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COMING UP NEXT - EUROPEAN TUG OF WAR CHAMPIONSHIPS AND WORLD JUNIOR AND UNDER 23 CHAMPIONSHIPS - SOUTHPORT - 21-24 SEPTEMBER

The European Championships are not far away! Information about the event is available on the event web site at www.tugofwar2017.com.

Accommodation packages are still available for the European Championships in September, including 3 night packages, so if you haven't yet booked accommodation, please do so as soon as possible.

You can book accommodation by Clicking Here

Booking into the accommodation includes accreditation and shuttle bus transfers between the accommodation and the competition ground, which will run every 30 minutes on each day of competition.

Alternatively, entry to the competition ground is free for spectators if you can only make it to Southport for 1 day, however please note that parking at the ground is limited.

There will be hot and cold food and drink available at the ground along with a licensed bar. Souvenir merchandise will also be available to purchase.

We hope that lots of people will come along and support the event, particularly past and present members of our Association and we look forward to a good event!

Visit www.tugofwar2017.com, where you can see the full programme of events and find out how to get to the venue.

Competitors
- if you have yet to complete your puller accreditation, please do so as soon as possible by clicking here

Clubs -
if you have yet to complete your entry into the open club competition, then please do so as soon as possible by clicking here.

If you are an ex-puller / tug of war supporter and want to come along and support clubs in the open competition, or come along and support the England teams competing on the Saturday and Sunday, and you want to be part of the whole atmosphere for the event or meet up with old team mates / old tug of war friends from at home and abroad, then you will be very welcome to come along and stay at the event, and you can also book accommodation by clicking here


05/09/2017 - DAVID TRICK

The Tug of War Association are sad to learn that David Trick passed away recently. David sadly passed away peacefully in the George Eliot hospital. We all knew David as a keen puller with 40th Regiment and after leaving the Army he became an Association Grade 2 Judge. More recently he continued as a Services Judge.

Our thoughts go out to David's wife Sue, his family, friends and colleagues at this difficult time.

David's funeral will take place at the Heart of England Crematorium at 11:15hrs on the 12th September 2017.

The wake will take place at Ambleside Sports Club, Ambleside Way, Nuneaton, CV11 6AT. It is 2 miles from the Crematorium and has ample parking. Sue Trick (David's wife) has asked for family flowers only plus the 129 OCA flowers/wreath. If people wish to make a donation instead the family would welcome donations to Cancer Reserch UK and the Army Benevolent Fund.


EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS - ANTI DOPING

To all pullers in England who are competing in either the open or closed competition.

If you are taking any medication, be it prescription medication or "over the counter" medication, please note that you must fill in a Theraputic Use Exemption (TUE) form. This must be completed and then signed by your doctor / GP (please note that there may be a small charge from your GP to do this).

This MUST be done ASAP before the championships, and cannot be done during the championships.

Please note that you must do a new form, even if you have done one before for a previous event.

After you have completed your TUE form and had it signed by a doctor, you must return it to the TOWA doping control officer, Peter Dyer - pete@dyermail.co.uk

Please remember that it is YOUR responsibility to ensure that any medication that you are taking does not contain any banned substances.

You can download a TUE form from the TWIF web site here - http://tugofwar-twif.org/anti-doping-procedures/

The prohibited substance list can be found here from the WADA web site - https://www.wada-ama.org/en/prohibited-list


TUG OF WAR ROPES FOR SALE


Following the completion of the 2017 European Championships, we will have full length official tug of war ropes for sale, so are ideal for new teams looking for a tug of war rope, existing teams needing a new rope, or event organisers needing tug of war ropes for use at future competitions.

The price per rope is £120.

We will have 30 ropes available for purchase, some of which have already been reserved.

Ropes can be collected on completion of the competitions on the final day of the European Championships in Southport on 24 September.

We are unable to do deliveries - collection only from the event.

You can pay for ropes by cash or cheque on collection.

Ropes will be allocated and sold on a first come, first served basis.

To reserve a rope, please contact Mick Copper on Tel: 00 44 (0)1933 622639 or E-mail: mick.copper@tiscali.co.uk


2018 NATIONAL TUG OF WAR CHAMPIONSHIPS

The Tug of War Association is looking for a venue to host the 2018 National Outdoor Tug of War Championships, which are to take place on the third Saturday in June 2018.

The minimum requirements for the venue are as follows:

  • Flat area of grass approx 100 metres in length and 60 metres in width
  • ample car parking away/separate from the tug of war arena
  • indoor facilities with a solid flat surface for the Friday evening weigh in
  • catering facilities
  • a raised control for recorders / officials
  • male, female and disabled toilet facilities

Ideally, the venue should be well located, easy to get to, and easily accessed by members of the public.

If you would like to put forward a venue, please ensure that you have made contact with the owners / managers of the relevant venue, have checked that it is available on the third Saturday in June, and have checked any relevant hire costs. Any costs for ground repair should also be disclosed.

To put forward your venue, please provide details to the Championships Secretary, Mick Grimston on
01205 369753 and e-mail mickgrimston@gmail.com. Please put any venues forward as soon as possible so that any venue can be inspected for its suitability before a decision is made.

A final decision on the venue for the 2018 National Outdoor Championships will be taken in November.


26/08/2017 - GENSB YOUTH INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT - RETIE - BELGIUM

The 20th annual GENSB tournament took place in Retie, Belgium on Saturday 26th August 2017.

Thirty six teams from nine countries entered the competition:
Netherlands 10 teams
Switzerland 7 teams
Belgium 6 teams
England 3 teams
Germany 3 teams
Sweden 2 teams
Rep of Ireland 2 teams
Wales 1 team
N Ireland 1 team
Europa Mix 1 team  

The competition was run in four groups of nine teams. The top four teams from each group then went into the knock out stage (Round of 16).

Team ACF 1 pulled well to make the last sixteen but met the experienced Sins team (Switzerland), who were seeking the treble having won the trophy in 2015 and 2016. The latter stages of the competition saw some highly competitive pulling, which resulted in an all Swiss final between Waldkirch and Stans-Oberdorf. Waldkirch emerged victorious in their first GENSB final, whilst Stans-Oberdorf collected their third consecutive silver medal.

The top 16 placings are listed below.
1 Waldkirch 1 Switzerland
2 Stans-Oberdorf Switzerland
3 TTV Powerrangers Belgium
4 Sins Switzerland
5 TTV Heure Netherlands
6 Bekveld 1 Netherlands
7 Mosnang Switzerland
8 TZC Eschbachtal Germany
9 Ttt t’Loggertje Netherlands
10 Ebersecken Switzerland
11 TTV Vriezenveen Netherlands
12 TTV Streefkerk Netherlands
13 TTV Elektrotrekkers Belgium
14 Team ACF 1 England
15 Trecastle Wales
16 TZV Buch Germany  

England also fielded four judges for the competition - Gavin Corden, Ray Fray-Smith, Ian Grant and Dave Kitchener.

After the presentation ceremony the GENSB flag was lowered and passed to the German delegation who will be hosting the 2018 event in Mohnesee 24 – 26 August 2018.


13/08/2017 - BRITISH AND IRISH CHAMPIONSHIPS - OPEN COMPETITION RESULTS

Men 560kg - Gold - Greenhills (Northern Ireland)  

Men 640kg - Gold
- Lincoln  

Men 700kg - Gold
- Lincoln  

Ladies 520kg - Gold
- Kilroe Ladies  

Ladies 560kg - Gold
- Haldon Ladies

More to follow


12/08/2017 –BRTITISH AND IRISH TUG OF WAR CHAMPIONSHIPS – INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIONS – RESULTS

Here is a summary of the closed results from the British and Irish Tug of War Championships - a good day for the England squads that took part.  

Men 600kg – Gold
– England A (represented by Felton Eccles) – Silver – England B (Composite Team) – Bronze – Northern Ireland A – 4th – Republic of Ireland A  

Men 680kg – Gold
– England A (represented by Lincoln) – Silver – England B (represented by Oxney Vines Cross) – Bronze – Republic of Ireland A – 4th – Scotland A  

Ladies 520kg – Gold
– England A (represented by Kilroe Ladies) – Silver – Scotland A – Bronze – Scotland B – 4th - England A (represented by Army Ladies)  

Ladies 560kg – Gold
– England B (represented by Haldon) – Silver – England A (represented by York Ladies) – Bronze – Scotland A – 4th – Scotland B  

Mixed 600kg – Gold
– England A (represented by Kilroe) – Silver – England B (represented by Lincoln) – Bronze – Wales A – 4th – Scotland A

Junior Gold - England A

More to follow


2017 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS - ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITIES


We have some advertising spaces available in the event programme, and some advertising spaces left around the competition arena in Southport! The event programme will be distributed to all competitors and spectators for free, and we can also display advertising banners around the competition arena for all four days of competition. Prices are as follows:

Programme Adverts:

Half Page Black and White Advert - 131mm x 92mm - £50
Full Page Black and White Advert - 131mm x 185mm - £100
Half Page Colour Advert - 131mm x 92mm - £60
Full Page Colour Advert - 131mm x 92mm - £110

Competition Arena Advertising:

2m x 1m banner - £150 for all four days of competition (banners to be supplied by the sponsor)

If you would like both a programme advert and advertising in the arena, we can also offer a combined price with some discount:

Combined Advertisement Package:

Half Page Black and White Advert - 131mm x 92mm and 2m x 1m banner in the arena for all four days of competition - £180

Full Page Black and White Advert - 131mm x 185mm and 2m x 1m banner in the arena for all four days of competition - £210

Half Page Colour Advert - 131mm x 92mm and 2m x 1m banner in the arena for all four days of competition - £190

Full Page Colour Advert - 131mm x 185mm and 2m x 1m banner in the arena for all four days of competition - £220

If your business would like to advertise at the event (we are anticipating teams from around 20 countries to take part, a total of 1500 - 2000 participants and lots of supporters and the event will also be streamed live), then please contact Alan Ludkin with your requirements and to book your advertising space. Email: alan.ludkin@hotmail.com. Phone: 01304 617660


08/08/2017 - EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS AND WORLD JUNIOR AND UNDER 23 CHAMPIONSHIPS - SOUTHPORT - ACCREDITATION AND OPEN CLUB ENTRY FORMS NOW OPEN

Entry forms for the TWIF open club competition in Southport are now open.

In addition, accreditation forms are also now available to complete and submit. ALL competitors, coaches, trainers, officials, press, etc. MUST complete an online accreditation form.

If you have attended a recent TWIF Championship, then you will be able to renew your accreditation from a previous event, however please ensure that your details are up to date, especially if you have had a new passport.

When completing your accreditation, please ensure that the passport number on your accreditation form is up to date and corresponds with the number in your current passport. If the numbers do not match, you will be turned away from the weigh in and have to obtain a new accreditation card, so please ensure your details (including date of birth) are correct and up to date to ensure that you have no delays at the weigh in. Please note that you will not be able to weigh in without an accreditation card and passport.

Accreditation is free to competitors if you have booked into the official accommodation package. If you are taking part, but staying outside of the official accommodation package, then the price of accreditation is £100 per participant.

To enter your club into the TWIF open competition, please click here.

To complete your accreditation for the event, please click here.

Open Club Entries and Accreditation Forms should be completed by 31 August 2017 at the latest.


06/08/2017 - CHESHIRE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS

Men Catchweight - Winners - Lincoln - Runners Up - Oxney Vines Cross

Men 600kg - Winners - Felton Eccles - Runners Up - England B

Mixed 600kg - Winners - Kilroe - Runners Up - Turf Turners

Men 680kg - Winners - Lincoln A - Runners Up - Norton

Men 640kg - Winners - Norton - Runners Up - Felton Eccles

Ladies / Junior 520kg - Winners - Llanwrst - Runners Up - Under 23

Ladies / Junior 560kg - Winners
- Llanwrst - Runners Up - Upon upon Severn

More to follow


30/07/2017 - 2017 WORLD GAMES - WROCLAW - POLAND - DAY 2


Photo: Great Britain Men 540kg squad - 2017 World Games Gold Medallists

Today, Great Britain were represented in the 640kg competition by Norton, and were up against Germany, Switzerland, Netherlands, Sweden and Ireland in that order in the group stage. A very tough field of good 640kg teams.

Britain started well, defeating Germany, but then loss to a very good Swiss team in the second match, before winning the remainder of their pulls to make the semi finals in second place in the group. The TWIF world champions Switzerland topped the group, in third plae were Sweden and Germany progressed in 4th place.

In the semi finals, Great Britain defeated Sweden so went into the final to meet the defending World Games Champions of 2013, and 2012, 2014 and 2016 TWIF World 640kg Champions Switzerland.

It was a well contested final, with Switzerland taking a close first end. On the second end, Great Britain went on the attack and managed to take the second end. The third end was equally as close, with Great Britain taking it to win a first gold medal at the World Games for Great Britain / England since 2001, and our first at 640kg since the first World Games in 1981!

Huge congratulations to the Great Britain team, represented by Norton Tug of War Club and supported by Felton Eccles and Bancran (Northern Ireland).

Videos from the 640 kg competition are available via our Facebook Page.


29/07/2017 - WORLD GAMES 2017 - WROCLAW - POLAND - TUG OF WAR - DAY 1


Photo: Great Britain Men 700kg squad - 2017 World Games Bronze Medallists

The first day of tug of war competition took place today at the World Games in Poland, which is a multi-sport event for non-Olympic sports held every 4 years. The tug of war is contested between the top 6 nations in relevant weight classes from the previous years TWIF World Championships.

The indoor competition took place in the morning. Great Britain had not qualified for this event, but it was the top two nations of China and Chinese Taipei that both got to the final, with Chinese Taipei taking the gold. The bronze medal went to South Africa who defeated the Netherlands in the third place medal pull.

In the afternoon, the mens 700kg competition took place, with Great Britain being represented by Lincoln. The team started well, defeating Belgium by 2 ends to 0, and then went 1-1 with Germany. Great Britain then went 1-1 with The Netherlands and defeated Sweden by 2 ends to 0. The only team to defeat Great Britain in the group stage were Switzerland. Great Britain progressed to the semi-finals along with Switzerland, Netherlands and Belgium. Great Britain faced the Netherlands in the semi final, but were unable to take any ends off them this time, and lost out by 2 ends to 0. Great Britain then had to fight for the bronze medal against Belgium, putting in a commanding performance to take a well deserved bronze medal by 2 ends to 0. A fantastic achievement and our congratulations go to Lincoln TOWC and all the pullers involved who represented Great Britain today.

The final saw Switzerland take the gold medal, with Netherlands taking silver.

You can watch videos from the 700kg competition via our Facebook page if you missed it!


28/07/2017 - BEN RATHBONE

The Tug of War Association are sad to learn of the passing of Ben Rathbone who was a puller for Bosley, and latterly Norton.

Ben was also a General Committee Member until the end of 2015, being an area representative for Area 10. Ben was a keen tug of war enthusiast during his time in the sport, and was a very keen volunteer / supporter at many events at home and abroad and played a big part in organising the 2016 National Championships in Macclesfield.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.


GREAT BRITAIN TUG OF WAR TEAMS HEAD OUT TO THE WORLD GAMES


This weekend, the 2017 IWGA World Games take place in Wroclaw, Poland.

For Tug of War, participation in The World Games programme remains the apex and most prestigious event for our sport. With only the top six countries in each weight class who qualify every four years, it is indeed an achievement just to be there. The World Games is a multi-sport event containing sports which are not part of the Olympic Games, however a number of past sports that used to be part of the World Games are now a part of the Olympics, a recent example being Rugby 7s. The World Games is therefore a prestigious sporting event and an important stepping stone for any sport with aspirations of becoming an Olympic sport in the future.

This weekend, Great Britain will be represented in the mens 640kg and 700kg weight classes having qualified for the event at the 2016 TWIF world championships held in Sweden.

Norton Tug of War Club from Staffordshire will be representing Great Britain in the mens 640kg weight class, and Lincoln Tug of War Club will be representing Great Britain in the mens 700kg weight class.

At the 2013 World Games held in Cali, Great Britain tug of war won the silver medal in the mens 640kg weight class. Hopefully this time we will go one better and take gold and also add a medal in the 700kg weight class as well.

The nations taking part in the different weight classes are as follows:

Men 700kg - Great Britain, Switzerland, Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, Belgium

Men 640kg - Great Britain, Switzerland, Ireland, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden

Ladies 540kg (Indoor)
- China, Chinese Taipei, Netherlands, Switzerland, South Africa, Ireland

The indoor ladies 540kg competition and outdoor mens 700kg competition takes place on Saturday 29 July and the mens 640kg competition takes place on Sunday 30 July.

We will publish links to any live streaming when known.

Otherwise, we would like to wish all of those pullers representing Great Britain this weekend the very best of luck and we hope you come back with some medals! We will all be cheering you on!


23/07/2017 - UPTON UPON SEVERN TOWC OPEN COMPETITION RESULTS

Men Catchweight - Winners - Felton Eccles - Runners Up - Halstead

Men 600 - Winners - Felton Eccles - Runners Up - Anstey

Men 680 - Winners - Felton Eccles - Runners Up - Halstead

Men 640 - Winners - Felton Eccles - Runners Up - Anstey

LYL 560 - Winners - Under 23 Ladies - Runners Up - Army Ladies

LYL 520 - Winners - Upton - Runners Up - Army Ladies


ENGLAND MENS UNDER 23 TEAMS - 2017 SQUAD ANNOUNCEMENT

We are pleased to announce that the following pullers have been selected for the Tug Of War Association Men Under 23 England squad for 2017 for the British and Irish Championships and World Under 23 Championships.

Haydon Forbes - Lincoln.
Owen Embleton - Thames Valley.
Aidan Canning - Sandhurst.
Alan Holt - Longridge.
George Worle  -Felton.
Dan Bowen - Upton on Seven.
Alex Brown - Upton on Seven.
Ryan Bird - Upper Eden.
Sean Foster - Upper Eden.
Joe Thirlby - Holland TOWC
Kurt Tatton - Norton.

We wish them well on their selection and know they will give 100% for our Association and England well done for making the squad and a big thank you to all our clubs for the use of their young pullers.


LANCASHIRE GAME FAIR - SUNDAY 10 SEPTEMBER - CONFIRMATION OF WEIGHT CLASSES

Details have now been confirmed for the event to be hosted by Bilsborrow YFC at the Lancashire Game and Country Festival, Gubberford lane, Scorton, Preston, Lancashire - Weigh In – 10am - First Pull - 11am - weights - Men - 600kg, 640kg, 680kg - Mixed 4+4 - 660kg - Ladies - Catchweight -

Contact Graham Billington for further details on 07950 918426. Please can all clubs confirm your intention to attend this event as soon as possible.


FORGE LANE / OXNEY VINES CROSS OPEN COMPETITION - SUNDAY 23 JULY

Please can teams contact Matt Weekes: mattweekes03@gmail.com or tel 07905 030770 to let him know if your team will be attending the Forge Lane fixture on Sunday 23rd July at Ashburnham cricket ground, East Sussex.

Please respond by Sunday 16th July. If the organisers do not get enough teams, this fixture will be cancelled.


EUROPEAN OUTDOOR TUG OF WAR CHAMPIONSHIPS - SOUTHPORT - 21-24 SEPTEMBER 2017

Notice to all teams, officials, supporters and volunteers.

Everyone is reminded that accommodation should be booked via the Tug of War 2017 web site at www.tugofwar2017.com

Bookings need to be made by Saturday 14th July (this has been extended from 1st July).

The cost of booking official accommodation packages after the above date will increase by 10% above the advertised price, so all teams are encouraged to book accommodation as soon as possible.

Accommodation packages are available on a 3, 5, 6, and 7 night basis, include breakfast and evening meals, accreditation, and bus transfers from the accommodation to and from the competition ground, with shuttle buses running between the competition ground and the accommodation every 30 minutes throughout the day.

Discounted accommodation packages are available for junior pullers and discounts will also be offered for those people volunteering for the duration of the event. The full range of packages and prices available are available at www.tugofwar2017.com


BRITISH AND IRISH CHAMPIONSHIPS - FORMATION OF A TEAM TO REPRESENT ENGLAND “B” IN THE MEN’S 600KG INTERNATIONAL WEIGHT CLASS

The Tug of War Association are looking to form a team to represent England “B” in the senior mens 600kg competition at the forthcoming British and Irish Championships to be held in Scotland on Saturday 12 August (weigh in, Friday 11 August).  

The need for the formation of a composite team has arisen because eligible clubs have are either unable to attend the championships, or are representing England in other weight classes at the same event.  

This opportunity is open to any senior men’s pullers who are registered members of clubs who are registered members of the Tug of War Association.  

If you are interested in being a part of this team, please contact Stafford Chipperfield and provide your name and pulling weight as soon as possible. Once numbers are known, training sessions will be arranged for interested persons to attend to try out for the team.     

To register your interest to be a part of this team, contact Stafford Chipperfield on 01621 854821 or 07850 417891. You can also e-mail: stafford.chipperfield@btinternet.com


2017 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS AND WORLD JUNIOR AND UNDER 23 CHAMPIONSHIPS - SCHEDULE UPDATE

TWIF have now confirmed the timings for the individual weigh in on Wednesday 20th September for both clubs competing in the open competition, and teams competing in the closed international competition.

There will be two weigh in slots as follows:

Morning slot - 07:30am - 12 noon
Afternoon slot - 16:00 - 18:00

Individuals have a choice of which slot to weigh in, however individuals may only weigh on the official scales once.

The weigh in will take place at Pontin's.

The stamping for morning weights on each day of competition will be 07:30am to 08:30am. The stamping for the afternoon weights will be 11:15am to 12:00. The stamping will take place in the team tentage area at the competition field. The above times will be strictly adhered to in order to ensure that the competitions start on time.

The full schedule of events for both the weigh in and competition days are available on the programme of events page of the 2017 European Championships web site.


ENGLAND UNDER 23 (MEN) TRAINING DAYS - IMPORTANT NOTICE

There will be an England men under 23 training day at Holland Sports Club, Efflich Lane, Barton-under-Needwood, Staffordshire on Sunday 2nd July starting at 10.00am.

This training session will also be open to anyone who wishes to help us train - men, ladies and juniors. Bring your own refreshments, drinking water and sports drinks.

All pullers wishing to be considered to represent England at Under 23 level at the UK and Ireland Championships in August and the World Under 23 Championships in Southport in September must attend.

Further training sessions will be arranged in due course. In addition, under 23s are also requested to attend the competitions to be held at Upton upon Severn in Worcestershire on 23 July, Cheshire Game and Angling Fair on Sunday 6 August, and the National League Finals at Holland Sports Club on Sunday 3rd September where teams will be entered into the senior men's competitions for competition training.

For further info, please contact Dave Knott:

Tel: 01538 385752
Mob: 07779 852610
e-mail: bigknotty720@gmail.com


17/06/2017 - NATIONAL OUTDOOR TUG OF WAR CHAMPIONSHIPS - RESULTS

Ladies 520kg
Gold - Kilroe (Lancashire / Derbyshire)
Silver - Army Ladies
Bronze - Haldon (Devon)

Ladies 560kg

Gold - Kilroe (Lancashire / Derbyshire)
Silver - York (Yorkshire)
Bronze - Haldon (Devon)

Mens 560kg
Gold - Norton (Staffordshire)
Silver - Sandhurst (Berkshire)
Bronze - Upper Eden (Cumbria)

Mens 600kg
Gold - Norton (Staffordshire)
Silver - Felton Eccles (Somerset)
Bronze - Lincoln (Lincolnshire)

Mens 640kg
Gold - Norton (Staffordshire)
Silver - Felton Eccles (Somerset)
Bronze - Lincoln (Lincolnshire)

Mens 680kg
Gold - Lincoln (Lincolnshire)
Silver - Oxney Vines Cross (Sussex)
Bronze - Two Dales (Derbyshire)

Mens 720kg
Gold - Lincoln (Lincolnshire)
Silver - Holland (Staffordshire)

Catchweight
Gold - Lincoln (Lincolnshire)
Silver - St Pats (Leicestershire)

Mixed 4 x 4 600kg
Gold - Kilroe (Lancashire/ Derbyshire)
Silver - Lincoln (Lincolnshire)
Bronze - Upper Eden (Cumbria)

Well done to all of the clubs who took part in very hot weather conditions. We look forward to more good tug of war for the rest of the summer and we look forward to seeing lots of clubs competing at the European Championships in Southport in September!

More to follow

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29/05/2017 - NORTHUMBERLAND SHOW RESULTS

Men 600kg - Winners - Upper Eden - Runners Up - Turf Turners  

Men 640kg - Winners
- Turf Turners - Runners Up - York  

Men 680kg - Winners
- Upper Eden - Runners Up - Turf Turners  

Men Catchweight - Winners
- Turf Turners - Runners Up - Upper Eden  

Mixed 600kg - Winners
- Turf Turners - Runners Up - York  

Mixed 660kg - Winners
- York - Runners Up - Upper Eden  

Ladies Catchweight - Winners
- York - Runners Up - Caldbeck Ladies


27 & 28 MAY 2017 - FELTON ECCLES 70TH ANNIVERSARY INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION RESULTS

Men 600kg
Gold -
Norton (England)
Silver -
Leo’s Boys (Northern Ireland)
Bronze -
Felton Eccles (England)
4th -
Upper Eden (England)  

Men 680kg

Gold -
Heure (Netherlands)
Silver -
TTV Lagerweij (Netherlands)
Bronze -
Norton (England)  

Ladies 560kg

Gold -
Haldon (England)
Silver -
Penhow (Wales)  

Mixed 600kg 4+4

Gold -
Kilroe (England)
Silver -
Haldon (England)
Bronze -
Cupids Hill (Wales)  

Men 700kg

Gold -
TTV Heure (Netherlands)
Silver -
Lincoln (England)
Bronze -
G&B (Ireland)  

Ladies 520kg
Gold -
Haldon (England)
Silver -
Army Ladies (England)
Bronze -
Cupids Hill (Wales)  

Men 640kg
Gold -
Norton (England)
Silver -
TTV Lagerweij (Netherlands)
Bronze - TTV Heure (Netherlands)


21/05/2017 - SHROPSHIRE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS


Photo: Norton competing in the 680kg final against Felton Eccles

This weekend, the Shropshire Championships were held in Shrewsbury. Weights being contested were mens weight classes at 600kg, 640kg, 680kg and catchweight. The teams that participated were Felton Eccles, Norton, Diesel Power, Dolfor, Bosley, Holland.

Norton competed strongly at this event to win all four weight classes on offer without losing and ends. Felton Eccles from Somerset finished as the runners up in all four weight classes. Whilst these two teams dominated the medals, there was still some good competition between the other teams who took part.

The officials on the day were Gavin Corden, Tony Henshaw, Dave Kitchener, David Hamer, Roger Beardsmore, Jill Thomas and Adele Hamer.  


14/05/2017 - MIDLAND AREA CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS

Teams competing - Men - Lincoln (A and B), Felton Eccles, Bosley, Haldon, Cupids Hill, Under 23, Team ACF, Upton-on-Severn - Ladies/Junior - Team ACF Junior Men, Team ACF Junior Ladies, Upton-on-Severn, Cupids Hill, Army Ladies, Holland, St Pats.

This weekend, the Midland Area Championships took place in Alcester, hosted by The Tug of War Association Midland Area. Four weights were contested for mens teams at 600kg, 640kg, 680kg and catchweight, and ladies/Junior Weights took place at 520kg and 560kg.

Whilst there was a reduced number of teams in attendance this week, there was still some good competition, and despite the recent dry weather the ground cut up well.

Lincoln finished as the winners in the first two men's weight classes of the day, winning the catchweight and 640kg competitions, defeating Felton Eccles in both finals. In the following two weights, Felton Eccles won the final of the 680kg competition after a hard fought 3 end final against Lincoln. The final weight of the day was the 600kg competition which was another fiercely contested weight class, with no teams going through to the semi finals without losing ends. The eventual finalists were Felton Eccles and Bosley, with Felton Eccles winning the final by 2 ends to 0.

In the ladies and Junior weight classes, Army Ladies won the 560kg competition, with Team ACF finishing as the runners up. In the 520kg competition, Cupids Hill won the gold medal with Army Ladies finishing as runners up.

The officials on the day were Roger Beardsmore, Tony Henshaw, Gavin Corden, Mick Grimston, Peter Craft, Dave Hamer, Ian Grant, Dave Kitchener, Wendy Dyer, Jill Thomas, Adele Hamer.


YVONNE LUDKIN - FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS


Following the passing of Yvonne on 2 May 2017, the funeral will take place on Thursday 25th May 2017 at 11.00am at the Bracknell Crematorium, Easthamstead Park Cemetery and Crematorium, Bracknell Crematorium, South Road, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG40 3DW.

Family flowers only please as Yvonne would like donations for J’s Hospice Cheques should be made out to ‘The J’s Hospice’ and should be sent to c/o Brian Bentley Funeral Services, 27 Greenwood Road, Crowthorne, Berkshire, RG45 6QX

Vic and Yvonne's family would love you to join them afterwards at Old Dean Bowling Club, for a celebration of Yvonne’s life.

The address is Old Dean Bowling Club, Wimbledon Road, Old Dean Estate, Camberley, Surrey, GU15 4BD,Tel: 01276 709322.

Please RSVP victor.ludkin@ntlworld.com or 01276 22253 for catering purposes.


FELTON ECCLES 70TH ANNIVERSARY TOURNAMENT - 27/28 MAY 2017 - UPDATE

Confirmation of Venue  

Please note that the event will not be taking place at the usual venue at the Bungalow Inn. It will be taking place at:

Wrington Sports & Social Club, Silver Street, Wrington. BS40 5QN. (This is approximately 2 miles south of the Bungalow Inn, further down the A38 to the right) 

Programme


Friday 26th  May 17
 

Individual Weigh in - 6.00pm - 9.00pm at Wrington Sports & Social Club

Saturday 27th  May 17
 

Stamping and team weigh-in (weigh in on 8 man scales for those teams that cannot make the individual weigh in) - 8.00 am – 10.30am at Pulling Ground, (Wrington Sports & Social Club).  

The pulling will commence at 11.00 am prompt  

Morning - Men – 600kg and Ladies 560kg
 

1.00pm - Men – 680kg and Junior 560kg (GENSB)  

Sunday 28th  May 17
 

Stamping and team weigh-in (weigh in on 8 man scales for those teams that cannot make the individual weigh in) - 8.00 am – 10.30 am at Pulling Ground, (Wrington Sports & Social Club).  

The pulling will commence – 11.00am prompt  

Morning - Men – 700kg and Mixed 4x4 600kg

  
1.00pm - Men – 640kg and Ladies/Youth 520kg  

Entry fees are £25.00 per weight class  

Presentation of medals will take place after each weight

For further information about this event, or if you have any questions, please contact Pete Dyer on 01934 823462 or email: pete@dyermail.co.uk

Updates about this event are also being posted on Felton Eccles Facebook page, which you can visit by clicking here


07/05/2017 - AAA CHAMPIONSHIPS AND GREAT ORMOND STREET CHARITY EVENT RESULTS

The annual AAA Outdoor Tug of War Championships took place in warm sunny weather in Daventry, Northamptonshire.

The event started with the catchweight competition with Lincoln winning the gold medal for the fourth consecutive season. Felton Eccles finished as the silver medallists in this weight class. Photo: Catchweight AAA Gold Medallists - Lincoln

The 640kg competition was the next closed weight, with Norton winning the gold medal to win the AAA 640kg championships for the 10th consecutive year. Lincoln won the silver medal. Photo: Norton - AAA 640kg Gold Medallists

The open competitions saw Norton go on to win the 580kg and 600kg competitions, with Lincoln going on to win the 680kg competition. Photo: Felton Eccles - AAA Championship Catchweight Silver Medallists

The ladies and junior competitions saw all of the teams pull in the same competition, with winners and runners up medals being presented to the top two junior mens teams, junior ladies teams and senior ladies teams. Team ACF won the junior ladies 520kg and 560kg competitions and the junior mens 520kg and 560kg competitions. Team Army Ladies won both the ladies 520kg and 560kg competitions, with Kilroe Ladies finishing as runners up in the ladies 560kg and Penhow Ladies finishing as runners up in the 520kg competition. Well done to all teams who took part.



05/05/2017 - YVONNE LUDKIN

The Tug of War Association is sad to learn of the passing of Yvonne Ludkin who sadly lost her battle with Cancer on Tuesday morning (2 May).  

Yvonne was another dedicated servant of tug of war, serving as a TOWA timekeeper recorder for several years, and also fulfilled these duties at international level at TWIF events. Yvonne was the wife of TOWA judge and former Gateway, Camberley and Sandhurst puller Vic Ludkin, who stood down as TOWA President earlier this year.  

Funeral details will be published in due course.  

In the meantime, our thoughts go out to Vic, Yvonne’s family, friends and colleagues at this difficult time.


ENGLAND U23 (MEN) TRAINING SESSION - 14 MAY 2017

The first meet-up date for all Male Under 23 pullers will be Sunday 14th of May 2017 at the Midland Open Championships, Jubilee Fields, St Faiths Road, Alcester, Warwickshire B49 6AG.

We will be entering and trialling teams in mens Catchweight competition so as not to interfere with your clubs participation in other weight classes on the day. If you are unavailable to attend please let the mens under 23 team manager know. Other sessions are to be arranged on the build up to the British and Irish Championships (which take place in Scotland in August, where England will be entering an under 23 team to compete as England “C” in the mens 600kg competition, and then the World U23 Championships open competition and closed international competition being held in conjunction with the European Championships in Southport in September.

To all clubs - please note that when you register your Under 23 pullers to please provide a copy of their proof of age (e.g. passport or driving licence) to the Hon Gen Secretary when completing your puller registrations. Application forms to register to take part in Under 23 training days and be part of the Under 23 international squads are available on the Under 23 page of this web site.

After last year’s B&I championships we have high hopes for this year with the pullers we have available to us. Any questions you may have do not hesitate to get in touch.

Dave Knott
England U23 MENS Coach/Manager
 
Tel:
01538 385752
Mobile: 07779852610
Email: bigknotty720@gmail.com


01/05/2017 - NORTH SOMERSET SHOW RESULTS

The annual tug of war event at North Somerset Show took place on the first May bank holiday with Cupids Hill, Bridgewater YFC, Haldon Ladies, Haldon Men, Craswall, Felton Eccles and Ansty all taking part. 

There were 3 weights contested at 600kg,640kg and 680kg.

The results were as follows:

600kg - Winners - Felton Eccles - Runners Up - Ansty

640kg - Winners - Felton Eccles - Runners Up - Ansty

680kg - Winners - Felton Eccles - Runners Up - Haldon Men  

A special note goes to Haldon Ladies  who competed in the 600/640kg category and did not disgrace themselves in any form and to Wendy Dyer for supplying the officials lunch.

The officials on the day were Alec Masson, Tim Tatler and Mark Williams


CHANGE OF EMAIL ADDRESS

Please note that the new email address for Dave Knott (Area 2 representative and Under 23 manager) is: bigknotty720@gmail.com.


26/04/2017 - 2017 EUROPEAN TUG OF WAR CHAMPIONSHIPS - SOUTHPORT - 20 - 25 SEPTEMBER 2017 - UPDATE

There are now less than 150 days to go until the European Championships and World Junior and Under 23 Championships in Southport!  

It has now been confirmed that a junior ladies 480kg competition will be taking place at this year’s championship in both the TWIF Open Club Competition and also the International Competition.

Those wishing to attend the championships are also strongly advised to book accommodation as soon as possible. The earlier your teams book accommodation for the event, the better chance we have of grouping your pullers together in the same location, and the better chance we have of facilitating any special requests where practical.  

Further information about the event, and accommodation bookings can be made via the event web site at www.tugofwar2017.com.


