Penrith, Coniston & North Lonsdale Shows


Friday, 29th July - 2.30pm  Langholm  U12 / U16 / Ladies / 11½st / 13st / AW
Saturday, 30th July - 2pm Beetham  U12 / U14 / U16 / U18 / Girls / 12½st / AW
Saturday, 30th July - 12.30pm  Cockermouth U12 / U15 / U18 / Ladies / 11½st / 13st / AW
Sunday, 31st July - Flookburgh U12 / U15 / U18 / Girls / 11½ / 13 / AW
Thursday, 4th August - Ings U12 / U15 / U18 / Girls / 12½ / AW
Saturday 6th August - Powburn (including 14st World Championship)
Sunday 7th August - Gilsland

Andrew Ord with the All Weights World ChampionshipTrophy


The All Weights Championship at Penrith Show brought big men from all directions to compete for the big silver Wrestling Association trophy that lists the world champions since 1906.

The holder, Northumbrian, Darren Whitfield, put up a spirited defence of his title, single-handedly snuffing out the Scottish invasion from Dundee Wrestling Club. His first two rounds were a case of déjà vu for he met the Hirsch brothers, identical twins, but now significantly different in weight. First John Hirsch with a leg-up, and then Frazer with a buttock, took the first fall, only for Whitfield to tighten his defence and win with counters, until a final low buttock took him into the semi-final against Thomas Brocklebank. In that encounter, Brocklebank's raw power, and good technique gave him straight falls mainly won by twists.

Darren Whitfield buttocks John Hirsch in the All Weights

Up the other route to the final, Andrew Ord, a protégé of Whitfield's, eliminated some big men. In the first round he hiped Trevor Hodgson twice. His next opponent, Joe Threlfall, had bossed him recently at the Cumberland Show, but that must have been a learning experience for the young Northumbrian, for he outside-hiped Threlfall for the first fall and then, when Threlfall stepped in to attack, Ord chested him down.
This set up a final between two powerful wrestlers who rarely meet. Brocklebank, with his father and grandfather's names already on the cup hales from Warton in North Lancashire and Ord from beside Morpeth in Northumberland.
Brocklebank struck first, gaining a powerful hold and then twisting Ord over his knee. The tall, comparatively slim Ord, seemed to have no answer, but when Brocklebank tried to do the same again in the second bout, he tried to twist over the knee before he had complete control of Ord's long back, and Ord had enough room to twist for the equaliser. For the deciding hold Ord went into the attack and won with an outside hipe and twist.

Andrew Ord's win was no fluke for he is already the holder of the 15st Championship, and in Northumberland and North Cumbria he has been a prolific winner in the last couple of years. Last year he was a close runner-up for the Wrestling Association Victor Ludorum trophy for heavyweight events throughout the season. He is from farming stock and I used to imagine his special strength came from plenty of physical work, but in fact he works at a workshop at Kirkharle Courtyard which produces the highest quality traditional furniture.

Matthew Atkinson swings James HayhurstPenrith Show had a big crowd round the ring for almost three hours of wrestling. John Harrington had the best of days, not unexpectedly winning the 11½ stones, in a final with Jack Brown, but he then had to raise his game in the 13 stones where the likes of Richard Fox and Graham Brocklebank were in the lists. Those two met in the second round, and despite Fox's best efforts to buttock and hank, Brocklebank won with twists and a back-heel.

The semi-final bout between Brocklebank and Harrington saw wrestling at its most intense and dynamic. The first ended in a spectacular dog-fall as Harrington's hank sent them both flying. The second fall saw Harrington triumph with a leg-up, and Brocklebank in despair with an injured shoulder which left him unable to continue.
A family affair: Joe Harrington presents the Jim Harrington Memorial Trophy to John Harrington

Perhaps the excitement and effort had distracted Harrington, for young William Atkinson took the first fall of the final with a low twist off the left side. Harrington then regained his composure and won the next two falls by out-twisting the youngster. As a result of that win we had the poignant picture of seeing the Jim Harrington Memorial Trophy presented by Jim's brother Joe to Joe's son John, if you can follow that.

James Hayhurst had another magnificent week with wins at Penrith, Coniston and a whitewash of results at North Lonsdale Show. Joe Lashley is proving to be a born winner at Under 12s, and Megan Gibson and Connie Hodgson both had double wins.


Results ( * signifies 'not eligible' for The Victor Ludorum 2011)

Penrith Show
Event First Second Third
Under 12 Years J. Lashley C. Whitfield J. Wilson
Under 15 Years J. Hayhurst P. Potts H. King
Under 18 Years J. Hall J. Brown M. Atkinson
Girls Under 15 Years M. Gibson E. Wilson R. Hodgson
Ladies Open C. Hodgson D. Thompson E. Hayhurst
11½ Stone J. Harrington J. Brown H. King
13 Stone J. Harrington W. Atkinson G. Brocklebank
All Weights A. Ord T. Brocklebank D. Whitfield
Coniston Show
Event First Second Third
Under 12 Years J. Lashley G. Wilson J. Wilson
Under 15 Years J. Hayhurst G. Wilson H. King
Under 18 Years W Hayhurst J. Hayhurst R. Bowyer
Girls C. Hodgson A. Beswick R. Hodgson
11½ Stone J. Hayhurst A. Myers H. King
13 Stone G. Benson J. Hayhurst; A. Myers
All Weights S. Fleming G. Benson S. Wilkinson
North Lonsdale Show
Event First Second Third
Under 12 Years T. Hayhurst T. Hodgson  
Under 15 Years J. Hayhurst T. Hayhurst H. King
Girls * C. Hodgson R. Hodgson  
11½ Stone J. Hayhurst H. King T. Hayhurst
13 Stone J. Hayhurst H. King S. Garnett
All Weights J. Hayhurst R. Jewell H. King
Written by © Roger Robson. Photographs by © Roger Robson, Julian Richardson or Linda Scott (July14th 2011)

Stock photography by SOLMAR at Alamy

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