Wrestling Competition with a difference

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DATES:
Monday, 30th May - Northumberland Show - Corbridge
U10 / U14 /U18 / Girls U15 / Girls Open / 11½ st / 13½ st / AW

Thursday, 2nd June - Killington Sports U12 / U15 / U18 / Girls U18 / Men U21 &12 st / 13 st / AW.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is a wrestling competition with a difference: the wrestlers compete for points and not prize money; each wrestler can only compete in one category; no names are called out, only club names; and most are in club colours with their nick-name or a daft slogan on the back.

Yes, it is the Young Farmers’ Club Field Day in North Cumbria.

The entry numbers, which would make any normal event envious, and the partisan support and good humour make it a lively event. Not unexpectedly, though, the winners are wrestlers who make their mark in the open competitions of our Grass Season.

David Miller, representing Aspatria in the 9½ stones, was a case in point, when his years of training and competition at Carlisle Wrestling Club made his task easy. Normally he has to wrestle well above his weight, but against level opposition he was able to go for his chips and won with inside hipes and swinging hipes in the final against George Irving of Kirklinton.

John Harrington of Caldbeck YFC not unexpectedly won the 11½ stones against the inexperienced David Pollock of Raughtonhead in the final. In the first round Harrington met Paul Murray, back after a long absence because of injury. Harrington won but only after Murray had given a good account of himself.

Richard Fox is another Young Farmer who can win at the highest levels of the sport, and it was he who gave the most spectacular demonstration of the arts of Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling.

Fiona Laurie of Kirklinton does not wrestle often, but her brother, Murdo, must have have been coaching her both for her outing at Grasmere last year and here at Calthwaite, where she felled Nicola Smith of Brampton in the final.

Last wrestle of the day was won by Katie Wigham of Caldbeck against Fiona Steel of Wigton. Katie is better known as a ladies rugby player, but her regular participation in the Field Day has given her experience and recognition.

In the South of the county Sedbergh Gala attracted good entries, and show-cased the qualities of the present wrestlers of Kendal Academy. Star wrestler was Graham Brocklebank who won the 13st section in a final with William Atkinson, and then went on to fell Joe Threlfall in the Heavyweight final.

In keeping with the CWWA policy of encouraging young wrestlers with unorthodox weights, Killington Sports, next Thursday, has added a class for men who are under 21 years and under 12 stones.

Results

Sedbergh Gala
Event First Second Third
Under 12 Years T. Gibson J. Lashley J. Wilson
Under 15 Years J. Hayhurst J. Threlfall H. King
Under 18 Years J. Hall W. Atkinson J. Hayhurst
Girls Under 10 Years O. Wilson R. Hodgson N/A
Ladies Open C. Hodgson L. Wilson E. Wilson
13 Stone G. Brocklebank W. Atkinson S. Mason
Mens All Weights G. Brocklebank J. Threlfall N. Morris
Cumbria YFC Northern Field Day
Event First Second Third
Women's 10 Stone F. Laurie (Kirklinton) N. Smith M. Gibson
Women's Over 10 Stone K. Wigham (Caldbeck) F. Steel A. McGregor
9½ Stone D. Miller (Aspatria) G. Irving C. Pears
11½ Stone J. Harrington (Caldbeck) D. Pollock R. Dixon
Over 11½ Stone R. Fox (Longtown) C. Ackerley C. Pollock
Written by © Roger Robson. Photographs by © Roger Robson, Julian Richardson or Linda Scott (May 26th 2011)

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