23/04/2016 - LINCOLN TOWC OPEN COMPETITION RESULTS

The second round of competition in the mens National League and the third round of competition of the National League took place at Lincoln Tug of War Club’s annual tug of war event. There was a good number of teams taking part in the ladies and youth league competition, however there was a reduced number of teams taking part in the mens competition this week. Lincoln (A and B), Felton Eccles, Diesel Power, Bosley, Holland and Team ACF took part in the mens competitions, and Team ACF Boys, two teams of ACF Girls, Kilroe, St Pats, and Team Army took part in the ladies and youth league competition. Photo: St Pats Ladies

The mens competitions saw Lincoln A win the catchweight and 720kg competitions, with their B team finishing as runners up in the 720. Lincoln also finished as runners up in the 600, 640 and 680 competitions. Felton Eccles finished in first place in the 600, 640 and 680 competitions and also finished as runners up in the catchweight competition. Photo: Host Club Lincoln

There was some exciting competition in the ladies and youth league this week, with St Pats getting their first win of the season by winning the 560kg competition, with Army Ladies finishing as runners up. In the 520kg competition, Team Army ladies finished as the winners to get their first win of the season with ACF boys finishing as the runners up. Photo: Team ACF

The officials on the day were Peter Craft, Roger Beardsmore, Mick Grimston, Gavin Corden, Dave Kitchener, Mike Callaghan, Ian Grant, Mark Williams, Wendy Dyer and Caroline Abri.


ENGLAND UNDER 23 LADIES TRAINING DAYS

Training days for any female pullers under the age of 23 will take place on the following dates:

Sunday 30 April at Upton upon Severn, Worcestershire - Venue Address - The Drum and Monkey, Newbridge, Upton upon Severn, Worcestershire,  WR8 0QP

Sunday 20 August in Gloucester - Venue Address - Recreation Ground, Birchall Lane, Upton St Leonards, Gloucester, GL4 8DG

Both training sessions will commence at 11.30am

To take part in these training sessions, register to take part in the England Under 23 Ladies Squads for 2017, and for further information, please contact Dave Kitchener using the details below:

Tel: 01234 720086
email: marion.kitchener53@gmail.com

All ladies under the age of 23 are very welcome and encouraged to attend. If you wish to attend, please make sure you register your attendance with Dave Kitchener in advance prior to each training session.

Application forms are available on the under 23 page of this web site.


FIXTURES UPDATE

Please note the following updates for some forthcoming fixtures:

Upper Eden Open Competition

This competition will take place on Saturday 6 May, and not Sunday 7 May as previously advertised.

The venue will be Crosby on Eden Village Hall, Crosby on Eden, near Carlisle, Cumbria, CA6 4QN. Weigh in time and weigh classes remain as advertised.

Two Dales TOWC Open Competition

The event scheduled for Sunday 11th June has now been cancelled. There is therefore no fixture scheduled to take place on this weekend.


17/04/2017 - GUILDFORD OPEN RESULTS

The three clubs competing were: Oxney Vines Cross, Sandhurst and Thames Valley. The results were:

Catchweight - Winners - Oxney - Runners Up - Sandhurst

600 - Winners - Oxney - Runners Up - Sandhurst

640 - Winners - Sandhurst - Runners Up - Oxney

680 - Winners - Oxney - Runners Up - Sandhurst

The officials were: Peter Craft, Vic Ludkin and Peter Tuckwell.


16/04/2017 - BOSLEY TOWC CHARITY EVENT IN AID OF EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE - RESULTS

Bosley Tug of War Club held their annual charity tug of war competition over the weekend in support of their local charity the East Cheshire Hospice. This event was attended by Bosley, Norton, York, Upper Eden, Two Dales, Lincoln, Turf Turners, Leek YFC, Derby ACF, Felton Eccles and Upton with weight classes for mens, ladies, juniors and mixed teams.

There were occasional showers throughout the day, but there was a good mix of results in different weight classes.

In the mens weights, Norton won the 600kg, 640kg and catchweight classes, defeating Lincoln in the final of the catchweight, Felton Eccles in the final of the 600kg and Two Dales in the final of the 640kg. Felton Eccles won the 720kg competition ahead of Lincoln, but Lincoln went on to win the 680kg competition after a good 2 ends to 1 win over Felton in the final. Photo: Lincoln.

Three weights were held for the ladies and junior teams at 520kg, 540kg and 560kg. York Ladies competed well to win all three weight classes. Leek finished as runners up in the 560kg competition and Upton finished as runners up in the 520kg and 540kg competitions. Photo: York Ladies/Juniors

The day finished with a 4+4 competition, which turned out to be a good little competition, with Bosley contesting the final against Turf Turners from County Durham. Turf Turners had gone through the competition without losing an end, but Bosley managed to improve for the final by winning an exciting pull by 2 ends to 0. Well done to all of the teams who took part. Photo: Norton

The officials on the day were Dave Kitchener, Tony Henshaw, Peter Craft, Dave Hamer, Gavin Corden and Adele Hamer.


09/04/2017 - EAST OF ENGLAND CHAMPIONSHIPS - NATIONAL LEAGUE WEEK 1 RESULTS

The East of England Championships took place in good sunny weather conditions at Kempston near Bedford. The day started with a moments silence following the recent passing of Seamus Murphy. The catchweight competition was pulled in a straight group with Lincoln A and Felton Eccles finishing as the top two teams in the group ahead of Haldon, Oxney and Thames Valley. Lincoln won this weight for the second week in a row, defeating Felton Eccles in the final by 2 ends to 0.

The 600kg competition then followed, another round robin competition with some close pulling between Lincoln A and B, Sandhurst, Felton Eccles, Oxney, Thames Valley and Haldon. Felton Eccles and Oxney emerged as the top two teams who went forward to pull each other again in the final, with Felton Eccles coming away with a good 2 ends to 0 win. Photo: Haldon

The 680kg competition was again pulled as a straight group. This saw Felton Eccles and Lincoln B emerge as the top two teams again to compete in their second final of the day. Felton Eccles this time won the competition by 2 ends to 0 to take their second win of the day. Photo: Thames Valley

The final mens weight of the day was the 640kg competition which was split into two groups. With the hot weather conditions, some pullers started to struggle with cramp, but this didn’t take away from the pulling. Some of the best pulls in the group stages came between Thames Valley and Haldon who won one end each off each other, and then Thames Valley and Felton also had a good match between each other which Felton won by 2 ends to 0. In the other group, Lincoln B and Sandhurst had a good battle which Sandhurst won by 2 ends to 0, with Lincoln coming very close to taking the second end. The final of this weight class was between Lincoln A and Felton Eccles, which Felton Eccles eventually won by 2 ends to 0 to win their third gold medal of the day. Photo: Oxney

The ladies and youth league competition wasn’t as well supported this week, with Army Ladies, Upton, and St Pats taking part. Army Ladies won gold in the 560kg competition, and Upton won gold in the 520kg competition. Well done to these teams for supporting this event. Photo: Sandhurst

Officials on the day were Roger Bearsmore, Tony Henshaw, Peter Craft, Gavin Corden, Mick Grimston, Dave Kitchener, Wendy Dyer.  


09/04/2017 - LONGRIDGE TOWC OPEN COMPETITION RESULTS

A lovely sunny day of tug of war at Longridge was enjoyed by all. A great day out for York Penistone, Bilsborrow, Chipping, Longridge & Vale of Lune to contest the first competition of the TOWA Northern Area League. York won the 4+4 without losing an end and York also finished in first place in the ladies 540kg. Kilroe Ladies went on to win the ladies 580kg competition. Longridge the hosting team won the 600kg and Catchweight competitions. The next TOWA Northern Area League competition takes place on 30th April and will be hosted by Whitley Chapel in Northumberland. Photo: Pensitone


08/04/2017 - FWA LEAGUE - BIDEFORD, DEVON - RESULTS

The first league event of the Far Western Area League season took place on Saturday at the Devon YFC Activities day at Bideford in North Devon, Haldon Ladies, Exe Valley, Haldon Men & Meshaw Youth took part in the event. Photo: Exe Valley

The competition was pulled in a straight 4 team round robin Haldon men were the winners Haldon ladies the runner up followed by Meshaw and then Exe Valley.

Haldon men took the medals for the Men’s event Haldon ladies the medals for the ladies event with Exe Valley taking the ladies runner up medals.

Meshaw claimed the youth medals. Well done to all of the teams who took part.


02/04/2017 - BOSLEY TOWC OPEN COMPETITION RESULTS

Bosley Tug of War Club hosted their annual club competition, with teams from around England taking part, as well as visiting teams “the Shop” from Ireland and Halkyn from Wales. The English clubs competed were from Bosley, Two Dales, Norton, Lincoln (A and B), Felton Eccles, Upper Eden, York, Longridge, Diesel Power, Holland, Kilroe Ladies, Team ACF Boys, Team ACF Girls, York Ladies, Leek YFC, St Pats, Team Army. Photo: host club Bosley

There was plenty of tug of war throughout the day, with both of the ladies/junior weights and the mens 600, 640, and 680 competitions having large entries of teams. Photo: Felton Eccles

In the mens weight classes, there was a good mix of results. The catchweight competition was won by Lincoln A, who had good battles with Norton in both the group stage and the final, the group pull going 1-1 and then Lincoln winning the final by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Army Ladies

The 560kg competition saw Team ACF A taking the gold medal overall without losing an end. York pulled strongest out of the remainder of the field to finish as runners up. Leek YFC competed with a junior ladies team in this weight for the first time and gained valuable experience from this weight class. The TOWA welcomes junior male and junior female teams, so if any other young teams wish to get involved in ladies and junior competition, then please contact us for further information. Photo: Upper Eden

The Mens 600kg competition was a straight league of 10 with the top two teams going through to the final. Only the Shop from Ireland progressed to the final without dropping many ends, with the pulling close between the remainder of the teams. Two Dales progressed to the final where they met The Shop. The Shop continued their good form by winning the final by 2 ends to 0. Photo: York Ladies

The 680kg competition was split into two groups. In another competitive weight class, Lincoln B and Felton Eccles progressed to the final, with Lincoln B winning the competition by 2 ends to 0. The ladies and junior 520kg competition was pulled as a straight group, this time with Kilroe Ladies and York progressing to the final. This was a good close final which went to three ends, York taking the first end and then Kilroe Ladies taking the next two. Photo: The Shop from Ireland

The mens 640kg competition was again split into two groups. Both Felton and The Shop progressed to their second finals of the day, with The Shop winning their second final by 2 ends to 0. The day finished with the 720kg competition. After some more close pulling, The Shop took first place without losing an end, Felton Eccles taking their third runners up spot on the day. Photo: Longridge

The officials on the day were Ray Fray-Smith, Peter Craft, Mick Grimston, Tony Henshaw, David Hamer, Gavin Corden, Adele Hamer, Mark Williams and Caroline Abri. Photo: Leek YFC

Results Summary:

Men Catchweight - Winners - Lincoln A - Runners Up - Norton

Men 720 - Winners - The Shop - Runners Up - Felton Eccles

Men 680 - Winners - Lincoln B - Runners Up - Felton Eccles

Men 640 - Winners - The Shop - Runners Up - Felton Eccles

Men 600 - Winners - The Shop - Runners Up - Two Dales

Ladies / Youth 560kg  - Winners - Team ACF - Runners Up - York

Ladies / Youth 520 - Winners - Kilroe Ladies - Runners Up - York


25/03/2017 – TWIF CONGRESS NEWS

Congratulations to Pete Dyer, chairman of our Association, who has been nominated as TWIF Senior Vice President for the next 4 years. We wish him well in his new role within TWIF.  

In addition, the date for the World Indoor Tug of War Championships in China in 2018 has been confirmed as 8 – 11 March 2018.


TOWA NOTICE

With outdoor tug of war season now getting under way, and the European Championships taking place in England this year (hopefully resulting in a little bit more publicity for tug of war) teams are reminded below of what is expected of them when competing at events throughout the coming year to help present a more positive image of our sport:  

KIT
 
Teams are reminded of rule 7.1, which states: “Teams shall be properly dressed for competitions, i.e. appropriate SHIRTS, SHORTS, SOCKS and approved footwear. A team’s dress may include sensible headgear for those members wishing to wear it. Headgear must be in one style and in keeping with team colours”.

Please can all clubs therefore ensure that everyone is wearing matching kit (and that it is clean at the start of the day), and if you know you will be travelling to an event needing to borrow pullers, please take along spare shirts for the borrowed puller to wear. Be proud of your sport, the kit you wear and the clubs that you represent.  

TENTS / GAZEBOS
 
With the exception of the timekeeper/recorders tent, no tents, gazebos or other form of event shelter are to be put up directly adjacent to the competition arena. Please allow a gap of a minimum of 3 metres to allow any spectators attending our events a good view of the competition.  

VEHICLES
 
As with tents / gazebos above, under no circumstances are vehicles to be parked adjacent to the pulling arena.  

SMOKING
 
Smoking is not permitted in the arena.  

We would appreciate the support from ALL clubs/pullers in implementing the above on an ongoing basis.

Thank you.


19/03/2017 – DORSET TRAINING LEAGUE 3 - RESULTS

600kg - Winners – Anstey – Runners Up - Haldon (men)

640kg – Winners – Anstey – Runners Up - Haldon (men)

680kg – Winners - Haldon (men) – Runners Up – Anstey 

Catchweight – Winners - Haldon (men) – Runners Up - Blandford


DERRICK WORLE

It is with much sadness that we report the passing of former Felton Eccles puller Derrick Worle.

Affectionately known as "Long 'un", Derrick, along with brother Peter Worle, Uncle Norman and several cousins, was a stalwart of the highly successful Felton Eccles team of the 1960s and early 1970's that won several National Championships and were European 640kg Champions in 1968.

Derrick started on the rope but moved to the Anchor after a car accident. After moving to Hampshire with his work, Derrick continued to pull with King Sombourn and then coached his two Sons at GBE. He loved being back on the Tug of War circuit, but we always knew it was Felton Eccles that he was rooting for.

A Farrier by trade Derrick was notoriously strong: strength he demonstrated and relied upon in overcoming very serious illness some 25 years ago.

Our condolences to Sue, Anthony and Matthew., family, friends and team mates past and present.

Funeral details will be announced when known.


2017 WORLD GAMES TUG OF WAR TICKETS

Tickets to watch the tug of war at The World Games, which take place in Poland in July are now available for supporters to purchase online. See the link below for info.

https://www.ebilet.pl/en/sport/sporty-druzynowe/przeciaganie-liny-tug-of-war/


12/03/2017 - DORSET TRAINING LEAGUE RESULTS - YEOVIL

Teams Competing - Anstey, Blandford, Haldon (mens), Haldon (ladies), Felton Eccles, Somerset ACF & West Dorset

Results
 
600kg - Winners - Felton Eccles - Runners Up (joint) - Haldon and Anstey

640kg - Winners
- Anstey - Runners Up - Felton Eccles

680kg - Winners
- Felton Eccles - Runners Up - Anstey

Catchweight - Winners - Anstey - Runners Up - Felton Eccles


TOWA TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT DAY - 26 MARCH 2017

It is with great regret that we have not had sufficient time to put the appropriate structure and framework in place to ensure that we can take the training and development plan forward on a sound footing. I consider that if we do not have a fully developed plan for a training and development day we are not giving this initiative the best opportunity to succeed. We not only need the plan in place but, most importantly, we also need key people in place.

On this basis we, the TOWA Executive Committee, have taken the decision to cancel the event that was scheduled for Sunday the 26th March. I apologise for any inconvenience caused and assure you all that we will be working hard to endeavour to get the structure and framework in place for the next scheduled event.

Pete Dyer

Chairman.
The Tug of War Association


2017 PULLER REGISTRATIONS

For the forthcoming outdoor tug of war season, teams are reminded to register their pullers in order to be eligible to compete in championship events.  

The registration fee per puller is £5.  

There is no puller registration fee for junior pullers aged 18 and under.  

If you are registering any new pullers, please provide their details on the registration of new members form, and please provide two passport size photographs with the name of the new puller written on the back.  

When registering any junior and under 23 pullers, please provide their date of birth on the registration form and on the back of their passport photo if a new puller, and also provide a photocopy of their proof of age, such as a passport, driving license or birth certificate.   Registration forms are available to download by clicking the links below:  

2017 puller registration forms (PDF format)

2017 puller registration forms (Excel format)

Registration Deadlines
 

The deadline for registering pullers for the 2017 AAA Championships (championship weights are men Catchweight and 640kg, which takes place on Sunday 7 May at Daventry) is Friday 7 April.  
The deadline for registering all pullers for the 2017 National Championships (mens, ladies and juniors, which takes place on Saturday 17 June in Offwell, Devon) is  Wednesday 17 May.

When you have completed your registration forms, please return them with the puller registration fees to the Hon. Gen. Secretary Mick Copper. Forms can be e-mailed to mick.copper@tiscali.co.uk or can be sent by post to Mick Copper, 11 Holmfield Drive, Raunds, Northamptonshire, NN9 6PB. Cheques should be made payable to ”The Tug of War Association”.  

Club Registration
 

If existing clubs have yet to renew their membership for 2017, please do so as soon as possible.  

If your club are not yet members of the Tug of War Association and your club wishes to take part in any championship events throughout the season, and/or wishes to take part in the open competition at the forthcoming European Championships in Southport in September, then clubs need to register as full or associate members of the Tug of War Association. Full club membership costs £100 for the year, and associate club membership costs £20 for the year. Associate member clubs do not have any voting rights at a TOWA AGM and are not eligible to represent England at international events, but are eligible to compete at all other TOWA championships and open competitions.  

To register your club as full or associate members of the Tug of War Association, please contact TOWA Treasurer Alan Ludkin for a membership form by e-mailing alan.ludkin@hotmail.co.uk or phone 01304 617660.


26/02/2017 - DORSET TRAINING LEAGUE - MARSHWOOD - RESULTS

Teams Competing: Anstey, Blandford, Haldon Men, Haldon Ladies, Sandhurst, Somerset ACF, West Dorset Men and West Dorset Ladies

RESULTS

600kg - Winners
- Haldon Men - Runners Up - Anstey

640kg - Winners - Anstey - Runners Up - Haldon Men

680kg - Winners - Sandhurst - Runners Up - Anstey

Catchweight - Winners - Sandhurst - Runners Up - Blandford


2017 EUROPEAN OUTDOOR TUG OF WAR CHAMPIONSHIPS - SOUTHPORT - ENGLAND - SPONSORSHIP AND ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITIES

At the TOWA AGM, sponsor packs were handed out to members that were present. In addition, copies of sponsor packs are available from members of the TOWA General Committee.

We would like members to approach potential sponsors to advertise at the 2017 European Championships. A range of sponsorship options are available, with small budget options such as programme adverts and banner advertising in the arena to more extensive packages with a broader promotional/advertising offer. You can download by clicking here a covering letter to send out with the sponsors information packs that are available. This letter is editable so that you can address it to relevant companies. Instructions below:

INSTRUCTIONS

This letter can be used to accompany the sponsor ‘pack’ that is available.
If you are sending this to a person you know put your address in the top left hand box and your name at the end of the letter. You can either type your name or delete the text, print and sign.

Before you send a letter to anyone, please check with the Treasurer, Mr Alan Ludkin - email alan.ludkin@hotmail.co.uk to verify that a letter has not already been sent to that company. When you have sent a letter to anyone please inform the Treasurer so that he can keep a record of all sponsorship requests. This is important as we do not wish to alienate any potential sponsors by sending multiple requests. These instructions are included on the final page of the attached letter and need to be deleted before the letter is sent. If you have any other questions, please contact the committee.

Thanks in advance for any support.


UPDATED CONTACT EMAIL ADDRESS FOR DAVE KITCHENER (AREA 5 REPRESENTATIVE)

Please note the new email address of Dave Kitchener (area 5 representative and Grade 1 judge). Dave can be contacted by e-mail on marion.kitchener53@gmail.com

Please do not use the e-mail address that is in the TOWA handbook.


11 / 12 FEBRUARY 2017 - BRITISH AND IRISH INDOOR TUG OF WAR CHAMPIONSHIPS - RESULTS

Saturday 11 - Closed Competition

Men 600kg

Gold - Ireland A
Silver - Ireland B
Bronze - Northern Ireland B
4th - Northern Ireland A

Men 680kg


Gold - Ireland A
Silver - Scotland A
Bronze - England A (represented by Raunds)
4th - Ireland B

Mixed 600kg

Gold - Scotland A
Silver - Ireland A
Bronze - Northern Ireland A
4th - Ireland B

Ladies 500kg

Gold
- Ireland B
Silver - Ireland A

Sunday 12 February - Open Competition

Men 640kg

Gold - St Pats (Ireland)
Silver - Mountain View (Ireland)
Bronze - Carndonagh (Ireland)
4th - Ballyhagen (Northern Ireland)

Men 560kg

Gold - Carndonagh (Ireland)
Silver - Country Club (Northern Ireland)
Bronze - Richill (Northern Ireland)
4th - Ayrshire (Scotland)

Men 660kg

Gold - St Pats (Ireland)
Silver - Mountain View (Ireland)
Bronze - Cuan Rithe (Ireland)
4th - Tinto (Scotland)

Mixed 600kg

Gold - Ayrshire (Scotland)
Silver - Kineff (Scotland)
Bronze - Richill (Northern Ireland)

Ladies 380kg (6 a side)

Gold - Ayrshire (Scotland)
Silver - St Pats (Ireland)
Bronze - B&K (Ireland)
4th - Richill (Northern Ireland


KESSINGLAND TUG OF WAR WEEKEND (OCTOBER 2017) - CORRECTION OF DATE

Please note that this event will be taking place on Saturday and Sunday 7th and 8th October 2017, and not on 30 September / 1 October as advertised in the TOWA Handbook.

All teams are welcome to come along and take part in this event. It is a good weekend of competition towards the end of the season and is a good opportunity to socialise with other teams as well as for new teams looking to gain experience and everyone is encouraged along.

Other details about this event are available on the fixtures page of this web site.


2017 TUG OF WAR JUDGES, RECORDERS AND COACHES COURSE


A Judges, Recorders and Coaches Course is to be held as follows;

VENUE: The Marne Barracks Village, Catterick DL10 7NP.

DATE: Friday 3rd March 2017 (Evening) – Travel and arrive at Barracks.

Judges

Saturday 4th March 2017 - 09.00 hrs start - Theory
Sunday 5th March 2017 - 09.00 hrs start - Examination and practical.

The fee for the judges course is £35, payable to the Tug of War Association.

To register for the judges course, please download, complete and return the judges course application form by clicking here.

Recorders (Half day course)

Saturday 4th March 2017 - 09.30 hrs start - Theory and examination (Approx 4 hrs)

The fee for the recorders course is £15, payable to the Tug of War Association.

To register for the recorders course, please download, complete and return the judges course application form by clicking here.

Coaches

Details to be published shortly

An application form for the coaches course will be published soon, however in the meantime, if you are interested in the coaches course, please register your interest by contacting Gavin Corden using the details below.

In the meantime, if you are interested in taking part in the judges, recorders and coaches course, please return your application form and fee to Gavin Corden by Tuesday 21 February 2017.

email: gavin.corden@btinternet.com
tel: 07791 807875

The TOWA needs a greater number of judges and recorders, so if you have hung up your tug of war boots and want to stay involved in tug of war, please consider giving judging and recording a go and get yourself registered to take part in this course!


THE 2017 TUG OF WAR ASSOCIATION FIXTURE LIST IS OUT!

The fixtures list for both the outdoor tug of war season is now available on the fixtures page!

All teams are welcome and encourage to attend all tug of war competitions around the country. The more teams we have competing on a regular basis, the better. All open competitions are also open to any new teams and YFC teams, etc. so find your nearest competition, get your team together and go along to those events!

The fixtures list includes championship events, and this year, we will also be holding training and development days, which will be open to ALL teams, individual pullers, YFC teams, including men, ladies, juniors and under 23s. The first of these training and development days will be on Sunday 25 March. Further details will be published in due course.

PLEASE NOTE: Can all English teams wishing to compete in championship events, and the open club competition at the European Championships in Southport ensure that you register your club as full or associate members of the Tug of War Association. To register your club, please contact Alan Ludkin for a membership form.

Competing at the National Championships is open to all registered teams. For further details about how to take part in the National Championships, please visit the National Championships page of this web site.


29/01/2017 - 2017 TUG OF WAR ASSOCIATION AGM

The 2017 AGM took place at the Roman Way Hotel in Cannock, Staffordshire. A few highlights from the meeting are below.

The meeting started with the opening of the meeting by outgoing TOWA President Mr Vic Ludkin. Our congratulations to Mike Callaghan who has been elected as president of the TOWA for 2017. Mike is pictured here with outgoing TOWA president Vic Ludkin, who stood down as president this year. We would like to thank Vic for his time and effort in representing the TOWA at events around the country during his time as president and we wish Mike well in his new role. Mike has previously served as TOWA Chairman and it is great to have him on board in his new role. Photo: Outgoing President Vic Ludkin (left) and new TOWA President Mike Callaghan (right)

Following the election of president, The TOWA Award of Merit was presented. The TOWA AGM saw three upstanding members of the TOWA receive the TOWA Award of Merit. This award is given to people who have been nominated for their long and distinguished service to tug of war over the years. This year, Nick Major, Jane Major and Ray Fray-Smith were nominated for the award and a summary of why they were nominated is provided below. Photo:
Nick Major (right) receiving the TOWA award of merit from TOWA president Mile Callaghan (left)

Firstly, both Nick and Jane Major are both a judge and timekeeper/recorder respectively. Both have served as TOWA officials over many years at many local and national events. Both have also served as a TWIF judge and recorder. Both work tirelessly in their Area (Area 8 - Devon and Cornwall) running Friday night competitions, and regular Saturday and Sunday Area 8 competitions, and they also officiate at other TOWA events. Nick also served on the TOWA general committee as an area representative over many years and both still work tirelessly in their area to promote tug of war and encourage new teams. Well done to Nick and Jane. Photo:
Jane Major (right) receiving the TOWA award of merit from TOWA president Mile Callaghan (left)

Ray Fray-Smith has also been recognised for his contributions to tug of war, not just within the TOWA, but also within the armed forces tug of war circuit as well. Ray has been influential in keeping tug of war going in the Armed Forces in the face of severe challenges as a result of military organisation changes and funding cuts. Ray is also a TOWA committee member and TWIF judge. Photo: Ray Fray-Smith (left) receiving the TOWA award of merit from TOWA president Mile Callaghan (right)

At the AGM, the armed forces present presented Ray with a combined services sports cap, which is only awarded in special circumstances and has only been awarded for tug of war on 6 previous occasions. Congratulations Ray! Photo: Ray Fray-Smith (left) receiving the Combined Services Sports cap from Gareth Davies

2017 European Championships

Members were briefed on the forthcoming European Championships, which England are hosting in Southport in September. Further information is available at www.tugofwar2017.com. Everyone is encouraged to book and pay for accommodation early in order to guarantee their choice of accommodation. Discounted accommodation packages are available for junior competitors, and infants under 5 will be able to stay free of charge. 

Volunteering

A large number of volunteers are required to help with the running of the event. The TOWA require volunteers to help out with the following:

- Marshalls for the weigh in (Wednesday 20 September)
- Marshalls for the competition (daily - 21 - 24 September inclusive)
- Office and Administration
- Take out, Mark / tape the ropes
- Ground crew
- Tea / Coffee / Lunches (collect and distribute)
- Daily rubbish clearing
- Refueling Generators
- Control of Scale and rope Sales
- Hospitality of any Sponsors
- Trophies and medals
- Raffle (daily)
- Merchandise Sales
- Bar (Bar staff)
- Music and Anthems
- Commentator

If you are able to help in anyway, please provide your details to the Secretary, Mick Copper.

Lunches will be provided to all volunteers, volunteers will be entitled to a discount on the official accommodation package price.


2017 EUROPEAN OUTDOOR TUG OF WAR CHAMPIONSHIPS - SOUTHPORT, ENGLAND - 21-24 SEPTEMBER 2017


The web site for the TWIF 2017 European Outdoor Tug of War Championships and World Junior and Under 23 Championships is now online! You can visit the web site at www.tugofwar2017.com.

You can now:
- find details regarding accommodation
- make accommodation bookings
- find details about the weight classes and programme
- find details about the competition ground
- find details about how to get to Southport
- find details about how you can volunteer at the event

Entry to the pulling ground for spectators / supporters is free!

Remember - there are accommodation package discounts for junior competitors as well!

Please share with your clubs, team mates, team supporters, family and friends and help spread the word about this fantastic international sporting event!

The open club competition is open to ALL tug of war clubs and there are no pre-qualification events, so as long as your club is a member of your national association, and your national association is a member of TWIF then your club is eligible to compete! So why not get your teams entered and come along and challenge the best tug of war teams in the World!

You can let us know you are coming to the event by joining our Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1136848023027097/

Some national associations are already making enquiries about booking accommodation for their teams early, so make sure you make your reservation bookings early in order to guarantee your place at the 2017 European Tug of War Championships and World Junior and Under 23 Championships.

So don't delay! Visit www.tugofwar2017.com now!

We look forward to seeing everyone in Southport on 21 - 24 September 2017!


BETTY CRAFT

Dear all, following my previous announcement that Betty had passed away, Peter has informed me of the following funeral arrangements.

It will take place on Wednesday 18th January 2017 at 1.00pm at the Milton Chapel in Amersham.

The full address is;
The Milton Chapel
Chilterns Crematorium
Whielden Lane
Amersham
Buckinghamshire
HP7 0ND

Directions by road:
The Chiltern Crematorium is situated just outside of AMERSHAM on the main A404 Amersham to High Wycombe Road. There are white gates at the entrance, which is clearly sign posted, and a long driveway leads to the car parking adjacent to the main building.

Peter and family would also like to invite you all to a celebration of Betty’s life afterwards at;

The Plough, 
Winchmore Hill, 
Amersham, 
Buckinghamshire,
HP7 OPA.

Tel; 01494 259 757

Family flowers only please. Donations to Macmillan cancer support would be welcomed.

Pete Dyer, Chairman TOWA


BETTY CRAFT

To all the Tug of War Family,

It is with great sadness that I have to inform you all of the passing away of Betty Craft in the early hours of Christmas Eve. Betty was a fantastic woman, known by so many in the Tug of War family throughout the world, who worked tirelessly for the Tug of War Association and Tug of War in general. Throughout the years’, week in week out, Betty was ever present at so many events working hard behind the scenes, not just recording but keeping everything running smoothly. She was an unassuming woman who worked so tremendously hard. Betty had recorded at the highest level in Tug of War being a Twif recorder, she recorded at many World and European Championships. Peter, her Husband, for many years was the Hon Gen Sec of the TOWA and Betty supported Peter throughout that time again working extremely hard behind the scenes.

Betty will be sadly missed by the Tug of War family at home and around the world. Our thoughts are with Peter and family and friends at this sad time.

Pete Dyer Chairman TOWA


2017 MEMBERSHIP SUBSCRIPTIONS AND RENEWALS

Membership renewal forms are in the process of being set out to existing club members and individual members for 2017. Please can all existing club and individual members please ensure that membership forms are returned to the treasurer with the appropriate membership fees as soon as possible.  

In addition, please can existing members make sure you fill in your contact address, e-mail and phone number, make sure these details are up to date and please make sure that your e-mail address is spelled correctly in order to ensure that any correspondence and newsletters will reach you.  

If you are a club or individual and wish to become club or individual members of the Tug of War Association, then please contact the TOWA treasurer Alan Ludkin for a membership form on 01304 61760 or email alan.ludkin@hotmail.co.uk  

It would assist our administration team greatly if 2017 membership subscriptions could be submitted before the end of December 2016 so that we can ensure that up to date contact details, etc. can be included in the 2017 TOWA handbook and club directory of the TOWA web site.  

Please note that any English clubs wishing to take part in the Open Club Competition at the European Championships being held in Southport in September 2017 are required to be members of the Tug of War Association as per the rules for international competition. 

Annual Membership fees are as follows:

Full Club Membership - £100 per club

Associate Club Membership - £20 per club

Individual Membership - £40 per member

Husband / Wife Membership - £45

For further information about how to join the TOWA, please visit the how to join page of this web site.


3/12/2016 - NATIONAL INDOOR TUG OF WAR CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS

2016 National Indoor Tug of War Championships - Final Results Summary

Men Catchweight - Gold - Sheen - Silver - Raunds - Bronze - Kilroe

Men 640 - Gold - Raunds - Silver - Kilroe - Bronze - Uppertown

Men 560 - Gold
- Kilroe - Silver - Raunds

Men 720 - Gold - Raunds - Silver - Sheen - Bronze - Kilroe

Men 600 - Gold - Raunds - Silver - Kilroe - Bronze - Sheen

Men 680 - Gold - Raunds - Silver - Uppertown - Bronze - Sheen

A full report and photos from the event will be published soon. In the meantime, a few pictures and videos from the day are available on our Facebook page

You do not need to be a Facebook to view photos on our Facebook page, so if you are not a Facebook user, feel feel free to visit our Facebook page and view our photos (not that it will ask you to sign in, but you can ignore the message).

Well done to all of the teams that who took part and thank you to all the officials for running the event and to all of the supporters who came along to cheer the teams on.

It would be great to see more teams taking part in the indoor circuit next year, especially ladies teams, mixed teams and junior teams so if you want to give indoor tug of war a go please contact us.

In the meantime we would like to wish everyone a good Christmas season and we look forward to seeing everyone in the new year!


27/11/2016 - INDOOR LEAGUE WEEK 5 RESULTS

Teams competing - Raunds, Sheen, Uppertown, Kilroe

Results:

Catchweight - Winners - Raunds - Runners Up - Sheen

600kg - Winners - Kilroe - Runners Up - Raunds

640kg - Winners - Raunds - Runners Up - Kilroe

620kg - Winners - Raunds - Runners Up - Kilroe

580kg - Winners - Raunds - Runners Up - Kilroe

680kg - Winners - Raunds - Runners Up - Sheen


20/11/2016 - INDOOR LEAGUE WEEK 4 RESULTS

The fourth week of the Indoor League saw regular clubs Raunds, Sheen, Kilroe (A and B) and Uppertown taking part in the competition. This week we were also joined by the newly formed Upper Eden Tug of War Club from Cumbria who are having a go at indoor tug of war this year. The team acquitted themselves well in the event, winning some pulls in the lighter weight classes, culminating with a good third place in the 580kg competition. Well done to them for their efforts. If any other teams wish to get involved on the indoor circuit in the future, then please contact us.

Photo: The Upper Eden Tug of War squad from Cumbria

The final results of the competition were as follows:  

Catchweight - Winners
- Raunds - Runners Up - Kilroe  

600kg - Winners - Raunds - Runners Up - Kilroe  

640kg - Winners
- Kilroe - Runners Up - Raunds  

680kg - Winners
- Raunds - Runners Up - Kilroe  

580kg - Winners
- Raunds - Runners Up - Kilroe B

The next competition is the final open competition before the national championships, which take place on Saturday 3 December at 10am. All supporters and spectators are welcome, so please make sure you put the date in your diaries and come along and support the teams taking part!


18/11/2016 - PETER BAKER BOOK

This is a reminder to everyone who initially requested a copy of Peter Baker’s book. 

To obtain your copy, please send a cheque for the sum of £5.70 (£4.50 + £1.20 postage) made payable to Mrs. M Baker. Please include with your cheque a covering letter confirming your name and the address you want the book sending to. You need to post your covering letter and cheque to the following address:

Mrs M. Baker
Bears Leet
9, Milland Lane,
Kilve
Bridgwater
Somerset TA5 1ED

You will then receive a book in due course after it has been printed.  

Please note that you will not receive a copy of the book unless you send your cheque and a covering letter to Mrs Baker as payment is required prior to books being printed, so please send your request and payment by post as soon as possible.  

Thank you.


13/11/2016 - AAA INDOOR TUG OF WAR CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS

The 2016 AAA Indoor Tug of War Championships were once again held at the Harry Mitchell Leisure Centre in Sandwell with Raunds, Uppertown, Kilroe and Sheen taking part. Sheen went into the event as winners of both indoor weight classes in 2015.

Photo: Raunds - 2016 Indoor AAA Champions at 640kg and Catchweight

The first championship weight of the day was the catchweight competition. Raunds started with a 2 ends to 0 win against Kilroe, and then followed that up with a 2 ends to 0 win against Sheen. The top two teams in the weight class progressed through to the final, and it was the match between Kilroe and Sheen that would decide who would go through. After a well fought contest, Sheen took the match by 2 ends to 0 to progress to the final. The final saw Raunds and Sheen meet for the second time, and despite a good fight from the young team from Sheen, Raunds took both ends to take the gold medal.

