HALtwhistle Carnival and Great Ecclestone Show

Andrew Sandercock (with beard) & Andrew Ord

Haltwhistle Carnival last Sunday had a good programme of wrestling watched by a large appreciative audience, and complimented by a number of locals testing their skills against the more regular combatants. In addition we witnessed a return to the ring by Tom Teasdale after a number of years of retirement from the sport. Not surprisingly the main prizes went to the regulars but there was a fair degree of success for the less regular wrestlers.
Mark Wharton continued his run of success in the Under 12 years with some classy throws. His regular attendance for coaching at the Carlisle Club is showing in the array of trips he is able to display in the ring.
Alfie Story has been a less regular competitor recently but he showed he has not lost any of his abilities coming out on top of the pile in the Under 15 class and taking third place in an Under 18 section won a big strong local lad, Joe Coates.

Anna Coulthard bosses little sister Gemma

In the female wrestling, Abi Marston`s trips were too much for Bobbie Phillipson in the girl`s Under 15 class, while Anna Coulthard (Gemma`s older sister) got her first win, in the Ladies Open, accounting for Abi in the semi final and her sister in the final. Hopefully this will persuade her to take part in more events as she certainly has the ability.

The senior wrestling was dominated by the usual suspects with the main prizes going to Jack Brown in the lightweights, John Harrington in the middleweights and Andrew Ord in the heavy weights. The lightweights final was another in the growing list of battles between Jack Brown and John Harrington with the top quality we nowAndrew Sandercock ) & Andrew Ord (red shirt) take for granted, the hipes of the younger man taking the spoils. John Harrington reacted by stepping up to the challenge in the middleweights to dispose of Alan Walton, who had earlier accounted for Jack Brown, being able to take the hold and use his strong back heel.

Andrew Ord had been a patient spectator while all this action had been unfolding and appeared to be caught cold at times by the two lightweights in the All Weights class, each of them claiming a fall, but like the true Champion he is, he quietly went about his business to secure the deciding bouts.
Michelle Walton presents Andrew Sandercock - winner of Novice competition


A mention for Andrew Sandercock who, in the relatively short time he has been competing, has shown he is not to be taken lightly and got his first win in the Jack Brown - winner of Best Performance Novices and is the latest recipient of the Chris Walton Trophy.
Jack Brown was the deserved winner of the Crawford Trophy for the best performance in the wrestling

Meanwhile, a hundred miles away at Great Eccleston the wrestling has returned to the main ring at the Show after a number of years of being down the hill, tucked away behind the tractor pulling and competing with the inevitable noise from them. Star of the show was undoubtedly James Hayhurst, winning all the classes he was able to enter, including the All Weights where he accounted for the local heavyweight Joe Threlfall. Despite losing the first fall he struck back with quick footwork to react to the strong twists from the much heavier Threlfall. Not surprisingly his heroics won him the cup for the best performance in the wrestling programme.

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


( * signifies 'not eligible' for The Victor Ludorum 2014)
Haltwhistle Carnival
Event First Second Third
Under 12 Years M Wharton R Armstrong G Coulthard
Under 15 Years A Story R Archer B Harrison
Under 18 Years J Coates J Rogan A Story
Girls Under 15 Years A Marston B Phillipson G Coulthard
Ladies A Coulthard G Coulthard A Marston
Novices A Sandercock M Woodman J Coates
11½ Stone J Brown J Harrington T Teasdale
13 Stone J Harrington A Walton J Brown
All Weights A Ord J Brown A Sandercock
Best Performance J Brown    
Great Eccleston Show
Event First Second Third
Under15 Years G Wilson J Wilson T Hayhurst
Under 18 Years J Hayhurst G Wilson S Wilson
13 Stone J Hayhurst S Wilson T Hayhurst
All Weights J Hayhurst P Housby S Wilson
Best Performance J. Hayhurst    

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