Gosforth Hosts the 10½ Stone World Championship


Saturday August 25th - Newcastleton - CANCELLED
Saturday August 25th - 3.15pm - Bellingham - U12yrs / U16 / Novices / Ladies / 7st / 9st / 12st / 14st / AW
Saturday August 25th - 3pm Millom & Broughton - U12yrs / Local U15 / U16 / U18 / 12st / AW

Sunday August 26th - 11am - Grasmere U12yrs / U15 / U18 / 8st / 11st / 12st / 13st / 14st / AW
Females U15 / U18 / 10st / AW
Monday August 27th - 12.00 - Silloth - U12yrs / U15 / U18 / Girls U15 / Ladies / 11st Championship / 13st / AW

Wednesday August 29th - 2.30pm - Ennerdale U12yrs / U15 Championship / U18 / Ladies / 12½st / AW
Thursday August 30th - 1245 - Crosby Ravensworth - Costume / U13yrs / U16 / U18 / Girls U18 / 13st / AW
Thursday August 30th - 3.30pm - Grayrigg - U12yrs / U15 / U18 / 9st / 11½st / 13st / AW .............. Females - U15 yrs / Open

Friday August 31st - 6.30pm - Rothbury - U8 yrs / U10 / U13 / U16 / U21 / 9st / 11st / 13st / 15st / AW ..............Females - U16yrs / AW
Saturday September 1st - 3.00pm - Lowick U12yrs / U15 / U18 / 12½ / AW
Saturday September 1st - 2.00pm - Harbottle - Juniors / Novices / 12 st / AW
Saturday September 1st - 3.15pm - Hesket New Market - U12yrs / U15 / U18 /Girls / Novices / 12½st

Sunday September 2nd 3.30pm - Loweswater - U12yrs / U15 / U18 / Ladies / 12½st / AW
Sunday September 2nd 1.45pm - Wolsingham - U12yrs / U15 / U18 / Ladies / 11st / 12st / 14st / AW
Sunday September 9th 1pm - Stanhope - U12yrs / U15 / U18 / Ladies / 11½st / 13st / AW

Sunday September 9th 3.30pm - Whitfield - U12yrs / U15 / U18 / Ladies / 12½st / AW
Thursday September 13th - 1.30pm - Westmorland Show - U12yrs / U15 / U18 / Girls U15 / Girls Open / U21yrs & 11st / 12st / 13st / 14st
Championship / AW

In 2009 at Gosforth Show I saw a Land Rover with a canoe on its roof-rack, and admired the driver's good sense. The conditions were even worse this year. Many's the time I have been towed off a showfield, but for the first time I had to be towed onto the field and to the wrestling ring. With fog and rain and mud, and with two other events (Allendale and Rusland Shows) to spread the wrestlers thinly, the day could have been a disaster for Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling.

BUT the sun came out literally and metaphorically at each event, as the wrestlers from local academies and fit lads from the crowd put on a crowd-pleasing show of wrestling at Allendale, Rusland and Gosforth.

Gosforth had the additional incentive of the 10½st World Championship to draw the best lightweight wrestlers. The holder, Jack Brown, improbably tall for the weight and gaunt with hunger, had a gentle warm up when he met the much lighter Michael Kirkham of the Waberthwaite Academy. In the semi-final he met former champion Andrew Carlile who is one of his coaches and overwhelmed him with a back-heel at full tilt. In the final he met Waberthwaite's Andrew Woodend, a tough competitor, but too short to resist Jack Brown's hipes and twists.

No-one deserves wrestling success more than Jack Brown of Haydaon Bridge. He must have travelled far more miles for training and competition than any other wrestler. His style is open and attacking, and he always acts with impeccable sportsmanship.

Andrew Carlile had seemed rusty in the championship, but he shone brightly in the 12 stones when he felled Jack Brown in the semi-final and a lively Craig Naylor in the final. Other Carlisle wrestlers Gemma Coulthard and Thomas Gibson were also winners, but no-one could overlook the role played by the Waberthwaite wrestlers. The wrestling throughout was sharp, skilled and closely matched. Time and again, three bouts were needed to decide the winner. One of the best wrestlers on show was Michael Kirkham who pushed Thomas Gibson all the way in the final of the Under 14s and then reversed the positions in winning the Under 16s.

In the All Weights a Waberthwaite wrestler, Scott Atkinson, had all his power short-circuited by a neat inside-click by Jack Brown for the first fall but he stuck to his task and took the next two falls.

At Allendale, Rothbury Academy provided most of the wrestlers, but John Harrington of Bewaldeth was unstoppable in the 11½ and 14 stones. Then he ran into the tall and powerful, Andrew Ord, who prevented a clean sweep by beating him in the final of the All Weights.

At Rusland, a lively session was sustained by the Kendal Academy wrestlers.

With Torver, Newcastleton, Millom and Broughton and Keswick all cancelled the Wrestling calendar is much reduced, but with twelve events still scheduled for the next week there will be plenty of action.



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

Allendale Show ...........

Event First Second Third
Under12 Years H Bertram S Reed K Soanes.
Under 15 Years A Singer H Bertram G Singer.
Under 18 Years A Singer J Bailey C Bertram.
Girls L Singer T Bertram  
11½ Stone J Harrington A Singer H Bertram
13 Stone J Harrington J Ewart A Walton.
All Weights A Ord J Harrington F Sewell.

Gosforth Show .........

Event First Second Third
Under 10 Years G Coulthard J Connor J Gibson.
Under 12 Years M Ratcliffe G Coulthard C Connor.
Under 14 Years T Gibson M Kirkham R Robinson.
Under 16 Years M Kirkham T Gibson T Harvey-Chadwick.
Ladies Open L Murray G Coulthard.  
10½ Stone World Championship J Brown Andrew Woodend D Miller.
12 Stone A Carlile C Naylor J Brown
All Weights S Atkinson J Brown C Naylor

Rusland Sports .........

Event First Second Third
Under 12 Years Jack Threlfall R Albion T Hodgson.
Under 15 Years Joshua Threlfall R Albion T Hodgson.
Under 18 Years B Brocklebank Joshua Threlfall J Fryer.
Girls C Hodgson M Pearson L Clough
12½ Stone A Myers B Brocklebank S Wilson.
All Weights Joe Threlfall S Fleming; G Brocklebank.

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


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