Northumberland Show


Saturday June 9th 1 pm - Roman Wall - U13 / U17 / 11½ St / 13½ St / AW
Saturday June 9th 3. 30 Cumberland Show - U12 / U15 / U18 / Girls U15 / 8 St / 12 St / 15 St Championship / AW
Saturday June 9th 7 pm - Low Gill - U7 / U12 / U14 / U16 / Girls / 12 St / AW

THE wrestling at the Northumberland Show was a festival of youth with big entries in the younger categories.
Seniors were less prolific, so the presence of the Kendal wrestlers Matthew and William Atkinson and Carlisle's Jack Brown, who compete in the youth events but are also competitive in the men's events, was especially welcome.

Matthew Atkinson, in particular, had a great day, but he probably was unhappy initially when "little" brother William felled him in the semi-final of the Under 18s. William has developed a sudden backover twist which goes counter to the usual anti-clockwise movement that is drilled into our young wrestlers.

In the 13½st final they met again, and had a ding-dong battle which took five falls to settle. Matthew Atkinson is a great wrestler to watch as he swings and hipes, but against his brother it was "down to basics" eventually settled by two back-heels from Matthew.

Atkinson and his back-heel were still not finished for he reached the final of the All Weights, too. The high point of his afternoon came when he felled Jason Davidson in the semi-final. Davidson took an excellent middle fall with his trade-mark outside-hipe, but went down to the back-heel in the decider. That was as far as Atkinson's success went for he met the Northumbrian, Andrew, Ord, the Heavyweight Champion, in the final, and was unable to unsettle the strength, nous, and long legs of the champion.

Earlier, in the semi-finals, Ord was tested to the limit by Joe Threlfall of Preston. The stiffness of the test was emphasised by the two dog-falls which started their encounter. Threlfall, the heavier wrestler, sought to keep the tall Northumbrian under control with a strong grip before twisting over the knee. Ord, though, had enough strength to keep his distance and in the third bout, he stepped over Threlfall's trip and twisted him down. Another dog fall ensued before Ord went onto the offensive in the fifth hold. He managed to lift Threlfall briefly, not to fell him, but to unsettle his grip. When Thelfall tried to regain his hold with a twist, Ord countered with a back-heel and dropped his man to the ground.

The other senior weight was the 11½ stones where John Harrington was mainly in charge, though Jack Brown did take the first fall off him, and bothered him with his long-legged hank. The younger wrestlers are bringing the best out in Harrington and so it was when he took Brown away with hold, a hipe and a swing. In the final he met Craig Ridley of Slaggyford, a clever wrestler who pushed him hard and brought out his best: swings and twists and leg-ups.

Tomorrow is an exceptionally busy day for wrestlers with the possibility of competing at three events spaced out over the day. The Roman Wall Show is looking for a prompt start to wrestling at 1pm. The Cumberland Show, hosting the 15st World Championship, starts at 3.30pm, and then the Kendal wrestlers can head back to an evening event at Lowgill starting at 7pm.

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

Northumberland Show
Event First Second Third
U10 Years G. Singer J. Fothergill W. Duncan
U14 Years S. Wilson H. Bertram G. Wilson
Girls U15 Years G. Coulthard T. Bertram  
U18 Years W. Atkinson B. Blackburn M. Atkinson
Women F. Laurie A. Ward S. Laws
11½ Stone J. Harrington C. Ridley J. Brown
13½ Stone M. Atkinson W. Atkinson J. Harrington
All Weights A. Ord M. Atkinson J. Threlfall
Written by © Roger Robson. Photographs by © Roger Robson, Julian Richardson or Linda Scott (2012)


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