The Outdoor Wrestling Season draws to a close



Saturday Oct 27th - Buttermere Show - U12 / U15 / U18 / Girls / 12½st / AW
Friday November 9th - Wrestling Association Presentation Dinner, Low Hesket Hall. Tickets £15, Jumiors £10 - from Alf Harrington

Tomorrow, Winter arrives. Wrestling's final fling of the 2012 Grass Season will take place on a sunny mountainside in West Cumbria at Buttermere Show. Then the clocks go back.

The main focus of wrestling now changes as the action comes indoors for training, competition and celebration.

For training we have five wrestling academies in Cumbria and Northumberland already in action. If a wrestler wished, and had enough petrol, he could train on the mats on four nights of the week in different clubs.

Monday is Waberthwaite (7pm – 8.30) where Tom Porter ploughs a lone furrow in West Cumbria at the village hall. He has lost several regulars to that bane of wrestling, education. In addition his qualified helpers are working away from home at present, but he remains committed and has some keen families of wrestlers turning out regularly.

Wednesday is a choice between Rothbury and Carlisle. The Northumbrian Club has an early start for youngsters under 10 at 6.30 in the Dr Thomlinson School. After an hour the older youths and men take over under the tutelage of Darren Whitfield and Jason Davidson. A good new wrestler picked up during the season, Andrew Sandercock has been travelling from Newcastle to have his natural talents honed by training.

Carlisle Wrestling Club meets in the Gym at Currock House each Wednesday at 7.30 for youngsters and 8.30 for older wrestlers. The coaching team of Andrew Carlile, Tom Harrington and Alan Jones not only have scores of championship wins between them but they have the patience and skill to bring the best out of anyone who comes onto the mats.

Thursday is Milnthorpe Academy's day, when David Parsons opens the doors of Dallam Junior Football Pavilion for taining at 6.45. Although sometimes restricted by work commitments, Joe Threlfall regularly brings a car-load from Preston and weighs in to help with the coaching.

Kendal Academy on Friday nights has been feeling the economic pinch. They have lots of new wrestlers, enthusiastic coaches and money in the bank, but the South Lakes Leisure Centre, where they meet at 8pm, has begun closing early to save money. The result has been that all activities taking place earlier in the day are unaffected, but the last session finishes at 9pm. Kendal at present has to pile onto the mats for a hectic hour of mixed age wrestling before the lights go out.

Apart from internal club competitions there are two big wrestling events in the next month. The Scottish Wrestling Bond holds its Under 21s Backhold Wrestling Championships at Possilpoint Community Centre on Sunday 11th November. Also included in the programme are five senior championships which were unable to be held during the wet summer.

Our own Academy Shield will be at Rothbury on 24th November, when our academies come together for the biggest and keenest competition of the indoor season.

Celebration of the 2012 season comes with two presentation dinners: the Wrestling Association Dinner on the 9th November, when our most prolific and regular winners are rewarded; and the Lakeland Sports Promoters presentation luncheon on 25th November


Another champion of the post-War era has died suddenly at the age of 79. Stan Roberts of Eskdale and Drigg was a phenomenon when in 1948 he won the Under 15 Years Championship, then went on in successive years to win the Under 18 Years Championship three times. He was as Henry Hail said "a big lad". As a senior he also made his mark, winning the 14st Championship twice in 1955 and 1956.

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

Carlisle Wrestling Club Points night

Event First Second Third Fourth
11½ Stone A. Carlile J. Brown T. Gibson
13 Stone A. Carlile J. Brown T. Gibson
All Weights R. Fox J. Ewart A. Carlile J. Brown
Written by © RogerRobson. Photographs by © Roger Robson, Julian Richardson or Linda Scott(2012)
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