Andrew Carlile clinches the World 10½ Stone title


Sunday August 24th Grasmere Sports (11.00) U12 / U15 / Girls U15 / U18 /Girls U18 / 8st / Women 10st / 11st / 12st / 13st / 14st / Women AW / AW / Costume (4) (£2500)
Monday August 25th Silloth (11.30) U12 / U15 / U18 / Girls U15 / Ladies / 11½st / 13st / AW
Monday August 25th Keswick (3.00) U12 / U15 / U18 / Ladies / 11½st / 13st / AW
Wednesday August27th Ennerdale (2.30) U12 / U15 / U18 / Ladies / 12½st / AW
Thursday August 28th Crosby Ravensworth (12.45) U13 / U16 / U18 / Girls Open/13/AW/Costume
Thursday August 28th Grayrigg (3.30) U12 / U15 / U18 / Girls Open / 8st /11½st / 13st / AW
Saturday August 30th Newcastleton (12.00) U13 / U15 / U18 / Ladies/ 12½st / AW
Saturday August 30th Millom & B`ton (3.00) U12 / Local U15 / U16 / U18 / 12st / AW
Saturday August 30th Hesket Newmarket (3.15) U12 / U15 / U18 / Girls Open / Novice / 12½st
Saturday August 30th Bellingham (3.30) U12 / U16 / Novice / Ladies / 7st / 9st / 12st / 14st /AW

Graham Brocklebank outside-hipes Joshua Threlfall in the 13st final at Torver

Top sportsmen can be notoriously self-centred, focusing on their own career above all else, but Andrew Carlile, the new 10½ stones World Champion Cumberland and Westmorland style, does not operate like that. True, he emerged for the first event of the year at Hethersgill with a new wrestling strip and a renewed aura of fitness and skill, and won the 12st Championship, but he has been one of the main coaches at Carlisle Wrestling Club for some years and serves on the CWWA Governing Board as the wrestlers' representative. At the age of 34 he is already giving back his time and care to the sport which also continues to give him the satisfaction of athletic excellence.

Andrew Carlile receives the 10 ½st Championship cups from CWWA President, Joe HarringtonAt Gosforth Show the holder of the 10½st title, David Miller, was weighed out by a whisker, making Carlile's task easier, but still difficult, as the skill factor of the protagonists from the academies at Kendal, Carlisle and nearby Waberthwaite was high. In the first round Carlile hiped and threw back James Wilson. In the semi-final he won by reacting to Andrew Woodend's attacks with countering twists. And then in the final he resorted to the simple but effective art of the back-heel to control the youthful exuberance of Kieran Miller. Carlile has now held the title ten times since the year 2000, a record for the sport.

The need for good coaching was made especially clear at Torver when two girls entered from the crowd to take part in the wrestling. They were runners, good on their feet and active, but their bout for third place took up a big chunk of the afternoon because they did not have the experience and skills to finish off the moves they initiated. The referee, John Wilson even gave them a time-out to remove a layer of clothing, and to have some quick verbal coaching before battle recommenced. In the end, Eilidh Miller pulled off a buttocking twist that would have graced any ring, and Abi Marston, well rested, was able to win the Ladies final against Gemma Coulthard.

At Allendale John Harrington, one of the toughest wrestlers around, broke his ankle in the final of the 11½ stones. He walked around on it for a while, but now has a plaster in place and is shepherding from a vehicle seat. Allendale had a boost to its entries, when veteran wrestler, Tom Teasdale turned out, and Alfie Story, who won the Under 15s was able to watch his older brother, Johnny, and his dad, John, competing in the men's events.

Grasmere Sports takes place on Sunday and already it has drawn international attention again. Christian Salaun has brought over nine men and two women from Brittany to take part in our wrestling programme next week. And Frazer Hirsch, the new President of The Scottish Wrestling Bond will be bringing a group of six Scots and five Icelanders. I foresee spelling problems for the ladies on the Grasmere table.

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


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Event First Second Third
Under 12 Years M Bates K Pepper R White
Under 15 Years A Story H Bertram M Bates
Under 18 Years Joe Hale H Bertram K Soanes
Ladies Open K White T Bertram.  
11½ Stone J Brown J Harrington J Hale
13 Stone J Brown J Hale M Harrington
All Weights J Davidson J Brown J Story
Gosforth Show
Event First Second Third
Under 9 Years E Davidson J Penellum V Davidson
Under 12 Years H Wilson G Coulthard ,K Moore
Under 15 Years T Hayhurst M Ratcliffe  
Under 18 Years S Wilson B Harrison T Johnson
Ladies A Coulthard A Marston G Coulthard
10½ Stone World Championship A Carlile K Miller S Wilson
12 Stone A Carlile, K Miller D Miller
All Weights D Miller . A Woodend C Naylor
Rusland Sports
Event First Second Third
Under 10 Years R Hodgson H Rawlandson J McMullum
Under 12 Years J Mallot B Albion R Hodgson
Under 15 Years G Wilson R Albion J Sowerby
Under 18 Years G Wilson R Albion  
Girls L Clough M Pearson A Clough
13 Stone S Adams R Albion  
All Weights T Hodgson W Hayhurst S Adams
Event First Second Third
Under 12 Years R Armstrong B Albion G Coulthard
Under 15 Years G Wilson T Hayhurst R Armstrong
Under 18 Years G Wilson Joshua Threlfall R Albion
Girls A Marston, G Coulthard E Miller
11½ Stone Joshua Threlfall T Hayhurst B Harrison
13 Stone G Brocklebank T Hayhurst Joshua Threlfall
All Weights T Brocklebank Joe Threlfall S Fleming

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