Carlisle Points Night

Currock House Community Centre serves a small area of Carlisle, but also hosts each week a community which stretches from West Cumbria and the coastal plain right up to hill farms near Alston and through the Tyne Gap to Haydon Bridge.

Carlisle Wrestling Club held its first Points Night of the Winter and it brought youngsters and parents and wrestlers from all quarters of the compass. In the final of the Under 12 Years Joe Thompson of Alston felled Paul Murray of Arlecdon near Whitehaven. The trophy for the best wrestler was won by Jack Brown of Haydon Bridge.

So many young wrestlers turned up that the original intention to take only one team to the Academy Shield on Saturday was abandoned and a B team was selected. The boys vastly outnumbered the men, but the intensity of competition amongst the seniors was remarkable. Only four wrestlers weighed in for the 11½ stones, but after the round-robin competition was finished it had to be re-run twice before a result was obtained. That set the standard for the rest of the weights, for there were wrestle-offs in each section of the men's wrestling. In such a climate, John Harrington can be proud of a double win in the middle weights and the All Weights.

Out of almost three hours of wrestling I especially remember Joe Thompson croos-clicking Paul Murray for the deciding fall in the Under 12 Years; Jack Ewart buttocking his way to victory against the shrewd Adam Ridley in the final of the Under 15 Years; a new talent, Josh Desborough controlling Watchai Noimai in the Under 15 final, and Helen Housby making life difficult for the lads with hanks. “Brilliant!” said Sid Housby only once, and that was when Andrew Carlile threw the long legs of Richard Dixon into the distance with a hipe, but still had to finish off with and outside stroke to take the neatest of falls. The standard of wrestling was such that only the best chips, perfectly timed gained success.

Milnthorpe Academy's winter wrestling programme continued as usual last week, with wrestling training and internal competitions, but this week-end will be a remarkable one in its short history, for it will host the Academy Shield for the first time. The internal competitions saw Douglas Parsons win the Under 14 Years when he felled Stuart Mason in the final with a twist over the knee. The Under 16 Years had a high action final between Tom Mason and Sam Wilkinson with both wrestlers swinging and twisting, but Mason twice took falls by putting in the last twist.

The Academy Shield was originally awarded for the winner of the Academy League in the post-War wrestling boom sixty years ago. After falling into disuse in the sixties the Shield Match was reconstituted in its present form in the eighties. Teams are expected from Northumberland, West Cumbria, Carlisle and Kendal as well as the host club.

Carlisle Wrestling Club Points Night

6st: 1, J Brown; 2, J Walton; 3, D Miller; 4, H Housby.

7st: 1, J Brown; 2, H Housby; 3,J Walton; 4, P Murray.

8½st: 1, A Ridley; 2, M Harrington; 3, W Noimai; 4, D Ewart.

10st: 1, J Desborough; 2, W Noimai; 3, C Ridley; 4, P Murray

Girls: 8st 1, K Brown; 2, H Housby.

Girls Open: 1, D Thompson; 2, K Brown; 3, H Housby.

Under 12 Years: 1, J Thompson; 2, P Murray; 3, H Housby; 3, J Walton.

Under 15 Years: 1, J Ewart; 2, A Ridley; 3, W Noimai; 4, M Harrington.

Under 18 Years: 1, R Dixon; 2, C Potts; 3, Joe Harrington; 4, P Housby.

11½st: 1, A Carlile; 2, R Dixon; 3, John Harrington; 4, C Potts.

13st: 1, John Harrington; 2, A Carlile; 3, C Potts; 4, R Dixon.

All Weights: 1, John Harrington; 2, R Dixon; 3, A Carlile; 4, Joe Harrington.

Written by © Roger Robson. Photographs by © Roger Robson, Julian Richardson or Linda Scott (November 10th 2005)

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