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Thomas Graham of Alston (right), winner of the All Weights, wrestles Jack Ewart of Westward in the semi-finals Sibling rivalry. The mother insisted that they have a grand challenge match in the ring Local lads Dalton Frith and Jamie Wilson start off the wrestling at Bampton Sports, while referee Alf Harrington looms large

The tiny village of Bampton, lying between Haweswater and Shap hosted wrestling at its Sports day for a second year. While the runners made their way up to the top of the nearby limestone outcrop, Carlisle trained wrestlers took most of the glory in the wrestling ring. Best of all was Watchai Noimai, the Thai lad now settled in Carlisle. He has been producing spectacular falls all season, but recently he has also got into the habit of winning outright. In the Under 18s he had a massive challenge in the form of Jack Ewart of Westward who had wrestled so well at Haltwhistle the previous week. Noimai managed to escape all the power and catch Ewart with a low back-heel. In the final he repeated the back-heel strike against Joe Thompson for the first fall, then won the second with a flying inside-hipe. He carried that spectacular form into the final of the 12 ½ stones when he dispatched William Atkinson from Kendal with another hipe. Then he showed his subtler skills by taking the second fall with an outside stroke. Two big men sat watching all afternoon before joining the action for the All Weights. Joe Harrington made a welcome return to the ring after returning from University at Newcastle. He is a big lad, but was made small by the massive Thomas Graham of Alston. Graham, is virtually untutored, but has been travelling with the Thompsons to several events and is fast catching on. He caught Harrington with a big twist for the first fall in the final, and took the second with an even bigger twist for his first win. Just before the All Weights we were treated to a challenge match. Can we borrow the ring, please. They're determined to wrestle. Two tiny children with serious faces marched into the centre and took hold. After a skirmish sister fell on top of brother, only for him to squirm out and launch a furious and illegal attack on his sister. To cheers, Tom Harrington, the referee, calmed things down and returned the combatants to mum. Great Eccleston Show, near Blackpool had a shortage of senior wrestlers but that gave opportunities to a group of locals who gave a good account of themselves. With Harry Brocklebank's lads in the crowd round the ring you would have thought that Graham and Tom would have had it all sewn up, but they were injured and did not compete. The youngest of the brothers, Ben, took his chance, won the Under 15s and wrestled up in two more finals. His performance brought him the trophy for the best wrestler of the day. Another Brocklebank brother, Tony, who does not usually compete, took a full part in the senior wrestling, reaching the prizemoney in all three weights. A strong local Novice, Louis Derbyshire, won both the 13 stones and the All Weights. Boy champion, Paul Murray of Arlecdon, went up North to compete with the Scots at Stirling Highland Games. Murray often has to wrestle at a weight disadvantage, but at Stirling he competed in the boys 8½st and 10½st sections. Wrestling in a round-robin system he won every single bout and then went on to take fourth place in the senior 9½st Scottish Championship

Results:

Bampton Sports

Under 12 Years 1, C Paulson; 2, T Fraser; 3, J Wilson. Under 15 Years 1, J Thompson; 2, C Paulson; 3, W Atkinson. Under 18 Years 1, W Noimai; 2, J Thompson; 3, B Thompson. Girls 1, S Hindmarch; 2, E Wilson; 3, C Paulson. 12½st 1, W Noimai; 2, W Atkinson; 3, J Thompson. All Weights 1, T Graham; 2, Joe Harrington; 3, J Ewart.

Great Eccleston Show

Under 12 Years 1, Olly; 2, J Fond; 3, D Molly. Under 15 Years 1, B Brocklebank; 2, I Hammond; 3, S Lashley Under 18 Years 1, B McLaughlin; 2, B Brocklebank; 3, P Bowle. Girls 1, C Hodgson; 2, A Rawcliffe; 3, L Kilpatrick. 11st 1, B McLaughlin; 2, B Brocklebank; 3, Tony Brocklebank. 13st 1, L Derbyshire; 2, Tony Brocklebank; 3, S Lashley. All Weights 1, L Derbyshire; 2, B Rawcliffe; 3, Tony Brocklebank.

Dates:

Saturday, 19th July 4pm Cumberland Show U12/U15(7st)/U15/U18/12/14st Ch'ship/AW

Sunday, 20th July 2.30pm Coniston U12/ U15/U18/11½/13/AW

Friday, 25th July 2.30pm Langholm Common Riding U12/ U16/11/13/AW

Saturday 26th July Penrith Show includes 13st Championship

Sunday, 27th July 12.30pm Flookburgh U12/ U15/U18/11½/13/AW

Thursday, 31st July Ambleside Sports

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

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