Sedburgh Mudlarks


Monday May 27th - (1.30) Northumberland Show (new venue at Bywell) U10 / U14 / U18 / Girls U15 / Ladies / 11½ st. / 13½ st. / AW
Thursday May 30th - ( 6.45) - Killington Sports - U9 / U12 / U15 / U18, / Girls U18 / 13 st. / AW.
Saturday June 1st - Northern District Young Farmers Field Day at Cardewlees.
Saturday June 8th - Cumberland Show (3.30)
Saturday June 8th - Lowgill Sports (7.00)

The List of 2013 Wrestling Venues is available HERE

I thought about building an Ark, but decided instead to travel to Sedbergh Gala thinking to take atmospheric photos of an abandoned sports field complete with pools and mud. Mysteriously, as we travelled south cheery Radio Cumbria reporters seemed to be having a jolly time at the Gala and never mentioned rain. As we reached the balmy South, past Shap Summit, the rain evaporated.
Nevertheless, the wrestling ring became a muddy affair with the concentrated trampling, and at one point was much enlarged to allow wrestlers to escape the mire. George Wilson, though, carefully carried Jamie Wilson several metres back into the original ring so that he could drop him in the middle of the clarts....twice.
Even though the South Cumbria YFC Field Day took several regular wrestlers away from Sedbergh, there was a sufficient entry for the younger end of the wrestling once the Hodgson and Wilson tribes had arrived.

Some of the best wrestling of the day came from Sam Wilson. In the Under 15 Years final he met his old adversary, Thomas Gibson of Carlisle, and after a dog fall, showed his class, particularly with the hank which gained the first fall. In the 13 stones final he was again lighter than his opponent. George Wilson took the first fall with a back-heel, but Sam fought back with a twist over the knee and then a swing off the chest.
Graham Brocklebank had to contend with considerable tonnage on his way to victory in the All Weights, felling Joseph Robson, William Hayhurst and finally, Trevor Hodgson. His power and agility brought a succession of wins by hold and big twists.

Milnthorpe Academy always support Sedbergh, and they came into their own in the Under 18s when two members, Jordan Bellamy and Kane McNally disputed the final with Bellamy coming out on top.

The future of wrestling seems assured in South Cumbria. You only need to look at the Under 9 Years section at Sedbergh: the four prize-winners were all Hodgsons: Ted, Rosie, Arnold and Grace - a team to fear, in ten years' time.

Written by © Roger Robson ............. Photographs by © Roger Robson, Julian Richardson or Linda Scott (2013).

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

Sedbergh Gala





Under 9 Years T Hodgson R Hodgson A Hodgson
Under 12 Years H Wilson J Roper T Hodgson
Under 15 Years S Wilson T Gibson J Wilson
Under18 Years J Bellamy K McNally G Wilson
Girls L Hayhurst R Hodgson G Capstick
13 Stone S Wilson G Wilson T Gibson
All Weights G Brocklebank T Hodgson W Hayhurst

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