The Roman Wall Show

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Tekkin hod are Jack Ewart and John Harrington. Referee is Jimmy Pringle Craig Ridley hoists Jack Brown Andrew Ord hipes John Harrington

The star of the show on the lofty Roman Wall ridge was undoubtedly John Harrington of Bewaldeth who won both the 11½ and 13 stones. Each time in the final his opponent was the up-and-coming Craig Ridley of Slaggyford. The two finals followed the same pattern with Harrington setting the pace in the first hold with attacking expansive wrestling, twisting and hiping. Then in the second hold a coolly efficient inside-click, right at the start, finished the bout. Harrington's wrestling came to an end in the All Weights semi-final when Andrew Ord of Morpeth controlled him and then used his long legs to hipe successfully. In the final, Ord met Andrew Carlile of Carlisle , who had been competing well in all the senior categories on a rising trajectory. As one of the lightest wrestlers in the field Carlile had to rely on timing and trickery. Out he went in the first round of the lightweights, but he did take the middle fall against John Harrington by riding the hipe and twisting. In the 13 stones he reached the semi-finals and took the first fall against the ubiquitous John Harrington with a neat cross-click, then lost the next two falls. Now came the All Weights. He reached the final. He took the first fall with a shimmy and a twist. The Romantic script was unfolding, the headlines were waiting to be written, then Ord hiped him twice, emphatically. Sic transit gloria.

At Lowgill Sports the most prolific winner was James Hayhurst, who had been prised from his trials bike for the evening. He won the Under 14 Years and then the Senior 12 stones as well as taking a lively part in everything else except the Girls event which was won by Connie Hodgson. Graham Brocklebank, back to his best form and fitness, was the inevitable winner of the All Weights.


Roman Wall Show

Under 13 Years 1, T Gibson;2, S Kyle;3, R Palmer. Under 17 Years 1, W Hayhurst ; 2, C Moore; 3, W Atkinson. 11 ½ st 1, John Harrington; 2, C Ridley; 3, W Atkinson. 13 ½ st 1, John Harrington; 2, C Ridley; 3, A Carlile. All Weights 1, A Ord; 2, A Carlile; 3, John Harrington.

Lowgill Sports

Under 12 Years 1, T Gibson; 2, S Wilson ; 3, M Ford. Under 14 Years 1, J Hayhurst; 2, T Gibson; 3, S Wilson . Under 16 Years 1, W Hayhurst ; 2, J Hayhurst; 3, T Gibson. Girls 1, C Hodgson; 2, H Hodgson; 3, A Beswick. 12st 1, J Hayhurst; 2, D Hodgson; 3, A Taylor . All Weights 1, G Brocklebank; 2, J Hayhurst; 3, T Hodgson.


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

Saturday, 26th June - 2.30pm Alston Gala U12/U15/U18/ Ladies /11½ /13/AW World Championship

Sunday, 27th June - 2.30pm Patterdale Country Fair U12/U15/U18/11½ /13/AW

Written by © Roger Robson. Photographs by © Roger Robson, Julian Richardson or Linda Scott (June 17th 2010)

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