Alston and Langdale Gala Results


Saturday July 7th - Skelton - CANCELLED
Sunday July 8th - Haltwhistle
Sunday July 8th - 2.00 Haltwhistle U12 / U15 / U18 / Girls U15 / Ladies / Novices / 11½ st / 13 st / AW
Sunday July 15th - 2.15 - Great Eccleston


After all the trauma and meetings occasioned by the discredited Under 18 Championship at Hethersgill Vintage Rally in May, it was a pleasure to watch the intense competition when the event was wrestled afresh at Alston Gala. The new champion is Ben Brocklebank of Warton who showed great levels of skill, strength and technique as he seized the renewed opportunity.

In the first round he met Jack Brown of Haydon Bridge who is his match pound for pound, inch for inch, and skill for skill. On this occasion, though, Brocklebank swept him aside with two opposite chips. First, he gained hold and then hoisted Brown high and then suddenly back over in a sort of salto in mid air. For the next fall he went full blast and brought Brown over with a full buttock.

In the next rounds he met younger wrestlers and kept them well under control, until he reached the final with Matthew Atkinson who took the first fall with a succession of hipes clinched by an outside-stroke. Brocklebank had to raise his game, and did when he equalised with an inside-hipe of his own. The decider also went to Brocklebank's hipe, but this time it was low and sudden.

Ben's win is another triumph for the Brocklebank dynasty which has been a powerful force in wrestling for 45 years and three generations.

In the 11½ stones John Harrington had to be at his best to keep the young callants at bay. He hiped Ben Brocklebank twice, was hiped himself by Jack Brown in the final, but had the last say with two outside hipes delivered with power, speed and intent.

Graham Brocklebank swept through the 13 stones with his vigorous style and looked like doing the same in the All Weights when he took the first fall from Heavyweight champion, Andrew Ord, by gaining hold and twisting over the knee. Ord had some thinking to do, and he responded with a low outside hipe to equalise. The decider was not clear cut, but Ord managed to fall last as the two twisted to the ground.

In the final, local lad Joe Thompson made a popular return to the ring, and took the first fall against Ord, but lost the next two.

On the next day wrestlers and visitors ignored the heavy rain at Langdale Gala. Jack Brown took his revenge on Ben Brocklebank and won the Under 18s, but that was immediately reversed in the Under 21/11stones. These two lads are going to entertain a lot of crowds this year if they can keep up this level of action.

The rest of the day was Graham Brocklebank's, who won both the 13 stones and All Weights, though Adrian Myers made him work for it in the 13st final, and Joseph Robson pushed him hard in the All Weights.


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

Alston Gala
Event First Second Third
U 9 Years J. Gibson J. Reid Joshua
U12 Years H. Wilson M. Wilson  
U15 Years S. Wilson G. Wilson T. Hayhurst
U18 Years Championship B. Brocklebank M. Atkinson G. Wilson
11½ Stone J. Harrington J. Brown B. Brocklebank
13 Stone G. Brocklebank W. Atkinson M. Atkinson
All Weights A. Ord J. Thompson G. Brocklebank
Langdale Gala
Event First Second Third
U 9 Years J. Gibson I. Cawfield Edward
U12 Years T. Hayhurst J. Gibson  
U15 Years T. Gibson H. Wasden S. Wilson
U18 Years J. Brown S. Wilson G. Wilson
U 21 Years / 11st B. Brocklebank S. Wilson G. Wilson
13 Stone G. Brocklebank A. Myers B. Brocklebank
All Weights G. Brocklebank J. Robson G. Benson

Written by © Roger Robson. Photographs by © Roger Robson, Julian Richardson or Linda Scott (2012)


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