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Open Success for St. Pats

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Saturday last saw the local Courtbane based tug-of-war team make the short trip to St. Mary's Hall on the Cooley Peninsula to try and retain the Padraig Sheelan Memorial Cup. St. Pats are unbeaten domestically for the last three years and so were confident of winning this 680kg competition.

Due to some pullers missing through illness and injury, St. Pats were forced to make a few changes and so one of the St. Pats tug-of-war women, Yvonne McEntee found herself on the senior men's team.

Five teams took to the mats and the usual format of round-robin was used with the top four teams moving into the semi-final knockout stage

St. Pats started against Richhill, the N. Ireland 680kg Champions and pulling with great style and determination, St. Pats easily pulled Richhill up and down the mats for an easy 2-0 win. Mountain View, Clonmany and Carndonagh all succumbed to the power of St. Pats and so Pats moved into the semi-final as winners of the group.

The semi-final saw St. Pats again overpowering Clonmany to move into the final where Mountain View would be the opposition, after they beat Carndonagh in the other semi-final.

In the final, Mountain View were no match for the St. Pats machine and so with a handy 2-0 win, St. Pats retained the Padraig Sheelan Memorial Cup. The cup was presented to St. Pats puller, Michael Owen McGreehan by Julia Sheelan, Padraig's Mother.

The St. Pats team was Gary Conway, Shawn Doherty, Declan Griffin, Tommy Griffin, Michael Owen McGreehan, Yvonne McEntee, Seán Conway and Ciarán Fitzpatrick, coached by Coach Hugh Mór Conway. Special word of praise to Yvonne McEntee who pulled like a horse in her first ever appearance in a senior men's team.

Next up for St. Pats is the National 600kg Championship, which is to be held next week in Buncrana, Co. Donegal and St. Pats will be hoping to continue their winning run of Nationals this season having already taken the National 720kg, 680kg & 640kg 8-a-side and the National 450kg, 425kg & 400kg 5-a-sides.

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