'That might be it' for ploughing champ Gerry
PHILIPSTOWN'S ploughing star Gerry King is considering retirement after decades as the undisputed champion of Ireland.
Specialising in the horse plough, he landed his eleventh All-Ireland last week in Portlaoise and promptly declared 'that might be it for me'.
It was a King family treble as his sons David and Gerard also won national titles, the fourth time they'd completed the treble, following on 2002, 2003 and 2004.
'The ground was dry this year and we seemed to win by a few more points than usual,' Gerry said.
He believes the more stony soil around Co. Louth stood to them as they are more familiar with working hard ground than most.
With Joe Doherty from Kilcurry, he also secured the county title.
'I'll have to think long and hard about it,' he said. 'The plough is getting very heavy now.'
The King family are synonymous with the sport, with Gerry's dad, Johnny, a driving force in the early part of the last century.