Local show boys do battle

THIS is the season of mists, mellow fruitfulness and lots of local agricultural shows, six in a space of five days. And in the last days of summer freedom hosts of boys entered for wrestling, 20 at Ennerdale and even more at Hesket Newmarket.

The local lads generated extra excitement in each round, but the winners were usually the far travellers, Jack Brown from Haydon Bridge, Joe Thompson from Alston, the Ewart brothers from Westward, Watchai Noimai from Anthorn.

Ennerdale was buzzing with anticipation until the rain came. The crowd dwindled but the wrestlers remained to give a good account of themselves, with Carlisle Academy wrestlers winning everything, except the Ladies’ event, even though remote West Cumbrian fellside where the wrestling took place is a world away from the city.

Grayrigg Show was triumph for the inter-related Hodgson/Brocklebank family. Uncle Trevor Hodgson met two Brocklebank nephews in successive finals. He went down to Thomas in the 15 stones but felled Graham in the All Weights.

Scott Brocklebank had set the ball rolling by winning the under-12 Years, and cousin Graham then won three categories.

Only Sam Wilkinson broke the family monopoly when he felled Scott Brocklebank in the final of the under-15s. Heavyweight, Joe Threlfall might have done the same but he thought it was an evening event and arrived to an empty showfield.

The Brocklebanks were out in force at Lowick Show two days later and took home most of the prize-money.

At Harbottle and Hesket Newmarket previously unknown wrestlers made there mark.

And at Hesket Stuart Foster of Sebergham won at both Under 18 Years and the Novices. At Harbottle Jimmy Pringle was impressed by the debut of Garth Deardon, A right tall lad, blond, always twisting and trying’.

Simon Hamilton, who was a Novice wrestler until winning at Bellingham Show the previous week, won again at Harbottle, and he was given a silver cup to prove it.

The most serious and professional wrestling of the week took place at Wolsingham Show which gives some of the best prize-money on the circuit.

The intense competition between Andrew Carlile and John Harrington continued unabated with Carlile taking the honours in the 11 stones and Harrington in the 12 stones.


Ennerdale Show

Under-12: 1, D Ewart; 2, J Thompson; 3, J Brown.

Under-15: 1, J Ewart; 2, W Noimai; 3, H Chapman.

Under-18 : 1, Joe Harrington; 2, H Chapman; 3, W Noimai. Ladies: 1, D Thompson; 2, S Styles; 3, L Murray.

12½st: 1, P Barnes; 2, J Ewart; 3, G Kenyon.

All Weights: 1, C Clark; 2, Joe Harrington; 3, P Barnes.

Grayrigg Show

Under-12: 1, S Brocklebank; 2, J Thompson; 3, D Hodgson.

Under-15: 1, S Wilkinson; 2, S Brocklebank; 3, C Proctor.

Under-18: 1, G Brocklebank; 2, S Wilkinson; 3, A Thompson.

Ladies: 1, T Hodgson; 2, C Hodgson 3, D Thompson.

11½st: 1, G Brocklebank; 2, S Wilkinson; 3, B Brocklebank.

13st: 1, G Brocklebank;2, D Lawrence; 3, S Wilkinson.

15st: 1, T Brocklebank;2, T Hodgson; 3, G Brocklebank.

All Weights: 1, T Hodgson; 2, G Brocklebank; 3, T Brocklebank.

Hesket Newmarket Show

Under-12: 1, D Ewart; 2, B Wild; 3, J Howard.

Under-15:1, W Noimai; 2, J Ewart; 3, W Wilson.

Under-18: 1, S Foster; 2, M Harrington; 3, J Ewart.

Novices: 1, S Foster; 2, J Ewart; 3, M Harrington.

12½st: 1, John Harrington; 2, D Miller; 3, J Little.


Under-12: 1, J Brown; 2, M Fielding; 3, E Forster.

Under-14: 1, A Mills; 2, M Fielding; 3, W Singer.

Under-18: 1, R O'Kane; 2, G Deardon; 3, C Davy.

Novices: 1, G Deardon; 2, C Davy; 3, R O'Kane.

12st: 1, S Hamilton; 2, C Davy; 3, J Pattinson.

All Weights: 1, J Davidson; 2, S Hamilton; 3, J Pattinson.

Lowick Show

Under-12: 1, P Cowell; 2, S Brocklebank; 3, W Hayhurst.

Under-15: 1, S Wilkinson; 2, P Cowell; 3, S Brocklebank.

Under-18: 1, G Brocklebank; 2, S Brocklebank; 3, S Wilkinson.

12½st: 1, G Brocklebank; 2, W Hayhurst; 3, S Brocklebank.

All Weights: 1, T Brocklebank; 2, S Brocklebank; 3, G Brocklebank.

Wolsingham Show

Under-12: 1, J Thompson; 2, J Brown; 3, J Walton.

Under-15: 1, W Noimai; 2, J Hodgson; 3, M Harrington.

Under-18: 1, R Walton; 2, W Noimai; 3, J Hodgson.

Ladies: 1, T Hodgson; 2, G Hodgson-Stainton; 3, C Hodgson.

11st: 1, A Carlile; 2, J Pattinson; 3, John Harrington.

12st: 1, John Harrington; 2, A Carlile; 3, R Walton.

14st: 1, A Walton; 2, A Jones; 3, John Harrington.

All Weights: 1, R Leiper; 2, J Davidson; 3, Joe Threlfall.

Written by © Roger Robson. Photographs by © Roger Robson, Julian Richardson or Linda Scott (May 4th 2011)

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