The second championship weight was the 640kg competition. There were some close ends in this competition, with Kilroe and Uppertown going 1-1 in the first match, and Uppertown also had a close match against Sheen which Uppertown edged by 2 ends to 0. Raunds progressed from the group stage in first place into the final ahead of Kilroe who finished ahead of Uppertown when the TWIF criteria was applied. The final was between Raunds and Kilroe and Raunds went on to take their second gold medal of the day by 2 ends to 0.

AAA Championship Results Summary  

AAA Catchweight - Gold
- Raunds - Silver - Sheen  

AAA 640kg - Gold
- Raunds - Silver - Kilroe

The open competition followed, with weights being pulled at 600kg, 640kg and 680kg. There were some good ends in the open weights, with a good crowd pleasing pull between Sheen and Kilroe in the 600kg competition, the first end going to Sheen, the second end being declared a no pull after both teams received 3 cautions and the third end going to Kilroe.  

The final results of the open competition were as follows:  

600kg - winners
- Raunds A - Runners Up - Kilroe  

640kg - winners
- Raunds A - Runners Up - Uppertown  

680kg - winners
- Raunds A - Runners Up - Kilroe


06/11/2016 - INDOOR LEAGUE WEEK 2 RESULTS

The second week of the indoor tug of war league took place this weekend at the Harry Mitchell Centre with Raunds (A and B), Kilroe, Sheen, Uppertown and Sandhurst all taking part.

Photo: Sheen Farmers TOWC competing in the second week of the indoor tug of war league

As with the first week of competition, Raunds dominated the proceedings by winning all of the weight classes on offer, although their A team was run close in the 600kg competition, being defeated by their B team in the first pull of the group stage, but then won the final against the B team later in the competition after their A and B team beat all of the other teams competing to reach the final.

The final results were as follows:

Men Catchweight - Winners - Raunds - Runners Up - Sheen

Men 600kgWinners - Raunds A - Runners Up - Raunds B

Men 620kg - Winners - Raunds - Runners Up - Sheen

Men 640kg - Winners - Raunds - Runners Up - Uppertown

Men 680kg - Winners - Raunds - Runners Up - Sheen

The next competition is the AAA indoor tug of war championships and we look forward to a good day of competition.


30/10/2016 - INDOOR LEAGUE WEEK 1 RESULTS

The first week of the indoor tug of war season got underway this weekend at the Harry Mitchell Centre with Raunds, Kilroe, Sheen, Uppertown and Sandhurst all taking part.

Photo: Raunds from Northamptonshire competing in the first week of indoor competition

Raunds dominated the proceedings on the opening day by winning all of the weight classes on offer.

The final results were as follows:

Men Catchweight - Winners - Raunds - Runners Up - Kilroe

Men 600kgWinners - Raunds - Runners Up - Kilroe

Men 620kg - Winners - Raunds - Runners Up - Kilroe

Men 640kg - Winners - Raunds - Runners Up - Sheen

Men 680kg - Winners - Raunds - Runners Up - Kilroe


2017 TUG OF WAR FIXTURES

The Tug of War Association will soon be putting together the fixture list for the 2017 tug of war season.

If you and / or your club wish to host a tug of war competition in 2017, then you need to complete a permit application form and send it to the TOWA Hon. Gen. Secretary Mick Copper before Friday 25th November. The cost of a permit to hold a competition is £20, which should accompany your permit application. Cheques should be made payable to the Tug of War Association.

You can download your permit application form by clicking the link below:

Permit Application Form (PDF format)

Permit Application Form (Excel format)

When completing your permit application, please provide the following details:

  • Address of the venue including post code
  • Contact address, phone number and e-mail address for the lead event organiser
  • The weight classes you wish to hold (which can include mens, ladies, mixed and junior weights)
  • The entry fee per weight class
  • The proposed date of your event - when putting forward your date, please also indicate if this date is flexible / could be held on another weekend in the event that there is a clash with other events being held in the same area or in the event that the event may clash with a championship

Hosting a tug of war competition is a great way of encouraging local teams in your areas to compete, and is also a great opportunity to promote tug of war or your own clubs in your local areas, so if you wish to hold a tug of war competition in 2017, please contact us as soon as possible.

If you wish to put forward your venue to host either the AAA Championships (before the national championships) or Inter County Championships (after the national championships), then please let us know when you submit your permit application.

All events run under a TOWA permit must be officiated by qualified and registered TOWA Officials.

Permit applications should be sent by e-mail and post to the TOWA Secretary Mick Copper as follows:

e-mail: mick.copper@tiscali.co.uk
             
Address: 11 Holmfield Drive, Raunds, Northamptonshire, NN9 6PB


PETER BAKER BOOK - PURCHASE INFORMATION

Thank you to everyone who has asked for a copy of Peter Baker's book.

To those who asked for a book, you are requested please to send a cheque for the sum of £5.70 (£4.50 + £1.20 postage) made payable to Mrs. M Baker. Please include with your cheque a covering letter confirming your name and the address you want the book sending to. You need to post your covering letter and cheque to the following address:

Mrs M. Baker
Bears Leet
9, Milland Lane,
Kilve
Bridgwater
Somerset
TA5 1ED

You will then receive a book in due course after it has been printed.


TUG OF WAR OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALS

On the CBBC Blue Peter show recently, we had sight of the gold medals won by Great Britain at the 1908 and 1920 Olympic Games held in London and Antwerp respectively. The photo below shows these medals. The smaller medal is the gold medal awarded in London in 1908, and the larger medal is the gold medal awarded in Antwerp in 1920 - the last ever tug of war Olympic Gold Medal. These medals were won by members of the City of London Police team who represented Great Britain during that time. Hopefully tug of war will be back at the Olympics one day!



05/10/2016 - IAN FERGUSON

The Tug of War Association have been asked by Turlough & Marion Ferguson to announce on this site the sad news of the sudden passing of Ian Ferguson on Monday 26th September 2016.
Ian along with his twin brother Turlough, were stalwarts of the BAE/BAC TOW club from Surrey during the 80's & 90's. Ian in his anchor role was a tremendous competitor both on the Grass & Mat,winning many national Medals & going on to represent England. His loyalty to club and team was a benchmark during his pulling career, and off the field he was a fantastic bloke with great humour and generosity.

The funeral will be held at:
St John's crematorium
Hermitage Road
Woking
Surrey
GU21 8TJ

All friends and ex-pullers are welcome to attend.

Any one wishing to send condolence cards etc. can forward them to the following address:

Mrs Marion Ferguson
63 Fullerton road
Byfleet
Surrey
KT14 7TA

The Funeral will take place on Friday 14th October at 3.30 pm.

Our thoughts are with Ian's family, friends and team mates at this sad time.


29/09/2016 - TUG OF WAR ON TV


Tug of war was featured recently on the CBBC Blue Peter programme on Wednesday 29 September, and featured the England Junior tug of war teams who recently competed at the World Outdoor Tug of War Championships in Malmo, Sweden.

The feature included pulling and interviews with the England Junior team who travelled to the BBC studios in Manchester for the day. Thank you to our junior team for taking the time to travel there.

If you missed the show, you can watch it again on the BBC iPlayer by clicking here. The show is available to watch until 08.30am on 1 November.


29/09/2016 - PETER BAKER BOOK

During his latter years former TOWA President Peter Baker wrote down a diary of his life and experiences (at the request of several people). Some extracts were read out at his funeral.

The family of Peter Baker have now put a book together from Peter's diaries and are making it available for people to purchase. The cost of the diary will be £4.50 plus postage and packing.

The family would like to know how many they need to get printed, so if you would like a copy, please comment below directly onto this post (not on a shared post) so that we can give them an estimate of how many they need to get printed.

Knowing Peter, it should make for a fascinating read!

If you would like a copy of the book, please contact TOWA Secretary Mick Copper on 01933 622639 as soon as possible so that we can inform Peter Baker's family about numbers of copies that are required.


14/09/2016 - JIM STRETTON

We have just received some very sad news from the family of Jim Stretton, that Jim sadly passed away peacefully this morning.

Jim was a well respected puller (anchorman) for the St Patrick's team from Leicester who won many national titles, and numerous medals for club and country at world and European Championships. Jim was also awarded the Tug of War Association Award of Merit for his long service to our sport.

Jim was one of tug of war's true gentleman, and after hanging up his boots, could be seen as an avid supporter at many tug of war events around the country with his wife, and Jim always had time to talk to everyone.

We saw Jim as recently as the British and Irish Championships held in Wales in August where he went along to support the teams and catch up with old friends.

Our thoughts go out to Jim's family, friends and team mates at this sad time.

FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS

Jim will be received into St Patrick's Church, Beaumont Leys Lane, Leicester, LE4 2BD on Sunday 25th September at 4.30pm. Refreshments will then be at The Emerald Centre, Gipsy Lane, Leicester, LE5 OTB. 

The following day on Monday 26th September, the funeral mass will be held at St Patrick's church at 2.15pm followed by his cremation at Gilroes. Refreshments will again be held afterwards at The Emerald Centre.

People are welcome to attend on either or both days.

Family flowers only. Donations are welcome to the family's nominated charity.


11/09/2016 - WORLD OUTDOOR TUG OF WAR CHAMPIONSHIPS - DAY 4 - INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIONS

MEN 640KG

The final weight of the championships was the mens 640kg competition which was split into two groups of 10 teams. England were drawn in group 2, which was a tough looking group containing Germany, Switzerland, Netherlands, Canada, Serbia, Northern Ireland, Latvia, Australia and South Africa. England were represented by Norton in this weight class, and had to quickly recover from their exertions in the 580kg competition the previous day.

England competed well in the group stages, but lost out to Germany, Netherlands and Switzerland to finish 4th in the group. Only the top two in the group progressed to the semi finals, so it was a pull off for rankings against the 4th team from group 1. England faced Belgium and won the pull by 2 ends to 0 to finish 7th overall.

The final result was as follows:

Gold – Switzerland
Silver – Basque Country
Bronze – Ireland
4th – Germany


LADIES 540KG

Kilroe Ladies represented England in this weight class, and this weight was run as a single large group. The England ladies had to battle hard in every pull in this weight, with half of the team having pulled in the mixed competition in the morning. Unfortunately England did not get close enough towards the top four to challenge for a semi final place and a medal and ended up in 8th place overall.

The final result was as follows:

Gold
– Chinese Taipei
Silver – Sweden
Bronze – South Africa
4th - Switzerland


MIXED 600KG

England this morning competed in the mixed 600kg competition which was split into two large groups. England were drawn into the same group as the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, Chinese Taipei, Lithuania and Serbia.

England competed well in the group stages, only losing out to The Netherlands and Switzerland, but with only the top two teams progressing to the semi finals with a chance to win a medal, England missed out on the opportunity to compete for gold, silver or bronze. As the competition was run in two groups, and to determine the rankings, England had to compete against Latvia who finished third in the other group to see who would finish in 5th place. England won the match by 2 ends to 0 to take a hard earned 5th place.

The final results were as follows:

Gold – Sweden
Silver – Basque Country
Bronze – Netherlands
4th - Switzerland
5th - England


JUNIOR MEN 560KG

England were competing in the World Junior Championships and were represented by a composite team made up of ACF pullers. The competition was pulled as a straight group, but England were up against it all the way through the competition and unfortunately struggled to reach the standard required to challenge for a medal ranking. The team ended up finishing in 9th place overall. Well done to our junior pullers for their efforts.

The final results were as follows:

Gold
– Switzerland
Silver – Germany
Bronze – Chinese Taipei
4th – South Africa


10/09/2016 - WORLD OUTDOOR TUG OF WAR CHAMPIONSHIPS - DAY 3 - INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIONS

MEN 580KG

England were competing in this weight class and were represented by seasoned campaigners Norton. This competition had a large entry of teams and was again split into two large groups. England were drawn in the same group as European Champions Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Canada, South Africa, USA and Wales. England performed strongly in the group to finish in first place without losing an end and progressed to the semi finals along with Northern Ireland.

In the semi finals, England met defending champions Switzerland, and Northern Ireland met the Basque Country. The first ends of both semi finals were declared no pulls after 10 minutes for inactivity and the pulls were moved to fresh ground. Both England and the Basque Country won the required ends to meet in the final and what a final it was. After some good pulling, the first end was declared a no pull for inactivity and the final was moved over to fresh ground. Both teams then went for it on the next two ends, but again, it was not to be for England, and the Basque Country took the gold medal by 2 ends to 0. Well done again to England representative pullers and staff from Norton who put in another great shift, but gutted for them to not get that elusive world outdoor gold, despite beating both of the current World Champions and European Champions on the way!

The final results were as follows:

Gold
- Basque Country
Silver - England (represented by Norton)
Bronze - Switzerland
4th - Northern Ireland


LADIES 500KG

England were competing in this weight class and were represented by the Army Ladies in a competition that was pulled as a straight large group with the top four teams progressing to the semi finals. The Army Ladies representing England went into the event having taken a lot of confidence from their performance in the open club competition. Against some very good sides, the England team battled well throughout, but didn't quite make the cut today. Nonetheless, a great performance to finish 7th, with all of the pullers in this team competing at the World Championships for the first time. This team certainly has a good future ahead if it can stick together.


The final result was as follows:

Gold - Chinese Taipei
Silver - Basque Country
Bronze - Sweden
4th - Switzerland


MEN 700KG

England got the international events off to a great start today in the mens 700kg competition. England were represented by Lincoln in this weight class, and the competition was split into two groups. England were drawn into the same group as Sweden, Belgium, Latvia, USA, Italy, Chinese Taipei and France. England performed strongly in the group to finish top without losing an end to make the semi finals. Sweden finished as group runners up.

The teams to progress to the semi finals were England, Switzerland, Sweden and the Netherlands. England were drawn against the Netherlands in the semi finals but unfortunately missed out on a place in the final by 2 ends to 0. England then went on to meet Sweden again to pull for the bronze medal. With confidence from the group, England put in another good performance to beat the home nation by 2 ends to 0 to take the bronze medal. Congratulations to the Lincoln pullers and staff on their achievement.

The final result was as follows:

Gold - Switzerland
Silver - Netherlands
Bronze - England (represented by Lincoln)
4th - Sweden


09/09/2016 - WORLD OUTDOOR TUG OF WAR CHAMPIONSHIPS - OPEN CLUB COMPETITION - DAY 2 - AFTERNOON COMPETITIONS

MEN 640KG

The 640kg competition has concluded the open competitions today. Felton Eccles Tug Of War Club were the only English club competing in this weight class and they were drawn into group 1. Felton's group was as follows:

Lakehill (Ireland)
Mertensmannen (Belgium)
Jeux Bretons Casson (France)
Bison (Netherlands)
Mosnang (Switzerland)
Vorden (Netherlands)
Okia (Netherlands)
Felton Eccles (England)
Goiherri B (Basque Country)

Felton were competing in this weight class 40kg light, but still put in a great performance, winning many ends, but not quite enough to finish in the top 2 and earn a place in the quarter finals.

The final result was as follows

Gold - Seilziehclub Ebersecken (Switzerland)
Silver - Seilziehclub Engelberg (Switzerland)
Bronze - Sportfreunde Goldscheuer e.V. - Abteilung Tauziehen (Germany)
4th - Okia (Netherlands)

This was the final open competition before the internationals tomorrow and Sunday.

LADIES 540KG

The ladies open 540kg competition has just taken place, and English interest in this event came in the form of Kilroe Ladies and Gloucester ACF. The competition was pulled in a straight group, with the top four teams progressing to the semi finals. For Gloucester ACF, with a young team, it was very much about gaining experience for them, and they competed well despite not having an impact on the final standings. Kilroe Ladies managed to progress to the semi finals in third place in the group, and there they met Gelderswoude from the Netherlands. After losing by 2 ends to 0, Kilroe went into the bronze medal pull against Ayrshire. Kilroe almost had the first end, before running out of steam with Ayrshire taking it. Ayrshire then took the second end and the bronze, but it was another good top four finish for our ladies teams.

The final result was as follows:

Gold - Tai She Da Jingmei (Taipei)
Silver - Gelderswoude (Netherlands)
Bronze - Ayrshire (Scotland)
4th - Kilroe Ladies (England)


09/09/2016 - WORLD OUTDOOR TUG OF WAR CHAMPIONSHIPS - OPEN CLUB COMPETITION - DAY 2 - MORNING COMPETITIONS

MIXED 600KG 4+4

English interest in this competition came from both Kilroe and Felton Eccles. Both teams were drawn into separate groups - Kilroe were in group 1 and Felton Eccles were in group 2.

Felton finished in the middle of group 2, but Kilroe were well in the mix in group 1. Kilroe only lost 2 straight to Stenungsunds from Sweden in the group, but a few too many 1-1 pulls dropped Kilroe to third in the group, meaning that they just missed out on a spot in the semi finals.

The final result was as follows:

Gold - Stenungsunds (Sweden)
Silver - Sins (Switzerland) 
Bronze - Dream team Siegelau (Germany)
4th - Ozoli (Latvia)


JUNIOR MEN 560KG

Gloucester ACF from England were competing in this weight class and were up against a number of good teams in their group, including teams from South Africa, Switzerland, Germany and Chinese Taipei as well as clubs from other nations. The competition was pulled as a straight group, with the top four teams progressing to the final.

Unfortunately Gloucester ACF did not finish in the top four of the group, so missed out on the chance of competing for a medal. The final results are as follows:

Gold - Stans Oberdorf (Switzerland) 
Silver - ShouShan Nantou (Taipei)
Bronze - Oakdale (South Africa)
4th - Böllen (Germany)


08/09/2016 - WORLD OUTDOOR TUG OF WAR CHAMPIONSHIPS - OPEN CLUB COMPETITION - DAY 1 - AFTERNOON COMPETITIONS

LADIES 500KG

English interest in this weight came from Army Ladies. The competition was split into two groups, and the Army Ladies put in a great performance to finish in joint second position in their group. The competition in this group was very close, and Army Ladies were in a three way tie for second place. When the TWIF criteria was applied, Army Ladies progressed to the semi finals, which meant that they would be in with a chance of a medal. The team came up against the strong team of Ta Shi Da Jingmei from Chinese Taipei and were defeated by 2 ends to 0, so they went into the bronze medal match against Gaztedi from the Basque Country who Army had pulled earlier in the group. Unfortunately the Army Ladies missed out on the bronze medal by 2 ends to 0. With many pullers from the Army team competing at their first world championship, a fourth place position in the world championships is still a great achievement!

The final result was as follows:

Gold
- Ta Shi Da Jingmei (Taipei)
Silver - Sins (Switzerland)
Bronze - Gaztedi (Basque Country)
4th - Army Ladies (England)


MEN 580KG

English interest in this weight class came from Norton Tug of War Club and Felton Eccles Tug Of War Club. This weight was split into four large groups, Both clubs were drawn into different groups but unfortunately both clubs didn't progress to the knock out stages. With very sandy ground conditions, there were some very long ends including an end that went on for 35 minutes between Bancran from Northern Ireland and Gaztedi from the Basque Country in the group stage.

After a delayed start to this weight after the 700kg competition ran on for longer than anticipated, the Quarter final, semi final, final and bronze medal pull were all completed in the dark!  

The final result of this competition was as follows:  

Gold - Engelberg (Switzerland)
Silver - Bancran (Northern Ireland)
Bronze - Gaztedi (Basque Country)
4th - Bjorke/Ydre (Sweden)


08/09/2016 - 2016 WORLD OUTDOOR TUG OF WAR CHAMPIONSHIPS - OPEN CLUB COMPETITION - DAY 1 - MORNING COMPETITIONS

MEN 700KG

Lincoln were the only English team competing in this weight class, and went into the event as the current European Club Champions in the heavier weight class of 720kg. The competition was split into 4 large groups, with the top two teams from each group going through.

Lincoln were drawn in the same group as defending world club champions Ebersecken from Switzerland, as well as G&B from Ireland, Brunnsbergs from Sweden, Ozoli A from Latvia, Bison and Koapman from the Netherlands and Helderberg from South Africa.

Unfortunately Lincoln did not progress in the top two this time, with Ebersecken and Bison (who both contested the 2014 World Championship final) progressing to the quarter finals, and eventually on to the semi-finals. The final result was as follows:

Gold - Ebersecken (Switzerland)
Silver - Heure (Netherlands)
Bronze - Engelberg (Switzerland)
4th - Bison (Netherlands)


LADIES UNDER 23 500KG

This year, an under 23 weight class for ladies teams was held for the first time. Gloucester ACF under 23 ladies competed in the event, but unfortunately did not finish in a medal position, but finished in 6th place. Despite not winning a medal, it was a great learning experience for them.


The final result was as follows:  

Gold - Tai She Da Jingmei (Taipei)
Silver - Disa Ladies (South Africa)
Bronze - Sins (Switzerland)
4th - Hovmantorp (Sweden)


UNDER 23 600KG

The Under 23 competition this year was pulled in a straight group, however England did not have a team entered this year. The final result was as follows:

Gold - Stans Oberdorf (Switzerland)
Silver - Simonswald (Germany)
Bronze - Swellendam (South Africa)
4th - Shou Shan Nantou (Taipei)


COMING UP NEXT - 2016 WORLD OUTDOOR TUG OF WAR CHAMPIONSHIPS

Thursday 8 - Sunday 11 September 2016

Malmo, Sweden

Weigh In - Wednesday 7th September

Thursday 8th - TWIF Open Club Competition - Morning - Men 700kg - Men Under 23 600kg - Ladies Under 23 500kg - Afternoon - Men 580kg and Ladies 500kg

Friday 9th - TWIF Open Club Competition - Morning - Mixed 4+4 600kg - Junior Men 560kg - Junior Ladies 480kg - Afternoon - Men 640kg and Ladies 540kg

Saturday 10th - World Championships - Morning - Men 700kg - Men Under 23 600kg - Ladies Under 23 500kg - Afternoon - Men 580kg and Ladies 500kg

Sunday 11th - World Championships - Morning - Mixed 4+4 600kg - Junior Men 560kg - Junior Ladies 480kg - Afternoon - Men 640kg and Ladies 540kg
 
For further information, visit the World Championships web site at http://iof1.idrottonline.se/SvenskaDragkampforbundet/WorldChampionships2016/

Live streaming - each day of competition will be streamed live on the internet via https://play.staylive.se/svenskdragkamp

Coverage on each day will start at 08.30am GMT.

Contact Pete Dyer (international representative) for further details on 01934 823462

Good luck to the following clubs from England who will be taking part in the open club competition:

Kilroe Ladies
Army Ladies
Gloucester ACF
Lincoln
Norton
Felton Eccles

Good luck also to the following clubs who will be representing England in the international competitions:

Kilroe Ladies
Army Ladies
Gloucester ACF
Lincoln
Norton


28/08/2016 - NATIONAL LEAGUE FINALS - RESULTS

The national league in the mens, ladies and junior weight classes reached their conclusion over the weekend at Holland Sports Club in Barton-under-Needwood, Staffordshire with the following clubs taking part - Holland, 4 RA, Bosley, Two Dales, Felton Eccles, Norton, Lincoln, Haldon men, Haldon Ladies, Army Ladies, Kilroe Ladies, Bedford Ladies, Gloucester ACF, Derby ACF, Upton on Severn.

The points were close in most of the weight classes, resulting in a good day of final competition. In the 600kg competition, Bosley went into the event in first place ahead of Lincoln and Felton Eccles, and just managed to hold on to first place. Lincoln finished as silver medallists, and Felton Eccles took the bronze.

In the 640kg competition, things got very interesting. There were only 3 points that separated 3 teams (Bosley, Norton and Two Dales) for the bronze medal going into the event, and it was close between the top two teams of Lincoln and Felton Eccles. Norton emerged as bronze medallists, however after the final round of competition was completed, Felton Eccles and Lincoln finished on level points overall. Both teams therefore had to pull each other again, and Felton Eccles won the match by 2 ends to 0 to become overall league champions at 640kg.

The 680kg competition saw Norton going into the final event in the lead and they held on to that lead after the final round of competition. Lincoln finished as league silver medallists and Felton Eccles won the league bronze.

In the ladies weights, the top two teams going into the event were Bedford Ladies and the Army Ladies, with the points difference between the two teams being very close. The Army Ladies put in a strong performance on the day to finish in first place in both the ladies 520kg and 560kg competitions to become overall league champions in these weights. Bedford Ladies finished as silver medallists and Haldon Ladies continued their medal winning exploits in their first full season by winning two bronze medals.

The junior weights were equally as close with just three points separating the top two teams from Gloucester ACF and Upton on Severn. Upton had the better of it on the final round of competition and finished in first place in the junior 520kg and junior 560kg in their first full season of youth league competition. Well done to them. Gloucester ACF finished as youth league runners up in both weights, with Gloucester ACF B finishing as youth league runners up. 

National League - Final Overall Results

Men 600kg - Gold - Bosley - Silver - Lincoln - Bronze - Felton Eccles

Men 640kg - Gold - Felton Eccles - Silver - Lincoln - Bronze - Norton

Men 680kg - Gold - Norton - Silver - Lincoln - Bronze - Felton Eccles

Ladies 520kg - Gold - Army Ladies - Silver - Bedford Ladies - Bronze - Haldon Ladies

Ladies 560kg - Gold - Army Ladies - Silver - Bedford Ladies - Bronze - Haldon Ladies

Junior 520kg - Gold - Upton on Severn - Silver - Gloucester ACF A - Bronze - Gloucester ACF B

Junior 560kg - Gold - Upton on Severn - Silver - Gloucester ACF A - Bronze - Gloucester ACF B


TUG OF WAR ON BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Tug of war was featured on BBC Radio 5 Live last week - click the link below to stream the show. The feature about tug of war starts around 2 hours and 40 minutes into the show where Adrian Chiles talks to Brian Rose (Kilroe) about tug of war.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07mwcb3


13/08/2016 - BRITISH AND IRISH CHAMPIONSHIPS - RESULTS

The first British and Irish Outdoor Tug of War Championships this year took place in Llandrindod Wells, Wales, with this years event being hosted by the Welsh Tug of War Association. England teams were up against the other nations of Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in the international competitions on the first day of competition, before the club competition took place on the second day of competition. Teams weighed in on the Friday evening before the weekend’s events.

The closed international competition took place on the Saturday, and prior to the commencement of competition a short opening ceremony was held and all of the teams were welcomed to the championships by Welsh TOWA president Mr Mervyn Bufton and the deputy Mayor of Llandrindod Wells. A minutes silence was also held in memory of former Welsh TOWA Secretary and UK Commission Chair Rosemary Smith.

The morning session of competition started with the mens 600kg competition, junior ladies 520 competition, junior men 560 competition and the ladies 520 competition.

The junior ladies competition saw England field A and B teams made up of junior ladies pullers from the ACF clubs. Wales and Northern Ireland both entered teams into this competition. Both the England A and B teams progressed to the semi finals with Wales A topping the group. England A pulled Northern Ireland A in the first semi final, and Wales A pulled England B in the second semi final. England A and Wales A both progressed to the final leaving England B and Northern Ireland A to pull for bronze. Photo: England Under 23 600kg Squad   

In the bronze medal pull, Northern Ireland proved to be the stronger team on this occasion and England B missed out on the bronze medal. In the final, England A and Wales A enjoyed a good contest, but it was the home team of Wales A who were the stronger team on the day and they took the gold medal by 2 ends to 0. Photo: England B 600kg team - represented by Felton Eccles

The ladies 520kg competition saw England A being represented by Bedford Ladies, and England B being represented by Army Ladies. In the group stages of the competition, the two England teams went 1-1 with each other, and both teams also defeated the A and B teams from Wales and the team from the Republic of Ireland to progress to the semi finals along with Scotland A and Scotland B. Photo: England B Junior Ladies Team - Represented by a combined ACF team

In the semi finals, England A pulled Scotland A and England B pulled Scotland B. On this occasion both of the England teams were defeated by their Scottish opponents so had to face each other for the bronze. A close pull in the bronze medal match saw England A (represented by Bedford Ladies) take the bronze by 2 ends to 0 against England B (represented by Army Ladies). The final saw Scotland A take the gold medal against their B team. Photo: England A Junior Ladies 520 Team represented by a combined ACF team

The mens 600kg competition saw England A being represented by Norton and England B being represented by Felton Eccles. England also fielded a C team in this weight made up of pullers from the England Under 23 Development Squad. Wales also fielded an Under 23 C team in this weight which made a good competition being pulled as a straight group of 10 teams. England B had an exciting pull first on with Northern Ireland A who were represented by Bancran who became European Champions in 2015. This pull saw Northern Ireland A take the first end, but England B performed strongly on the second end to make the score 1-1. England A progressed through the group well to go through the group stage of the competition without losing an end. Photo: England C 600kg Under 23 Team

The England C under 23 team gave a very encouraging performance in this weight class, going 1-1 against the Wales C under 23 team, and then defeating the Wales B team by 2 ends to 0 in a very good performance, which is a good stepping stone for the Under 23 team in the build up to the European Championships in Southport in 2017. If anyone under the age of 23 is interested in becoming part of the England Under 23 Development Squad and wish to register your interest, then visit the Under 23 page of this web site. Photo: England A 600kg team - Represented by Norton

In terms of the medal pulls, both England A and England B made it through to the semi finals. England A met Ireland A and England B met Northern Ireland A. England A defeated Ireland A to make the final by 2 ends to 0 and Northern Ireland A this time defeated England B by 2 ends to 0 to reach the final. Photo: England B Ladies 520kg team - represented by Army Ladies

The bronze medal pull saw England B take on Republic of Ireland A and England B recorded another good performance by taking a thoroughly deserved bronze medal by 2 ends to 0. The final saw England A take on last year’s UK and European Champions Northern Ireland A. Unlike last year’s UK championship final between these two teams, who both endured a very lengthy contest, the contest was short, but fierce with England A putting in a convincing performance to defeat Northern Ireland A by 2 ends to 0 to take the British and Irish Championships crown. Photo: England B Junior Men 560kg team - represented by a combined ACF team

The Junior Men 560kg competition saw all of the British and Irish nations entered other than Scotland. England fielded an A and B team in this weight class that were made up by combined ACF teams. Both the England A and B team progressed to the semi finals, along with the Wales A and B teams. Photo: England A Ladies 520kg Team - Represented by Bedford Ladies

England A faced Wales B, and England B faced Wales A. Unfortunately both teams lost out to Welsh opposition and went to pull each other for bronze. England A juniors took the bronze by 2 ends to 0 against England B. Wales A then went on to secure the gold medal against Wales B in a very close match. Photo: England A junior men 560kg team - represented by a combined ACF team

The afternoon competitions saw the mens 680kg, ladies 560kg and mixed 600kg take place.

In the ladies 560kg, England A were represented by Kilroe Ladies, and England B were represented by Haldon Ladies who were representing England for the very first time. Both teams performed well in the group stages, with England A topping the group, and England B finishing the group in second place, so both progressed to the semi finals. Photo: the medals up for grabs

Both clubs faced Scottish opposition. England A faced Scotland B, and England B faced Scotland A. Both matches were identical in outcome, with both of the England teams taking the first end in their respective semi finals, before both Scottish teams levelled the scores by taking the second end. On the third and deciding end in both semi finals, both of the Scottish coaches won the toss of the coin and had the choice of the slightly better end. Scotland won both of the second ends, so despite looking like we might have got an all England Ladies final, we ended up with England A and B pulling each other for bronze. On this occasion, England A took the bronze by 2 ends to 0, but it was a great experience for the England B ladies in their first international competition. Scotland A took the gold medal by defeating Scotland B by 2 ends to 0. Photo - the junior mens and ladies squads

The mens 680kg competition saw Two Dales represent England A, and Lincoln represent England B. The competition included teams from all of the other participating nations, including the Republic of Ireland A team represented by G&B who have been dominant in their home country this year by winning all of the national titles available there. Photo: England B Ladies 560kg team - represented by Haldon Ladies

England B turned out to be the strongest team in this weight class in the group stages, only dropping one end to the Ireland A team on their way to topping the group. Ireland A finished as group runners up, followed by Scotland A and England A. In the semi finals, England B defeated England A by 2 ends to 0, and Republic of Ireland A defeated Scotland A by the same score. Photo: England A Men 680kg team - represented by Two Dales

England A went into the bronze medal match against Scotland A, which was another close 3 end match. Scotland A took the first end, but England A then took the second end. Scotland won the toss for the choice of the third end, and then pulled England over the line to secure the bronze. The final was between England B and Republic of Ireland A. Both teams went 1-1 in the group and many were expecting a close final, but the England B team performed very strongly in this weight to outperform the Republic of Ireland to take the gold medal by 2 ends to 0. Photo: England A Ladies 560kg team - represented by Kilroe Ladies

The final weight of the international competition was the mixed 600kg. England A were represented by Norton / Kilroe Ladies and England B were represented by Lincoln / Bedford Ladies. Both teams dominated the group stages by finishing as the top two teams - England A in first place and England B in second place. England A pulled Scotland A in the first semi-final, and England B pulled Wales A in the second semi-final. Both of the England teams progressed in straight ends to set up an all England final. The end result saw England A win a well deserved gold medal by 2 ends to 0 against England B. Wales A won the bronze medal by 2 ends to 1 against Scotland A. Photo: England B 680kg team - represented by Lincoln

The following day, the open competition took place. English clubs competing in the open competition were Norton, Lincoln, Felton Eccles, Bedford Ladies, Kilroe Ladies, Haldon Ladies, Army Ladies, Brampton YFC, Haldon Men, Gloucester ACF, LNR ACF, Derby ACF. Photo: England B Ladies 560kg team congratulate each other on their performances.

English clubs competed well in the open competition, coming away with a number of good results. Lincoln won the 680kg competition by defeating G&B from Ireland in the final. Felton Eccles finished third ahead of Cornhill from Scotland. Lincoln then defeated G&B again in the final of the 640kg competition, with Norton finishing third ahead of Bancran from Northern Ireland in fourth. Felton Eccles took gold in the 600kg competition after defeating Norton by 2 ends to 1 in the final. In the ladies competition, Army Ladies won the 520kg competition, with Haldon picking up the silver medal. Haldon Ladies then won the ladies 560kg competition after defeating Bedford Ladies in the final. English success continued in the junior 4+4 competition with Gloucester winning the gold medal, with LNR ACF finishing as runners up, and Derby ACF finishing in third place.

England officials for the championships were Peter Craft, Mick Grimston, Wendy Dyer and Betty Craft.

Countries Represented

Men 600kg -
England (A, B and C), Wales (A, B and C), Northern Ireland (A), Republic of Ireland (A), Scotland (A)

Junior Ladies 520kg - England (A and B), Wales (A), Northern Ireland (A)

Junior Men 560kg - England (A and B), Wales (A and B), Northern Ireland (A), Republic of Ireland (A)

Ladies 520 - England (A and B) - Wales (A and B), Republic of Ireland (A), Scotland (A and B)

Men 680kg - England (A and B) - Republic of Ireland (A and B), Scotland (A), Wales (A), Northern Ireland (A and B)

Ladies 560kg - England (A and B), Wales (A and B), Scotland (A and B), Republic of Ireland (A)

600 4+4 - England (A and B), Scotland (A and B), Wales (A and B), Republic of Ireland (A).

