End of Season - Buttermere Show

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Herdwick SheepButtermere Show brought to an end the longest wrestling season that I can remember, for it began in March with a ring beside the finishing straight at Carlisle Racecourse, and ended with a ring beside a big crowd of Herdwick pens in the Buttermere fells. Although for wrestling the date is very late, apparently it has been moved forward in recent years, for the Show is in fact a Shepherds Meet when stray sheep could be returned to their owners. From there it was a small step to see who had the best sheep, the fanciest stick, the fastest hound, could run up hills better than anyone else, and could fell all comers in the wrestling ring. The event is for local people doing what they have always done so well and if anyone wants to come along and see, that is fine by them.

The wrestling, though, brought together a select band of experts from a wide area to join the locals. Gordon Nichol of Newcastleton and Jack Ewart of Westward met in the final of the All Weights as the last bout of the season, and continued the battling bouts that pounded the Carlisle Wrestling Club mats earlier in the week. The suspense continued as Nichol went ahead with a backover twist, Ewart equalised and then Nichol won the day by getting in the last twist in a closely contested bout.

John Harrington grounds William Atkinson. Referee, John Wilson takes careful note.Some of the best bouts of the day came in the semi-finals of the All Weights when John Harrington of Bewaldeth was on the receiving end of two startlingly good throws from two rising stars. Firstly, Ewart, who is significantly bigger, used his physical advantages to devastating effect, especially for a left-leg inside-hipe. Then, in the consolation bout for third place, Matthew Atkinson swung Harrington and inside-clicked him in mid-air for the first fall. Harrington gathered himself to win the next two bouts and he had already won the 12 ½ stones, so the day was certainly no disaster for him. All the other winners were to be expected. Thomas Gibson has won everywhere at Under 12 Years. The Atkinson brothers William and Matthew duly won their age groups, and Megan Gibson beat a strong local girl, Lily Hodgson, to finish the season on a high note.

The Academy Shield is now imminent with the early date of Saturday, 13th November, hosted by Milnthorpe Academy. The various academies will have to get swiftly into action to organise teams of thirteen wrestlers for the event.

Next Friday night November 5th, is the Presentation Dinner at the Auctioneer, Rosehill, Carlisle, (Click on name to see location) when the most successful wrestlers on the CWWA circuit will receive trophies. All those interested in our traditional sport are invited to attend.


Buttermere Shepherds' Show

Under 12 Years 1, T Gibson; 2, J Wilson ; 3, G Wilson . Under 15 Years 1, W Atkinson; 2, G Wilson ; 3, S Wilson . Under 18 Years 1, M Atkinson; 2, W Atkinson; 3, T Gibson. Girls 1, M Gibson; 2, L Hodgson. 12 ½ st 1, John Harrington; 2, M Atkinson; 3, W Atkinson. All Weights 1, G Nichol; 2, J Ewart; 3, John Harrington


Friday, 5th November CWWA Presentation Dinner. Tickets available from Alf Harrington and Board Members £20 (Juniors £10)

Wednesday, 10th November Currock House Gym Carlisle Wrestling Club Junior Points Night

Saturday, 13th November Academy Shield at Leasgill Atheneum, Near Heversham.

Written by © Roger Robson. Photographs by © Roger Robson, Julian Richardson or Linda Scott (October 28th 2010)

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