats pullers, but especially from Liam Fitzpatrick and Yvonne McEntee.

This concludes the domestic season with St. Pats have won all five national championships, their third consecutive clean sweep. And, to add to this, they have amassed the four-side national and every Open pull. It really has been an ultra-successful campaign for the Shelagh side.

The St. Pats panel at this championship was Gary Conway, Hugh Óg Conway, Seán Conway, Michael Owen McGreehan, PJ Griffin, Liam Fitzpatrick, Yvonne McEntee, Tommy Griffin, Declan Griffin, Warren Conway, Martin Shields and Ciarán Fitzpatrick, coached by Hugh Mór Conway & Brian McLoughlin.

Next up for St. Pats is the forthcoming British and Irish Championships, which will be hosted by N. Ireland in Enniskillen in Co. Fermanagh in a fortnight. St. Pats dominated the British and Irish last year, taking three Open Championship gold medals and the International 600kg gold and will be trying to emulate that performance.