Kirkheaton Show

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Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling? It all took place in Northumberland last week, including the CWWA 14st World Championship at Kirkheaton Show. But, two Carlisle men, David Atkinson and Andrew Carlile, faced each other in the final.

A Who's Who of wrestling watching intently behind David Atkinson ansd Andrew Carlile

David Atkinson is a 'rara avis', a rare bird, for he is a city lad in a sport dominated by farming families. We keep losing him, but he always seems to return. He broke a bone as a lad at Currock House, but returned to the ring. He went to live in France and came back. He worked for a year in Bristol, not a noted centre for C&W wrestling and came back like the swallows in summer. He catastrophically broke his leg at Ambleside Sports yet still kept faith with wrestling, steel plate and all. No longer was he a regular competitor but he tried himself out at a few chosen venues with good effect, but not quite up to his old swashbuckling championship self. He coached at Carlisle Wrestling Club and on one night was on blistering form to win the internal Points Competition. At the Northumberland County Show in the 13st Championship he pushed the defending champion, Richard Fox to three closely fought falls. At Kirkheaton the old David Atkinson emerged undiminished. He felled the holder, Richard Fox, in the first round. Fox only survived because of the sawdust line at the ring edge for the first two holds, but Atkinson then got a good hold and rushed Fox forward and down. The second success came when Atkinson buttocked Fox by the ears, which sounds physically impossible, but wrestlers know what I mean. Atkinson faced a different problem with the Under 18 Champion, Jack Hale who swings and hipes. His first bout was a disaster as he tried to buttock and missed, landing on his nose, in a heap. Regroup. Atkinson got a good hold and rushed his man forward. In the decider Hale eventually got his hipe going, but Atkinson rode it and twisted to win.

The 14st Championship final: David Atkinson hoists Andrew Carlile onto his hip Left to right: Johnny Henderson, Kirkheaton Show Chairman, David Atkinson with the championship belt, Andrew Carlile, runner-up, with Morgan Carlile Joe Hale (left) wrestles Thomas Gibson Kirkheaton Tractor Show

The final created a problem not normal in wrestling bouts: who was going to look after the baby? When Andrew Carlile felled Jacob Wragg in the first round, Carlile's child, Morgan, was being nursed or possibly hiped by David Atkinson. When Carlile and Atkinson met in the final no childcare had been organised so Joe Brown, Jack's dad, stepped into the breach. The final saw Atkinson return to his best. For the first fall he hiped and swung Carlile onto his knees. In the second hold Carlile rode the hipe and got last twist. At last, in the final bout Atkinson hoisted Carlile onto his right hip, reached across, high, with his right leg and cross-buttocked him in mid-air. The Champion was back. In September David Atkinson goes to Iceland for three days to coach our style of wrestling. Lucky Iceland .

Other wrestlers who shone last week were Harry Bertram in the youngest age-groups, Joe Hale, who can fell bigger lads regularly, Jack Brown who is going for his chips this year, and Andrew Ord who has got the winning way for all the heavier weights in Northumberland.


Kirkheaton Show

Under 9Years 1, H Bertram; 2, C Brodie; 3, A Law. Under 12 Years 1, Joe Hale; 2, T Gibson; 3, G Aynsley. Under 15 Years 1, Joe Hale; 2, A Singer; 3, T Gibson. Girls 1, J Elder; 2, M Dickinson; 3, E Ridley. 12st 1, John Harrington; 2, J Brown; 3, A Carlile. 14st Championship 1, D Atkinson; 2, A Carlile; 3, Jack Hale. All Weights 1, A Ord; 2, R Fox; 3, N Birdsall

Rothbury Tractor Rally

Under 10 Years 1, H Bertram; 2, C Brodie;3, A Brown. Under 13 Years 1, D Brown; 2, Joe Hale; 3, H Bertram. Under 16 Years 1, J Brown; 2, Joe Hale;3, D Brown. 12st 1, J Brown; 2, D Brown; 3, C Carlyle. 12st 1, A Ord; 2, J Brown; 3, Jack Hale. All Weights 1, A Ord; 2, N Birdsall ;3, Jack Hale.


Saturday, 26th June 2.30pm Alston Gala U12/U15/U18/ Ladies /11 ½ /13/AW World Championship

Sunday, 27th June 2.30pm Patterdale Country Fair U12/U15/U18/11 ½ /13/AW

Saturday, 3rd July 12 noon Skelton Show U13/U16/U18/11 ½ /13/AW

Sunday, 4th July Langdale Gala


Written by © Roger Robson. Photographs by © Roger Robson, Julian Richardson or Linda Scott (June 24th 2010)

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