A big man added some interest .....

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...to the wrestling at Dalemain, but he was never in the ring. Robbie Coltrane, the Glasgow actor, Hagred in the Harry Potter films, spent the afternoon finding out about wrestling for a series of programmes to go out in August about interesting activities lying on his route home from London to Glasgow.

He spoke at length with Mrs Molloy about the costumes, with Tom Harrington about the action, and with me about the history of our local sport. The media company sponsored a costume competition, and two of their researchers figured briefly in the women’s wrestling.

Their day had started early at the Hodgson family farm in Dentdale, for they were following Tracy on her way to winning yet another competition. A second thread developed when her father, Trevor, reached the final of the All Weights, but there the ideal script foundered, for Trevor found Jason Davidson in good form.

His role as coach of Rothbury Academy has trimmed him up physically and sharpened him up, too. He felled strong opposition in the form of 15st Champion Joseph Robson with an outside-hipe and was in control of Trevor Hodgson in the final. His protégés added greatly to the entertainment, and Jack Hale proved his quality by winning a tough Under 15 Years competition to add to his win at Irthington the previous week.

David Parsons, the coach at Milnthorpe Academy had reason to be pleased, for the smallest academy took two wins in the boys’ wrestling. Sam Lashley won the Under 12 Years, and two Milnthorpe wrestlers, Sam Wilkinson and Tom Mason contested the Under 18 Years final, with Wilkinson, who also wrestles at Kendal Academy, winning the day.

Amongst a feast of good wrestling, the best was focused in the finals of the 12½ stones, when Richard Fox felled John Harrington in the semi-finals and Andrew Carlile in the final. Imagine my frustration when I noticed that the camera crew were having a tea-break just at this point so some of the best wrestling of the day went unrecorded for the Robbie Coltrane programme which we hope will show our wrestling in a good light.

At the North Cumbria Young Farmers Field Day at Irthington, Caldbeck YFC were overall winners, helped in no small way by John Harrington’s performance in the wrestling when he won both the 11½st and the All Weights. He was given some stiff tests by both novices and the experienced wrestlers but his skill won the day.


North Cumbria YFC Field Day, Irthington

9½st: 1, M Haskins; 2, P Mattinson; 3, S Dinwood.

11½st: 1, John Harrington; 2, C Pollock; 3, R Dixon.

All Weights: 1, John Harrington; 2, R Fox; 3, K Fox.

Girls 11st: 1, E Groat; 2, M Graham; 3, L Donald.

Girls All Weights: 1, K Wigham; 2, R Marrs; 3, L Donald.

Eden Valley Vintage Rally, Dalemain.

Under 12 Years: 1, S Lashley; 2, M Fisher; 3, K Miller.

Under 15 Years: 1, J Hale; 2, S Brocklebank; 3, J Thompson.

Under 18 Years: 1, S Wilkinson; 2, T Mason; 3, F Healy.

12½st: 1, R Fox; 2, A Carlile; 3, John Harrington.

All Weights: 1, J Davidson; 2, T Hodgson; 3, J Robson.

Girls: 1, T Hodgson; 2, D Thompson; 3, H Hodgson.

Wrestling Strip: 1, R Dixon; 2, J Brown; 3 (equal), T Hodgson and John Harrington


May 19th  (Sat) Sedbergh Gala

May  28th  (Mon)  Northumberland County Show, Corbridge.

May 31st   (Thurs)  Killington Sports

Written by © Roger Robson. Photographs by © Roger Robson, Julian Richardson or Linda Scott (May 19th 2007 )


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