Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling Association

An exciting week's wrestling and a sad farewell to our Breton colleagues


Sunday September 9th - 12 noon - Stanhope Show: U12yrs / U15yrs / U18yrs / U21yrs / Girls U17yrs / Ladies / 12st / 14st / AW
Sunday September 9th - 3.30pm - Whitfield Show: U12yrs / U15yrs / U18yrs / Ladies / 12½st / AW
Thursday September 13th - 1.30pm - Westmorland Show: U12yrs / Girls U17yrs / U15yrs / U18yrs / Ladies / U21yrs and 11st / 12st / 13st / 14st / AW Championship / Costume
Saturday September 15th - Egremont Crab Fair:
Saturday September 15th - Thropton:

2018 Wrestling Venues

Last week saw Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling at its extremes. On Friday night, at Rothbury Mart, the only stand-alone, indoor wrestling event of the season, attracted a huge enthusiastic crowd of spectators and wrestlers for over three hours of increasingly frenetic action. Wrestlers had travelled from Lancashire, Yorkshire, Brittany and the Firth of Clyde to compete.
On Sunday, as Loweswater Show subsided to its completion in a slight drizzle, the wrestling programme started in a grassy main ring, and more than a dozen unknown and untrained young wrestlers from the local area entertained the crowd. Only Gemma Coulthard in the Ladies and John Harrington were regular and trained wrestlers.

Rarely, has a wrestling event built up to the sort of climax achieved at Rothbury for the final of the All Weights late into the night. Local passion backed the young giant Zak Singleton and the Hale brothers, Joe and Jack. The away team came from the Brocklebank brothers Thomas and Graham. Favourite to win was probably Thomas Brocklebank but he was out-wrestled by Joe Hale's long legs. In the end, the final lay between Jack Hale and Graham Brocklebank, and inevitably it went to three falls. Brocklebank struck first with a big swing and a twist backover. Hale answered by countering a Brocklebank attack, to leave the whole night balanced for a sudden-death encounter.

Amongst a crescendo of noise, Graham Brocklebank lifted Jack Hale and hiped him. The normally smiley, relaxed Graham Brocklebank leapt shoulder-high, punched the air with both fists and landed on his feet with all the passion of the night on his face. Then he smiled. He had already won his own weight, the 13½ stones, beating Jack Brown in the final with swings and twists over the knee.
See, hear and speak no evil: Joe Brown, Joe Harrington and Jimmy Pringle

Yet despite all this success, the trophy for the best wrestler went elsewhere. The only Scot, Paul Craig of Wemyss Bay, who trains at Hamilton, won the 15 stones with great athleticism and he was duly rewarded. On receiving his award, he casually did a back-somersault to celebrate.

The Bretons eventually went home after a sustained visit at our busiest time of year. They are always good, but this year they were outstanding, a group of a dozen wrestlers all able to demonstrate the highest skills of our wrestling.
 Wrestlers and officials at Wolsingham Show

Andy Potts presents the best wrestler trophy to Ryan Armstrong at Hesket NewmarketRyan Arnstrong fells Tom Evans Ryan Armstrong hiping at Crosby Ravensworth

Another Frenchman, Guy Jaouen, came to stay with me for a week. He is the main founder of the international organisation which led to the Bretons and Icelanders being in our lists this year. His work for traditional sport takes him all over Africa and Europe, and there he was sitting on a straw bale at Hesket Newmarket Show watching the terrier racing and the wrestling with a big smile on his face. Behind the action in the ring he could see Hesket Newmarket nestling in the Northern Fells. In the ring and around him, our local culture was being celebrated with natural zest. It does not get any better than this.

(Written by Roger Robson ..... ©All Photographs on this site are the copyright of Roger Robson, Jill Robson, Julian Richardson, Linda Scott or Webmaster. Unauthorised usage is forbidden {2018} ©)
Crosby Ravensworth
Event First Second Third
Under 10 Years J-L Stainton E-A Stainton  
Under 13 Years M Stainton J-L Stainton  
Under 16 yrs R Armstrong G le Meur T Hodgson
Under 18 yrs R Armstrong G le Meur T Moal
Ladies Open L Quillien G Coulthard A Rolland
13 Stones J Rault G le Meur G Cisse
All Weights T Brocklebank G Brocklebank G Cisse
Rothbury Mart
Event First Second Third
Under 9 Years R Atkinson J-L Stainton E Younger
Under 12 Years R Hodgson A Younger J Charnley
Under 14 Years M Hodgson W Ayliffe J Charnley
Under 17 Years R Armstrong T Davidson G le Meur
Under 21 Years Z Singleton Joe Hale H Coail
Girls Under 16 Years G Coulthard A Hindmarsh R Hodgson
Ladies 10½ Stone C Hodgson A Rolland M Philippe
Ladies AW C Hodgson M Philippe L Quillen
11½ Stones J Brown A Carlile H Coail
13½ Stones G Brocklebank J Brown R Fox
15 Stones P Craig J Brown H Chonovel
All Weights G Brocklebank Jack Hale Z Singleton
Best Rothbury Junior Aaron Younger    
Best Performance Paul Craig    
Harbottle Show
Event First Second Third
Under 10 Years G Younger C Harvey W Wilkins
Under 12 Years A Younger J Wilkins C Singer
Under 15 Years W Hindmarsh M Bates J Charnley
Girls Under 15 Years H Dennis C Singer R Mackay
Under 18 Years O Mason T Moal M Lamont
Novice G Cisse H Chonavel J Rault
Ladies Open M Philippe L Quillien A Hindmarsh
12 Stones G Cisse H Coail M Lamont
All Weights Jack Hale J Rault H Chonavel
Hesket Newmarket
Event First Second Third
Under 10 Years H Bowman S Brough J-L Stainton
Under 12 Years R Hodgson D Lightfoot M Stainton
Under 15 Years M Hodgson T Hodgson J Gibson
Under 18 Years R Armstrong M Hodgson T Evans
Ladies C Hodgson G Coulthard R Hodgson
12½ Stones J Harrington R Armstrong T Evans
All Weights T Gibson J Harrington S Foster
Best Wrestler Ryan Armstrong    
Event First Second Third
Under 12 Years R Hodgson P McCoy E McCoy
Under 15 Years G Singer M Hodgson M Bates
Under 18 Years Z Singleton T Moal G Singer
Ladies C Hodgson L Quillien H Hodgson
11½ Stones G Cisse H Coail G le Meur
14 Stones J Brown G Cisse  
All Weights Z Singleton G Cisse J Brown
H Coail.
Event First Second Third
Under 12 Years T Adams A Scammell R Bennett
Under 15 Years N Wellford T Adams A Hall
Under 18 Years W Addyman A Watson N Wellford
Ladies G Coulthard K Armstrong E Hetherington
12½ Stones J Harrington A Hetherington A Watson
All Weights J Harrington W Addyman A Watson
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