Results

Men 600 - Gold
- England A (represented by Norton) - Silver - Northern Ireland A - Bronze - England B (represented by Felton Eccles) - 4th - Republic of Ireland A

Junior Ladies 520 - Gold - Wales A - Silver - England A - Bronze - Northern Ireland A - 4th - England B

Junior Men 560 - Gold - Wales A - Silver - Wales B - Bronze - England A - 4th - England B

Men 680kg - Gold - England B (represented by Lincoln - Silver - Republic of Ireland A - Bronze - Scotland A - 4th - England A (represented by Two Dales)

Ladies 520 - Gold - Scotland A - Silver - Scotland B - Bronze - England A (represented by Bedford Ladies) - 4th - England B (represented by Army Ladies)

Ladies 560kg - Gold - Scotland A - Silver - Scotland B - Bronze - England A (represented by Kilroe Ladies) - 4th - England B (represented by Haldon Ladies)

600 4+4 - gold - England A (represented by Norton) - Silver - England B (represented by Lincoln) - Bronze - Wales A - 4th - Scotland A

Sunday 14 August - Open Competition Results

Clubs competing:

Men
- England - Lincoln, Norton, Felton Eccles, Haldon, Brampton - Northern Ireland - Garvagh, Bancran (A and B) - Republic of Ireland - Ballinastoe, Donoughmore, G&B - Scotland - Cornhill, Ayrshire - Wales - Llanboidy

Ladies - England - Army Ladies, Bedford Ladies, Kilroe Ladies, Haldon Ladies - Wales - Penhow - Scotland - Cornhill, Ayrshire - Ireland - Ballisastoe

Juniors - England - Gloucester (A, B), Derby, LNR - Ireland - Eire OG - Northern Ireland - ACF

Results

Men 600kg - Winners - Felton Eccles - Runners Up - Norton

Men 680kg - Winners - Lincoln - Runners Up - G & B (Ireland)

Men 640kg - Winners - Lincoln - Runners Up - G & B (Ireland)

Junior 4+4 560kg - Winners - Gloucester - Runners Up - LNR

Ladies 520kg - Winners - Army Ladies - Runners Up - Haldon Ladies

Ladies 560kg - Winners - Haldon Ladies - Runners Up - Bedford Ladies


07/08/2016 - CHESHIRE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS

Tug of war returned to the Cheshire Game and Angling Fair for the second year running, with a good number of teams in attendance. The teams that competed were as follows: Men - Bosley, Two Dales, Holland, 4 RA, Halkyn, Norton, Ashbrook, Lincoln, Felton Eccles, Chipping, Under 23s - Ladies/Youth - Vale o Lune, Kilroe Ladies, Haldon Ladies, Bedford Ladies, Gloucester ACF Boys, Gloucester ACF Girls, LNR ACF, Upton on Severn, Army Ladies.

Good crowds gathered to watch the tug of war throughout the day, and they were treated to some good competition without, including some good three end finals.

The first weights of the day were the mens catchweight and ladies/youth 560kg competitions. The mens catchweight was pulled in a straight group of 7 teams, with the top two teams pulling again in the final. In this weight, we welcomed newly formed Ashbrook from Cheshire, and they competed well in this weight to finish 5th overall. The top two teams emerged as Lincoln and Felton Eccles. Lincoln repeated their catchweight success from the previous weekend of competition by defeating Felton Eccles by 2 ends to 0 in the final. Photo: Ashbrook

The ladies/youth 560kg competition had a good entry of teams and was split into two groups. Bedford Ladies, Kilroe Ladies, Upton and Gloucester Boys progressed to the semi finals. Both Gloucester Boys and Upton progressed from their respective semi finals to meet each other in the final. This was a very close match up going to three ends. Gloucester Boys won the first end, but Upton put up a good fight in the next two ends to take first place. Photo: Bosley

The mens 600kg competition then followed and was split into two groups. Lincoln and Bosley started with a very long pull in the first match of their group, with the match going 1-1. The winners of the first group were Felton Eccles with the England under 23 development team finishing as group runners up, and Two Dales were the winners of group 2, with Bosley finishing as runners up. In the semi finals, Felton Eccles defeated Bosley by 2 ends to 0, with the other semi final going to a close 3 ends, with Two Dales eventually progressing. The final of this weight class between Felton Eccles and Two Dales gave us another 3 end pull, with Felton Eccles edging it by 2 ends to 1. Photo: Two Dales

The mens 680kg and ladies/youth 520kg then followed. There were two groups in the 680kg competition. Norton, Felton Eccles, Lincoln and Two Dales all progressed to the semi finals. Norton overcame Two Dales by 2 ends to 0 in their semi-final, and Lincoln overcame Felton Eccles in the second semi final. Norton and Lincoln then faced each other in the final, and Norton came away with a 2 ends to 0 win. Photo: Gloucester Junior Ladies

The Ladies/Youth 520kg competition was an exciting event. Again it was split into two groups. Gloucester, Upton, Army and Haldon all progressed to the semi finals. In the first semi final, Gloucester Boys defeated Haldon, but the second semi final was a very exciting match between Upton and the Army Ladies. Upton took the first end, but the Army Ladies took a very close second and third end to take a well earned place in the final. In the final, Gloucester Boys took the win by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Chipping

The mens 640kg and ladies/youth 540kg competitions followed. The 640kg competition was again pulled as two groups. Norton and Felton Eccles emerged from group 1 ahead of Bosley and Lincoln, and some close pulling in group 2 saw Halkyn emerge as group winners, along with Two Dales, ahead of Chipping and 4 RA. The semi finals saw Felton Eccles overcome Halkyn and Norton overcome Two Dales. The final saw Felton Eccles put up a good fight against Norton, but it was the current national champions from Norton who took the gold medal by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Kilroe Ladies

The ladies and youth 540kg competition was pulled as a straight group and after the round robin stage, Haldon and Gloucester Boys progressed to the final. In the final, Gloucester Boys took the first end, but after a determined fightback, Haldon took the next two ends to take a well deserved gold medal. Photo: Upton on Severn Juniors

The final weight of the day was the 4+4 competition. Felton Eccles and Bedford contested the final, with Felton Eccles taking the gold medal by 2 ends to 0.

The officials on the day were Mick Grimston, Gavin Corden, Dave Kitchener, Dave Hamer, Wendy Dyer, Mark Williams and Adele Hamer. Pete Dyer was the announcer for the day. Well done to the officials who were present on the day who ran the competition efficiently, and despite the large number of teams competing, completed the competition by 5pm.

Men Catchweight - Winners - Lincoln - Runners Up - Felton Eccles

Men 600kg - Winners - Felton Eccles - Runners Up - Two Dales

Men 680kg - Winners - Norton - Runners Up - Lincoln

Men 640kg - Winners - Norton - Runners Up - Felton Eccles

Mixed 600kg - Winners
- Felton Eccles - Runners Up - Bedford

Ladies/Youth 560kg - Winners - Upton - Runners Up - Gloucester ACF

Ladies/Youth 520kg - Winners - Gloucester ACF - Runners Up - Army Ladies

Ladies/Youth 540kg - Winners - Haldon - Runners Up - Gloucester ACF


31/07/2016 - EAST OF ENGLAND CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS

Teams competing - Felton Eccles, England Under 23s, 3RLC, Lincoln (A and B), Holland, Bosley, Halstead, Thames Valley, Haldon Ladies, Kilroe Ladies, Bedford Ladies, Army Ladies, LNR ACF, Derby ACF

This weekend, teams battled it out in four mens weight classes, two ladies weight classes and one mixed weight class. Even though some teams did not compete this weekend, the competition was still very close between some of the teams competing which made for an exciting day of competition.

The mens catchweight and the ladies 560 competition was first on the programme. The mens catchweight only had a small entry of teams, pulled in a small group with the top two teams progressing to the final. The top two teams were Felton Eccles and Lincoln with Lincoln winning the final by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Under 23 Squad

The Ladies 560 kilos competition had a strong entry of teams, with Bedford Ladies, Army Ladies, Haldon Ladies, Kilroe Ladies, Derby ACF and LNR ACF all taking part. There was some close pulling in this weight, with Kilroe Ladies and Army Ladies progressing to the final. Kilroe Ladies won the gold medal in this weight by 2 ends to 0, Army Ladies taking silver. Photo: Army Ladies

The mens 600kg followed, pulled as a straight group with the top two teams progressing to the final. There was some good tight pulling in this weight. The England Under 23 development team proved to be one of the strongest teams in the event, only dropping two ends to Bosley in the group to progress. 3 RLC and Holland also gave the teams some tight ends to contend with. The final standings at the end of the group stage saw Bosley progress as group winners, followed by the Under 23 team who finished ahead of Felton Eccles. The final was between Bosley and Under 23s. The Under 23s took a hard fought first end, with Bosley turning it around to take the second end. On the third end, the Under 23s eventually ran out of steam and Bosley took first place. Photo: 3RLC 4+4 Team

The ladies 520kg competition saw another good entry of teams, and those entered into the 560kg competition were joined by the 3 RLC ladies team. Like the 560kg competition, there were some very close ends. This time Haldon and Kilroe Ladies progressed to the final. Haldon Ladies have made great improvements throughout this season as they build towards the British and Irish Championships on 13 and 14 August, and they performed well to win the final against Kilroe Ladies by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Derby ACF 4+4 Team

The mens 680kg competition was again pulled as a straight group. Felton Eccles and Lincoln defeated all of the teams in front of them before meeting each other in the final pull in the group stages. This was most definitely the pull of the weight class, with Lincoln winning a tremendously tough battle between the two teams which was really exciting to watch by those present. On the second end, Felton Eccles won the pull to level the scores. As both teams finished top of the group, they both had to pull each other again in the final. It wasn’t quite as fraught as the group match however, and Lincoln pulled well to win the final by 2 ends to 0. Photo: LNR ACF 4+4 Team

The final mens weight of the competition was the 640 kilos competition. Felton Eccles were by far the strongest team in this weight class in the group stages and they topped the group without losing an end, leaving Lincoln A and B, Halstead, 3 RLC, Bosley and Holland to fight it out for second place to see who would go to the final. After some hard ends, Bosley and Lincoln A met in the last round, and both teams had a good battle, going 1-1. With the TWIF criteria applied, Bosley qualified for the final having received fewer cautions. In the final, Felton Eccles dominated the pull, winning by 2 ends to 0.

The final weight of the day was the 600 mixed competition, which had a good entry of teams, and the competition was split into two groups. The teams that emerged into the final were Bedford, and they met the team formed between Haldon Ladies and Halstead YFC. It was a good close final between the two teams, but it was Bedford who won the final by 2 ends to 0, to finish off a day where we had 6 different teams winning different weight classes in the 7 weights on offer, which shows how competitive the event was this week.

Officials on the day were Mick Grimston, Peter Craft, Peter Tuckwell, Wendy Dyer and Betty Craft.

Results Summary

Men Catchweight - Winners
- Lincoln - Runners Up - Felton Eccles

Men 680 - Winners - Lincoln - Runners Up - Felton Eccles

Men 640 - Winners - Felton Eccles - Runners Up - Bosley

Men 600 - Winners - Bosley - Runners Up - England Under 23s

Ladies 560 - Winners - Kilroe Ladies - Runners Up - Army Ladies

Ladies 520 - Winners
- Haldon Ladies - Runners Up - Kilroe Ladies

Mixed 600 - Winners - Bedford - Runners Up - Haldon/Halstead
 


KEITH BRINDLEY - FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS

The funeral of Mr Keith Brindley will take place on Wednesday 3 August at 2pm at Rugby Crematorium, Ashlawn Road, Rugby, CV22 5ET.

All members of the tug of war community past and present are welcome to attend.


25/07/2016 - 2016 INTER COUNTY TUG OF WAR CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS

640kg - Winners - Staffordshire (Represented by Norton) - Runners Up - Berkshire (Represented by Sandhurst)

680kg - Winners - Staffordshire (Represented by Norton) - Runners Up - Lincolnshire (Represented by Lincoln)


Photo: Staffordshire (represented by Norton) - Winners of the Inter County 640kg and 680kg Championship Titles 2016


17/07/2016 - SOUTH WEST OPEN TUG OF WAR CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS

This weekend saw teams competing at the South West Open Competition, hosted by Felton Eccles Tug of War Club in Bristol. The teams were greeted by some warm and dry weather conditions, and it was great to see more YFC teams out and about as they prepare for the forthcoming NFYFC National Championships in August. The teams competing were as follows: Felton Eccles, Stourminster Newton, Haldon, Anstey, Bosley, Lincoln, Norton, Sandhurst, and Two Dales. Photo: Felton Eccles

The day started with the catchweight competition, pulled as a straight group with the top four teams competing in a semi-final and final. No team went through the group stage without losing an end, and the teams that progressed to the semi-finals were Lincoln, Two Dales, Felton Eccles and Haldon. In the semi-finals, Felton Eccles defeated Haldon, and Lincoln defeated Two Dales. In the final, Felton Eccles defeated Lincoln by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Lincoln

The second weight of the day was the 600kg competition, which was run under the same format as the catchweight competition. This time, Norton finished top of the group, followed by Felton Eccles. A number of other teams took ends off each other in the remainder of the group matches, and it was Bosley and Haldon that progressed. In the semi finals, Norton defeated Bosley by 2 ends to 0, and Felton defeated Haldon by 2 ends to 0. In the final, Norton took the gold medal by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Anstey

The third weight of the day was the 680kg competition. Again, this competition was pulled as a straight group, but this time, the top two teams in the group went straight through to the final. There was a good group match between the two YFC teams of Haldon and Stourminster Newton, which went 1-1, but the battle for the top two places ended up being between Lincoln, Norton and Felton Eccles. The points difference between the teams meant that it was Lincoln and Felton Eccles that progressed to contest the final, with Lincoln progressing without losing an end. Both of these teams had a close pull in the group, but this time it was Felton Eccles who won the final by 2 ends to 0 to take their second win of the day. Photo: Norton

The final weight of the day was the 640kg competition, again pulled in one straight group to give teams plenty of competition. Felton Eccles once again emerged as the gold medal winners for the day, making it a hat-trick of wins from the four finals they reached on the day. Photo: Haldon

The officials on the day were - Judges - Ray Fray-Smith, Mick Grimston, Dave Kitchener, Tim Tatler - Timekeeper/Recorders - Wendy Dyer, Sharon Hutchins and Mark Williams. Photo: Stourminster Newton


13/07/2016 - FRED CABLE - FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS

The funeral of Fred Cable, founder member of the Reedham Vikings TOWC, will take place on Friday 5th August at 2pm at St John The Baptist Church, Church Road, Reedham, Norfolk, NR13 3UH. The church service will be followed by a wake at Reedham Club.

Donations payable to Asthma UK may be sent to Gordon Barber Funeral Home, 13 Carlton Road, Lowestoft, NR33 0RU.

All members of the tug of war community are welcome to attend.


13/07/2016 - KEITH BRINDLEY

The Tug of War Association are sad to learn of the passing of Mr. Keith Brindley.

Keith started his pulling career in the North West of England with Bosley Woodtreatment during the 1960's. He competed for Bosley for some years until he moved to Daventry in the Midlands. Keith competed with Staverton and Daventry Tug of War Clubs until they stopped competing and then carried on in the sport with Raunds Woodbine Tug of War Club, where he pulled until the late 1980's.

Keith pulled both Indoor and Outdoor TOW and represented England in the United Kingdom Outdoor Championships in Jersey in 1983. Keith was a regular visitor to our competitions and was at both Daventry and the AAA Championships this year with his wife, Lynn.

Our thoughts and condolences are with Keith’s family, friends and team mates at this sad time.

Funeral details will be published when known.


10/07/2016 - EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE RESULTS

Teams competing - Men - Felton Eccles (A and B), Norton, Bosley, York, Whitley Chapel, Longridge, Derby ACF - Ladies and Youth - Gloucester ACF Boys, Gloucester ACF Girls, Derby ACF, Kilroe Ladies, Bedford Ladies, Haldon Ladies, Army Ladies, Upton on Severn - Mixed - Bedford, York, Upton on Severn / Army.

This weekends event was hosted by Bosley Tug of War Club in Astbury near Congleton where the club was raising funds for the East Cheshire Hospice. There were 5 weight classes for mens teams, along with ladies and youth league weight classes at 520kg and 560kg. The day finished with the mixed 4+4. Also in attendance at the competition were around 20 under 23 pullers wishing to compete for a place in the England under 23 teams for the forthcoming British and Irish Championships and World Under 23 Championships. Photo: Derby ACF

The catchweight competition started proceedings, pulled as a straight group with the top two teams progressing to the final. The final two ended up being Norton and Felton Eccles, with both teams giving us a 3 end final. Norton took a close first end, and then Felton battled hard to take the second end. The third end was equally as close, with Norton taking first place. Photo: Whitley Chapel YFC

The ladies and youth 560kg was pulled as a straight group, which gave all of the teams competing a lot of pulling, with a good number of ladies and junior pullers taking part. After some close competition, Gloucester ACF Boys took first place, ahead of Upton on Severn YFC who finished as the overall runners up. Photo: Army Ladies

The mens 600kg competition followed with some good even contests throughout. Felton Eccles first two pulls against Norton and Bosley all went 1-1, and the match between Norton and Bosley also went 1-1, which meant that half way through the competition, points between these teams were even to determine who would progress. However, later on in the competition, Felton Eccles dropped ends to both York and Longridge, which meant that Bosley and Norton progressed to the final. Like the group match between these two teams, the ends were close, but Norton took the pull by 2 ends to 0 to finish in first place. Photo: Haldon Ladies

The ladies and youth 520kg competition was another close event, with Army Ladies and Haldon Ladies winning some good ends against some of the more established teams in the ladies and youth league. The final standings saw Upton on Severn win the competition without losing an end, with Gloucester ACF Boys taking the overall runners up spot. Photo: Gloucester ACF Girls

The mens 720kg competition saw a smaller entry than the other weights, but it was again Norton and Felton Eccles that contested the final. Felton Eccles this time turned the tables from the catchweight competition, and took first place by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Gloucester ACF Boys

The 680kg competition followed, with some good competitive matches between a number of teams, including Whitley Chapel and York who had a close match to determine which team would finish second in the group and meet Felton Eccles in the final. York progressed to meet Felton Eccles, and it was Felton Eccles who finished in first place, defeating York by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Bosley

The 640kg competition was the final mens weight of the day, and at the start of the competition, we had a heavy downpour of rain, which turned out to be a good leveller between all of the teams. No team went through the group without losing an end, and with a number of teams taking ends of each other, it was interesting to see which teams would progress to the final. Felton A progressed to the final along with Bosley. Felton Eccles A won the final by 2 ends to 0 to take their third winners spot of the day to round off a good day for them. Photo: Upton on Severn

The last weight of the day was the 600kg 4+4. There was some close competition in this weight class all the way through, with Bedford and Upton on Severn / Army progressing to the final. Bedford continued their strong form by taking both ends in the final to finish as overall winners. Photo: Felton Eccles

Well done to all of the teams who took part. The officials on the day were Dave Hamber, Gavin Corden, Peter Craft, Betty Craft and Adele Hamer.

Results Summary  

Men Catchweight - Winners
- Norton - Runners Up - Felton Eccles  

Men 600kg -Winners
- Norton - Runners Up - Bosley  

Men 720kg - Winners
- Felton Eccles - Runners Up - Norton  

Men 680kg - Winners
- Felton Eccles - Runners Up - York  

Men 640kg - Winners
- Felton Eccles - Runners Up - Bosley  

Ladies / Youth 560kg - Winners
- Gloucester ACF Boys - Runners Up - Upton on Severn  

Ladies / Youth 520kg - Winners
- Upton on Severn - Runners Up - Gloucester ACF Boys  

Mixed 600kg 4+4 - Winners
- Bedford - Runners Up - Upton on Severn / Army


ENGLAND UNDER 23 DEVELOPMENT SQUADS - MEN AND LADIES - 2016

The Tug of War Association intends to form under 23 mens and ladies teams to compete at the forthcoming British and Irish Championships in Wales in August, and the World Championships in Malmo, Sweden in September.

The age limit for male Under 23 Competition is from the beginning of the year a puller turns 18 until the end of the year you reach the age of 22.

The age limit for female under 23 competition is  from the beginning of the year a puller turns 16 until the end of the year you reach the age of 22.

Details for getting involved in the mens and ladies teams are below

Under 23 Ladies


The England TOWA is considering developing an under 23 ladies team to partake in the World Championships in Sweden.  We already have a number of ladies who have come forward for this. Mr David Kitchener is managing this and has organised a training day on 24th July at Kempston Hammers, Kempston, Bedford starting at 11.00am

We would strongly encourage any eligible girls/ladies to come along. If you are interested please complete the form which you can download by clicking here and email to David Kitchener - david.kitchener@lineone.net, or you can speak to David further on 01234 720086

Under 23 Men


It is the intention of the Tug of War Association to form Under 23 mens squads to compete at the British and Irish Championships on the weekend of 12th - 14th August 2016 in Wales and the World Outdoor Tug of War Championships in Malmo, Sweden on the week of 7 - 12 September 2016.

If you are interested in becoming part of the mens Under 23 Development Squad, then please download and complete the application form by clicking here and return it to Under 23 Manager Dave Knott as soon as possible. The weight class for Under 23 competition is 600kg.

When returning the form, please indicate whether or not you are available to compete at:

a) the British and Irish Championships (hosted by Wales)
b) the World Championships (hosted by Sweden)
c) both the British and Irish Championships and the World Championships

If you are unable to attend either championship, but wish to be considered for selection in 2017 when England are hosting the World Under 23 Championships in conjunction with the European Championships, then please let us know.

There will be a meeting and training pulls for anyone wishing to become part of the male Under 23 Development Squad on Sunday 10 July in conjunction with the event being held at Glebe Farm, Peel Lane, Astbury, Congleton, Cheshire, CW12 4RQ
. All under 23 pullers are requested to attend. If you are unable to attend, please inform the Under 23 manager.

Please can all clubs pass this information on to your younger members.

Dave Knott
England U23 Mens Coach/Manager

Tel:
01538 385752
Mobile: 07779852610
Email: knotty@bigdave50.freeserve.co.uk  

David Kitchener

England U23 Ladies Coach/Manager
 
Tel: 01234 720086
Email:
david.kitchener@lineone.net


FRED CABLE

It is with great sadness that friends and fellow ex-team members have to announce the passing of Fred Cable at the age of 81 after a short illness.

Fred was the founding member of Reedham Vikings Tug of War Club in Norfolk, which he started in 1958 after being introduced to the sport during his National Service, The club competed very successfully for many years thanks to Fred's dedication and hard training regime, culminating in becoming National Catchweight champions in 1979. Fred also served as TOWA East of England Area Chairman during the early 1970's.

He will be very sadly missed by all who were involved with him in the sport.

Funeral details will be forwarded to us when known. Our thoughts go out to his family, friends and former team mates at this sad time.


18/06/2016 - NATIONAL OUTDOOR TUG OF WAR CHAMPIONSHIPS, MACCLESFIELD - RESULTS

Teams Competing - Lincoln, Norton, Bosley, Two Dales, Holland, Haldon, Felton Eccles, Sandhurst, Oxney Vines Cross, York, 4 Regiment RA, Bedford Ladies, Kilroe Ladies, Haldon Ladies, Holland Ladies, Army Ladies, LNR ACF, Gloucester ACF

The 2016 Tug of War Association National Outdoor Tug of War Championships were this year hosted by Macclesfield Rugby Club in Cheshire. Up for grabs were gold medals in 6 weight classes for mens teams, 2 weight classes for ladies teams and a senior mixed weight category. We also held the junior national championships. Unfortunately, entries were limited this year, so we were only able to hold a junior championship with one weight class – the junior mixed 560kg, which was a new weight class introduced this year.

The day started with the mens 640kg competition, which was split into two groups. Defending champions Norton were in group 1 and they went through to the semi finals without losing an end. Lincoln finished in second place in group 1 and also progressed. The competition was close in group 2, with Felton Eccles and Oxney Vines Cross – 2 very successful teams in this weight class in the past -  went 1 end each first on. Felton then continued through the group without losing another end to progress as group winners, with Two Dales finishing in second place in the group.

In the 640kg semi final, Norton overcame Two Dales by 2 ends to 0, and in the second semi final, there was a great pull between Lincoln and Felton Eccles. Lincoln took the first end, Felton Eccles took the second end and then Lincoln won a very close third end to make it through to the final. In the bronze medal pull, Two Dales did what they were unable to do in the group stages and defeat Felton Eccles by 2 ends to 0 to win the bronze medal. Onto the final between Norton and Lincoln, and Norton went on to win their 5th National 640kg title in a row by 2 ends to 0.

After the 640kg competition, the junior mixed 560kg competition took place. Contesting the final was Gloucester ACF and LNR ACF. It was a great final between these two junior teams which really did go all the way down to the wire, with Gloucester taking the gold medal by 2 ends to 1 in a crowd pleasing 3 end pull. Well done to both of these junior teams for making the effort to compete at this years national championships. Hopefully we will have more junior teams enter next year in the junior men, junior ladies and junior mixed weight classes.

The Mens 580kg and catchweight competitions were then held, along with the ladies 540kg competition.

The mens catchweight competition turned out to be an exciting event, despite the small number of teams entered. Holland TOWC from Staffordshire met Oxney Vines Cross in the final, and this match went to three ends, with Holland taking the first end and Oxney battling hard to take the second end. Both teams gave everything in the deciding end, with Holland edging it to take gold at this weight, after having to settle for silver in this weight at the previous national championships.

The mens 580kg competition was pulled as a straight group. Defending champions Norton started off by defeating Felton Eccles first on, and Sandhurst edged out Bosley in the first round of pulling. After the group stage, Norton, Sandhurst and Bosley emerged as the top three teams. The final position for the fourth spot in the medal pulls was between York and Felton Eccles. Both teams were level on points, and after using the TWIF criteria to separate the teams, Felton Eccles progressed.

Norton and Sandhurst competed in the final, and Felton Eccles and Bosley ended up competing for the bronze medal. Bosley took a close pull by 2 ends to 0. In the final, we had yet another lightweight final between Norton and Sandhurst. Norton took a tight first end, but Sandhurst rallied on the second end and made a good fight of the pull, getting Norton under pressure, however Norton recovered well to take the second end and the gold medal.  

The ladies 540kg was equally a very exciting competition, with an improved entry of teams this year. No team went through the group stage of this competition without dropping an end this year, however it was the teams of Kilroe Ladies and Bedford Ladies that emerged as the top two teams in the group stage. The close competition between Haldon Ladies, who were making their national debut), Army Ladies and Holland Ladies eventually saw Haldon Ladies and Holland Ladies emerge as the third and fourth teams.

Holland Ladies and Haldon Ladies went on to contest the bronze medal, and Haldon Ladies came away with a fantastic bronze medal on their national debut by 2 ends to 0, much to the delight of themselves and their supporters. The final between Bedford Ladies and Kilroe Ladies was another exciting final with Kilroe winning a fairly even match up by 2 ends to 0 to take the gold medal.

The mens 700kg competition followed. This was an interesting competition which saw Norton top the group without topping an end. The battle for second place was close, with Oxney Vines Cross and Lincoln finishing level on points. After the TWIF criteria was applied, Oxney progressed to the final in second place. Holland and Lincoln went on to pull for the bronze medal with Lincoln winning the bronze medal by 2 ends to 0. In the final, Oxney put up a good fight against Norton, but it was Norton who came away with another gold medal by 2 ends to 0.

The ladies 500kg competition turned out to be another great ladies competition and provided just as much excitement as the 540kg competition. Bedford Ladies this time went through the group stage as winners, followed by Army Ladies, Haldon Ladies and Kilroe Ladies. Bedford Ladies and Army Ladies went on to contest the final, but first the bronze medal had to be decided between Kilroe Ladies and Haldon Ladies. Haldon Ladies made a great day of it by taking their second bronze medal of the day by 2 ends to 0. Well done to them. The final was between Bedford Ladies and the Army Ladies. This was another good ladies final. On the first end, Bedford took an early advantage, but at one stage it looked as though the Army Ladies would get back into the match, but Bedford managed to recover to take the end. The second end was just as close a match up, but Bedford took the end and the gold medal.

The mens 600kg was next on the agenda, and this weight class was split into two groups. Norton won group 1 ahead of Bosley, and Felton Eccles were the winners of Group 2 ahead of Two Dales. In the cross over, Felton Eccles defeated Bosley by 2 ends to 0, and Norton defeated Two Dales by 2 ends to 0. In the bronze medal match, Two Dales took their second bronze medal of the day by 2 ends to 0 against Bosley. The final saw Felton and Norton contest the 600kg final for the second year running, but Felton were this year unable to turn the tables on Norton, and Norton took the gold medal by 2 ends to 0.

The final mens weight class of the day was the 680kg competition, which was again split into two groups. There were a lot of close matches in this weight, but it was Norton, Lincoln, Felton Eccles and Two Dales that emerged as the semi-finalists. In the first semi-final, Norton overcame Lincoln, and in the second semi-final, Two Dales overcame Felton Eccles. Lincoln and Felton contested for the bronze medal with Lincoln taking their third medal of the day by 2 ends to 0. The final saw Two Dales take on Norton, with Norton hoping to repeat their success from 2014 and win 5 gold medals. Norton did just that, and won the final by 2 ends to 0.

The final weight of the day was the mixed 600kg, which saw an improved entry of teams this year, with the competition being split into two groups. Two Dales and Lincoln progressed from group 1, and Norton and Bedford progressed from group 2. In the semi-finals, Lincoln defeated Bedford and Norton defeated Two Dales. In the bronze medal match, Two Dales had run out of steam and Bedford took the bronze medal by 2 ends to 0.

The final between Lincoln and Norton was probably the best final of the day, which went all the way down to the wire, going to 3 ends. Lincoln took a close first end which lasted for almost 6 minutes. Norton then had to battle very hard to take a very close second end in just under 5 minutes. Norton eventually took a third end and their 6th gold medal of the day.

Our thanks go to Macclesfield Rugby Club for allowing us to stage the 2016 National Championships and to Ben Rathbone for working on behalf of the TOWA behind the scenes in getting the event set up.


The officials on the day were:

Judges
-  Mike Callaghan (Chief Judge), Peter Craft, Ernie Jones, George Ferrett, Adrian Willis, Roger Beardsmore, Mick Grimston, Ray Fray-Smith

Recorders
- Betty Craft, Wendy Dyer, Yvonne Ludkin, Sharon Hutchins, Jill Thomas, Rachel Lewis.

Results Summary:  

Men 580 kilos - Gold
- Norton (Staffordshire) - Silver - Sandhurst (Berkshire) - Bronze - Bosley (Cheshire) - 4th - Felton Eccles (Somerset)

Men 600 kilos - Gold - Norton (Staffordshire) - Silver - Felton Eccles (Somerset) - Bronze -Two Dales (Derbyshire) - 4th - Bosley (Cheshire)

Men 640 kilos - Gold - Norton (Staffordshire) - Silver - Lincoln (Lincolnshire) - Bronze - Two Dales (Derbyshire) - 4th - Felton Eccles (Somerset)

Men 680 kilos - Gold - Norton (Staffordshire)  - Silver - Two Dales (Derbyshire) - Bronze - Lincoln (Lincolnshire) - 4th - Felton Eccles (Somerset)

Men 700 kilos - Gold - Norton (Staffordshire) - Silver - Oxney Vines Cross (Sussex) - Bronze - Lincoln (Lincolnshire) - 4th - (Holland (Staffordshire)

Men Catchweight - Gold - Holland (Staffordshire) - Silver - Oxney Vines Cross (Somerset) - Bronze - Haldon (Devon)

Ladies 540 kilos - Gold - Kilroe Ladies (Manchester) - Silver - Bedford Ladies (Bedfordshire) - Bronze - Haldon Ladies (Devon) - 4th - Holland Ladies (Staffordshire)

Ladies 500 kilos - Gold - Bedford Ladies (Bedfordshire) - Silver - Army Ladies - Bronze - Haldon Ladies (Gloucestershire) - 4th - Kilroe Ladies (Manchester)

Mixed 600 kilos (4 men and 4 ladies) - Gold - Norton (Staffordshire) - Silver - Lincoln (Lincolnshire) - Bronze - Bedford (Bedfordshire) - 4th - Two Dales (Derbyshire)

Junior Mixed 560 Kilos - Gold - Gloucester ACF - Silver - Leicester and Northants ACF

Full report and photos to follow


05/06/2016 - SANDHURST TOWC OPEN COMPETITION RESULTS

580kg - Winners - Sandhurst - Runners Up - Oxney Vines Cross  

600kg - Winners
- Oxney Vines Cross - Runners Up - Sandhurst  

640kg - Winners
- Felton Eccles - Runners Up - Oxney Vines Cross  

680kg - Winners
- Felton Eccles - Runners Up - Lincoln  

Catchweight - Winners
- Lincoln - Runners Up - Felton Eccles  

Many thanks to the teams for turning out for the competition. It was an enjoyable days sport, with some excellent pulling.

Two new trainee recorders (Hannah & Kate) were introduced to the job, both ladies doing extremely well. Our thanks go to them for standing in at a minutes notice and seeing the competition through.


30/05/2016 - NORTHUMBERLAND SHOW RESULTS

600kg - Winners - York - Runners Up - Turf Turners  

640kg - Winners - York - Runners Up - Brampton A  

680kg - Winners - York - Runners Up - Turf Turners  

Catchweight - Winners - Brampton - Runners Up - Whitley Chapel  

660kg 4 + 4 - Winners
- Brampton - Runners Up - Turf Turners


29/05/2016 - SHROPSHIRE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS

600kg - Winners - Norton  

640kg - Winners
- Norton  

680kg - Winners
- Norton  

Catchweight - Winners
- Norton


CORNWALL FYFC RESULTS

Junior 560kg Winners - Camelford  

Ladies 580kg Winners
- Camelford  

Mens 680kg Winners
- St Mabyn


28/05/2016 - WORCESTERSHIRE FYFC RESULTS

Junior Winners - Upton on Severn  

Ladies Winners
- Bromsgrove  

Mens Winners
- Upton on Severn


28/05/2016 - NORTHAMPTON FYFC RESULTS

Junior Winners - Towcester  

Ladies 580kg Winners
- Oudle  

Men 680kg Winners
- Kelmarsh


22/05/2016 - FELTON ECCLES TOWC OPEN COMPETITION RESULTS

580kg - Winners - Sandhurst  

600kg - Winners
- Norton 

640kg - Winners - Norton  

680kg - Winners
- Norton  

Catchweight - Winners - Norton  

Ladies and Youth 560kg - Winners
- Gloucester ACF  

Ladies and Youth 560kg - Winners - Gloucester ACF


21/05/2016 - HEREFORDSHIRE FYFC RESULTS

Juniors - Winners - Pontriglas  

Men 600kg - Winners
- Creswell  

Men 680kg - Winners
- Pontriglas


21/05/2016 - BEDFORDSHIRE FYFC RESULTS

Junior Winners - Leighton Buzzard  

Ladies Winners
- Leighton Buzzard  

Men 680kg Winners
- Blunham


21/05/2016 - DEVON COUNTY SHOW RESULTS

Ladies Catchweight - Winners - Haldon Ladies  

Mens Catchweight - Winners
- Anstey


15/05/2016 - TWO DALES TOWC OPEN COMPETITION RESULTS

Men 600kg - Winners - Norton  

Men 640kg - Winners
- Felton Eccles  

Men 680kg - Winners
- Norton  

Men Catchweight - Winners
- Norton  

Ladies 560kg - Winners
- Holland


14/05/2016 - LINCOLNSHIRE FYFC RESULTS

Junior 560kg - Winners - Market Rasen  

Ladies 580kg - Winners
- Wragby  

Men 680kg - Winners
- Louth  

Men Catchweight - Winners
- Louth


14/05/2016 - FARLEY ESTATE FYFC RESULTS

Junior - Winners - Feniscliffe                                  

Ladies - Winners
- Feniscliffe          

Men - Winners
- Knarsborough


14/05/2016 - STAFFORDSHIRE FYFC RESULTS

Juniors 560kg - Winners - Eccleshall

Ladies - Winners - Stone

Men Catchweight - Winners
- Waterhouses


08/05/2016 - AAA CHAMPIONSHIPS AND MIDLAND AREA CHAMPIONSHIPS, ALCESTER - RESULTS

AAA Catchweight - Winners - Lincoln  

AAA 640KG - Winners
- Norton - Runners Up - Two Dales  

Open 600kg - Winners
- Bosley - Runners Up - Lincoln  

Open 640kg - Winners
- Norton - Runners Up - Lincoln  

Open 680kg - Winners
- Norton - Runners Up - Felton Eccles  

Ladies and Youth 560kg - Winners - Gloucester ACF - Runners Up - Upton on Severn  

Ladies and Youth 560kg - Winners - Gloucester ACF - Runners Up - Upton on Severn


02/05/2016 - GUILDFORD SHOW RESULTS

Men Catchweight - Winners - Sandhurst  

Men 680kg - Winners
- Oxney Vines Cross  

Men 640kg - Winners
- Sandhurst


02/05/2016 - NORTH SOMERSET SHOW RESULTS

Men 640kg - Winners - Felton Eccles  

Men 680kg - Winners
- Felton Eccles


01/05/2016 - DAVENTRY OPEN COMPETITION

Men 580kg - Winners - Norton  

Men 600kg - Winners
- Lincoln  

Men 640kg - Winners
- Norton  

Men 680kg - Winners
- Norton 

Men Catchweight  - Winners - Lincoln


01/05/2015 - WHITLEY CHAPEL OPEN COMPETITION RESULTS

York, Whitley chapel, Brampton A & B, Haltwhistle, Turfturners and Stamfordham competed at the Northern Region TOWA event hosted by Whitley Chapel, who were hosting a TOWA event for the first time.

