Bretons, Icelanders and Scots sharpen competition this week


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
Friday 5th September Rothbury (6.30pm) U10 / U12 / U14 / U17 / U21 / Girls U16 / 9st / 11st / 13st / 15st World Championship / AW / Women's AW
Saturday 6th September Harbottle U10 / U12 / U15 / U21 / Girls / Novice / 12st / AW
Saturday September 6th Lowick (3.00) U12 / U15 / U18 / 12½st / AW
Sunday Sept 7th Wolsingham (12.00) U12 / U15 / U18 / Ladies / 11½ / 14st / AW.
Sun Sept 7th Loweswater (4.00) U12 / U15 / U18 / Ladies / 12st / AW
Thursday September 11th Westmorland Show (1.30) U12 / U15 / U18 / Girls U15 / Ladies Open / U21-11st / 12st / 13st World Championship / 14st / AW
Saturday September 13th Stanhope (1.30) U12 / U15 / U18 / Ladies / 11½st / 13st / AW World Championship
Sunday September 14th - Whitfield (2.00) - U12 / U15 / U18 / Ladies / 12½ / AW


 Prizewinners Grasmere Sports 2014. L to r          Martyn Hart (High Sheriff), O Sigurdsson (AW), R Fox (13 & 14st), G Wilson (Under 15 & 18s), J Brown (11 & 12st), D Thompson (Ladies Open), A Story (8st), A Coulthard (Girls Under 18), A Marston (Girls Under 15 & Ladies 10st), G Coulthard (Under 12s), R Robson (Wrestling Manager)

Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling is in frenetic and constant action at this time of the year. Luckily, reinforcements are at hand in the form of a dozen Bretons, five Icelanders, and a selection of Scotsmen.
All skilled exponents of their own traditional wrestling culture, they add to the uncertainties and excitement of the bouts. In the All Weights section, the visitors ruled the roost: the Icelandic heavyweight Olafur Sigurdsson won at Grasmere, and Ryan Dolan from Carnoustie won at Silloth, Keswick and Ennerdale.
In the other weights the Cumbrian wrestlers managed to stem the tide, but only just. George Wilson in the Under 18s had to summon up his best hipes to keep the three young Bretons in check. At Ennerdale where he was missing for the first time those same Bretons took all three prizes.
 Richard Fox on one strong leg at GrasmereAt Grasmere Richard Fox was in his pomp, winning the Guinness Trophy for the most meritorious performance of the day, and felling Graham Brocklebank in two finals. Jack Brown did the same in the lighter weights, winning at both 11st and 12st. At times when he looked doomed he somehow stiffened like a plank with only his toes touching the ground and his opponent was unable to turn him.

 Two stars of the week. Andrew Carlile hipes David Miller at Silloth

On the Monday, at Silloth and Keswick, it was the turn of two lightweights, David Miller and Andrew Carlile to keep the invaders at bay. At Silloth the close nature of the bouts was shown by the great number of occasions when the third fall was needed to separate the wrestlers. Andrew Carlile dominated the bouts, winning both the 11½ and 13 stones, but at Keswick David Miller came into his own. He had wrestled with flair throughout Ryan Dolan (Scotland) hipes Asmundur Asmundursson (Iceland) at Ennerdale the weekend, but without a win. At Keswick that changed and he took home the trophy for the best performance of the day and a big smile.

At Ennerdale Show the visitors came into their own, supplying most of the prizewinners. Local wrestler James Adeyman reminded us what a natural talent he has, but in general the local wrestlers were overwhelmed by the skills of the visitors.

Some startling performers never even reach the prize-lists. For me the best moment of the week, which raised the biggest cheer, came at Ennerdale when tiny Jack Harrison of Abbeytown buttocked two opponents significantly bigger than himself. Well done, Jack the Giant-killer.

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


( * signifies 'not eligible' for The Victor Ludorum 2014)
Grasmere Sports
Event First Second Third
Under 12 Years G Coulthard K Harrison Jack Threlfall
Under 15 Years G Wilson B Harrison G Robson
Girls Under 15 Years A Marston G Coulthard L Bigley
Under 18 Years G Wilson T Gibson S Wilson
Girls Under 18 Years A Coulthard L Hirsch A Marston
8 Stone A Story K Harrison H Bertram
Ladies 10 Stone A Marston L Bigley L Hirsch
11 Stone J Brown E Tassel D Miller
12 Stone J Brown D Miller A Carlile
13 Stone R Fox G Brocklebank A Carlile
14 Stone R Fox G Brocklebank J Brown
Ladies All Weights D Thompson V Beatty C Hodgson
All Weights O Sigurdsson R Dolan G Brocklebank
Guinness Trophy Richard Fox    
Silloth Carnival
Event First Second Third
Under 12 Years G Coulthard, K Harrison J Gibson
Under 15 Years G Wilson B Harrison J Gilroy
Girls Under 15 Years A Marston G Coulthard L Bigley
Under 18 Years G Wilson Y Guennec G Cisse
11½ Stone A Carlile D Miller H Steindorsson
13 Stone A Carlile G Brunou D Miller
Ladies Open C Hodgson E Johansdottir P Sellin
All Weights R Dolan A Asmunsson Joe Threlfall
Keswick Show
Event First Second Third
Under 12 Years G Coulthard K Harrison M Hodgson
Girls Under 13 Years G Coulthard J Harrison L Bigley
Under 15 Years G Wilson G Robson B Harrison
Under 18 Years G Wilson G Cisse Y Guennec
Ladies Open D Thompson E Johannesdottir  
11½ Stone D Miller G Brunou H Steindorsson
13 Stone A Carlile D Miller P Murray
All Weights R Dolan A Asmundursson J Threlfall
Ennerdale Show
Event First Second Third
Under 12 Years H Wilson G Coulthard J Hewitt
Under 15 Years J Irving B Harrison T Neale
Under 18 Years G Cisse G Tassel Y le Guennec
Ladies E Johannesdottir. E Guezennec P Sellin
12½ Stone G Brunou Y le Guennec H Steindorsson
All Weights R Dolan J Adeyman D Barnes

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