Killington Sports

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“What's modern youth coming to these days?” they say, and tut.

Overview of Killington Sports Isle of Man? No, Killington wrestling

Well, last week most of modern youth seemed to be at Killington Sports. Crocodiles of them wound their way up nearby hills before racing down to the finishing tape. They leapt along in sacks, threw and tried to catch eggs, pasted each other in the pillow-fight, shackled up for the three-legged race and flung each other about in the wrestling ring. Those with time on their hands either rolled down the nearby drumlin or had another ice-cream.

The biggest difficulty for the wrestling was fitting in all the bouts before darkness fell. With more than twenty entries for the Under 15 Years the organisers had either to wrestle “sudden death” or find floodlights. Rounding up the westlers to compete was another problem for it is difficult to wrestle if you are up a hill or in a sack. Senior heavyweights like Jack Ewart and Joe Threlfall had a long wait to compete.

Graham Brocklebank, winner of the 13 stones and the All Weights at Killington

In the end, the last bout of all was one of the most interesting, as it pitted Grasmere Champion, Joe Threlfall against the younger and lighter Graham Brocklebank in the final of the All Weights. Threlfall had controlled all his opponents before dispatching them with an outside-hipe or a twist over the knee. Brocklebank warmed up by winning the 13 stones event.

Against expectation, Brocklebank took the first fall when he moved quickly to twist the twister to the ground. Normal service seemed to resume in the second bout when Threlfall gained hold and then rushed his man forward and down. In the decider, Brocklebank pushed in and seemed to be going for a hipe, but that was just a ploy to set Threlfall up for the twist that took him suddenly back the other way and down.




Thomas Gibson hipes on his way to win the Under 12s at Killington

Thomas Gibson survived a fright from his old/young adversary, Sam Wilson to win the Under 12 Years. Daryl Hodgson, slimmer and taller than I remember, came top of the big pile which was the Under 15s. Stuart Mason, now working as a builder, had the shoulders and skill to win the Under 18s and a new event for those Under 21 Years and under 12 stones. And Connie Hodgson reminded everyone how good she is with her hiping and twisting as she won from a good entry of girls.

On Saturday it is possible, if you are keen enough and dad is paying for the petrol, to fit in two events: The Roman Wall Show in the afternoon and Lowgill Sports in the evening. Next week-end, get a tent and camp out after the 14st World Championship at Kirkheaton in Northumberland and take in Rothbury Tractor Rally the following day.

Results: Killington Sports

Under 12 Years 1, T Gibson; 2, G Wilson ; 3, B Anderson . Under 15 Years 1, D Hodgson; 2, J Kevill; 3, F Witt. Under 18 Years 1, S Mason; 2, B Brocklebank; 3, J Hall. Under 21 Years/12st 1, S Mason; 2, W Atkinson; 3, B Brocklebank. Under 16 Girls 1, C Hodgson; 2, R Boardley; 3, H Hodgson. 13st 1, G Brocklebank; 2, S Mason; 3, W Atkinson. All Weights 1, G Brocklebank; 2, J Threlfall; 3, J Ewart.


Saturday, 12th June 2pm   Roman Wall  U13,U17,11.5,13.5,AW

7pm    Lowgill        U12,U14,U16,12,AW, Ladies

Saturday, 19th June 2pm Kirkheaton U9/U12/U15/12/14st Ch'ship/AW

Sunday, 21st June 1pm Rothbury Tractor Rally U10/U13/U16/12/15/AW

Written by © Roger Robson. Photographs by © Roger Robson, Julian Richardson or Linda Scott (June 10th 2010)

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