The results were as follows: 

Men 600kg - Winners - Whitley Chapel - Runners Up - York

Men 640kg - Winners - York - Runners Up - Whitley Chapel

Men 680kg - Winners - Whitley Chapel - Runners Up - York

Men catchweight - Winners - York - Runners Up - Brampton

600kg 4+4 - Winners - York - Runners Up - Whitley Chapel

Ladies 580kg - Winners - Turfturners - Runners Up - Haltwhistle - 3rd - Stamfordham


17/04/2016 - LONGRIDGE TOWC OPEN COMPETITION AT THAMES VALLEY TOWC OPEN COMPETITION

This weekend two competitions again took place with an event taking place in Lancashire hosted by Longridge, and an event in Berkshire hosted by Thames Valley Tug of War Club. Reports from both events are below.

LONGRIDGE TOWC OPEN COMPETITION

Longridge hosted the second leg of the northern league in the beautiful sunshine, the competition was hard and the ends were all hard fought for between all of the teams that took part. The event saw teams from Lancashire, Yorkshire, Cumbria and Shropshire taking part. Photo: Host Club Longridge

The final results were as follows:

Men Catchweight - Winners - Bilsborrow - Runners Up - Chipping

Men 600kg - Winners - Longridge - Runners Up - York

Ladies 580kg - Winners - Vale o Lune - Runners Up - Diesel Power

Men 680kg - Winners - Bilsborrow - Runners Up - York

660k 4x4 - Winners - York - Runners Up - Diesel power

Men 640kg - Winners - York - Runners Up - Diesel power

Photo: Diesel Power

THAMES VALLEY TUG OF WAR CLUB OPEN COMPETITION

Teams from Thames Valley, Felton Eccles, Oxney Vines Cross, Sandhurst and Bosley took part at Thames Valley’s annual open competition in Berkshire. Like with the Lancashire event, the weather was dry, and there was some good close ends between the teams in all weight classes.

The catchweight got off to a good competitive start. Felton Eccles topped the group stage having only dropped one end in the group, and they progressed to the final where they met Oxney Vines Cross. Despite Felton having won the match in the group between these two teams, Oxney performed strongly to win the final by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Oxney Vines Cross

The second weight of the day was the 600kg competition. Again, there was some closely fought ends in the group stage, but it was Bosley and Sandhurst who progressed through to the final. Bosley won the 600kg competition for the second weekend running by defeating Sandhurst by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Host Club Thames Valley

The 620kg competition was again fiercely contested, and like the 600kg competition earlier, Bosley and Sandhurst began to emerge as the top two teams. These two teams met in the final pull of the group stage which went 1-1, before both teams met again in the final. This was a very hard fought final, which Bosley won by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Sandhurst

The final weight of the day was the 640kg competition. Oxney Vines Cross emerged as the strongest team in this weight class, winning the competition without dropping an end. Sandhurst reached their third final of the day by finishing as runners up. Photo: Bosley


10/04/2016 - BEDFORD LADIES OPEN COMPETITION AND BOROUGHBRIDGE YFC OPEN COMPETITION

This weekend two competitions took place with an event taking place in Yorkshire hosted by Boroughbridge, and an event in Bedfordshire hosted by Bedford Ladies Tug of War Club. Reports from both events are below.

BEDFORD LADIES OPEN COMPETITION (TOWA NATIONAL LEAGUE WEEK 1)

Teams competing: Men - Norton, Lincoln (A and B), Felton Eccles, Sandhurst, Oxney Vines Cross, Widecombe, 4th Regiment, Blunham YFC, Bosley, Holland, Two Dales, Gloucester ACF

Ladies and Youth
- Bedford Ladies, Gloucester ACF Boys, Gloucester ACF Girls, Upton YFC, Kilroe Ladies, Team Army Ladies

There was a good entry of teams at the first weekend of the Tug of War Association national league with some good competitions throughout both the mens competitions and the ladies and youth competitions. 

A minute of silence was held during the competition in memory of former TOWA Chairman, President and Life Vice-President Mr. Peter Baker who passed away recently.

The day started with the mens catchweight and ladies and youth 560kg competition. The catchweight competition was pulled as a straight group competition, with the top two teams in the group progressing to a final. Lincoln performed strongly in the group to reach the final without losing an end. The competition for second place in the group was close, with Norton eventually progressing through in second place. The final between Norton and Lincoln was very close. Lincoln took the first end, but Norton managed to take the next two ends to win the first weight class of the day. Photo: Oxney Vines Cross

The ladies and youth 560kg competition saw Gloucester ACF Boys win the competition without losing an end, with Upton YFC finishing as worthy runners up ahead of the other ladies and youth teams. Photo: Holland

The mens 600kg competition was split into two groups of 6 teams. Group 1 contained Norton, Sandhurst, Two Dales, Bosley, Holland and Lincoln, and Group 2 contained 4th Regiment, Felton Eccles, Oxney Vines Cross, Gloucester ACF, Blunham YFC and Widecombe. The top team from each group would progress to the final after the group stages had completed. The winners of group 1 were Bosley, who finished ahead of Norton and Sandhurst as the nearest challengers, however the second group was very close with teams dropping ends. Blunham YFC certainly gave a lot of the teams a good run for their money, taking some good scalps along the way. Oxney Vines Cross eventually emerged as the group winners to meet Bosley in the final. In the final, Bosley defeated Oxney by 2 ends to 0 to win their first weight class of the season. Photo: Team Army Ladies

The ladies and youth 520kg competition again saw some close competition, with some evenly matched ends between Bedford Ladies and Kilroe Ladies, but the pull of the competition came in the deciding match between Upton YFC and Gloucester ACF, with Upton YFC this time taking first place without losing an end. Gloucester ACF finished as runners up. Photo: Host club Bedford Ladies

The mens 680kg competition was again split into two groups, with Felton Eccles finishing as winners of group 1 ahead of Two Dales, Bosley, Lincoln B and Oxney. Norton finished as the winners of group 2 ahead Lincoln A, Sandhurst, Widecombe and Holland. Norton and Felton met in the 680kg final for the second week running, with Norton taking their second weight of the day by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Gloucester ACF Junior Ladies

The final weight of the day was the mens 640kg competition that was split into two groups. Norton progressed to the final from group 1 ahead of Oxney Vines Cross, Felton Eccles and 4th Regiment, and Bosley progressed from group 2 ahead of Two Dales, Sanhurst and Lincoln. In the final Norton took their third weight of the day by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Widecombe

The officials on the day were Mick Grimston, Roger Beardsmore, Peter Craft, Graham Marshall, Vic Ludkin, Betty Craft, Yvonne Ludkin.

BOROUGHBRIDGE YFC OPEN COMPETITION (NORTHERN LEAGUE WEEK 1)

Only 4 teams weighed in, but it was 4 evenly matched teams that produced some very hard fought ends of Tug of war. The teams that competed were Boroughbridge, Whitley Chapel, York and Longridge.

The day kicked off with the 600kg, where Whitley Chapel started with a 2 ends to 0 win over Longridge, then York and Boroughbridge went 1 end each, which seemed to be the tone early in the day. York then went 1 end each with Whitley Chapel and so did Longridge and Boroughbridge. The final round saw York and Longridge go to 1 end each and Whitley Chapel beat Boroughbridge 2-0. York and Whitley Chapel then went again in the final with York taking a close 2-1 victory. Photo: Boroughbridge

The 640kg was a very tough weight, again all 4 teams went hard and ended up with a three way tie between York, Longridge and Whitley Chapel, so there was a three way pull off to decide who should meet in the final. Whitley Chapel beat Longridge 2-0, then York beat Whitley Chapel 2-0, then York went 1 each with Longridge, so we had a rematch of the 600kg final. This time Whitley Chapel fought very hard and took a 2-0 victory. Photo: Whitley Chapel

The 680 kg followed, again all 4 teams pulled hard, and this time it was Whitley Chapel and Boroughbridge that met in the final, Whitley Chapel showed why they are YFC national champions and put on a show of strength and style to take a 2-0 victory. Photo: York

The day finished with a two team catch weight, but as there was 4 ladies present,  each team included 2 ladies. This time Boroughbridge took revenge and beat Whitley Chapel 2-1 in a hard fought pull.

A massive thankyou to all the teams for attending and to Stuart Bell for Judging all day and to Georgina Spakouskas and Rachel Lewis for recording. The organisers are looking forward to the next round of the Northern League, which is being hosted by Longridge on Sunday 17 April.


08/04/2016 - PETER BAKER


The Tug of War Association is very sad to announce the passing of former TOWA Chairman, President and life Vice President Mr. Peter Baker.  

Peter was involved in tug of war for very many years. After many years of active pulling, Peter served tug of war as a judge and committee member. Peter became a TOWA Grade 1 Judge and a TWIF International Judge.  

Between 1991 and 1998 Peter served as TWIF Senior Vice President.  

Peter was a well respected puller, committee member and judge. He was well known for his booming voice and firm but fair judging and his decisions were always fully respected by pullers. 

In recent years, Peter took a back seat from organising, officiating and attending tug of war events, however he attended recent European Championships hosted by England in both 2007 and 2011 as an announcer, with many pullers and officials often stopping by the control box to say hello and catch up, such was the regard people had for him.  

In 2004 Peter Baker was awarded with an Olympic Diploma from the International Olympic Committee for his services to tug of war. Peter also holds the Tug of War Association Award of Merit for services to tug of war and the Tug of War Association.  

The Tug of War Association passes on their condolences to the Baker Family, friends and colleagues at this sad time. We will share the funeral arrangements when known.


03/04/2016 - BOSLEY TUG OF WAR CLUB OPEN COMPETITION RESULTS

Bosley Tug of War Club this weekend hosted their own tug of war competition in Astbury, near Congleton, Cheshire. The event was short on officials this year but those officials in attendance did a good job in the circumstances getting 5 mens weights and 2 ladies and youth weights done before 6pm. The weather remained dry all day although the ground was soft following the recent wet weather.

The teams who took part were Bosley, Norton, Felton Eccles, Lincoln, York, 4 Regiment, Two Dales, Holland Men, Kilroe Ladies, Bedford Ladies, Upton on Severn, Vale o Lune ladies, Gloucester ACF and Holland Ladies. Photo: Upton on Severn Juniors

The soft ground made for some good competitive ends, however it was Norton who were the dominant force on the day, winning all 5 of the mens weight classes at 600kg, 640kg, 680kg, 720kg and catchweight. Photo: Vicky Plant of Kilroe Ladies

The most competitive weight of the day was the mens 600kg competition, with 9 teams entered pulling as a straight group, with some hard fought battles and some 1-1 pulls. Bosley finished as runners up to Norton in this weight after a good battle between these two teams to decide the winner. Photo: Vale o Lune Ladies

In the other mens weights, Lincoln finished as runners up to Norton in the Catchweight and 720kg competitions, Felton Eccles finished as runners up in the 680kg competition, and Bosley finished as runners up in the 640kg competition. Photo: Norton lining up ready to pull

There was some good competition in the ladies and youth weights also, with 6 clubs taking part. Upton-on-Severn from Worcestershire finished as winners in the 560kg competition, with Gloucester ACF finishing as runners up. Photo: 4 Regiment

In the 520kg competition, Bedford Ladies finished as the winners, with Upton-on-Severn finishing as the runners up. The pull of the ladies and youth competitions was between Vale o Lune Ladies and Bedford Ladies, with Vale o Lune coming very close to taking a hard fought first end, with the experience of Bedford Ladies coming through in the end. Photo: Host Club Bosley

The officials on the day were Ray Fray-Smith, Tony Henshaw, David Hamer and Adele Hamer.


2017 EUROPEAN OUTDOOR TUG OF WAR CHAMPIONSHIPS AND WORLD JUNIOR AND UNDER 23 CHAMPIONSHIPS - SOUTHPORT - ENGLAND


We are pleased to announce that the European Outdoor Tug of War Championships will be taking place in England during 18-25 September 2017, and will be held in Southport, Lancashire.  

The event will include both the international competitions, as well as an open club competition, which any club team can take part in, as long as your national governing body is affiliated to TWIF, and as long as your team is a registered member of your national governing body.
The competition will be held at Carr Lane Playing Fields in Southport, and accommodation will be provided by Pontins.  

We are pleased to be able to announce package prices for accommodation, which will be available for 3, 5, 6 and 7 night packages on either a self catering or half board basis. All package prices include accreditation.  

We are also pleased to announce discounted accommodation package prices for all juniors (aged 18 and under in accordance with the TWIF age group for junior competitors) attending the event!  

Our event web site will be available later this year, but in the meantime, you can download a leaflet about the event, which includes accommodation package options, by clicking here.


A MESSAGE FROM THE FAMILY OF PAT MERCER

The family of Pat Mercer would like to thank everyone for the beautiful floral tributes and messages of sympathy for our mum Pat who passed away recently, and to all of you that attended the funeral.

It meant so much to us, to see how highly thought of she was by everyone.

Thank you

Janet, Susan and Family


21/02/2016 - WORLD INDOOR TUG OF WAR CHAMPIONSHIPS

The 2016 World Indoor Tug of War Championships have just concluded in Volendam, Netherlands.

England traveled to the event with probably our smallest number of teams and pullers ever to an indoor world championships, meaning that we were only entered into three mens weight classes.

Unfortunately this time we have not come away with any medals from a World Indoor Championships, the very first time this has happened. Our thanks go to the clubs of Raunds, Uppertown and Kilroe, their pullers, coaches and supporters who made the effort and showed the commitment to travel out to this event to represent their country at their own personal expense.

We would like to thank everyone back home for all of the messages of support as well.

The full results from the event are below.

The indoor tug of war season has now concluded and will start again in October 2016. We are looking for more teams and pullers to take part in the next indoor season, so if anyone fancies giving indoor tug of war a go, then please contact us.

See you all soon on the outdoor circuit!


21/02/2016 - WORLD INDOOR TUG OF WAR CHAMPIONSHIPS - DAY 4 - INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION RESULTS - AFTERNOON SESSION

Men 680kg

The 680kg competition took place this this afternoon, with England entered into the event and being represented by Kilroe, supported by Raunds and Uppertown. England progressed from the group to reach the knock out stages of the competition and went into the semi finals, being defeated by the hosts the Netherlands in the semi finals before going into the bronze medal match against Ireland. Unfortunately England missed out on a medal again to finish in fourth place. Well done and thank you again to those pullers from Kilroe, Raunds and Uppertown for your efforts at these championships.

The final result was as follows:

Gold - Scotland
Silver - Netherlands
Bronze - Ireland
4th - England (represented by Kilroe)

Junior Men 560kg

England did not have a team entered into this weight class, however the final result was as follows:

Gold - Chinese Taipei
Silver - Netherlands
Bronze - Thailand
4th - Belgium

Mixed 4+4 600kg


England did not have a team entered into this weight class, however the final result was as follows:

Gold - Chinese Taipei
Silver - China
Bronze - Basque Country
4th - Netherlands


21/02/2016 - WORLD INDOOR TUG OF WAR CHAMPIONSHIPS - DAY 4 - INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION RESULTS - MORNING SESSION

Men 600kg

England were entered into this weight class and were represented by Raunds Tug of War Club from Northamptonshire. This was one of the largest groups of the international competition, which made for some good competition. Unfortunately on this occasion, England missed out on a place in the knock-out stages of the competition and the chance to compete for a medal. England finished 6th in the world overall. Well done to Raunds, and The Tug of War Association would like to thank them for their hard work and commitment to train for and prepare for this event.

The final result was as follows:

Gold - Scotland
Silver - Chinese Taipei
Bronze - Basque Country
4th - Ireland

Ladies 500kg

England did not have a ladies team entered in this weight class this year. The final result was as follows:

Gold - China
Silver - Chinese Taipei
Bronze - Basque Country
4th - South Africa


20/02/2016 - WORLD INDOOR TUG OF WAR CHAMPIONSHIPS - DAY 3 - INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION RESULTS - AFTERNOON SESSION

Men 640kg

England competed in this weight class and were represented by Uppertown Tug of War Club from. England competed well in this weight class to reach the semi finals. In the semi finals, England were defeated by Scotland and went into the bronze medal match to face Ireland. Unfortunately, England missed out on a medal in the 640kg competition finishing in 4th place. Scotland retained their title from 2014 defeating the Netherlands in the final. Well done to Uppertown tug of war club and all the hard work and effort you have put in to represent your country.

The final result was as follows:

Gold - Scotland
Silver - Netherlands
Bronze - Ireland
4th - England (represented by Uppertown)

Men Under 23 600kg


England didn't enter a team into the mens Under 23 competition, however the final result was as follows:

Gold - Chinese Taipei
Silver - Basque Country
Bronze - Netherlands
4th - Belgium


20/02/2016 - WORLD INDOOR TUG OF WAR CHAMPIONSHIPS - DAY 3 - INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION RESULTS - MORNING SESSION

Men 560kg

England did not enter a team into the mens 560kg competition this year, however the results were as follows:

Gold -
Ireland
Silver
- Chinese Taipei
Bronze - Northern Ireland
4th - Scotland

Ladies 540kg

England did not enter a team into the ladies 540kg competition this year however the final results were as follows:

Gold
- China
Silver - Chinese Taipei
Bronze - Basque Country
4th - Netherlands


19/02/2016 - WORLD INDOOR TUG OF WAR CHAMPIONSHIPS - DAY 2 - OPEN COMPETITION RESULTS - AFTERNOON SESSION

There were no English clubs competing this afternoon, however the results of this afternoons weight classes were as follows:

Men Open 680kg Result

Gold -
St Pats (Ireland)
Silver -
TTV IT Heidenskip B (Netherlands)
Bronze -
TTV IT Heidenskip A (Netherlands)
4th -
Carndonagh (Ireland)

Mixed 4+4 Open 600kg Result

Gold - Chinese Taipei
Silver - Ibarra (Basque Country)
Bronze - Tinto (Scotland)
4th - TTV De Groene Oase (Netherlands)

Junior Men Open 560kg Result

Gold - Nantou High School (Chinese Taipei)
Silver - TTV De Groene Oase (Netherlands)
Bronze - TTV De Berketrekkers (Belgium)


19/02/2016 - WORLD INDOOR TUG OF WAR CHAMPIONSHIPS - DAY 2 - OPEN COMPETITION RESULTS - MORNING SESSION

Men Open 600kg Result

Gold -
St Pats (Ireland)
Silver -
Mountain View (Ireland)
Bronze -
Sokarri (Basque Country)
4th -
TTV Lagerweij (Netherlands)

Raunds from England competed in this weight class, finishing 3rd in their group, so missed out on finishing in the top two of their group to progress to the knock-out stages of the competition.

Ladies Open 500kg Result

Gold - Chinese Taipei
Silver - Badaiotz (Basque Country)
Bronze - Gaztedi (Basque Country)
4th - Ibarra (Basque Country)


18/02/2016 - WORLD INDOOR TUG OF WAR CHAMPIONSHIPS - DAY 1 - OPEN COMPETITION RESULTS - AFTERNOON SESSION

Men Open 640kg Result

Gold - St Pats Tug of War Club (Ireland)
Silver - TTV Deinum Britsum (Netherlands)
Bronze - Tinto (Scotland)
4th - TTV IT Heidenskip (Netherlands)

Kilroe from England competed in the 640kg event today, but unfortunately didn’t progress from their group to the knock-out stages.

Men Under 23 Open 600kg Result

Gold
- NTUS (Chinese Taipei)
Silver - University of Taipei (Chinese Taipei)
Bronze - Berriozar (Basque Country)
4th - TTV De Berketrekkers (Belgium)


18/02/2016 - WORLD INDOOR TUG OF WAR CHAMPIONSHIPS - DAY 1 - OPEN CLUB COMPETITION RESULTS - MORNING SESSION

Men Open 560kg Result

Gold - Mountain View (Ireland)
Silver - St. Pats Tug of War Club (Ireland)
Bronze - Sokarri (Basque Country)
4th - Country Club Tug of War Club (Northern Ireland)

Ladies Open 540kg Result

Gold
- Chinese Taipei
Silver - Gaztedi (Basque Country)
Bronze - Ibarra (Basque Country)
4th - Disa Ladies (South Africa)


09/09/2016 - PAT MERCER

The Tug of War Association is sad to announce the passing of Pat Mercer on Monday night, Pat passed away peacefully after a long term illness.

Pat and her husband Joe were stalwarts of the Association and were there at its inauguration in 1958. Pat will be remembered by many within the Tug of war community as an uncompromising supporter of all the teams her husband pulled for and trained, Beckton Gas, Curzon Ben Truman, Rainham Lessa and finally St.Georges, and as many will recall she didn't take prisoners from the sidelines, or when she collected raffle money for the Rosedale League.

Even when Joe retired they were both ever present at the numerous competitions up and down the country and abroad. She will be greatly missed.

Details of the funeral will be posted when confirmed and anybody wishing to send a card may send them to: Mrs J Donelly 80 Sandown Road Benfleet Essex SS7 3SJ.


06/02/2016 - 2016 BRITISH AND IRISH INDOOR TUG OF WAR CHAMPIONSHIPS

The British and Irish Indoor Tug of War Championships took place at Huddersfield Sports Centre at the weekend with representative teams from the British and Irish Countries battling it out for the gold medals in the three international weight classes on offer at 600kg, 680kg and Mixed 600kg, before competing in an open club competition at 560kg and 640kg.

This was the very first British and Irish Championship as the previous Unitied Kingdom Championship was expanded this year to include the Republic of Ireland. A big welcome to the Irish Tug of War Association, and we look forward to having some great championships going forward. Photo: England B 600kg Team Represented by Raunds

The event started with a short opening ceremony to welcome all of the teams, and a minutes silence in memory of UK Commission Chair Rosemary Smith from Wales was observed. This is the first championship for many years where Rosemary will not be present and she will be missed by everyone. Photo: England A 600kg Team Represented by Kilroe

The pulling started with the mens lightweight category with the teams competing up to the maximum team weight limit allowed of 600 kilos. In this competition, England A were represented by Kilroe, and England B were represented by Raunds. All of the countries taking part fielded A and B teams in this weight class. There was some very intense pulling the group stage, with England A having a couple of No pulls against Scotland B and Northern Ireland A to make their start to the competition very tough. England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland all got a team through to the semi finals. The English team to get through were England B, represented by Raunds. In the semi finals, Scotland A defeated Republic of Ireland A, and Northern Ireland B defeated England B. England B were left to fight it out for the bronze medal with Ireland A, and in a very exciting contest came away with the bronze medal, winning by 2 ends to 0. Photo: England A 680kg Team Represented by Uppertown

The final between Northern Ireland B and Scotland A was a good spectacle, especially on the first end, which was very close with Northern Ireland taking Scotland a good way, before Scotland took a good amount of rope back. Northern Ireland got themselves back into the pull and Scotland were eventually blown out for receiving three cautions. Northern Ireland then took the second end a little easier to take a well deserved gold medal. Photo: England B 680kg Team Represented by a Composite Team

The mens heavyweight division was contested with a maximum team weight limit of 680 kilos. England A were represented by Uppertown and England B were represented by a composite team. Again, each of the participating countries contested the group stage with A and B teams. The group stage was again keenly fought, but this time, England got both their A and B team through to the semi finals, along with Scotland A and Republic of Ireland A. Photo: England A Mixed 600kg 4+4 Team Represented by Kilroe

The first semi final saw England A defeat Republic of Ireland A, but the contest of the tournament came in the other semi final between England B and Scotland A. This match went to 5 ends. England B took the first end, but the second end was declared a “no pull” after each team had received three cautions each. Scotland then took the restart, and the next end was again declared a no pull. The final end saw Scotland A take it which denied an all England final. Photo: Scotland A 680kg Team

Republic of Ireland A defeated England B for the bronze medal by 2 ends to 0, but in the final England A took the gold with a great performance against Scotland A to win by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Republic of Ireland A 600kg team

The final international weight class of the day was the mixed 600kg competition, where each team competes with four men and four ladies in their teams. England A (represented by Kilroe) again proved to be the dominant force by taking the gold medal by 2 ends to 0 against Scotland A in the final. Photo: Country Club from Northern Ireland in the Open Club Competition

Following the international competition, a club competition was held, with tug of war clubs from all of the UK and Ireland countries taking part. Again there was more exciting contests with the Uppertown Club from near Chesterfield in Derbyshire taking gold in the mens 640kg competition by defeating Country Club from Northern Ireland in the final. Cuan Rithe from Ireland won the bronze medal, with Kilroe finishing in 4th place. Photo: Uppertown Tug of War Club from Derbyshire - winners of the Open Club 640kg Competition

The final weight of the day was the mens 560kg competition, which is the lightest weight division for mens teams. This competition was again keenly contested with Country Club from Northern Ireland taking gold against Raunds from Northamptonshire who won silver. Uppertown took bronze to claim their second club medal of the competition after an exciting 2 ends to 1 win against Cuan Rithe from the Republic of Ireland which had everyone on their feet cheering on both of the teams.

Following the competition, the teams enjoyed the presentation dinner at the Cedar Court Hotel where awards for the gold, silver and bronze medallists in each weight category were presented. Awards were also presented to the officials and speeches made. Well done to all of those who took part in the first British and Irish Tug of War Championships. It was a memorable day of competition, and it sets the standard for some excellent competition going forward. We look forward to the next British and Irish Championships, which takes place outdoor on 12 August 2016 and will take place in Llandrindod Wells, Wales.

Championship Officials - Judges - Mick Grimston, Mike Callaghan and Peter Craft (England), David Wilson (Northern Ireland), Dan McCarthy (Republic of Ireland) - Recorders - Betty Craft and Wendy Dyer (England)

Thank you also to everyone who helped to set up and set down the arena before and after the competition, and thank you also to TOWA Secretary Mick Copper who did an awful lot of work behind the scenes to secure the venue, accommodation and facilities for the presentation dinner.

Good luck to all of the teams taking part at the World Indoor Championships in Volendam, Netherlands later this month.  

The final results were as follows:

Men Closed 600kg
Gold - Northern Ireland B
Silver - Scotland A
Bronze - England B (represented by Raunds)
4th - Republic of Ireland A

Men Closed 680kg

Gold - England A (represented by Uppertown)
Silver - Scotland A
Bronze - Republic of Ireland A
4th - England B (represented by a composite team)

Mixed Closed 600kg 4+4
Gold - England A (represented by Kilroe)
Silver - Scotland A

Open Club 640kg
Gold - Uppertown (England)
Silver - Country Club (Northern Ireland)
Bronze - Cuan Rithe (Republic of Ireland)
4th - Kilroe (England)

Open Club 560kg
Gold - Country Club (Northern Ireland)
Silver - Raunds (England)
Bronze - Uppertown (England)
4th - Cuan Rithe (Republic of Ireland)


ROSEMARY SMITH

The Tug of War Association is sad to learn of the passing of Rosemary Smith from the Welsh Tug of War Association. Rosemary was Secretary and more recently chair of the U.K. Commission, Secretary and Chair of the Welsh Association and a well known timekeeper/recorder at UK and TWIF championships. Rosemary was a huge tug of war supporter and did a huge amount for tug of war over very many years. Our condolences to Rosemary's family, friends and the Welsh Tug of War Association.


2016 WORLD OUTDOOR TUG OF WAR CHAMPIONSHIPS - MALMO - SWEDEN - 8-11 SEPTEMBER 2016

Prices and hotel information for the forthcoming World Outdoor Tug of War Championships taking place in Malmo, Sweden in September are now available via the event web site at http://iof1.idrottonline.se/SvenskaDragkampforbundet/WorldChampionships2016/

The event will include the open club competition on the first two days, with the closed international competition taking place on the second two days.


WHAT IS HAPPENING IN 2016?

A very happy new year!

We have lots of exciting things to look forward to throughout 2016. Below is a list of some of the big events that we have to look forward to:

Saturday 30th January - Tug of War Association Annual General Meeting - Roman Way Hotel, Cannock, Staffordshire

Saturday 6th February - UK Indoor Tug of War Championships - Huddersfield

18th - 21st February - World Indoor Tug of War Championships - Volendam, Netherlands

Saturday 18th June - National Outdoor Tug of War Championships - Macclesfield Rugby Club, Cheshire

Sunday 24th July - Inter County Tug of War Championships - Hosted by Forge Lane / Oxney - Sussex

8th - 11th September - World Outdoor Tug of War Championships - Malmo, Sweden

Saturday 3rd December - National Indoor Tug of War Championships - Harry Mitchell Centre, Smethwick, West Midlands

Make sure you put these events into your diaries and get your teams and supporters along. We are looking forward to a great year! A full list of the various events that will be taking place around the country indoor and outdoor throughout the year will be published at the end of January.

In addition to the above, the TOWA will be busy planning for the 2017 European and World Junior and Under 23 Outdoor Tug of War Championships, which England will be hosting in September 2017. If you are able to provide some time to support us with our preparations, or wish to sponsor this major event where well over 1500 pullers are expected to take part from all over the world, then please contact us.


05/12/2015 - NATIONAL INDOOR TUG OF WAR CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS

The 2015 National Indoor Tug of War Championships were held at the Harry Mitchell Leisure Centre in Smethwick, West Midlands. The teams that competed were Lincoln, Raunds, Kilroe, Sheen, Uppertown, Sandhurst, Bedford Ladies and Kilroe Ladies. The results were as follows:

640kg - Gold - Raunds - Silver - Uppertown - Bronze - Sheen

Catchweight - Gold
- Sheen - Silver - Lincoln - Bronze - Kilroe

560kg - Gold - Kilroe - Silver - Sheen - Bronze - Raunds

720kg - Gold
- Sheen - Silver - Lincoln

600kg - Gold
- Kilroe - Silver - Raunds - Bronze - Sheen

680kg - Gold - Uppertown - Silver - Kilroe - Bronze - Sheen

600kg 4+4 - Gold
- Sheen - Silver - Kilroe - Bronze - Bedford

Ladies 520kg - Gold - Kilroe Ladies - Silver - Bedford Ladies

Ladies 560kg - Gold
- Kilroe Ladies - Silver - Bedford Ladies

Well done to all of the teams and officials who took part. Photos and videos from the event are available on our Facebook Page


SATURDAY 5 DECEMBER 2015 - NATIONAL INDOOR TUG OF WAR CHAMPIONSHIPS NEWS

Follow the progress of the 2015 National Indoor Tug of War Championships throughout the day via our Facebook Page where results and photos will be published throughout the day.

If you use Facebook, make sure you like our page so you can see updates from the day and you can also view our photo albums from past events.

If you do not use Facebook, you can still view this page, even if you are not a Facebook member.


22/11/2015 - INDOOR LEAGUE WEEK 4 RESULTS

This weekend’s indoor tug of war competition saw Raunds, Sheen (A and B), Kilroe, Uppertown, Sandhurst, Kilroe Ladies, Gloucester ACF (A and B) and Bedford Ladies taking part. Competitions were held in weight classes for mens teams and ladies and youth teams.

Raunds got the day off to a winning start by winning the catchweight competition ahead of last weekend’s AAA championship winners Sheen. The 600kg competition followed, which was well supported and was pulled in two groups. Kilroe edged out Uppertown to finish top of group 1 and Raunds finished ahead of Sheen in the second group to make their second final of the day so far. In a well fought out final, Kilroe defeated Raunds by 2 ends to 0 to take their first win of the day. Photo: Kilroe

The first ladies and youth competition was the 560kg competition. Kilroe Ladies won the competition without losing an end. This week, Gloucester ACF Juniors fielded two teams, having junior men and junior ladies competing. In this weight however, Bedford Ladies finished as the runners up. Photo: Uppertown coach Clem Sorrell urging his team on.

The 640kg competition was another keenly contested weight class, with Uppertown and Raunds having a closely fought pull early on, finishing 1-1. Both of these teams won all of their remaining matches in the competition ahead of Sandhurst, Kilroe, and Sheen A and B. The final between Raunds and Uppertown was another close match, going to three ends. Uppertown took the first end, with Raunds winning the next two to take their second win of the day. Photo: Sandhurst

The ladies and youth 520kg competition was another well contested weight category, with Kilroe Ladies again finishing in first place. This time, Gloucester ACF A made their first final of the indoor season to finish as runners up ahead of Gloucester ACF B and Bedford. Well done to the ladies and youth teams who competed again this week, and good luck to the cadets who are taking part in the Army Indoor Tug of War Championships this Wednesday. Photo: Sheen

The 680kg competition was contested as a full group, and was again a very close competition. At the end of the group stage, Raunds, Sheen and Kilroe finished on level points having all taken ends off each other. After the TWIF criteria was applied, Raunds and Sheen progressed to the final. In the final, Raunds earned their third win of the day by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Gloucester ACF Juniors

This Sunday (29th November) is the final weekend of competition before the Tug of War Association National Indoor Tug of War Championships takes place on Saturday 5th December. All supporters and spectators are welcome to come along and cheer the teams on, so make sure you get yourselves there! Photo: Vicky Smith - Kilroe Ladies


15/11/2015 - AAA INDOOR TUG OF WAR CHAMPIONSHIPS

The 2015 AAA Indoor Tug of War Championships took place this weekend at the Harry Mitchell Leisure Centre, and it was good to see an upturn in the number of competitors and people around the arena, and in particular a nicely supported ladies and youth competition. The event saw teams from Beford Ladies. Kilroe Ladies, Gloucester ACF, Raunds, Sandhurst, Sheen (A and B), Kilroe, Uppertown, and Lincoln take part.


Photo: 2015 AAA Indoor Tug of War Championship Catchweight and 640kg Gold Medal Winners Sheen

The first competition was the AAA catchweight competition, pulled as a round robin points competition with the top two teams competing in the final to decide the gold and silver medals. Sheen were the dominant team in the group stages, finishing top of the group without losing an end. Kilroe were the team who progressed to the final as group runners up. In the final, Sheen retained their AAA catchweight gold medal from 2014 by winning the gold medal by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Raunds 640kg silver medal winning team.

The second weight of the day was the 640kg competition, with Raunds entering the competition as the defending champions of 2014. Uppertown got the competition off to a strong start by defeating Kilroe by 2 ends to 0, but then had a good battle with Raunds, which Raunds won by 2 ends to 0. Sheen started the competition well also, winning their early rounds, and eventually progressed again as group winners. Raunds finished ahead of Uppertown, Kilroe and Sandhurst for the second place in the group and a place in the final. Raunds put up a good fight in the final against Sheen, but Sheen held firm on both ends with Raunds never giving up. It was, however, Sheen’s day and they took the gold medal by 2 ends to 0 to add to their very impressive list of indoor tug of war titles. Photo: Lincoln

The open competition saw a good amount of pulling, with three mens open weights and 2 ladies and youth weights.

