Great fun at Lough Sunday 2014
The rain may have dominated the weekend weather but in Loughmacrory, following a terrific Tri the Lough event on Saturday, the scene was dominated by fun and games as Lough Sunday took centre stage.
The day’s events got underway with the annual kids Duathlon as over 70 children participated in the event, in conjunction with Oma Tri Club. Various age-groups and routes provided a terrific fun-filled hour for kids and parents alike with many notable ‘young stars of the future’ Tri the Lough catching the eye.
The One Wall Arena, in which one of the biggest Tournaments anywhere will take place over the weekend of 15th-17th August, certainly showed it’s great versatility as a Multi Purpose facility over the weekend. While the Tri the Lough utilised the space for a transition stage of the triathlon on Saturday, the venue provided an ideal home for Bouncy Castles, face-painting and annual barbecue while at the same time playing host to the first Lough Sunday Junior Handball Blitz. Over 300 people made use of the sheltered facility during a few torrential storms but in the end it was all smiles for those in attendance.
In the Junior Handball Blitz, open to boys and girls under 10 years of age, it was Ronan Fox, who eventually won the day’s event as he denied Gary McAleer by 11-9 in the final. Ronan also had an 11-10 win in his semi final over Peter Colgan while in the B section it was another close one as Connor Fox defeated Ruairi McCullagh also by 11-10 in the final. It was a great showing from so many young players in the club with 18 under 10 handballers, boys and girls, taking part. Some will again be in action in the Lough 1Wall Showdown Tournament in 2 week’s time.
There was also the Kids Caterpillar Train on show while a host of watersports proved very popular throughout the day also. The Loughmacrory Angling Club also treated many to boat rides and angling on the day and then over 400 watched on from the new stand as Loughmacrory seniors continued their excellent run of recent form with a 1-10 to 0-6 win over Killeeshil. This match was a repeat of the 2013 Junior Championship final and, with weather similar to what was experienced in that final, it proved close in the first half as Loughmacrory lead by 0-5 to 0-3. A well taken second half goal from Pearse Grimes proved an invaluable score as the St. Teresa’s moved on to 11 points and into the upper half of the table in division 2.
Elsewhere, Paula Donaghy and her team at Revolution Fitness provided taster sessions with Kids Combat Cardio, highlighting their terrific facilities at the Loughview Centre.