Kendal academy OPen Night

"Yellow Brock", Ben Brocklebank, lifts James Hayhurst on the mats at Grayrig Village Hall

Kendal Academy went back to its country roots when wrestlers and fans filled the village hall in Grayrigg for its Open Night. Week by week in the winter the club meets in the spacious modernity of the South Lakes Sports Centre, but for intensely focused wrestling action, nothing beats the crowded atmosphere of the village.

Joseph Robson had to walk at least sixty yards from his house in the village to referee the junior events and then, after a gap, win the All Weights competition. Strong opposition came from Graham Brocklebank on the way to the final where he met the much improved Daryl Hodgson.
Hodgson is one of those lads you think are young boys learning their trips, who are suddenly two feet taller than you remember, and strong and skilled, too.

Ben Brocklebank buttocks to win The evening offered competitions for all ages and weights ranging from a 5 stone mixed group to the heavyweights, and the best wrestler of all throughout the evening was announced by the judge, John Richardson as "Yellow Brock" - Ben Brocklebank in a bright yellow football top. After injury kept him quiet a while back, he showed great form last season and is even better now. In the final of the Under 18 Years he finished Daryl Hodgson off with a short, sharp swinging hipe, and in the 11 stones felled the 12st Champion, James Hayhurst with an ultra fast buttock.
Another greatly improved, and grown, wrestler is George Wilson who won at 9 stones when he felled Thomas Gibson of Carlisle, a long time adversary, who held the upper hand in previous years.
The Open Night brought big contingents of wrestlers from the academies at Milnthorpe and Wabertwaite for a second week in a row, showing the strength in depth of young wrestlers in the south of the county. The work of the academies is a core activity of our wrestling, but it is good to see the peripheral interest created by access through the internet.

Our web-master sent me information about the way the web-site is found and used - 150 to 250 "views per day", with the biggest number on a Friday. Over the past three months the main activity, obviously comes from the UK, but significant numbers from Spain, France, the USA, and Japan search out Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling, and there have been "visits" from no fewer than 49 countries.
Those figures do of course include the search engine 'spiders' as well, but most searches are based on variations of our long title "Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling". Visitors come from the Grasmere web-site, YouTube, and the Gouren web site in Brittany. Individual search phrases included "Where do kendal cumberland wrestling academy have there open night", "london illustrated news archives - alwinton show", "kendal", "cumbrian wrestling tourism", and most worrying: "wrestling in the rain girls"

Kendal Academy Open Night Winners
Under 13 Years Under 15 Years Under 18 Years 5 Stone (Mixed) Girls 10 Stone Girls Open 7 Stone 9 Stone 11 Stone All Weights
G. Wilson J. Lashley B. Brocklebank L. Phillips L. Hayhurst

C. Hodgson M. Kirkham A. Phillips B. Brocklebank J. Robson
Written by © Roger Robson. Photographs by © Roger Robson, Julian Richardson or Linda Scott (2012)

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