The ladies and youth weights saw Gloucester ACF competing at their first indoor tug of war competition alongside Bedford and Kilroe, which was a good learning curve for them and it was great to see these youngsters coming out and giving it a go, and above all enjoying themselves. The juniors didn’t make any finals this time, but with more practice, they will make finals in the future. In both the 520kg and 560kg weights, Kilroe Ladies were the winners, with Bedford Ladies finishing as runners up. Well done to all of the ladies and junior teams who took part this week. Photo: Gloucester ACF Juniors

The mens 680kg competition was split into two groups. There were some good pulls in this weight, particularly between Sheen B, Sandhurst and Lincoln, with Lincoln winning some very keenly contested ends between these three teams. Kilroe finished as top of this group to make the final. In the second group, Uppertown competed Strongly to head off strong challenges from Raunds and Sheen in another keenly contested group. In the final, Uppertown met Kilroe and pulled strongly to win the competition by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Bedford Ladies

The 600kg competition followed and was another keenly contested competition that was split into two groups. Sheen won their group ahead of Raunds, Bedford and Gloucester, with Kilroe winning their group ahead of Uppertown and Sandhurst. In the final, Sheen and Kilroe had a good tight pull on both ends, which Sheen won by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Uppertown - 680kg Winners

The final weight of the day was the open 640kg competition, and another weight pulled in two groups. Sheen A won their group ahead of Raunds and Sandhurst, whilst Kilroe won their group ahead of Sheen B, and Lincoln. Sheen completed a dominant day by winning the final by 2 ends to 0.

There are now only 2 more open competitions to go before the National Indoor Tug of War Championships take place on Saturday 5th December. We look forward to more good competition in the coming weeks!

Results Summary

AAA Indoor Catchweight – Gold
– Sheen – Silver – Kilroe

AAA Indoor 640kg – Gold
– Sheen – Silver – Raunds

Open 680kg – Winners
– Uppertown – Runners Up – Kilroe

Open 600kg – Winners
– Sheen – Runners Up – Kilroe

Open 640kg – Winners
– Sheen – Runners Up – Kilroe

Ladies/Youth 520kg - Winners – Kilroe Ladies – Runners Up – Bedford Ladies

Ladies/Youth 560kg - Winners
– Kilroe Ladies – Runners Up – Bedford Ladies


01/11/2015 - INDOOR TUG OF WAR WEEK 1 - MIDLAND INDOOR TUG OF WAR CHAMPIONSHIPS

The 2015/16 indoor tug of war season commenced this weekend at the Harry Mitchell Leisure Centre in the West Midlands. The competition was held on the new indoor tug of war mats that have been purchased by both the Tug of War Association, and the Tug of War Association Midland Area and our thanks are extended to all of the volunteers who gave up their own free time over the past few weekends to get the mats ready in time for the start of the indoor tug of war season. Photo: Raunds competing in the 680kg competition

5 weight classes were held on the day at catchweight, 600, 620, 640 and 680. All of the weights were pulled as a straight group, with the top two teams pulling again in the final. The teams that were competing at the competition were Raunds, Sheen, Uppertown, Kilroe, Sandhurst and Kilroe Ladies. Photo: Sheen competing in the 620kg competition

A close catchweight competition started the day off with Raunds progressing through the group unbeaten. The competition for the second place in the final was close, with Sheen and Kilroe being the teams in contention. The pull between these two teams went to 1 end each, but with Sheen picking up more cautions through the competition it was Kilroe who made the final. In the final, Raunds won the first weight of the season by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Kilroe Ladies

The second weight of the day was the 600kg competition. Sheen were the dominant team in this weight with a good squad of young men, some of who were pulling indoor for the first time this year. Sheen won the competition without losing an end. Raunds finished as runners up after making their second final of the day. Photo: Paul Rose of Kilroe

The 680kg competition saw Sandhurst start off Strongly by defeating Sheen and Kilroe, and they made the final along with Raunds, who went through the group unbeaten, only losing an end to Sheen. In the final, Raunds finished as winners by beating Sandhurst by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Phil Lewis of Sandhurst being coached by Keith Dawkins, under the supervision of TOWA Judge Dave Kitchener

The 620kg competition saw Sheen follow up their good performance in the 600kg competition by going through the group stage of the competition unbeaten, followed by Sandhurst who only dropped the two ends to Sheen. The final saw Sheen take their second win of the day, winning the final by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Uppertown in the 640kg competition

The final weight of the day was the 640kg competition, with all teams entering the fray for the final competition. Sheen topped the group without losing an end, followed by Raunds who just edged out Uppertown to claim the second spot in the final. Photo: TOWA Judge Gavin Corden

Results Summary  

Catchweight
- Winners - Raunds - Runners Up - Kilroe  

600 - Winners
- Sheen - Runners Up - Raunds 

680 -Winners - Raunds - Runners Up - Sandhurst  

620 -Winners
- Sheen - Runners Up - Sandhurst  

640 -Winners
- Sheen - Runners Up - Raunds


GRAHAM TAYLOR

The Tug of War Association is sad to learn of the passing of Mr. Graham Taylor.  

Graham was both a puller and more recently a TOWA Judge. Graham was a puller with the G&R team from St Austell, Cornwall for many years and after hanging up his tug of war boots, became a TOWA Judge. Graham recently became a Grade 1 TOWA Judge and was a well respected puller and judge on the circuit.  

Our thoughts go out to his family, friends, team mates and colleagues at this sad time.


TOWA HELP AND ASSISTANCE AT NON TOWA EVENTS

The Tug of War Association is compiling a record of “non-TOWA” events that have taken place throughout 2015 around the country and we would like the help of the membership to compile our record so that we can establish the level of tug of war activities outside of the Tug of War Association circuit and consider how we can better use this events to promote tug of war and encourage more teams and pullers into the sport.  

As such, if you or your team have helped to run a local tug of war competition, fete, school sports day, scouts competition, charity tug of war competition, YFC event, etc. or if you know of any other events that happen in your local area then please download the record form below and return it to Terry Spoore by 31 October 2015.  

Non TOWA Events – Record Form (Word Format)

Non TOWA Events – Record Form (PDF Format)


PADDY LEWIS

As many people will be aware, Paddy Lewis, former Thames Valley coach passed away recently.

The funeral of Paddy Lewis will take place at 10:30 am Thurs 17th Sept at St Michael's church Sandhurst, GU47 8HN, followed by the wake at Sandhurst community Hall. Everyone is welcome to join the family. He wished for any donations to go to Thames Valley and Chiltern air ambulance trust via Camberley and District funeral directors.

Our thoughts are with Paddy's family, friends and team mates at this sad time.


EUROPEAN OUTDOOR TUG OF WAR CHAMPIONSHIPS - DAY 4 RESULTS

The final day of competition saw the mens 640kg and 720kg competitions take place, along with the under 23 600kg competition and the ladies 520kg competition.

The 720kg competition was on first and England were represented by Lincoln who won the club competition two days previously. England started off first with a good win against Ireland, before going on to pick up points against the other teams including Lithuania and Latvia to make the semi finals where they met Switzerland. Unfortunately England lost the semi finals and went into the bronze medal pull against the Netherlands. The first end was very close which went to the Netherlands, with Netherlands then taking the second end to take the bronze. Switzerland won the competition by beating Sweden in the final.

The Under 23 competition took place in the morning, with England being represented by a development team. It was a young and inexperienced team, and it ended up being a very tough competition, with the England team missing out on the semi finals. The team will have learned a lot from the experience and should come back stronger next year. The competition was again won by Switzerland with Germany taking silver, and Sweden the bronze.

The afternoon saw the mens 640kg competition take place. The competition was split into two groups and England were in a tough group with Switzerland, Sweden, Ireland, Latvia and Scotland. England beat Scotland and Latvia and had a great pull with Ireland going 1-1. The team gave a good account of themselves against Sweden and Switzerland but lost those two matches by 2 end to 0. Ireland then took a point against Switzerland to knock England down to fourth in the group. England then beat Belgium in the 7th-8th pull off. Switzerland were again crowned champions after beating Germany in the final. Sweden took bronze.

The ladies 520kg competition saw England being represented by Kilroe Ladies. This was another close and keenly contested competition with lots of 1-1 pulls, with England unfortunately missing out on the semi-finals by 1 point. Switzerland finished a dominant championship by winning the gold, Sweden silver and Netherlands bronze.


EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS DAY 3 - RESULTS

The first day of the international competitions took place today, with England represented in the 560kg, 680kg, ladies 560kg, mixed 4+4 and junior 560kg competitions.

There was some excellent competition across all weight classes. The morning session saw the ladies 560kg and mens 680kg take place.

In the ladies 560kg competition, England were represented by Bedford Ladies and competed strongly in the group to progress to the semi finals along with Switzerland, Sweden and Scotland. In the semi finals England met Switzerland and lost out by 2 ends to 0. England then went into the bronze medal match to face Scotland. England put up a brave fight, but it was the Scottish girls who took the bronze with England having to settle for fourth place. Switzerland won the gold ahead of Sweden, with Sweden losing their first ladies European Championship for a very long time.

The mens 680kg competition saw England being represented by Felton Eccles. Unfortunately in this weight, England got off to a bad start and didn't recover enough ground on the other teams to make the semi finals. Sweden, Switzerland, Netherlands and Ireland all progressed to the semi finals, with Switzerland taking gold, Netherlands Silver, and Ireland bronze.

In the afternoon, the junior 560kg saw Gloucester ACF representing England. A very spirited performance from our young men saw them pick up points in the competition, but unfortunately not enough to progress to the semi-finals. This competition was again won by Switzerland, with South Africa taking silver and Sweden bronze.

The Mixed competition saw Holland represent England. Holland didn't have a lot of time to prepare for the event beforehand, but in the circumstances competed well but did not progress. Switzerland took gold, with the Basque Country taking silver and bronze went to Sweden.

The 560kg competition was very exciting with England being represented by Norton. The group stages were very open with lots of 1-1 pulls and a number of countries looked capable of winning the gold medal. England progressed to the semi finals along with Northern Ireland, Switzerland and Basque Country. England went into the semi-finals in fourth place having not actually lost to any other team in the competition. In the semi final they met the home nation Northern Ireland, but unfortunately lost out by 2 ends to 0 so went into the bronze medal match to face the Basque Country. This was another good match, going all the way to three ends. Unfortunately, England had to settle for fourth place. The final saw Northern Ireland take a well deserved gold medal by 2 ends to 0 against Switzerland.


EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS DAY 2 - RESULTS

English clubs were again in action in a number of weight classes on the second day of competition. Lincoln, Holland TOWC, Two Dales, our Under 23s and Kilroe Ladies were all in action.

The England Under 23 team was a young and inexperienced team, but coped with the occasion well and gave most of the teams competing a good run for their money. Unfortunately they didn't make the top 4 in the competition, but it was a good learning experience, finishing in 8th place overall.

The 720kg competition took place in the morning along with the under 23 competition, with the 720kg competition split into two leagues. Holland and Lincoln took part in the competition and were each in separate groups. Holland competed well in their group to finish third overall, so just missed out on a top two place in the group to progress to the semi finals. Lincoln were in a tough group containing some good Irish and Dutch teams, and progressed to the semi finals in second place in their group. In the semi finals, they met the team who they beat in the 2013 final - Gelderswoude from the Netherlands. Lincoln won the semi final by 2 ends to 0 where they went on to meet Lakehill from Ireland in the final. It was a good competitive final, but Lincoln held firm to take a well deserved gold medal by 2 ends to 0.

The afternoon competition saw the mens 640kg and ladies 520kg competition take place. Two Dales and Holland took part in the 640kg competition. Two Dales had a good competition, only losing to the German team of Bollen who went on to win the bronze, but a couple of 1-1 pulls meant that Two Dales missed out on a place in the knock-out stages.

Kilroe Ladies competed well in the ladies 520kg competition to make the semi finals of the competition, but lost to Jing Mei from Chinese Taipei in the semi-finals. Kilroe then missed out on bronze to Fam. Jannssens from Belgium for the bronze.Jing Mei went on to win the gold against Koapman in the final

Results Summary:

720kg Men - Gold - Lincoln (England) - silver - Lakehill (Ireland) - bronze - Gelderswoude (Netherlands) - 4th - Ozoli (Latvia)

Under 23 600 - Gold - Swellendam (South Africa) - silver - Weiden (Germany) - bronze - Stans Oberdorf (Switzerland) - 4th - Bekveld (Netherlands

Men 640kg - Gold
- Engelberg (Switzerland) - Silver - Ebersecken (Switzerland) - bronze - Bollen (Germany) - 4th - Bisons (Netherlands)

Ladies 520kg - Gold - Jing Mei (Chinese Taipei) - Silver - Koapman (Netherlands) - bronze - Fam. Jannssens (Belgium) - 4th - Kilroe Ladies (England)


EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS DAY 1 - RESULTS

English clubs were in action in a number of weight classes on the first day of the European Championships in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Felton Eccles, Holland TOWC, Bosley Wood Treatment, Gloucester ACF, Bedford, Norton and Kilroe were all competing in the 560kg, 680kg, mixed, junior and ladies weight classes that were on offer.

Felton Eccles made the quarter finals of the 680kg competition in the morning, progressing in second place from their group to the quarter finals where they met the eventual winners of the competition Ebersecken from Switzerland. In the 560kg competition Bosley made the also made the quarter finals losing out to the Basque team of Goiherri who went on to win the competition. Norton also competed in the 560kg competition, but missed out on progressing from their group behind Engelberg and Bancran.

Bedford Ladies and Gloucester ACF who competed well in the ladies and junior weights but missed out on the knock out stages of the competition after competing in a large group against some good teams

The best result for English clubs came at the end of the day, with Kilroe winning the gold medal in the 600kg 4+4 competition, finishing top of the group, and then went on to beat Huere from the Netherlands in the semi-finals before going on to defeat Eibergen from the Netherlands by 2 ends to 0 in the final.

Results Summary

Men 680kg European Club Championships - gold - Ebersecken (Switzerland) - Silver - Bisons (Netherlands) - Bronze - Engelberg (Switzerland) - 4th - G&B (Ireland)

World open club junior 560kg - gold - Mosnang (Switzerland) - Silver - Oakdale B (South Africa) - Bronze - Oakdale A (South Africa)

European Club Championships men 560kg - Gold
- Gohierri (Basque) - Silver - Stans Oberdorf (Switzerland) - Bronze - Sins (Switzerland) – 4th – Bancran (Northern Ireland)

600 4+4 European Club Championships - Gold
- Kilroe (England) - Silver - Eibergen (Netherlands) - Bronze - Cornhill (Scotland) – 4th – Heure (Netherlands)

Ladies 560kg European Club Championships – Gold -
Gaztedi (Basque) – Silver - Gelderswoude (Netherlands) – Bronze Stans Oberdorf (Switzerland) – 4th - Jingmei (Chinese Taipei)


NATIONAL OUTDOOR TUG OF WAR CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016

We are considering venues for the 2016 National Championships. If any member has a venue in mind, taking into consideration such things as, hotels, weigh in facilities, water, electricity and that it needs to be generally self funding, could they please pass the information to their Area Rep(s) or the Championships Secretary, Mr Mick Grimston. Suggestions should be submitted for the next TOWA committee meeting on the 22nd August so that any proposals can be reviewed and assessed prior to the November TOWA committee meeting where a final decision will be made. A check-list of requirements can be downloaded by clicking here.


29/08/2015 - GENSB YOUTH INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT - HEINO - NETHERLANDS - RESULTS

This weekend, the annual GENSB Youth International Tournament took place in Heino, Netherlands. Around 350 Competitors from 9 different countries formed 40 junior teams made up of junior male and junior female pullers. Photo: the teams line up for the GENSB opening ceremony

40 teams from 9 nations entered the competition (Germany 2 teams, England 4 teams, Netherlands 14 teams, Switzerland 8 teams, Belgium 5 teams, plus guests Ireland 2 teams, Northern Ireland 1 team, Wales 1 team, Lithuania 1 team plus 2 Europa Mix). Photo: Grayrigg YFC from Cumbria waiting to pull.

The ethos of the GENSB competition is a friendly international event, hosted on a budget, with the price of accommodation capped at an affordable level for competitors. As such, GENSB is an important event in terms of encouraging young people involved in tug of war, and this is demonstrated by the number of teams that take part in GENSB every year. Photo: Grayrigg YFC in action

England had 4 teams competing in the event, with Gloucester ACF fielding 3 teams with the support of other ACF clubs, including Derby, LNR and Somerset, with the fourth team taking part being Grayrigg YFC from Cumbria, who were the runners up in this year’s National Federation of Young Farmers GENSB Youth Tug of War competition. Photo: Grayrigg YFC from Cumbria with Trecastle YFC from Wales.

The competition was split into four groups of 10. All of the teams from England gave an excellent account of themselves in the groups stages, with the top four in each group progressing to the knock-out stages of the competition. Unfortunately none of the England teams made it through the group stages, with the Gloucester 1 team coming closest, finishing 6th in their group. Photo: Sins from Switzerland - GENSB 2015 winners

The overall placings for the English teams were as follows:

Gloucester 1 - 21st
Grayrigg YFC - 32nd
Gloucester 3 - 34th
Gloucester 2 - 40th

The tournament was once again dominated by the Swiss teams, with 4 of the top five positions being occupied by the Swiss Teams.

The final result of the competition saw Sins from Switzerland take gold, Stans-Oberdorf from Switzerland take silver, and Spoortrekkers 2 from the Netherlands winning bronze after defeating Mosnang from Switzerland. Photo: The ACF Tug of War Squads

The top 8 were as follows:  

1. Sins - Switzerland
2. Stans-Oberdorf - Switzerland
3. Spoortrekkers 2 - Netherlands
4. Mosnang - Switzerland
5. Walkkirch - Switzerland
6. Spoortrekkers 1 - Netherlands
7. TZC Eschbachtal - Germany
8. TTV Powerrangers - Belgium

At the end of the competition, medals were presented to the winning teams, and awards and thanks were given to all participants and the officials. The GENSB flag was then handed over to Switzerland who host next years competition.

Finally, congratulations to all the English teams who competed with commitment and maturity.

The full results book is available via the GENSB web site at www.gensb.eu.

Photos courtesy of Steve and Marion Goss


23/08/2015 - 2015 INTER COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS & LADIES AND YOUTH LEAGUE FINALS

Results Summary

Inter County Championships:

Men 640kg - Gold -
Staffordshire A (represented by Norton) - Runners Up - Somerset (represented by Felton Eccles)

Men 680kg - Gold -
Staffordshire A (represented by Norton) - Runners Up - Derbyshire (represented by Two Dales)

2015 Ladies and Youth League Final - overall results:

Ladies 560kg - Winners -
Bedford Ladies - Runners Up - Kilroe Ladies

Ladies 520kg - Winners -
Bedford Ladies - Runners Up - Kilroe Ladies

Junior Men 560kg - Winners -
Gloucester ACF - Runners Up - Derby ACF

Junior Men 520kg - Winners -
Gloucester ACF - Runners Up - Derby ACF

Junior Ladies 560kg - Winners - Gloucester ACF - Runners Up - Derby ACF

Junior Ladies 520kg - Winners -
Gloucester ACF - Runners Up - Derby ACF

Open Competition

Men 720kg - Winners
- Lincoln - Runners Up - Two Dales

Men 600kg - Winners - Norton - Runners Up - Lincoln

Report and photos to follow


16/08/2015 - NATIONAL LEAGUE FINALS RESULTS

Tug of war teams from around the country gathered at the Cheshire Game and Angling Fair at Peover Hall, near Knutsford, Cheshire over the weekend to compete in the Tug of War Association National League Finals. The event was the culmination of 8 events that have run over the course of the outdoor tug of war season, with the final points on offer determining who would win the gold, silver and bronze medals in the Tug of War Association National League.

Teams from Oxney Vines Cross, Felton Eccles (A and B), Lincoln (A and B), Norton, Holland, Bosley, Longridge, Two Dales, Chipping, and Billsborrow took part in the event which was held over three weight classes. Weight classes were held at 600kg, 640kg and 680kg.

Large crowds gathered around the tug of war arena all day to watch the teams taking part battle it out in some thrilling competition which resulted in overall national league victories for Norton in all three of the weight classes up for grabs.  

The remaining medals were shared between Two Dales from Derbyshire who took silver in the 600kg division and bronze in the 680kg division, with Lincoln taking silver in the 640kg and 680kg divisions. Oxney Vines Cross from Sussex took the bronze medals in the 600kg and 640kg divisions.  

The results of the actual competitions that took place on the day saw Norton win both the 600kg and 640kg competitions, with Two Dales finishing as runners up in the 600kg competition and Felton Eccles finishing as runners up in the 640kg competition. The 680kg competition saw Two Dales and Felton emerge as the top two teams on the day.

Whilst the focus tends to be on the winning teams at national events, there was some notable pulling from all of the other teams who took part, in particular from Billsborrow and Longridge who gave all of the top teams a good run for their money across all weight classes, being very difficult teams for most to handle. They really enjoyed the competition as well, and they have informed us that they will be back again to compete at more events next year!

Well done to all of the teams who took part. It was a good day of sport, and we put a good competition on for the hundreds of spectators who continually stopped by throughout the day to watch the tug of war. The organisers of the show were very impressed with the competition and they have had lots of good feedback from their visitors who have told them what a welcome addition tug of war was to their event. They have asked us to take tug of war back there next year, so watch this space for details about next year’s event!

The officials on the day were Peter Craft, Roger Beardsmore, Mick Grimston, Ray Fray-Smith, Gavin Corden and Betty Craft.


09/08/2015 – BEDFORD LADIES OPEN COMPETITION

This weekend saw the annual Bedford Ladies Open Competition take place at Kempston near Bedford. There were teams competing from Bedford Ladies, Kilroe Ladies, Lincoln, Felton Eccles, Norton, Two Dales, Oxney Vines Cross, Holland, and Bosley.

The weather conditions were warm and the ground was dry although a little endy, but there was still a lot of competitive matches, with many 1-1 pulls, and 3 end finals. The final results on the day were:

Men Catchweight – Winners
– Felton Eccles – Runners Up – Lincoln

Men 600kg – Winners – Norton – Runners Up – Oxney Vines Cross

Men 680kg – Winners
– Lincoln – Runners Up – Norton

Men 640kgWinners – Norton – Runners Up – Oxney Vines Cross

The officials were Peter Craft, Peter Tuckwell, Mick Grimston, Ernie Jones, Betty Craft, Wendy Dyer.


UK TUG OF WAR CHAMPIONSHIPS MEDIA COVERAGE

Please click here for a feature from the UK Open Club Competition produced by ITV News.


UK CHAMPIONSHIP VIDEOS ON YOUTUBE

You can watch the finals of the UK closed championships via our YuoTube Channel by clicking here


01/08/2015 & 02/08/2015 - UK TUG OF WAR CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS

The Tug of War Association hosted the 2015 UK Outdoor Tug of War Championships at Wyboston Lakes in Bedfordshire, with representative teams from England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales taking part.

The day started with a short opening ceremony before the mens 600kg competition kicked off the proceedings. The competition was first pulled as a straight group with the A and B teams from each of the home countries taking part, including an England “C” team which was formed by Under 23 pullers. There was some good close competition in the group stages, with Northern Ireland finishing as the top team in the group stage, followed by England A in second place who were represented by Norton.  The competition for the remaining two places in the top four was very close between Scotland A, Northern Ireland B, England B (represented by Oxney Vines Cross), and Wales A. In the end, it was England B and Wales A that progressed to the semi-finals. Photo: England Under 23 600kg Team

In the semi-finals, England A met England B, and Wales A met Northern Ireland A. Northern Ireland A comfortably overcame Wales A in their semi-final, and England A defeated England B to progress. Before the final, the bronze medal had to be decided between England B and Wales A. Wales A put in a spirited performance, and never gave up at any point throughout the pull, making it very difficult for England B, but it was England B who took the bronze medal by 2 ends to 0. Photo: England A 600kg Team - represented by Norton from Staffordshire

The supporters of England A and Northern Ireland A, along with everyone else in the crowd were treated to a very close an competitive final between two teams who are very likely to be challenging for the top medals at the forthcoming European Championships which are taking place in Belfast, Northern Ireland in September. Photo: England A Ladies 520kg Team - Represented by Kilroe Ladies

The first end went to 9 minutes and 7 seconds. The first part of the pull saw the two teams waiting for the first opportunity to take an advantage, and after that, we were treated to a hard fought pull, which eventually went to Northern Ireland A. The second end was again keenly contested, but didn’t go on as long, with the pull going on for less than 3 minutes before Northern Ireland A took the end to retain the UK 600kg title which they won in 2014. Photo: England B Junior 560kg team.

The Ladies 520kg competition was the first ladies weight of the day. England A were represented by Kilroe Ladies, and England B were represented by Bedford Ladies, and they were up against the ladies teams from Scotland and Wales. England A topped the group without losing an end. The pulling was close between Scotland A and England B, with both teams finishing the group level on points in second place. The Wales A ladies team joined the two England teams and Scotland in the semi-finals. Photo: England A Junior Men 560kg team - represented by Gloucester ACF

In the semi-finals, England A defeated Wales A, but we were treated to a good second semi-final between England B and Scotland A which went the distance, going the 3 ends. England B took the first end, and Scotland B took the second end. The deciding pull saw England B edge it to make it an all England final. Photo: England B 600kg team - represented by Oxney Vines Cross TOWC from Sussex

The bronze medal match was contested first between Scotland A and Wales A, with Scotland ladies winning the bronze medal by 2 ends to 0. The final saw England A face England B, and it was England A who were the stronger of the two teams on the day, winning the final by 2 ends to 0. Photo: England Judge Ian Grant

The junior men 560kg competition then took place, with England, Scotland and Wales all having teams entered into the competition. England A were represented by Gloucester ACF and England B were represented by a composite team. The group stage of the competition saw Wales A top the group, followed by England A, England B and Scotland A. Photo: England B Junior Ladies 520kg Team

In the semi-finals, Wales A defeated Scotland A, and England A defeated England B. In the bronze medal match, England B put in a good performance to take the bronze medal by 2 ends to 0. The final was between Wales A and England A. England A looked to attack the drop on the first end however the Wales team stood firm and took the first end. The second end saw Wales take the end and the gold medal. Photo: England Judge Mike Callaghan

The afternoon saw the mens 680kg competition take part, with all of the countries fielding A and B teams. There were some close ends in this competition, and England A (represented by Lincoln) and England B (represented by Felton Eccles) finished on level points at the top of the group, followed by Wales A and Northern Ireland A. Taking into account TWIF criteria, England B finished top, followed by England A, Wales A and Northern Ireland A. In the semi-finals, England B defeated Northern Ireland A, and England A defeated Wales A. Northern Ireland A and Wales A went into the bronze medal match, and Wales A took the bronze medal by 2 ends to 0. Photo: England A 680kg team - represented by Lincoln TOWC

Yet again, we were treated to another close and competitive final, this time between England A and England B. Both teams gave everything to try and take the gold medal, and the first end went to England A, represented by Lincoln. The second end was equally as competitive, with England A taking England B close to the line, but were disqualified for receiving 3 cautions. The third and deciding end was again very exciting, with England A this time managing to take England B over the line and win the gold medal. Photo: England Judge Mick Grimston

The Junior Ladies 520kg competition saw teams from England and Scotland taking part. There has yet to be enough support at international level to run a Junior Ladies tug of war competition at the World Junior Tug of War Championships (which is a great shame), but it is good to see this weight division being contested at a UK Championship. The England A junior ladies team (represented by a composite team) were in fine form on the ay, topping the group without dropping an end, followed by England B (who were represented by a second composite team). Scotland A were in third place in the group stage. The final was contested by England A and England B, with the England A junior ladies winning a well deserved gold medal by 2 ends to 0. Well done to both of our junior ladies teams. Photo: England B 680kg Team - Represented by Felton Eccles from Somerset

The Ladies 560kg competition saw two composite teams represent England A and England B, who were again up against good opposition from Scotland. England A and B both performed strongly again to progress to the final, with England A taking the gold medal by 2 ends to 0. Scotland A won the bronze medal. Photo: England A Junior Ladies 520kg Team

The final weight of the day was the 600kg 4+4 competition with Scotland, England and Wales all represented with A and B teams. England B (represented by Kilroe Ladies) topped the group stage of the competition, followed by England A (represented by Lincoln), with Wales A and Wales B also making it through to the semi finals. In the semi finals, England B defeated Wales B, and England A defeated Wales A. In the bronze medal match, Wales A took the bronze medal by 2 ends to 0. The final was another contest between England A and England B, which this time saw England B take the gold medal by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Billy Reilly Memorial Trophy - Presented to the winners of the UK 600kg 4+4 competition

The 600kg 4+4 competition saw the donation of a new trophy to the championship – the Billy Reilly memorial trophy. As many people know, Billy coached both the Kilroe Mens team and also the Kilroe Ladies team, so it is fitting that a trophy was presented for the mixed weight class, and it was made all the more special with the Kilroe Ladies team getting their name on the trophy first. Our thanks go to the Reilly family for donating the trophy. Photo: England B Ladies 520kg Team - Represented by Bedford Ladies

The evening saw the presentation of awards take place at the presentation dinner.

The Sunday saw the open competition take place with teams from Garvagh and Bancran from Northern Ireland; Penhow and Llanboidy from Wales; Holland men and ladies, Bedford Ladies, Gloucester ACF (A and B), Norton, Felton Eccles, Bosley, Oxney Vines Cross and Lincoln from England; and Kinneff, Ayrshire and Glasgow and Lanarkshire from Scotland taking part. There was some fiercely competitive pulling in all weights despite the heat. The final results were as follows:

Results Summary

Saturday 1st August - UK International Competition

Men 600kg - Gold
- Northern Ireland A - Silver - England A (represented by Norton) - Bronze - England B (represented by Oxney Vines Cross) - 4th - Wales A

Men 680kg - Gold
- England A (represented by Lincoln) - Silver - England B (represented by Felton Eccles) - Bronze - Wales A - 4th - Northern Ireland A

Ladies 520kg - Gold
- England A (represented by Kilroe Ladies) - Silver - England B (represented by Bedford Ladies) - Bronze - Scotland A - 4th - Wales A

Ladies 560kg - Gold - England A (represented by a composite team) - Silver - England B (represented by a composite team) - Bronze - Scotland A

600kg 4+4 - Gold
- England A (represented by Kilroe Ladies) - Silver - England B (represented by Lincoln) - Bronze - Wales A - 4th - Wales B

Junior Men 560kg - Gold - Wales A - Silver - England A (represented by Gloucester ACF) - Bronze - England B (represented by a composite team) - 4th - Scotland A

Junior Ladies 520kg - Gold - England A (represented by a composite team) - Silver - England B (represented by a composite team) - Bronze - Scotland A

Sunday 2nd August - UK Open Club Competition

Men 600kg - Gold - Norton (England) - Silver - Bancran (Northern Ireland) - Bronze - Felton Eccles (England) - 4th - Oxney Vines Cross (England)

Men 640kg Gold - Norton (England) - Silver - Felton Eccles

Men 680kg - Gold
- Felton Eccles (England) - Silver - Llanboidy (Wales) - Bronze - Lincoln (England) - 4th - Bancran (Northern Ireland)

Ladies 520kg - Gold
- Holland (England) - Silver - Bedford (England) - Bronze - Penhow (Wales) - 4th - Ayrshire (Scotland)

Ladies 560kg - Gold - Holland (England) - Silver - Bedford (England) - Bronze - Penhow (Wales) - 4th - Ayrshire (Scotland)

Junior Men 560kg - Gold - Gloucester ACF A (England) - Silver - Gloucester ACF B (England) - Bronze - Glasgow and Lanarkshire (Scotland)

Junior Ladies 520kg - Gold - Gloucester ACF A (England) - Silver - Gloucester ACF B (England) - Bronze - Glasgow and Lanarkshire (Scotland)

Well done and thank you to everyone who attended this years UK championships, and thank you also the officials: Patrick Kiernan from Northern Ireland, David Evans from Wales, Ernie Jones, Ray Fray-Smith, Mick Grimston, Ian Grant, Mike Callaghan from England; Recorders Rosemary Smith from Wales and Wendy Dyer from England; and Marshalls Ben Rathbone and Nigel Summers. Thanks also to Steve Goss, Pete Dyer, Mick Grimston and Mick Copper and all of their other helpers who did a lot of hard work behind the scenes to make the championships possible.


26/07/2015 - SOUTH WEST OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS

The South West Open Championships were hosted by Felton Eccles TOWC at the weekend in wet weather conditions, although the weather didn’t turn out quite as bad as the forecasts predicted. Teams from Felton Eccles (A and B), Sandhurst, Oxney Vines Cross, Norton, Wood Treatment Bosley, Lincoln, Two Dales, Holland and the Under 23 team took part across the four weight classes on the day.


Photo: Tug of war teams observing a minute silence for the victims of the fire at Bosley Wood Treatment in Cheshire

A minute silence was held on the day following the recent tragic events that occurred at Bosley Wood Treatment in Cheshire. Wood Treatment Limited have had a long association with tug of war, being the patrons of Bosley Tug of War Club who adopted their name in 1957 and are still an active team, being present at this year’s South West Open. The Bosley team also wore black armbands as a mark of respect.

The competitions started with the catchweight competition, pulled as a straight group with the top two teams competing again in the final. Lincoln topped the group, and were joined in the final by Felton Eccles. This weight gave us a three end battle, with Lincoln taking the first end, with Felton taking the second end. The third end was another closely fought out pull, with Felton taking the end and the gold medal. Photo: Wood Treatment Bosley TOWC

The second weight of the day was the 600 kilos competition, again pulled as a straight group with the top two teams going through to the final. This was an interesting weight class, as no team went through the competition without dropping an end. There was some close fought matches in this weight, with Oxney, Bosley and Norton all being close on points going into the final couple of rounds. Oxney progressed to the final along with Bosley. The final brought us another three end final, with Bosley taking the first end, and Oxney taking the next two ends to win the gold medal. Photo: Host club Felton Eccles TOWC

The third weight of the day was the 680kg competition, which was split into two groups. Norton and Felton A progressed from group 1, with Lincoln and Holland progressing from group 2. In the semi-finals, Norton defeated Holland and Lincoln defeated Felton Eccles. Another good final was contested between Norton and Lincoln, this time with Lincoln winning the match in two straight ends. Photo: Lincoln TOWC

The final weight of the day was the 640kg competition, which was again split into two groups. Oxney Vines Cross were the winners of group 1, closely followed by Holland. Group 2 saw Felton A top the group, with Bosley progressing in second place. In the semi-finals, Oxney defeated Bosley and Felton Eccles A defeated Holland. The final match of the day gave us a third 3 end final, with Felton Eccles taking the first end, and Oxney taking the next two to take their second gold medal of the day.

The officials on the day were Nick Major, Ray Fray-Smith, Matt Cowlard, John Neal, Mick Grimston, Wendy Dyer, Sharon Hutchins, Jane Major. Up next, the UK outdoor tug of war championships are being hosted by the Tug of War Association in Bedfordshire. Good luck to all of our teams taking part in the open and closed competitions.


15/07/2015 - TRI-SERVICES TUG OF WAR CHAMPIONSHIPS

The annual tr-services tug of war championships took place recently and were held in Sandhurst, with teams from the Civil Service, Combined Services (Army, Navy and RAF), and the Police taking part in four weight classes. Photo: The Civil Service team competing at the event.

