Sedburgh Gala


Monday, 26th May (1.30) Northumberland County Show U10 / U12 / U14 / U18 World Championship / Girls U15 / Ladies Open / 11½st / 13½st / AW
Thursday, 29th May (6.45) Killington Sports U9 / U12 / U15 / U18 & 10st World Championship / U21 / Girls U18 / 13st / AW
Graham Brocklebank fells brother Ben

The wrestling at Sedbergh Gala began with three dots wrestling in the Under 9s and built up to the culmination of the All Weights final when two big men at the height of their powers, Stuart Fleming and Thomas Brocklebank, needed four holds to sort out the winner. Stuart Fleming fells Thomas Brocklebank in the last bout of the day at Sedbergh

Fleming won the first bout cleanly enough with a cross-buttock, but a wayward knee meant a dog fall for the second, and the third hold ended in a heap outside the designated ring. The final bout was clear cut when Fleming resorted to the classic combination of a twist to get his man out of position and a back-heel to finish him off.

The South Cumbria Young Farmers' Club Field Day took several wrestlers away from Sedbergh. Just think how many agricultural motifs, Suffolk tups and collie dogs, are embroidered onto the wrestling strips of the Wilson/Atkinson family, and you see who would be stock-judging and tug-o'-warring at the YFC annual jamboree.

Sedbergh numbers were inevitably reduced, but when you have a full turn-out of the Brocklebank/Hayhurst/Hodgson families you know you are in for a wrestling treat. Add to that the new faces produced from winter training at Burnieside, and a few wrestlers from Carlisle and Milnthorpe Academies, and you have a recipe for a good wrestling session.
Two of the Carlisle wrestlers had excellent wins: Thomas Gibson won at Under 15 with a hipe to finish; and Abi Marston was a swinging success in the girls' wrestling.
 James Hayhurst hipes Thomas Gibson at Sedbergh

Otherwise it was inevitably Kendal all the way with the exception of Stuart Fleming who has no club affiliation.
James Hayhurst felled Thomas Gibson in the Under 18 final, and then wrestled up to Graham Brocklebank in the 13 stones. Brocklebank was in fine somersaulting form, but basically went back to his father's old favourite: get a good hold and rush your man forward off the hip.

The lawn-like sward was a big improvement on last year's rainy morass. Let's hope it continues at the Northumberland Show and Killington Sports next week when the two Under 18 Years Championships (Open and under 10 stones) are up for grabs.


© Written by Roger Robson ..... © Photographs by Roger Robson, Jill Robson, Julian Richardson or Linda Scott (2014)

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

Sedbergh Gala
Event First Second Third
Under 9 Years R Hodgson J-L Stainton M Stainton
Under 12 Years T Hodgson R Armstrong J Guy
Under 15 Years T Gibson T Hayhurst K Harrison
Under18 Years J Hayhurst T Gibson T Hayhurst
Girls A Marston L Bigley A Harker
13 Stone G Brocklebank J Hayhurst B Brocklebank
All Weights S Fleming T Brocklebank G Brocklebank

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