Sedbergh Gala


Saturday 26th May - Longtown - Northern District YFC Field Day
Monday June 4th 1.30pm - Corbridge Northumberland Show

Sedbergh Gala on Saturday gave us the opportunity to see how the wrestlers from the South of our area had progressed through the winter, and an early indication of who is likely to figure in the prize lists this summer. Only the Gibson family from Southwaite and Jack Ewart from Wigton had travelled over Shap to pit their wits against the Kendal and Milnthorpe Club wrestlers.
The Wrestling Board had agreed to a flexible policy of being prepared to put on extra classes if there was, say, a number of younger or lighter wrestlers who would struggle in the advertised classes. So the organisers decided to add an Under 9 year`s class. John Gibson shone in that class with a series of decisive back heels, though he did lose one fall in the final when he was twisted off the chip. He then went on to take third place in the Under 12 section, beaten in the semi-final by the eventual winner Thomas Hayhurst.
In the Under 15s Sam Wilson gave an outstanding display, following a leaner season last year. Having beaten his old rival Thomas Gibson in the semi-final he had too much know how and ring craft for Kade McNally of Milnthorpe in the final. He showed how effective he is with the hank. The signs are that he could be in for a good season.
The best class of the day was the Under 18s where the Kendal contingent showed how good they are in that section. The final brought together two of the most improved wrestlers in Ben Brocklebank and Darryl Hodgson. Ben had accounted for William Atkinson in the semi-final, wile Darryl had felled the Under 15 Champion James Hayhurst at the same stage. Hodgson triumphed in straight falls, the first one after he sat on Brocklebank`s right leg as he came in to lift and the second with a classic outside stroke.
The girls wrestling was won comfortably by Connie Hodgson in a final with Megan Gibson. Mention must be made here of Lizzie Hayhurst who showed how she has progressed over the winter.
In the men`s wrestling, Ben Brocklebank turned the tables on Darryl Hodgson but his momentum came to a shuddering halt against big brother Graham in the 13 stones final. Graham in turn wrestled up to Joe Threlfall in the final of the All Weights. Although he managed to get the middle fall by swinging his much heavier opponent off his feet, Brocklebank was unable to shake off the strong hold of Threlfall.
This weekend is blank with the next event being the Northern District of Young Farmers Clubs Field Day at Longtown when we see a mixture of experienced wrestlers and enthusiastic novices trying to win points for their respective clubs. Then the busy period starts with five events in the first week in June with two Championships up for grabs.

Results ( * signifies 'not eligible' for The Victor Ludorum 2012)

Sedbergh Gala
Event First Second Third
Under 9 Years J. Gibson J. Threlfall T. Hodgson
Under 12 Years T. Hayhurst T. Hodgson J. Gibson
Under 15 Years S. Wilson K. McNally T. Gibson
Under 18 Years D. Hodgson B. Brocklebank J. Hayhurst
Girls C. Hodgson M. Gibson L. Hayhurst
13 Stone G. Brocklebank B. Brocklebank D. Hodgson
All Weights J. Threlfall G. Brocklebank J. Hayhurst
Written by © Alf Harrington. Photographs by © Roger Robson, Julian Richardson or Linda Scott (2012)


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