The Civil Service squad won all 4 gold medals on the day. The runners up positions in the different weights  were shared between the Combined Services and the Police teams. There was a good standard of competition between the teams throughout the day. Well done to all of the teams who took part. Photo: The Civil Service squad with their winners trophies


12/07/2015 - BOSLEY TOWC EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE CHARITY EVENT RESULTS

This weekend Bosley TOWC hosted their annual charity tug of war event in aid of the East Cheshire Hospice in Astbury in Cheshire, with mens, ladies and junior weight classes on offer. Teams from Bosley, Norton, Lincoln, Holland, Two Dales, Felton Eccles, Whitley Chapel, Longridge and Stone competed in the mens weight classes, with teams from Upton, Bedford, Stone, Holland and Kilroe competing in the ladies and youth weights. Under 23 pullers were also involved in the days’ events, with England Under 23 triallists taking part in the catchweight competition. Photo: Lincoln TOWC

The catchweight was first on pulled as a straight group with the top two going through to the final. There were some  close ends in this weight with Lincoln, Felton and Two Dales emerging as the top three teams in the group stage, with all teams having dropped ends. Lincoln and Felton had the most points at the end of the group stage where they went on to contest the final, with Felton going on to take first place with a good 2 ends to 0 win. Photo: Two Dales TOWC

The ladies and youth 520kg competition was first on with Stone and Upton having a good match first on going to one end each. There was more good competition to come in this weight with some good ends also involving Bedford Ladies. Stone finished as the eventual winners of this weight class with Upton finishing as runners up. Photo: Upton YFC Junior Team

The mens 600kg competition followed and was pulled as a straight group. There was some good competitive ends in this competition, with a number of pulls going 1-1. The top two teams in this weight were Norton and Felton, with Norton winning the final by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Bedford Ladies TOWC

The Ladies and youth 560kg competition was again another competitive weight class. Having won the first weight, Stone YFC gained more confidence and were again a very strong team, emerging as the winning team without losing an end. Upton again finished as worthy runners up. Photo: Felton Eccles TOWC

The mens 720kg competition was another keenly contested weight class which was again pulled as a straight group of 6 with the top two teams progressing to the final. Lincoln finished top of the group followed by Norton with both teams contesting a good final. Both ends were good long ends, with Lincoln eventually taking a hard fought win by 2 ends to 0. The ladies and youth 500kg competition only saw a small entry of teams with Kilroe and Bedford contesting the final, with Kilroe Ladies winning the final by 2 ends to 0. The ladies and youth 540kg competition saw Holland ladies win the gold medal with Upton finishing as the runners up. Well done to all of the teams who contested the ladies and youth weight classes. Photo: Whitley Chapel YFC TOWC

The 640kg competition was up next, which was split into two groups with the top team from each group progressing to the final. Norton won group 1 ahead of Felton, Bosley and Longridge, with Two Dales winning group 2, needing to win a very hard fought battle with Holland by 2 ends to 0 to make sure that they progressed to the final. The final of the 640kg competition was a repeat of the National 640kg championships final, which was contested between Norton and Two Dales. The result of the nationals was repeated with Norton winning by two ends to 0. Photo: Longridge YFC TOWC

The final weight of the day was the mens 680kg competition. Another good weight class, split into two groups and some good pulling to end the day with. Felton Eccles won group 1 ahead of Two Dales, Holland and Stone, but what a great result in group 2 for Whitley Chapel who overcame Norton, Lincoln and Bosley to reach the final. Whitley Chapel went on to contest the final against Felton Eccles; and although they didn’t quite manage the scalp of Felton in the final they put up a good battle and never gave in until the rope crossed the line with Felton finishing as overall winners. Well done to Whitley Chapel who travelled down from Northumberland to compete at the event as they prepare for the National YFC finals at Tenbury Show in August. Photo: Host Club Bosley TOWC

Finally, a massive thank you to Peter Craft, Tony Henshaw and Betty Craft who were the officials on the day. They did a great job running through 5 mens weights and 4 ladies and youth weights with good entries of teams without a break and managing to get the competition completed before 6pm. Photo: Stone YFC TOWC


TUG OF WAR MISSES OUT ON OLYMPIC INCLUSION FOR 2020

The shortlist of sports who have been selected for the next round of the bidding process for the 2020 Olympic Games has been published this morning. The eight shortlisted International Sports federations (from a shortlist of 26 sports) are as follows:

 1. World Baseball Softball Confederation – WBSC
 2. World Bowling - WB
 3. World Karate Federation - WKF
 4. International Roller Sports Federation – FIRS
 5. International Federation of Sport Climbing - IFSC
 6. World Squash Federation - WSF
 7. International Surfing Association - ISA
 8. International Wushu Federation – IWUF

Unfortunately, tug of war has missed out this time as well as 18 other sports. 

As part of recent reforms initiated by the IOC, Games hosts now have the chance to bring in one or more sports popular in their country and popular with young people to boost ratings and attract greater sponsorship with a limit in the number of competitors across all sports of 10,500, and a limit of 310 events. The IOC can also decide on the inclusion of any sport on the Olympic Programme at any IOC session.  

The door certainly is not closed for the inclusion of tug of war at a future Olympic Games, and the Tug of War Association remains supportive of TWIF’s ambition and initiatives to get tug of war back into the Olympics in the future.

Tug of War is certainly a great team sport, that is very inclusive and something that everyone of all ages can have a go at, so if you want to give tug of war a go, then contact us for help and advice on starting your own team or visit our club directory page to contact your local club!


22/06/2015 - TUG OF WAR IN THE MEDIA

Click here for an article published in the Independent on Sunday for an article about tug of war and its potential inclusion in the 2020 Olympic Games

Click here for an article about the National Championships published in the Western Gazette

Click here for an article about the National Championships published in the Yeovil Press

Click here
for a photo gallery from the National Championships by the Yeovil Press


20/06/2015 – 2015 NATIONAL OUTDOOR TUG OF WAR CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS

Teams competing - Norton, Bosley, Lincoln, Two Dales, Holland, Felton Eccles, Widecombe, Haldon, Kennford, Combined Services, Sandhurst, Oxney Vines Cross, Raunds, Kilroe Ladies, Bedford Ladies, Gloucester ACF Ladies, Holland Ladies, Somerset ACF Boys, Gloucester ACF Boys, LNR ACF Boys.

The 2015 National Outdoor Tug of War Championships were held at Johnson Park in Yeovil Somerset, hosted with the support and assistance of Tim Tatler and the Somerset ACF. Despite the odd rain shower, the ground was still very dry and it did not take away from what was a more competitive championships than we have seen for the past couple of years, with a good spread of medal winners throughout the day.

The day started with the mens 640kg competition, which was run in two leagues, with the top two from each group progressing to the semi-finals. Defending champions Norton won group 1 ahead of Lincoln, Oxney, Kennford and the Combined Services. Lincoln progressed through the group in second place. The second group was keenly contested between Raunds, Holland, Two Dales, Felton and Haldon. Felton and Two Dales finished on level points at the top of the group, with Two Dales progressing as group winners when the TWIF criteria was applied. In the semi-finals, Norton defeated Felton by 2 ends to 0, with Lincoln and Two Dales taking part in a closely fought and competitive second semi-final, which went to 3 ends. Lincoln took the first end, but Two Dales took the next two ends to make the 640kg final for the second successive year. Photo: Norton 640kg Team

Lincoln and Felton met in the bronze medal pull, and the exertions of the semi-finals took some energy away from the Lincoln team, however Felton performed well in any event and won the bronze medal by 2 ends to 0. The final was a good match-up between Norton and Two Dales, with a good first end between the two teams. Two Dales managed to get Norton moving early on in the first end, before Norton edged the rope back over the line to take the first end. There were no slip ups on the second end as Norton took the 640kg gold medal for the fourth consecutive year. Photo: Bosley 560kg Team

The ladies 560kg was the first ladies weight class, that was very keenly contested. Kilroe Ladies made a return to ladies tug of war this year and they won a closely fought first match by 2 ends to 0 against Bedford Ladies. The surprise package in this weight were the Holland Ladies team who then went on to beat both Kilroe Ladies and Bedford Ladies to finish top of the group. Kilroe Ladies and Holland Ladies met each other again in the final, and in another hard fought battle, it was Kilroe Ladies this time who won the final by 2 ends to 0 to take the gold medal. Photo: Two Dales Catchweight Winning Team

The junior 530kg competition was the first junior weight of the day, with Somerset and Gloucester meeting in the final, a repeat of the 2014 final. This time, it was Gloucester who took the gold medal by 2 ends to 0 in a good battle that was enjoyed by the local spectators who were supporting the home team. Photo: Felton Eccles 680kg Team

The mens 560kg competition was next and was pulled as a single group with the top 4 teams progressing to the semi-finals. This was another good competition with Widecombe, Sandhurst, Bosley and Norton all making the cut to go through to the semi-finals. In the semi-finals, Norton met Widecombe and Bosley met Sandhurst. Both semi-finals were well fought, with Norton winning their semi-final by 2 ends to 0. The second semi-final saw Bosley take the first end from Sandhurst, however Sandhurst took the next two to progress to the final. Photo: Lincoln 680kg Gold Medal Winning Team

The bronze medal match was another good crowd pleaser that went to three ends. Widecombe took a hard fought first end, and looked to be on their way to taking the second end. Bosley never gave up and they managed to take the second end and level the match. The third end saw Bosley take rope from the start, eventually taking the end and the bronze medal. The final was a Norton and Sandhurst final, which over a good number of years, tug of war supporters have been accustomed to in the lighter weight class, although Oxney made the lightweight final against Norton last year. Another tight final, but again, there only ever looked to be one winner, and that was Norton who took the gold medal by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Holland TOWC 600kg 4+4 Team

The catchweight competition was contested at the same time as the 560kg competition, and this was another lively competition. Two Dales and Holland progressed as the top two teams in this weight into the gold medal match, with Haldon and Raunds contesting the bronze medal match after a lively group stage had been completed, which saw the Haldon team from Devon give all of the other teams a real run for their money. Photo: Widecombe take on Bosley in the 560kg competition.

The bronze medal match saw Raunds take the bronze medal against Haldon by 2 ends to 0, and we were treated to another good medal decider with a crowd pleasing final between Holland and Two Dales which went to three ends. Two Dales took the first end, with Holland taking the second end. The third end was equally close before Two Dales took the gold medal by 2 ends to 1, and to win the catchweight competition for the second year running. Photo: Sandhurst take on Norton in the 560kg competition.

The 720kg competition only had a small entry of teams this year, and after the group stage, Raunds were eliminated from the competition and Lincoln and Holland contested the final. Lincoln performed strongly in this weight class, and the gold medal never looked in doubt as they defeated Holland by 2 ends to 0. Photo: LNR ACF take on Somerset ACF in the Junior 560kg competition.

The ladies 520kg competition saw some more good battles, with Gloucester ACF Ladies entering the fray in the lighter of the two ladies weight divisions. This time, it was Kilroe Ladies and Bedford Ladies who progressed to the final. Kilroe Ladies won the match between these two teams in the group stages, and after another close final, Kilroe Ladies took their second gold medal of the day by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Somerset ACF Junior Team

The junior 560kg competition was another good weight class for the youth, but again, it was the Gloucester and Somerset youth teams who emerged at the top of the group to progress through to the final. The final was another good match between the two teams from the neighbouring counties, and Gloucester this time took their second gold medal of the day by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Kilroe Ladies 520kg team

The mens 600kg competition followed, with the competition being split into two leagues with the top two teams going through to the semi-finals. Defending champions Norton started off with a hard fought battle with Two Dales, with that pull going to 1 end each, before Norton recovered to top the group. Oxney Vines Cross progressed in second place from group 1. The second group saw some more equally tough pulling, this time with Felton progressing as group winners. Bosley progressed as group runners up, 1 point ahead of the nearest challengers Widecombe. In the semi-finals Felton Eccles defeated Oxney by 2 ends to 0, and Norton defeated Bosley by the same score. Photo: Bedford Ladies 520kg Team.

The bronze medal match was between Bosley and Oxney, with Oxney winning the bronze medal by 2 ends to 0. The final saw Norton reach their third final of the day against Felton, and it was Norton who took another gold medal by winning the final without losing an end.

The final mens weight class of the day was the 680kg competition, with Norton looking to make it four gold medals from the four weights entered. The competition was split into two groups in what turned out to be a very close run competition. Lincoln topped group 1 this time ahead of defending champions Norton who finished second in the group. Felton Eccles topped group 2 ahead of Two Dales. Photo: Raunds Catchweight Team

The semi-finals saw Norton overcome Felton in a close pull by 2 ends to 0, whilst Lincoln defeated Two Dales by the same score. The bronze medal match saw Two Dales pull Felton Eccles, with Felton Eccles securing their third medal of the day by 2 ends to 0. The final was a good battle between Norton and Lincoln, with both teams having good campaigns in the build up to the event. Lincoln had made big improvements since 2014, and they performed exceptionally to take the title from Norton by 2 ends to 0 to take their second gold medal of the day. Photo: Haldon Catchweight Team.

The final weight of the day was the 600kg 4+4 for mixed teams of men and ladies. There was again, only a small entry in this weight class this year, but it was a good competition. Kilroe and Holland had two very long ends on the very first match, which Kilroe eventually won by 2 ends to 0. Lincoln then defeated Holland, and so Kilroe and Lincoln met in the final. Not content with two gold medals, Lincoln went on to win their third gold medal of the day by 2 ends to 0 to round off a very successful day for them. Photo: Gloucester ACF Junior 560kg winners.

The Tug of War Association would like to congratulate all of the teams who took part in the 2015 National Championships, and we appreciate the efforts that all teams have made in preparing for and getting to the championships. A special mention of thanks to Tim Tatler and his helpers for doing all of the work behind the scenes to make the championships possible.

If you would like to put forward a venue to stage the 2016 National Championships, then please contact the Championships Secretary Mick Grimston on 01205 369753.

The officials on the day were: Mike Callaghan (Chief Judge), Peter Craft (referee), Steve Bowler (controller), Mick Selwood, Matt Cowlard, Ray-Fray Smith, Roger Beardsmore, Peter Tuckwell, Ernie Jones, Graham Taylor, George Ferrett, Graham Marshall, Barry Angus, Wendy Dyer, Betty Craft, Sharon Hutchins, Richard Edwards.

Results Summary

Men 640kg – Gold –
Norton (Staffordshire) – Silver – Two Dales (Derbyshire) – Bronze – Felton Eccles (Somerset) – 4th – Lincoln (Lincolnshire)  

Men 560kg – Gold –
Norton (Staffordshire) – Silver – Sandhurst (Berkshire) – Bronze – Bosley (Cheshire) – 4th – Widecombe (Devon)  

Men Catchweight – Gold –
Two Dales (Derbyshire) – Silver – Holland (Staffordshire) – Bronze – Raunds (Northamptonshire) – 4th – Haldon (Devon)  

Men 720kg – Gold –
Lincoln (Lincolnshire) – Silver – Holland (Staffordshire) – Bronze – Raunds (Northamptonshire)  

Men 600kg – Gold –
Norton (Staffordshire) – Silver – Felton Eccles (Somerset) – Bronze – Oxney Vines Cross (Sussex) – 4th – Bosley (Cheshire)  

Men 680kg – Gold –
Lincoln (Lincolnshire) – Silver – Norton (Staffordshire) – Bronze – Felton Eccles (Somerset) – 4th – Two Dales (Derbyshire)  

Mixed 600kg 4+4 – Gold –
Lincoln (Lincolnshire) – Silver – Kilroe (Lancashire) – Bronze – Holland (Staffordshire)  

Ladies 560kg – Gold –
Kilroe Ladies (Lancashire) – Silver – Holland Ladies (Staffordshire) – Bronze – Bedford Ladies (Bedfordshire)  

Ladies 520kg – Gold –
Kilroe Ladies (Lancashire) – Silver – Bedford Ladies (Bedfordshire) – Bronze – Gloucester ACF (Gloucestershire)  

Junior Men 530kg – Gold –
Gloucester ACF (Gloucestershire) – Silver – Somerset ACF (Somerset)  

Junior Men 560kg – Gold -
Gloucester ACF (Gloucestershire) – Silver – Somerset ACF (Somerset) – Bronze – Leicestershire, Northants and Rutland ACF  


12/06/2015 - TUG OF WAR – A CANDIDATE SPORT FOR THE 2020 OLYMPIC GAMES?

The English Tug of War Association is pleased to learn that it has been announced officially today that tug of war is one of 26 sports to be considered for potential inclusion on the 2020 Olympic Games which are to be hosted by the city of Tokyo in Japan.As part of recent reforms initiated by the IOC, Games hosts now have the chance to bring in one or more sports popular in their country to boost ratings and attract greater sponsorship with a limit in the number of competitors across all sports of 10,500, and a limit of 310 events. The IOC can also decide on the inclusion of any sport on the Olympic Programme at any IOC session.

Tug of War was previously on the Olympic programme between 1900 and 1920, taking place at 5 Olympic Games. During that time, Great Britain won 5 medals, including two gold medals. If tug of war does return to the Olympic programme, Great Britain would defend the title won at the Antwerp (Belgium) Olympic Games in 1920.

What makes tug of war a good Olympic sport?

  • Tug of war has far more in keeping with the old Olympic motto of 'faster, higher, stronger' than many sports. And it was actually performed in ancient Greece.
  • Tug of war as a team sport tests a wider range of athletic and organisational skills than some sports - even some of the most traditional Olympic sports.
  • Tug of war has a set of rules and objectives which make it simpler for the wider international community to follow than most modern, more complex sports.
  • Tug of war equipment at a basic level is inexpensive and accessible to all. The people of any nation, however economically disadvantaged, can play the sport.
  • Tug of war does not require subjective scoring by a team of judges. Apart from evaluation of rule infringements, tug of war contests are clear cut and decisive.
  • Tug of war has an ethos of sportsmanship which reflects traditional Olympic values - values largely lost from many of today's professional sports.
  • And tug of war would benefit so much more from International representation than some elite, multi-million dollar sports included in the Olympic Games.

Tug of war must be one of the purest of all athletic events in terms of the natural human abilities it tests, and therefore the case in support of tug of war on all counts is very strong, and stronger than that of many other sports. The message of this article is therefore very clear:

TUG OF WAR SHOULD ONCE AGAIN GRACE THE OLYMPIC STAGE.

Tug of War Association media enquiries:

Please contact TOWA Press Officer, Alan Knott:

Mobile: 07976 591222
e-mail: alan_p_knott@hotmail.com


08/06/2015 - SANDHURST TOWC OPEN COMPETITION RESULTS

Teams competing - Men - Sandhurst, Oxney Vines Cross, Widecombe, Kennford, Raunds, Bosley, Bedford, Gloucester ACF, Somerset ACF - Ladies/Youth - Bedford - Gloucester ACF A, Gloucester ACF B, Somerset ACF

This weekend teams were competing at Sandhurst TOWC’s annual open competition in Berkshire. Attendance was a little lower at this weekend’s competition, with Felton Eccles competing abroad in Switzerland, and with other teams concentrating on their final preparations for the fast approaching National Championships on 20th June. Photo: Host club Sandhurst TOWC

The day started with the mens 600kg competition with 9 teams entered and split into two groups. The top two teams from each group progressed to the semi-finals, with Oxney and Widecombe progressing from group 1 and Sandhurst and Bosley progressing from group 2. In the semi-finals, Sandhurst defeated Widecombe in the first semi-final, with Bosley defeating Oxney in the second semi-final. Bosley and Sandhurst met for the second time in the final, with Sandhurst winning the match by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Raunds TOWC

The mens catchweight competition then followed, which was only contested by two teams – Raunds and Bosley, with Raunds taking the win by 2 ends to 0.

The 640kg competition followed and this was pulled as a straight group. There was some very close competition in this weight and no team went through the group stage without dropping any ends. Widecombe and Oxney progressed to compete in the final, with Oxney winning the final by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Oxney Vines Cross TOWC

The 580kg competition was pulled as a straight group, and again there was some good pulling between all of the teams. Sandhurst, Oxney, Widecombe and Bosley progressed to the semi-finals, with Bosley and Sandhurst finishing level on points in the top two positions after going 1-1 in the group stage. In the semi-finals, Oxney defeated Sandhurst by 2 ends to 1 in a hard fought match, and Bosley defeated Widecombe by 2 ends to 0 in their semi-final. The final was a turnaround from what happened in the group stages with Oxney this time defeating Bosley by 2 ends to 0 to win the competition. Photo: Widecombe TOWC

The final men’s weight of the day was the 680kg competition, which was again pulled as a straight group. There was some good close pulling again, this time with Raunds and Widecombe progressing to the final. The final was very even and went to three ends. Raunds took the first end, with Widecombe fighting back hard on the next two ends to take a well deserved first place. Photo: Bosley TOWC

There was a smaller entry in the ladies and youth competition this week, with Bedford, Gloucester ACF Boys, Gloucester ACF Girls and Somerset ACF taking part. Gloucester ACF Boys were the dominant force again this week, finishing first in both the 560kg and 520kg competitions. The runners up positions in these weights went to Somerset ACF in the 560kg competition and Bedford in the 520kg competition. Well done to these teams for travelling along this event to compete, and good luck to all of the ladies and youth teams competing at the National Outdoor Tug of War Championships on 20th June.

The officials on the day were Peter Craft, Vic Ludkin, Ernie Jones, Mike Callaghan, Mick Selwood, Yvonne Ludkin and Betty Craft.

Results Summary

Men Catchweight - Winners
- Raunds - Runners Up - Bosley

Men 680kg - Winners - Widecombe - Runners Up - Raunds

Men 640kg - Winners
- Oxney Vines Cross - Runners Up - Widecombe

Men 600kg - Winners - Sandhurst - Runners Up - Bosley

Men 580kg - Winners - Oxney Vines Cross - Runners Up - Bosley

Ladies Youth 560kg - Winners - Gloucester ACF A - Runners Up - Somerset

Ladies Youth 520kg - Winners - Gloucester ACF A - Runners Up - Bedford


6th & 7th JUNE 2015 - MOSNANG OPEN INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT - SWITZERLAND

This weekend, Felton Eccles Tug of War Club traveled over to Switzerland to compete in Mosnang's open international tournament. Some of the best teams in the world were competing at the event, which meant that finishing in the top four in any weight class was going to be very challenging. Unfortunately Felton didn't make it through to any of the semi-finals, with the final results being dominated by many of the great Swiss teams, such as Engelberg, Stans-Oberdorf and Engelberg. A summary of the results is below:

Men 580kg:
1. Stans- Oberdorf (SUI)
2. Goiherri (Bask Country)
3. Sins (SUI)

Men 680kg:

1. Ebersecken (SUI)
2. Engelberg (SUI)
3. TTV Heure (NED)

Ladies 520kg:
1. Gonten (SUI)
2. Stans- Oberdorf (SUI)
3. Brunnsberg IF DK (SWE)

Youth (GENSB Rules)

1. Stans- Oberdorf 1 (SUI)
2. Mosnang (SUI)
3. Waldkirch (SUI)

Mixed 600kg:

1. Brunnsberg IF DK (SWE)
2. Stans- Oberdorf 1 (SUI)
3. Unnaryd (SWE)

Men 640kg:

1. Ebersecken (SUI)
2. Engelberg (SUI)
3. TTV Bisons (NED)


31/05/2015 - SHROPSHIRE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS - BRAND HALL INTERNATIONAL HORSE TRIALS, MARKET DRAYTON, SHROPSHIRE

Teams in attendance – LNR ACF, Kilroe Ladies, 4th Regiment RA, Lllangollen YFC, Lincoln, Norton, Two Dales, Holland, Bosley, Felton Eccles, Sandhurst, Widecombe, Raunds.

This weekend, the Shropshire Open Tug of War Championships took place in conjunction with Brand Hall Horse Trials near Market Drayton, Shropshire. After a wet start, the weather dried up and the teams enjoyed a good day of tug of war.

There was a good entry of teams in most of the weight classes, with the 600kg competition opening proceedings. This competition was split into two groups. Group 1 contained Lincoln, Felton, Norton, 4th Regiment, Holland and Raunds, with group 2 containing LNR, Sandhurst, Kilroe, Bosley and Widecombe. There were some close ends in both groups, with the top team from each group progressing to the final. Norton won group 1 without losing an end, and Sandhurst emerged from a keenly contested second group with Widecombe, Bosley and Sandhurst all finishing on the same amount of points, Sandhurst going through having received less cautions. The final was between Norton and Sandhurst with Norton taking a 2 end to 0 win. Photo: Holland TOWC

The 680kg competition followed, which was another good entry of teams, the competition being split into two groups. Lincoln progressed from group 1 ahead of Raunds, Widecombe, Felton, Llangollen and 4th Regiment, with Norton progressing from group 2 ahead of Two Dales, Sandhurst, Bosley, and Holland. The final was a good battle between Norton and Lincoln with Lincoln taking Norton to within two foot of the line on the first end, only for Norton to recover and take the end. Norton then took the second end to win their second weight of the day. Photo: Widecombe TOWC

The 640kg competition was another competition split into two groups. Norton were the winners of group 1 ahead of Holland, Llangollen, Bosley, Widecombe and Felton, and Lincoln were the winners of group 2 ahead of Sandhurst, 4th Regiment, Two Dales and Raunds. The final wasn’t quite as close as the 680kg competition, but it was still Norton who took the win by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Llangollen YFC

The final weight of the day was the catchweight, and again it was split into two groups. This was the first competition of the day where Norton didn’t make the final, after they lost out to Lincoln in a keenly contested match in their group. Lincoln progressed to the final where they met the winners of group 2 Holland. Lincoln went on to win the event by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Two Dales TOWC

Well done to all of the teams who took part, and thanks to Vicky Plant and the Brand Hall Horse Trial Event Organisers for accommodating us again this year. The officials on the day were Roger Beardsmore, Dave Kitchener, David Hamer, Wendy Dyer and Adele Hamer.

Results Summary

Men Catchweight – Winners
– Lincoln – Runners Up – Holland

Men 680kg – Winners
– Norton – Runners Up – Lincoln

Men 640kg – Winners
– Norton – Runners Up – Lincoln

Men 600kg – Winners
– Norton – Runners Up – Sandhurst


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18/05/2015 - AAA CHAMPIONSHIPS AND FELTON ECCLES OPEN COMPETITION RESULTS

This Year's AAA championships were hosted by Felton Eccles TOWC in conjunction with their annual open competition near Bristol. The teams that were competing were as follows: Men - Felton Eccles (A and B), Lincoln, Norton, Raunds, Widecombe, Holland, Sandhurst, Oxney, Bosley, Gloucester ACF, with The Shop team from Ireland traveling over to compete in the open competition. Ladies/Youth - Gloucester ACF Boys, Gloucester ACF Girls, Bedford Ladies, Kilroe Ladies, Cupids Hill Ladies.

The championship weights of Catchweight and 640 kilos were contested, as well as open weights at 580kg, 600kg, 680kg, and ladies and youth 520kg and 560kg. Photo: Norton 640kg team

The championship weights kicked off the event, with the event starting with the catchweight competition. Lincoln were the defending champions from 2014, and they got off to a winning start against the 2014 silver medallists Norton. Lincoln went on to finish the competition without losing an end to win the gold medal. The race for the silver meal was a close one between Norton, Felton Eccles and Raunds. All of these teams dropped ends against each other, however it was Felton Eccles who emerged with more points from the three teams and they finished with the silver medal. Photo: Widecombe 640kg team

The 640kg competition followed, again run as a full points competition. There were again some close matches in this competition, with a few 1-1 pulls following the TWIF criteria. Norton finished as the eventual gold medallists, and yet again, there was a close race for the silver medal, this time between Widecombe, Sandhurst and Oxney. Widecombe performed really well ahead of the other two teams to take a well deserved silver medal. Photo: Lincoln Catchweight Team

The open competitions followed, with The Shop team from Ireland joining the men’s competition and Cupids Hill from Wales joining the ladies and youth competition.

The ladies and youth weights were held at 520kg and 560kg with the Gloucester ACF Boys emerging as the top team again by winning both weights. This certainly did not detract from the remaining competition with some good ends taking place between the remaining teams. Bedford Ladies finished as the eventual runners up in the 560kg competition, and Kilroe Ladies finished as the eventual runners up in the 520kg competition. Photo: The Shop from Ireland

The Mens 600kg competition was run in two groups with the top two teams from each group progressing to the final. The semi finals saw Oxney and Sandhurst progress from group 1 and Norton and Widecombe progress from group 2. Oxney defeated Widecombe in their semi final, and Norton defeated Sandhurst in their semi-final. Norton and Oxney were involved in a good final, which Oxney took by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Bosley

The 680kg competition followed, which was again split into two groups with the top two teams progressing. Norton and Lincoln were the eventual finalists, with Norton winning the gold medal by 2 ends to 0.

The mens 580kg competition followed the same format as the other open competitions with two groups and a semi final. Sandhurst finished as the winners of group 1, with Widecombe finishing as runners up, and Bosley were the winners of group 2 with The Shop finishing as runners up. In the semi finals, Bosley defeated Widecombe and Sandhurst defeated The Shop. The final was very much a crowd pleaser which went to 5 ends. Bosley took, the first end with Sandhurst taking the second end. Sandhurst won the toss and chose what was the slightly better end, with the next two ends being declared no pulls with both teams receiving 3 cautions each for persistent infringements. The final end was equally close, with Sandhurst eventually taking it. A great effort from all of those pullers involved, who left everything out on the field. Photo: Felton Eccles

The officials on the day were Nick Major, Graham Taylor, Mick Grimston, Vic Ludkin, Ernie Jones, Matt Cowlard, Wendy Dyer, Sharon Hutchins and Jane Major. Thank you to Felton Eccles TOWC for staging this years AAA Championship. Photo: Sandhurst

If you are interested in hosting next year’s AAA Championships, please contact the TOWA Secretary Mick Copper.

Results Summary

AAA Catchweight - Gold
- Lincoln - Silver - Felton Eccles

AAA 640kg - Gold - Norton - Silver - Widecombe

Open 600kg - Gold - Oxney - Silver - Norton

Open 680kg - Gold - Norton - Silver - Lincoln

Open 580kg - Gold - Sandhurst - Silver - Bosley

Ladies/Youth 520kg - Gold - Gloucester ACF Boys - Silver - Kilroe Ladies

Ladies/Youth 560kg - Gold - Gloucester ACF Boys - Silver - Bedford Ladies


16/05/2015 - OTLEY SHOW RESULTS

This weekend saw another well attended northern area competition take place at Otley Show in Yorkshire. The teams that were competition were Durham, Stamfordham, Whitely Chapel, Silsden with Skipton, York, 4th Regiment, Upper Wharfedale, Harrogate, Kilroe Ladies, Pontefract and Boroughbridge take part.

Results summary

Ladies 580kg - Winners - Kilroe Ladies - Runners Up - York Ladies

Men 600kg - Winners - Boroughbridge - Runners Up - Whitley Chapel

Men 640kg - Winners - Whitley Chapel - Runners Up - Stamfordham

Men Catchweight - Winners - York - Runners Up - Whitley Chapel

660kg 4+4 - Winners - York - Runners Up - Stamfordham


10/05/2015 - MIDLAND CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS - ALCESTER

This weekend, the Midland Tug of War Championships returned to Alcester in Warwickshire. The teams that were competing were as follows – Men – Raunds, Bosley, Norton, Widecombe, Felton Eccles, Holland, Lincoln, Upton YFC and Two Dales – Ladies and Youth – LNR ACF, Gloucester ACF Boys, Gloucester ACF Girls, Derby ACF, Bedford Ladies, Inkberrow YFC, Upton YFC.

The first weight of the day was the mens catchweight competition, which was pulled as a straight group with the top two teams going through to the final. The first pulls in the round saw Lincoln pull Felton and Two Dales pull Raunds. Both matches were very close, with Lincoln defeating Felton by 2 ends to 0, and Raunds went 1-1 with Two Dales. Lincoln finished the group stage top of the group without losing an end, however it was very close for second place, with Two Dales and Felton going into the final round of matches as the most likely contenders. This pull ended 1-1, but it was Felton who progressed through to the final where they met Lincoln. Lincoln continued their winning streak at catchweight to win the final by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Widecombe TOWC

The ladies and youth 560 kilos was the first ladies and youth weight of the day, and as with previous weeks of competition, there were some keenly contested matches, again with many teams going 1-1 with each other, which shows how close some of the ladies and youth competitions are this year. Gloucester Boys emerged as the winning team overall in this weight, with Bedford Ladies finishing as runners up. Inkberrow Ladies and Upton YFC entered the competition this week, with both teams giving a very good account of themselves. Photo: Lincoln TOWC

The mens 640kg competition was split into two groups with the top two teams progressing to the semi-finals. There was some good competition in this weight with Widecombe and Bosley progressing from group 1 ahead of Holland and Raunds, and Norton and Two Dales progressed from group 2 ahead of Felton  Eccles and Lincoln. The semi-finals saw Norton pull Bosley and Two Dales pull Lincoln. Both semi-finals were very competitive with no teams winning easily. The eventual finalists were Norton and Widecombe, with Norton winning the final by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Inkberrow Ladies YFC

The Ladies and youth 520kg competition was another competitive weight class, with Gloucester Boys, Derby Boys, Upton, and Bedford all competing well ahead of the other teams that were taking part. The final result saw Gloucester take their second gold medal of the day, with Bedford Ladies finishing as the runners up. Photo: Upton YFC Junior Team

The mens 680 kilos competition was pulled as a straight group, with some good pulls early on, the pick being Lincoln vs Norton which went 1-1 in a keenly contested match, with Norton taking the first end and Lincoln taking the second end. The final saw these two teams meet again, which Norton won by 2 ends to 0.

The final weight of the day was the 600kg competition, which finished up with a great final between Two Dales and Felton Eccles, with Felton winning the final in a good 3 end battle by 2 ends to 1. Well done to all of the teams who took part, and also to the officials – Roger Beardsmore, Mick Grimston, Vic Ludkin, Ray-Fray Smith, Jill Thomas, Wendy Dyer, Yvonne Ludkin.  


03/05/2015 - GREAT ORMOND STREET CHARITY COMPETITION - DAVENTRY

This weekend teams were competing at the annual Great Ormond Street Charity competition at Daventry. Despite a wet start to the day, the weather quickly dried up, and those taking part enjoyed a warm day and some good tug of war in the mens, ladies and youth weight classes. The teams competing on the day were as follows – Men – Coleshill, Holland, Two Dales, Diesel Power, Lincoln, Norton, Bosley, Felton Eccles, Sandhurst, Oxney, Raunds – Ladies/Youth – Diesel Power, Bedford, Gloucester ACF Boys, LNR ACF Boys, LNR ACF Girls, Derby ACF Boys, Derby  ACF Girls, Inkberrow.

The men’s catchweight competition opened the proceedings, pulled as a straight group. The final placings came down to the results of the matches between Lincoln, Two Dales and Felton Eccles. Lincoln and Two Dales both claimed the points needed against Felton Eccles, and Lincoln also defeated Two Dales in the group stages, which meant that Two Dales and Lincoln competed again in the final. Lincoln came away with a 2 ends to 0 win in the final to continue their good run of form in this weight over recent weeks. Photo: Diesel Power Ladies

The mens 600 kilos competition followed, which was split into two groups. Two Dales, Norton, Bosley, Oxney, and Sandhurst competed in group 1, and Lincoln, Holland, Felton, and Diesel Power competed in group 2. There were some close matches in group 1, with Norton eventually topping the group, and the pull of the competition came in group 2, with Holland and Diesel Power going to 1 end each with two really competitive ends. The eventual winners of this group were Lincoln. Norton and Lincoln met in the final, with Norton winning the gold medal by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Gloucester ACF Junior Men

The 680 kilos competition followed and again this was split into two groups. Norton were the winners of group 1, and Lincoln again finished as the winners of group 2, with both teams progressing to the final. The second final of the day between these two teams again saw Norton come out on top by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Derby ACF Junior Men

The 580 kilos competition was up next, and was another weight class that was split into two groups. Bosley won group 1 ahead of Norton, Sandhurst and Oxney, and Two Dales won group 2 ahead of Diesel Power, Felton Eccles and Holland. The final was a good pull with Bosley and Two Dales, with Two Dales lifting Bosley very close to the line, but didn’t quite manage to get the pull over the line before Bosley got back into the pull to take the first end. On the second end, Bosley managed to take Two Dales over the line for the win. Photo: Oxney Vines Cross

The final mens weight of the day was the 640 kilos competition, again split into two groups. Norton finished as the winners of group 1 ahead of Oxney, Lincoln, Coleshill and Felton, with Holland pulling well to win group 2 ahead of Two Dales, Bosley, Diesel Power and Sandhurst. Holland and Norton both progressed to the final, with both teams having a good first end, with Norton eventually taking it. Norton picked up an injury and carried on pulling with 7 pullers, with Holland sportingly dropping a puller so that both teams competed with equal numbers. Despite the injury setback, Norton went on to take their third final of the day by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Bedford Ladies

The ladies and youth weight classes this week saw some very close competition in the 520kg and 560kg weight classes with a number of pulls going 1-1, which meant that most teams came away with lots of points towards their 2015 Ladies and Youth League tallies. Bedford, Derby ACF and Gloucester ACF emerged as the medal winning teams in the ladies and youth weight classes. Confirmation of the final placings from the ladies and youth weight classes on the day are awaited. Photo: Two Dales TOWC

Well done to all of the teams who took part. The officials on the day were Roger Beardsmore, Mick Grimston, Vic Ludkin, Peter Craft, Ernie Jones, Betty Craft, Yvonne Ludkin


26/04/2015 - LINCOLN TOWC OPEN COMPETITION RESULTS

Catchweight - Winners - Lincoln - Runners Up - Holland

Men 600kg - Winners - Norton - Runners Up - Sandhurst

Men 720kg - Winners - Lincoln - Runners Up - Norton

Men 640kg - Winners - Sandhurst - Runners Up - Lincoln

Men 680kg - Winners - Norton - Runners Up - Raunds


19/04/2014 - LONGRIDGE TOWC OPEN COMPETITION RESULTS

This weekend, there was a fantastic turn out of clubs at Longridge YFC Tug of War Club’s open competition. The teams that were competing were Longridge, Bilsborrow, Diesel Power, Bosley, York, Chipping, Boroughbridge, Pontefract, Silsden with Skipton, Parbold, Brampton, South West Yorkshire, Chipping, Boland, Flyde, Kilroe Ladies and Vale of Lune.

