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Ireland Victorious In 19th Pike International

9th October 2010
Ireland Victorious In 19th Pike International

Ireland celebrated victory over Britain in the 19th International Pike Championships last week in Galway and Roscommon.

The 10-strong Irish squad secured the win after a hard-fought two-day contest on the river Suck, despite traling behind by 23lb in the opening stage in Glinsk.

But Irish team captain Eugene McCabe rallied his side as the competition moved downstream to Ballyforan for day two. The fresh surroundings inspired the Irish to amass a huge catch of 187lb 5oz, whereas the British could only manage 103lb 8oz.

The numbers were more than enough to lift Ireland's total catch clear past their opponents to take the title.

And the weekend was a double victory for the Irish, too, as 25-year-old Jody Kiernan from Meath was declared individual champion for his 21-fish catch of 53lb 10oz.

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