5 Events, long distances to travel, and dodgy weather

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With five events, big distances to travel, and dodgy weather, the keenness of wrestlers and followers was fully tested last week, but each event, in its own way kept the crowds well entertained with skilful and competitive wrestling.

At Lunesdale Show, Kirkby Lonsdale, the Under 18 Years 10st World Championship gave the lighter lads a chance to shine. Ben Brocklebank of Warton had the hardest route to the final for he had to beat two clever lightweights, David Miller of Wigton and Bradley Thompson of Kendal. In the final against Jack Brown of Haydon Bridge his good form continued when he took the first fall with a back-heel which became a twist over the knee. This was a wake-up call for Brown and he equalised with his own chopping right-leg back-heel. For the decider, Brown went for attack, hiped Brocklebank into a bad position and finished him off with a back-over twist. The championship win was well deserved for a lad who has followed the ring all year, and is showing greater and greater skill.

The biggest problem at Ings was a lack of officials and a microphone, but a good appreciative crowd stayed behind to see the Wilson/Atkinson and Hodgson/Brocklebank families battle it out.

At Powburn Jack Brown revved up for the Championship with a win at Under 16. Jacob Wragg hanked his way to a first victory in the 11 ½ stones, Jack hale swung and hiped for the 14st, and Richard Younger leaned on and outside-stroked all-comers in the All Weights.

Gilsland was the Richard Fox show, his best fall an inside-click in mid air set up by a hipe. John Harrington won the 11 ½ st final against Watchai Noimai, then travelled on to Forestburngate to fell the same opponent in the final of the same weight.

At Forestburngate Andrew Ord was the main man, winning the Under 21s and at 15 ½ st. He also pressed the All weights Champion, Darren Whitfield hard in the All Weights final, taking the first fall. In the end we saw the unlikely use of a full-blooded hank from Whitfield to dispatch Ord for the decider.

And then there is the Gibson family: Thomas won at four different venues, John won the midge-weight event of Under 8 Years at Kirkby Lonsdale, and Megan travelled to Bridge of Allan Highland Games where she had 65 bouts, won the 7 ½ st against male opposition, and was second in the Scottish Ladies 8 ½ st Championship. The biggest martyr to the wrestling cause was Megan's grandfather, John Armstrong, who thinks Scottish bagpipes should remain a distant whisper. At one point the wrestling continued as 59 pipe bands played together at full throttle nearby.

Results:

Ings Sheepdog Trials

Under 12 Years 1, T Gibson; 2, J Wilson ; 3, N Newman. Under 15 Years 1, W Atkinson; 2, D Hodgson; 3, S Wilson . Under 18 Years 1, M Atkinson; 2, B Brocklebank; 3, D Hodgson. Girls 1, C Hodgson; 2, M Gibson; 3, E Newman. 12 ½ st 1, M Atkinson; 2, D Hodgson; 3, W Atkinson. All weights 1, T Hodgson; 2, S Robson ; 3, M Atkinson.

Powburn Show

Under 10 Years 1, H Bertram; 2, T Davidson; 3, E Robson . Under 13 Years 1, A Singer; 2, Joe Hale; 3, T Gibson. Under 16 Years 1, J Brown; 2, C Liddel; 3, C Carlyle. Novice 1, J Stephenson; 2, R Dodds; 3, J Wragg. 11 ½ st 1, J Wragg; 2, J Brown; 3, W Robson . 14st 1, Jack Hale; 2, J Wragg; 3, E Coxon . All Weights 1, R Younger; 2, J Davidson; 3, J Stephenson.

Gilsland Show

Under 14 Years 1, T Gibson; 2, S Wilson; 3, G Wilson . Under 18 Years 1, C Ridley; 2, W Atkinson; 3, J Brown Girls Under 15 Years 1, C Hodgson; 2, G Mitchell; 3, A Marsdaen. Ladies Open 1, C Hodgson; 2, A McGregor; 3, H Hodgson. 11 ½ st 1, John Harrington; 2, W Noimai ; 3, J Brown. 13 ½ st 1, R Fox; 2, M Laurie; 3, G Nichol. All Weights 1, R Fox; 2, G Nichol; 3, John Harrington.

Forestburngate

Under 10 Years 1, H Bertram; 2, J Nellis 3, D Wilson. Under 12 Years 1, T Gibson; 2, H Bertram; 3, C Whitfield. Under 15 Years 1, C Carlyle; 2, C Mason; 3, M Dixon . Under 21 Years 1, A Ord; 2, Jack Hale; 3, D Crane. Ladies Open 1, C Hodgson; 2, H Hodgson; 3, E Davidson. 12 ½ st 1, John Harrington; 2, W Noimai ; 3, M Old. 15 ½ st 1, A Ord; 2, Jack Hale; 3, J Davidson. All Weights 1, D Whitfield; 2, A Ord; 3, Jack Hale.

Kirkby Lonsdale

Under 8 Years 1, J Gibson; 2, T Hodgson; 3, A Hodgson. Under 12 |Years 1, T Gibson; 2, G Wilson; 3, J Wilson. Under 15 Years 1, W Atkinson; 2, T Gibson; 3, D Hodgson. Under 18 Years/10st Championship 1, J Brown; 2, B Brocklebank; 3, B Thompson. Under 18 Years 1, S Brocklebank ; 2, M Atkinson; 3, J Brown. Girls 1, C Hodgson; 2, M Gibson; 3, A Beswick. 13st 1, G Brocklebank; 2, M Atkinson; 3, J Brown.All Weights 1, G Brocklebank; 2, S Brocklebank ; 3, M Atkinson.

Dates:

Saturday 14 th August 12 noon Dalston U12/U15/U18/11 ½ /13/15st Ch'chip/AW

Sunday 15 th August 2pm Torver U12/U15/U16/11 ½ /13/AW/Ladies/Costume

Saturday 21 st August Rusland, Gosforth, and Allendale.

Written by © Roger Robson. Photographs by © Roger Robson, Julian Richardson or Linda Scott (August 12th 2010)

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