The Roman Wall Show.....

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......... used to take place in a bog near the Military Road, but for many years now it is perched high on the Great Whin Sill, right alongside Hadrian’s Wall with a spectacular view of crags and lakes. The wrestling too was a grand spectacle with Carlisle Wrestling Club supplying most of the winners.

Jack Brown of Haydon Bridge is necessarily having a lean year after his fine season in 2006, for he is a year older and finds himself facing older and bigger opposition all the time. At the Roman Wall Show, a rare 'Under 13 years' gave him the chance to shine again, and he took it, buttocking and twisting James Walton in the final.

Jack Ewart of Westward, after many years of regular attendance at the Wrestling Club, missed last winter because of cadets, but he showed that he remembered how to wrestle when he felled Watchai Noimai twice with the buttock in the Under 17 final.

John Harrington was central to all the action in the men’s wrestling, for he won the 11½ stones and contested the other two finals. Simon Hamilton of Bavington managed to gain a fall against Harrington at the recent County Show, but there was no sign of weakness from Harrington here when he hiped Hamilton to win.

Richard Fox, on his best form this year, won the 13½ stones after a finely balanced (literally) final with Harrington who gained the middle fall with a late twist. In the decider Harrington tried to bring Fox over on a leg-up buttock, but was twisted off it.

Harrington’s good form continued into the All Weights when he felled Fox in an early round and then managed to contain the rampant power of local favourite Andrew Murray. A local sheep farmer, Murray got a good grip and turned Harrington for the first fall as if he were going to clip him. In the next two falls Harrington negated Murray’s power and sat him on his backside with an inside-click.

In the All Weights final, Jason Davidson had too much weight and nous to be caught like that and won easily with hipes and twists.

Morpeth Gala

Morpeth Gala with its £800 prize money, brought out a good entry from Rothbury Academy to try to keep the Cumbrians at bay. Jimmy Pringle had sought to make the wrestling youth friendly, so there were four age categories for boys. All of them were won by Northumbrians, but one of them, Craig Ridley of Slaggyford, we claim as an honorary Cumbrian as he learns his wrestling skills at Carlisle. In the Under 16 Years final with the massive Nathan Birdsall, he proved conclusively that C&W Wrestling is not just about weight and strength.

Andrew Carlile outside-hipes Richard Dixon

For a while it became the Andrew Carlile Show for he dominated the 10½ stones and then allowed David Barnes of Dearham to do all the hard work for him in the 13½ stones before felling him in the final. Carlile who is one of the main coaches at Carlisle showed his full range of chips from the sneaky backover twists, which end a bout almost before it starts, to full-blooded swinging hipes.

The last two categories were dominated by big Northumbrians, while John Harrington worried away at them like a fox terrier. Jason Davidson won the day with outside hipes to win the 15½ stones. Then in the final of the All Weights, Richard Younger looked invincible as he twisted and outside-stroked Davidson.

Lowgill

The Brocklebank and Hodgson families turned out in force to new event at Lowgill in North Lancashire; the score was Brocklebanks 4, Hodgsons 2.

Mrs Dorothy Clarke of Grayrigg, a long-time member of the Governing Board, wife of CWWA President, the late Bob Clarke, and for over fifty years the main lady at the ringside table, has died at the age of 89 years.

Results:

Roman Wall Show

Under 13 Years 1, J Brown; 2, J Wal;ton; 3, R Coates.

Under 17 Years 1, J Ewart; 2,W Noimai; 3, J Brown.

11½st 1, John Harrington; 2, S Hamilton; 3, W Noimai.

13½st 1, R Fox; 2, John Harrinton; 3, S Hamilton.

All Weights 1, J Davidson; 2, John Harrington; 3, A Murray.

Lowgill

Under 12 Years 1, D Hodgson; 2, J Stubbs; 3, R Theakston.

Under 15 Years 1, S Brocklebank; 2, J Hodgson; 3, B Brocklebank.

Under 18 Years 1, G Brocklebank; 2, S Brocklebank; 3,B Brocklebank.

Ladies 1, J Hodgson; 2, G Hodgson-Stainton; 3, H Hodgson.

12½st 1, G Brocklebank; J Hodgson; 3, B Brocklebank.

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

Morpeth Gala

Under 10 Years 1, C Bertram; 2, C Whitfield; 3, H Bertram.

Under 13 Years 1, T Marley; 2, S Brewis; 3, J Brown.

Under 16 Years 1, C Ridley; 2, N Birdsall; 3, J Hale.

Under 18 Years 1, A Ord; 2, J Oliver; 3, J Hale.

10½st 1, A Carlile; 2, A Ridley; 3, R Dixon.

13st 1, A Carlile; 2, D Barnes; 3, John Harrington.

15½st 1, J Davidson; 2, John Harrington; 3, R Dixon.

All Weights 1, R Younger; 2, J Davidson; 3, John Harrington.

Dates:

June 16th   (Sat)  2pm Kirkheaton Show                   U12/U15/U18/12/15Ch’ship(£350)/AW

June 17th    (Sun) 1.15pm Silloth Vintage Rally                                                   U12/U15/U18/11½/13/AW

June 24th  (Sun)    2pm   Patterdale Lakeland Fair                                       U12/U15/U18/11½/13/AW

Written by © Roger Robson. Photographs by © Roger Robson, Julian Richardson or Linda Scott (February 10th 2011)

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