The event started with the ladies 580 kilos competition with 7 ladies teams competing from Kilroe Ladies, Vale of Lune, Bilsborrow, Chipping, Silsden with Skipton, Parbold and Diesel Power. There were some very close ends in this competition, but it was the Kilroe Ladies team who finished top without losing an end and the Vale of Lune Ladies finished as very worthy runners up, only  losing ends to Kilroe Ladies. Photo: Chipping Ladies TOWC

The 680 kilos competition followed with 10 teams competing in two groups of 5. York emerged as the winners of group 1, and Bilsborrow emerged as the winners of group 2. A good final took place between the Lancashire and Yorkshire teams, and it was the strong lifting style of Bilsborrow that won the day as they won the final by 2 ends to 0.

The 640 kilos competition followed which was again split into two groups. Boroughbridge were the winners of group 1, and things were close again in group 2. As with the competition held at Bosley a couple of weeks ago, Bosley and Longridge drew 1 end each, with Longridge going through to the final when the TWIF criteria was applied. In the final, Longridge pulled strongly to win their first gold medal of the day. Photo: Bilsborrow TOWC Ladies

The 660kg 4+4 competition had a very strong entry with 11 teams competing in two groups. Kilroe Ladies were the winners of group 1 and York were the winners of group 2. There was another good final held on the day between the two teams, which was very close. Kilroe Ladies went on to take their second win of the day by 2 ends to 0.

The final weight of the day was the 600 kilos competition. Again, another strong entry of teams meant that the competition was split into two groups. Longridge kept up their good performances through the day to finish top of group 1 and Bosley finished top of group 2. The crowd were treated to another good final which went to three ends. Bosley took a close first end, and looked to be well on their way to winning the second end before receiving two quick cautions and then a third caution which meant that the pull was awarded to Longridge. The third end was another good battle, which went to the host team Longridge.

Well done to all of the teams who took part. It was nice to see another well supported event, and hopefully we will see all of these teams out again soon. The officials on the day were Dave Hamer and Adrian Willis who did a good job running a large event with a small number of officials.


12/04/2014 – DORSET TRAINING LEAGUE – FINAL RESULTS

The Dorset Training League took place over four competitions over March and early April with a number of teams from the south western area taking part. Weight classes were held at 600, 640, 680 and catchweight. 

The final competition took place on Sunday 12th April in Blandford and was attended by Ansty, Blandford, Haldon Men, Haldon Ladies, Kennford and Widecombe.  Other teams who took part at previous training league events were Somerset ACF and Felton Eccles. The final overall result of the league was as follows:  

Men 600kg – Winners
– Kennford – Runners Up – Haldon Men  

Men 640kg – Winners
– Kennford – Runners Up – Widecombe  

Men 680kg – Winners
– Kennford – Runners Up – Widecombe  

Men Catchweight – Winners – Blandford – Runners Up – Widecombe  

The overall winners of the training league were Kennford, with Ansty finishing as the overall runners up. Well done to all of the teams who participated in this training league.


12/04/2015 - EAST OF ENGLAND CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS

Men Catchweight - Winners - Lincoln - Runners Up - Norton

Men 680kg - Winners - Norton - Runners Up - Lincoln

Men 640kg - Winners
- Norton - Runners Up - Lincoln

Men 600kg - Winners - Norton - Runners Up - Oxney Vines Cross

Ladies/Youth 560kg - Winners - Derby ACF Boys - Runners Up - Gloucester ACF Boys

Ladies/Youth 520kg - Winners - Gloucester ACF Boys - Runners Up - Bedford Ladies


06/04/2015 - GUILDFORD LIONS OPEN COMPETITION

This competition was a bit smaller than the competition held at Bosley the previous day with just three teams in attendance - Sandhurst, Oxney Vines Cross and Thames Valley. The results were as follows:

600kg - 1st - Oxney - 2nd - Sandhurst - 3rd - Thames Valley

640kg - 1st - Sandhurst - 2nd - Oxney - 3rd - Thames Valley

680kg - 1st - Oxney - 2nd - Sandhurst - 3rd - Thames Valley

Well done to those teams who took part.


05/04/2015 - BOSLEY TOWC OPEN COMPETITION

This Sunday Bosley Tug of War Club hosted their annual tug of war competition in Mobberley, Cheshire. The day started off with overcast weather, but soon brightened up and an excellent day of tug of war was had by all, with a good number of teams including senior men’s teams from Bosley, Norton, Waterhouses YFC, Two Dales, Lincoln, Diesel Power, Felton Eccles, Holland, Pontefract YFC, York and Longridge YFC. There was also a good number of Ladies and Youth teams in attendance, including Gloucester ACF boys, Gloucester ACF Girls, Leicester and Northants ACF, Derby ACF boys, Derby ACF Girls, Leek YFC, Bedford Ladies and Kilroe Ladies.

All of the competitions on the day were run under the TWIF rules format with a points competition and finals in each weight class.

The first weight of the day was the catchweight competition with some good competitive matches and a few 1-1 pulls. Lincoln and Felton finished as the top two teams at the end of the group stage and went on to compete against each other again in the final with Lincoln winning the first final of the day by 2 ends to 0 to win the Norman Hyde shield. Photo: Host club Bosley

The first ladies and youth weight class was the 560 kilos competition, pulled as a straight group of all 8 clubs entered. There was again some good ends in this competition with a few more 1-1 pulls. It was good to see a strong entry with Leek YFC competing in a TOWA youth event for the first time. The eventual winners were Gloucester Boys ACF, with Kilroe ladies finishing as worthy runners up after a spell away from the sport. Photo: Diesel Power from Shropshire

The mens 640 kilos competition was split into two groups with a good mixture of teams in each group and some more competitive pulling, with no ends being won easily. Norton and Lincoln finished in first place in their respective groups to compete against each other in the final. The first end was a lengthy pull with Lincoln managing to take Norton a good way down the line before Norton managed to turn the pull around to win the first end. On the second end, Norton managed to keep a bit more control to take the end and the win. Photo: Waterhouses YFC from Staffordshire

The ladies and youth 520 kilos competition followed and was again another competitive weight class with a few 1-1 pulls and all teams picking up league points. Gloucester ACF Boys took their second win of the day finishing in first place unbeaten with Bedford Ladies finishing as runners up this time. Photo: Longridge YFC from Lancashire

The next mens weight was the 720 kilos competition, which was pulled as a straight group. Like the catchweight competition, there were a few 1-1 pulls, with Norton and Lincoln coming out in first and second place in the group to pull again in the final. Norton competed well in the final and won the competition with a 2 ends to 0 win. Photo: Felton Eccles TOWC

The 600 kilos competition was a keenly contested weight class, and was again split into two groups. Norton won the first group ahead of Lincoln, Waterhouses, Pontefract, and Diesel Power. The second group saw Bosley and Longridge finish level on points ahead of York, Felton and Holland, with Longridge going through when the TWIF criteria was applied. The final provide to be one of the best pulls of the day between Longridge and Norton, which went to three ends. Longridge’s strong lifts gave the team some good momentum on the first end, which gave them the upper hand. The second end saw Norton draw level, which meant that a deciding end was needed. Longridge again got Norton into a lot of trouble, but Norton managed to hand on to take the win in a good final that was appreciated by everyone in attendance. Well done to both teams! Photo: Leek YFC Youth from Staffordshire

The final mens weight was the 680 kilos competition. A few teams withdrew from the competition after a long hard day of pulling, so Bosley, Felton and Norton remained to compete in this weight class. The first match saw Felton and Norton go 1-1, with Norton then going 1-1 with Bosley. Felton then defeated Bosley by 2 ends to 0, which meant that Norton and Felton met each other again in the final. This time Norton went on to beat Felton by 2 ends to 0 to win their fourth weight of the day. Photo: Leicester and Northants ACF

The day ended with the 600 4+4. Only two teams entered this weight class, with Norton and Kilroe Ladies fielding teams. Norton won this competition with a 2 ends to0 win to round off an excellent day of competition. Photo: Gloucester ACF Junior Ladies

Well done to all of the teams who made it a good day of sport. A special mention must go to the four judges who kept the competition going all day. The four judges on the day were Tony Henshaw, Gavin Corden, Dave Hamer and Dave Kitchener. Most of these officials forfeited a day of pulling or coaching with their own teams to ensure that this competition could go ahead, so many thanks to them. The Tug of War Association is looking for more judges to help run the many competitions that take place throughout the year, so if you have recently retired from active pulling and if you want to stay actively involved with tug of war, then please contact us to find out how you can become a judge. Photo: York TOWC

Finally, thank you to the recorders on the day – Wendy Dyer, and to two new trainee recorders – Adele Hamer and Katrina Corinaldi, which assisted with the running of the event and ensuring that four ropes could run all day. Again, if anyone is interested in becoming a timekeeper/recorder, then please contact us to register your interest and further information about how to get involved.


SOUTH WEST ENGLAND ARMY CADET CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015


The South West England Cadet Championships were hosted by Gloucester ACF at Upton St Leonard's Sports Ground Sunday 29th March 2015.

Teams from Gloucester ACF, Bristol ACF and Dorset totalling over over 40 Cadets competed in the SW England Cadet Championships in 2 weights, 560kg and 4x4, and a very good days pulling was enjoyed by all.

Results as follows.

560kg:

Boys:
1st Glos ACF
2nd. Dorset ACF
3rd. Bristol ACF

Girls:
1st Glos ACF
2nd. Dorset ACF

4x4 (560kg)
1st Glos ACF. 'A'
2nd. Glos.ACF. 'B'
3rd. Dorset ACF
4th. Bristol ACF

A big thanks should go to Barry Angus for officiating single handed all day, and to Steve Smith for ensuring that all the administration was in place for a well run event. Teams from Glos ACF and Dorset ACF will now go forward to represent SW Region at the Cadet National Championships to be held at York on Sat 4th Jul 15.

Report by Maj Alec Masson (National/SW Region TOW Officer)


22/03/2015 – MIDLAND EARLY PULL RESULTS - HOLLAND SPORTS CLUB, STAFFORDSHIRE

Teams competing – Holland, Norton, Stone YFC, Thorne, Vale of Lune YFC, Gloucester ACF Boys, Gloucester ACF Girls

Results:


Men Catchweight - 1st
- Norton - 2nd – Holland - 3rd - Stone YFC
Men 680 - 1st - Norton - 2nd – Holland - 3rd - Stone YFC
Men 660 - 1st - Norton - 2nd – Holland - 3rd – Thorne
Men 640kg
1st - Gloucester ACF – 2nd – Thorne – 3rd – Holland – 4th - Stone640 1st Gloucester ACF, 2nd Thorne, 3rd Holland, 4th Stone
Men 600 - 1st – Norton - 2nd – Thorne - 3rd – Holland - 4th – Gloucester -  5th -  Stone YFC - 6th – Vale of Lune

Ladies/Youth 560 -  1st
- Gloucester Boys - 2nd - Gloucester Girls - 3rd – Vale of Lune
Ladies/Youth 520 -  1st - Gloucester Boys - 2nd - Gloucester Girls - 3rd – Vale of Lune

Officials: Roger Beardsmore, Tony Henshaw, Mick Grimston, Jill Thomas

Photo: Stone YFC taking the strain during one of the men's weight classes - photos and results courtesy of the Tug of War Association Midland Area. You can view further photos from this event via the Tug of War Association Midland Area Facebook Page


22/03/2015 – DORSET TRAINING LEAGUE RESULTS – JOHNSON’S PARK, YEOVIL, SOMERSET

Teams Competing: Somerset ACF, Felton Eccles, Kennford, Blandford, Haldon, Ansty

Results:


600kg - 1st
- Kennford - 2nd - Felton - 3rd - Haldon YFC - 4th - Ansty

640kg - 1st
- Kennford - 2nd - Felton - 3rd - Ansty YFC - 4th - Haldon YFC

680kg - 1st - Felton - 2nd - Kennford - 3rd - Haldon YFC - 4th - Blandford

Catchweight - 1st
- Felton - 2nd - Ansty YFC - 3rd - Blandford - 4th - Haldon YFC

The organisers would like to thank all of the teams who made the effort to come along and compete, and would also like to thank Steve and Marion Goss for attending as guests.


CONGRATULATIONS TO TARA ADAMS FOR ROWING THE ATLANTIC!

Well done to Bedford Ladies Tug of War Club puller Tara Adams, who as part of a rowing team, has successfully rowed 3800 nautical miles from Mainland Europe to Mainland South America in 51 days and 17 hours, breaking the record for the fastest time to row across the Atlantic.

Tara was part of a team raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support. In recognition of this achievement, and if you wish to make a donation to Macmillan, you can do so by visiting Tara’s Just Giving Page at https://www.justgiving.com/TaraAdams4


A MESSAGE OF THANKS FROM THE REILLY FAMILY

The Reilly family would like to offer their sincere and heartfelt thanks to all the tug of war men and women in the tug of war community that turned up for Billy's funeral last week and they would like to let you all know how much it meant them. You all did Billy proud and the family were amazed when they saw the guard of honour and to see so many grown men with a tear in their eye. What an amazing tribute to him, and the family will never forget it.

Sean Reilly, on behalf of the Reilly Family.


BILLY REILLY

As many people will already be aware, Billy Reilly, coach of Kilroe Tug of War Club passed away suddenly on Friday 20th February.

Billy was a passionate tug of war man did a huge amount for English Tug of War over many years. It was only for the current indoor season where Billy decided to take a back seat from tug of war. Apart from his great success with Kilroe Tug of War he also served for many years on the TOWA General Committee.

Billy founded the Waggon and Horses Tug of War team in 1977 along with his brothers, friends and colleagues. The club later changed its name to Kilroe, with the club winning its first national championship in 1982. The rest as they say is history and the record of the club speaks for itself.

Billy will be sadly missed. Our condolences go to Angie and the extended family and all of the members of the Kilroe mens and ladies teams.

Many people from the tug of war community at home and abroad have left a huge number of tributes on our Facebook page, and we have been asked to thank everyone for their kind words, sympathy and support on behalf of the Kilroe team.


21/02/2015 - 22/02/2015 - UK INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS - SCOTLAND

The 2015 UK indoor tug of war championships were this year hosted by Scotland. The weekend started on a very sad note after we learned of the sudden passing of Kilroe coach and founder of the Kilroe Club (who originally started out as the Waggon and Horses) Billy Reilly.

The competition went ahead as planned, and the Kilroe team who were represented in both the closed and open competition bravely competed throughout the weekend.

The final results were as follows:

UK Championships Closed Competition

Men 600kg - Gold - Northern Ireland B - Silver - Scotland A - Bronze - England A (represented by Raunds) - 4th - Northern Ireland A

Men 680kg - Gold - Scotland A - Silver - England A (represented by Uppertown) - Bronze - England B (represented by Kilroe) - 4th - Northern Ireland A

Mixed 600kg - Gold - Scotland A - Silver - England A (represented by Kilroe) - Bronze - England B (represented by Kilroe Ladies)

Open Competition

Men 640kg - Gold - Country Club (Northern Ireland)  - Silver - Monnickendam (Netherlands)

Men 700kg - Gold - Tinto (Scotland)

Ladies 500kg - Gold - St Pats TOW (Ireland)

Ladies 520 - Gold - St Pats TOW (Ireland)

Ladies 540 - Gold
- St Pats TOW (Ireland) - Silver - Kilroe (England)

Mixed 560kg - Gold - St Pats A (Ireland) - Silver - St Pats B (Ireland)

Mixed 600kg - Gold - Kilroe (England) - Silver - Tinto (Scotland)

More to follow.


TOWA PROMOTIONAL T-SHIRTS


 

The new TOWA promotional T-shirts are available to purchase at £16 each. The t-shirts are made with cool-tex material and are quick drying, ideal for wearing when training in the gym, etc.

The idea is for everyone to wear these when you are out amongst the general public, in the gym, etc to promote our sport to a wider audience.

Available in red, white and amber in the following chest sizes: 32/34 inch; 34/36 inch; 38/40 inch; 42/44 inch; 46/48inch; 50/52 inch; and 54/56 inch.

These t-shirts will be on sale at outdoor tug of war competitions or contact Alan Knott for to get yours on 07976 591222 or e-mail alan_p_knott@hotmail.com


VIC LUDKIN ELECTED AS NEW TOWA PRESIDENT

Congratulations to Vic Ludkin who was duly nominated and elected as Tug of War Association president for 2015 at the recent TOWA AGM. Vic is a current TOWA judge, has recently served as chair of the GENSB committee, has also been a TWIF judge, and prior to becoming an official was an active puller. We wish Vic well in his new role.

Vic replaces outgoing president Steve Bowler. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Steve for his diligent service as president over the past few years and we look forward to seeing him out and about on the tug of war circuit in the future. Photo: Former TOWA President, Steve Bowler (right) handing over to new TOWA President Vic Ludkin (Left)


SATURDAY 6TH DECEMBER NATIONAL INDOOR TUG OF WAR TUG OF WAR CHAMPIONSHIPS - RESULTS

The 2014 National Indoor Tug of War Championships took place yet again at the Harry Mitchell Centre in Smethwick, West Midlands, with a small number of committed teams again taking part this year. The entry in some weight classes was smaller this year, however some of the competitions in the different weight classes were very close and very exciting to watch.

The day started with a minute silence for a former stalwart member of the Tug of War Association, Mr. Peter Clarke, who passed away a couple of weeks ago. Peter had served as a puller, judge and area representative for Tug of War Association Midland Area number 2, as well as serving the Tug of War Association as championships secretary and AAA representative, as well as volunteering his time in other capacities for our sport. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends.

The competitions started with the mens 640kg competition, which got the day started with a bang. The first matches saw Uppertown take on Kilroe and Raunds take on Sheen. Uppertown won the first match by 2 ends to 0, but the pull between Sheen and Raunds was a great match between the two sides. The first end went on close to 4 minutes, eventually being declared a no pull after both teams received three cautions. The teams then went at it again after the restart, with Sheen taking the first end. The second end was equally as close, this time the pull going to Raunds. Kilroe then defeated Sheen by 2 ends to 0, and Raunds and Uppertown went to one end each. In the final round, Sheen then beat Uppertown by 2 ends to 0 and Kilroe and Raunds went one end each. When the scores were added up, Sheen, Kilroe and Uppertown were all joint first with 4 points each. After the criteria was applied, Kilroe and Uppertown progressed to the final, with both of theses teams having picked up less cautions than Sheen. Photo: Sheen 640kg Team

Raunds and Sheen then faced each other in the bronze medal pull, which like the first pull of the competition was very close and very exciting to watch, with the match going all the way to three ends. Sheen took a hard fought first end, but Raunds managed to last the distance to take the next two ends and win a hard earned bronze medal. The final was between Kilroe and Uppertown, and with no teams going through this weight without dropping an end, both teams would have fancied their chances. On this occasion, Uppertown managed to get the job done without losing an end to take the 640kg national title, Kilroe winning the silver medal. Photo: Raunds 640kg Team

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The catchweight competition followed, with Sheen and Kilroe contesting the final. Sheen had a big strong team in this weight class, and went on to take the gold medal by 2 ends to 0 to win the catchweight title for the 10th consecutive year.

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The 560kg championship then followed, and again, there was only a small entry in this weight class this year. The final was contested between Raunds and Sandhurst, which meant that there would be a new name on the championship trophy this year. Raunds put in a solid performance in this weight despite a strong challenge from Sandhurst to win their first national indoor title since 2000 and their first ever championship at 560kg. Photo: Uppertown 640kg winning team

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The 720kg final followed the 560kg competition, with Sheen and Kilroe again contesting the final. Again, Sheen had a bit too much size and power for Kilroe on this occasion and they took their second gold medal of the day by 2 ends to 0.

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The 600kg competition again saw a lower number of entries this year, and as with the 560kg competition, Raunds and Sandhurst contested the final, which again meant that there would be another new name on the championship trophy. Raunds again were the dominant force having had a good indoor season all year, and they won the gold medal by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Sandhurst National Championships Squad

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The final mens weight class of the day was the 680kg competition. Like the 640kg event, this was again a very close competition. Uppertown, the defending champions from 2013 went through the group stage without losing an end. The competition between the rest of the teams was close, and in the end, it was Sheen who progressed to the final in second place in the group. The bronze medal match was between Raunds and Kilroe, and as with the 640kg competition, the bronze medal match went to three ends. Kilroe took the first end, and after another two very close ends, Raunds took the next two to win bronze and their 4th medal of the day. The final saw Sheen throw everything they could at defending champions Uppertown, however it wasn’t quite enough and Uppertown took their second national title of the day by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Kilroe Men and Ladies National Indoor Championships Squad

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The day finished with the mixed 4+4 competition at 600kg with Kilroe and Kilroe ladies contesting the final. The first end was tight with Kilroe taking the end. Kilroe then took the final end needed to secure the gold medal, with Kilroe ladies taking silver.

Well done to all of the teams who took part at this years championships, and thank you to everyone for their continued support for indoor tug of war. The officials on the day were Ray Fray Smith, Peter Craft, Mick Grimston, Roger Beardsmore, Dave Kitchener, Vic Ludkin, Mick Selwood, Wendy Dyer, Betty Craft, Jill Thomas.

This was the final tug of war competition of 2014. We hope that everyone has enjoyed their tug of war this year, and we look forward to seeing everyone on the tug of war circuit in 2015!

Results Summary

Men 640kg - Gold - Uppertown - Silver - Kilroe - Bronze - Raunds

Men Catchweight - Gold - Sheen - Silver - Kilroe

Men 560kg - Gold
- Raunds - Silver - Sandhurst

Men 720kg - Gold - Sheen - Silver - Kilroe

Men 600kg - Gold
- Raunds - Silver - Sandhurst

Men 680kg - Gold - Uppertown - Silver - Sheen - Bronze - Raunds

Mixed 600kg - Gold
- Kilroe - Silver - Kilroe Ladies


30/11/2014 - INDOOR LEAGUE WEEK 5 RESULTS

Teams Competing - Raunds, Sheen, Kilroe, Sandhurst, Uppertown, Kilroe Ladies.

Results:

Catchweight - Winners - Raunds - Runners Up - Kilroe

720kg - Winners - Sheen - Runners Up - Kilroe

680kg - Winners - Raunds - Runners Up - Sheen

640kg - Winners - Raunds - Runners Up - Uppertown

620kg - Winners - Raunds - Runners Up - Uppertown

600kg - Winners - Raunds - Runners Up - Sheen

Report and pictures to follow


23/11/2014 - INDOOR LEAGUE WEEK 4 RESULTS

Teams competing - Raunds, Kilroe, Sheen, Uppertown, Sandhurst, Kilroe Ladies.

This weekend, teams took to the mats again in five different weight classes, with some good competitive matches in most weight classes. The final results were as follows:

Catchweight - Winners - Raunds - Runners Up - Kilroe

680kg - Winners
- Raunds - Runners Up - Kilroe

640kg - Winners
- Raunds - Runners Up - Uppertown

620kg - Winners - Raunds - Runners Up - Sheen

600kg - Winners - Raunds - Runners Up - Sheen


16/11/2014 - AAA INDOOR TUG OF WAR CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS

Teams competing - Raunds (A and B), Kilroe (A and B), Kilroe Ladies (A and B), Uppertown, Sandhurst, Sheen

This weekend a small, but dedicated number of teams took part in the annual AAA Indoor Tug of War Championships at the Harry Mitchell Centre in Smethwick, West Midlands. The event kicked off with the catchweight competition, which was well fought out and closely contested. Raunds and Uppertown started off with a great first pull, which after two very close ends which went backwards and forwards resulted in a 2 ends to 0 win for Uppertown. In the other match first on, Kilroe and Sheen had another competitive contest, with Sheen winning the match by 2 ends to 0. In the remainder of the competition, Kilroe went 1-1 with Uppertown and Raunds, with Sheen defeating Raunds, and then Uppertown defeating Sheen. Sheen and Uppertown both progressed to the final and after a substitution by Sheen to alter the balance of their team, Sheen went on to claim the AAA gold medal at catchweight by 2 ends to 0 against Uppertown. Photo: Sheen Catchweight Team - AAA Gold Medallists

The 640kilos competition also saw a small entry of teams, with Raunds and Kilroe going on to contest the final. Raunds put in a good performance to win the gold medal by 2 ends to 0 and win their first AAA Indoor title since 2000. Photo: Kilroe 640kg team - AAA Silver Medallists

The open competitions were held at 600kg, 620kg and 680kg. The 600kg competition was split into two groups, with Raunds A winning group 1 and Sheen winning group 2. In the final, Raunds A continued their good run of form to win the competition by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Raunds 640kg Team - AAA Gold Medallists

The 680kg competition was run as a single large group with the top two teams after the round robin stage going through to the final. The top two teams to emerge were Raunds A and Uppertown. Uppertown again competed strongly to win the final by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Uppertown Catchweight team - AAA Silver Medallists

The final weight of the day was the 620kg competition. Another keenly contested weight class, with no teams going through the competition without dropping ends, it was eventually Raunds A and Raunds B who finished top of the group to meet each other again in the final. Raunds A won the competition against their B team to round off a good day for them.

Results:

AAA Catchweight - Gold
- Sheen - Silver - Uppertown

AAA 640kg - Gold - Raunds - Silver - Kilroe

Open Competition

600kg - Winners
- Raunds A - Runners Up - Sheen

680kg - Winners - Uppertown - Runners Up - Raunds A

620kg - Winners
- Raunds A - Runners Up - Raunds B


TWIF MAGAZINE - NOVEMBER 2014

You can download and read the latest edition of the TWIF (Tug of War International Federation) magazine by clicking here. The TWIF magazine features articles from the recent World Outdoor Championships held in the USA, as well as an article from the GENSB Youth International Competition held in England.


09/11/2014 – INDOOR LEAGUE WEEK 2 - RESULTS

This weekend, the second competition of the indoor season took place at the Harry Mitchell Centre in the West Midlands.

After the teams had weighed in, a two minutes silence was held at 11am to mark our respects for remembrance Sunday. Following on from the two minutes silence, teams contested five weight classes at catchweight, 600kg, 620kg, 640kg, and 680kg.

Teams from Raunds (A and B), Sheen, Kilroe Men, Kilroe Ladies, Uppertown and Sandhurst took part in the event, with the final results as follows:

Catchweight – Winners – Raunds A – Runners Up – Uppertown

620kg – Winners – Raunds A – Runners Up – Raunds B

680kg – Winners – Uppertown – Runners Up – Sheen

600kg – Winners
– Uppertown – Runners Up – Raunds A

640kg – Winners
– Raunds A – Runners Up – Kilroe

The next competition is the AAA tug of war championships at 640kg and Catchweight, along with open weight classes. All teams and supporters are encouraged to attend.


02/11/2014 – INDOOR LEAGUE WEEK 1 RESULTS

This weekend saw the first indoor competition of the 2014/15 season take place at the Harry Mitchell Centre in the West Midlands with a small number of committed teams taking part. Raunds had the largest squad of pullers competing on the day, fielding A and B teams in three weight classes. The indoor circuit also saw Kilroe Ladies return to the tug of war scene after a period of absence. The teams competing were as follows: Raunds (A and B), Sandhurst, Uppertown, Kilroe Men and Kilroe Ladies.

The final results were as follows:

Catchweight – Winners
– Raunds A – Runners Up – Kilroe

640 – Winners
– Uppertown – Runners Up – Raunds A

680 – Winners – Raunds A – Runners Up – Uppertown

620 – Winners
– Sandhurst – Runners Up – Raunds B

600 – Winners – Raunds A – Runners Up - Sandhurst


MR JOHN JOHNSTON

It is with great sadness that John Johnston passed away last Thursday  23rd October 2014.  A service will be held at Parndon Wood, Harlow, Herts at 2.30pm on Friday 31st October 2014 and then after at Halsey Masonic Hall in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire.   

Johnnie was a well respected member of the TOWA who pulled for Cheshunt TOW Club and on his retirement as a puller, he went on to become the club’s Coach.  

The Club were the first Club to stage a competition on a Sunday and had twelve teams in attendance. Johnnie along with Rex Trollop were the originators of the Rosedale League in 1970 which remains in name today.  

Johnnie was a police officer, and at one competition he turned up in his panda car, a (Morris Minor) opened his boot and delivered two tug of war ropes whilst still on duty.  

He was also the first member to attempt to include a female in his team. Sid Butcher was the Chief Judge, so one can imagine the heat of the debate. Needles to say Sid won the argument, but that didn’t stop Johnnie forming a team of females.  

Our sincere condolences go to his family, who are in our thoughts at this sad time.


HERBERT MAYORS

The Tug of War Association is saddened to learn of the passing of Mr. Herbert Mayors. Herbert was  the coach of Adlington Young Farmers Tug of War Club (Cheshire) during the 1970’s, coaching the team to victory in the mens 680kg national championships in 1971, with the team also finishing as runners up in the 640kg national championship that same year.  Our thoughts go out to Herbert’s family and friends.


19/10/2014 - FLANDERS CUP, BELGIUM

Well done to the English teams competing at the Flanders Cup at the Weekend - York, Raunds, LCS, Holland 1 and Holland 2 competed at the event which sees teams of 7 weigh in at 550kg, or teams can enter teams of 6 pullers with no weight limit. Photo: Holland TOWC - 2014 Flanders Cup Finalists

After a very long afternoon of a straight 15 competition, Photo is Holland TOWC made the Final against Familie Jannsens from Belgium. On this occasion Familie Jannsenns took home the Flanders Cup despite a great effort from Holland. Well done to all the teams for a great performance, and also to York TOWC pulled their way through to a great fifth place. Photo: York TOWC - 5th Place at the Flanders Cup

Results and photos courtesy of Steve Gardner.


19/10/2014 - YORKSHIRE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS - COUNTRYSIDE LIVE - HARROGATE

Teams Competing - Ladies - Penistone, Billsborrow, Ingleby Cross, Vale-o-lune, Calderdale - Men - Calderdale, Ingleby Cross, Longridge, Billsborrow, Pontefract, Bosley, Chipping, Upper Wharfdale - Mixed 4+4 - Penistone, Longridge, Billsborrow, Calderdale, Ingleby Cross, Chipping.

This years Yorkshire Open Championships were again held at the Countryside Live agricultural show at the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate. The event was well supported by teams from Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cheshire in the mens, ladies and mixed competitions, with the weather remaining dry. The competition was run on a points basis, with matches pulled as best of three ends, rather than the TWIF format of best of two ends. Photo: Penistone Ladies

The first weight of the day was the ladies 580kg competition with 5 teams competing. The competition opened with a very exciting three end pull between the ladies teams of Billsborrow and Vale-o-Lune, both from Lancashire. Billsborrow took a close first end, with Vale-o-Lune taking the next two ends to win the match. Vale-o-Lune only lost another to ends to the eventual winners Penistone from Yorkshire (runners up in the National YFC Ladies final in August), who won the competition without losing an end. Photo: Vale-o-Lune Ladies

The Mixed 4+4 weight was pulled as 660kg. Penistone emerged as the strongest team in this weight class, again winning the competition without losing an end. The battle for second place was very close between the two teams from Lancashire, Longridge and Billsborrow, with Longridge winning this match by two ends to nil to finish as eventual runners up. Photo: Longridge

The mens weights then followed, the first weight being 600kg. Longridge YFC were outstanding in this weight class, winning the competition without losing an end and hardly losing any ground. Their Lancashire rivals Billsborrow finished as the worthy runners up. Photo: Billsborrow

The 640kg competition featured a very close and exciting pull first on between the very strong team of Billsborrow and Bosley, which went to three ends. Billsborrow took the first end, with Bosley taking the next two, which took a lot out of both teams. Going into the later stages of the competition, Bosley and Longridge emerged as the top two teams, and these two teams had another tough match, going all the way to three ends. Longridge took the first end with Bosley having to battle hard to take the next two ends. Another great match. At the end of a very close competition, Bosley finished as winners, with Longridge finishing as runners up. Photo: Upper Wharfedale

The final weight of the competition was the mens 680kg competition. This weight was split into two groups, with the top two teams from each group progressing to the semi finals. The semi finals saw Billsborrow, Chipping, Upper Wharfedale and Bosley progress. Billsborrow defeated Chipping in their semi final, and Bosley defeated Upper Wharfedale in the other semi final. The final was another exiting pull between Billsborrow and Bosley, with Billsborrow coming very close to taking the first end, only for Bosley to take it all the way back over the line. Another hard fought second end saw Bosley take the win. Photo: Bosley

Well done to all of the teams who took part and made this a good event, along with the officials Stuart Bell, Adrian Willis, and Colleen Scruton. Thanks again to the Yorkshire Agricultural Society for providing the venue and the prizes.

Results:

Ladies 580kg - Winners - Penistone - Runners Up - Vale-o-Lune

Mixed 660kg 4+4 - Winners - Penistone - Runners Up - Longridge

Men 600kg - Winners - Longridge - Runners Up - Billsborrow

Men 640kg - Winners - Bosley - Runners Up - Longridge

Men 680kg - Winners - Bosley - Runners Up - Billsborrow


31/08/2014 - WORLD OUTDOOR TUG OF WAR CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS - DAY 4

Today was the final day of the 2014 World Outdoor Tug of War Championships, with England being represented in the Mixed 600kg 4+4 and the Mens 640kg competition.

MEN 640KG WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULT

The final mens weight class of the World Championships was the 640kg competition. In this weight class, England were represented by a composite team. Under TOWA rules, teams who win more than one weight class at a national championship can only select one weight class to represent England at, and because other teams who were eligible to represent England at 640kg were unable to travel to the USA, a composite team was formed to ensure that England were represented. The English team was made up of pullers from Norton, Lincoln, Sandhurst and Oxney Vines Cross.

Photo: England 640kg team competing at the World Outdoor Tug of War Championships

The 640kg competition was split into two groups, and on paper, England were drawn in a tough group against Switzerland, Germany, Netherlands, South Africa, Italy and Canada. England started off with a good 2 ends to 0 win against the Netherlands, before defeat to Switzerland. England then went on to defeat South Africa, Italy and Canada, with their final match against Germany. The result of the match between England and Germany would decide who would go through to the semi finals. In this match, the pull went to 1 end each, meaning that both teams finished on level points. When the TWIF criteria was applied, England finished in third place in the group on cautions.

When TWIF international competitions are split into groups, teams pull for placings to determine the overall world ranking. As such, England went into a 5th place pull against Ireland who finished third in the other group. England wrapped up the competition with an excellent 2 ends to 0 win over Ireland to finish in 5th place overall. Well done to our squad of 640kg pullers. The final result was as follows:

Gold – Switzerland

Silver
– Sweden

Bronze
– Germany

4th
– Basque Country


MIXED 600KG WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULT

Photo: England 600kg mixed team competing at the World Outdoor Tug of War Championships

England were represented in this weight class by a composite team formed of pullers from Bedford, Holland, Oxney Vines Cross and Raunds. The competition was pulled in a straight group with the top four teams going through to the semi finals. England performed well in the group, starting off with a good 2 ends to 0 win over Chinese Taipei, and also recorded wins against the USA and South Africa to secure a place in the semi finals. In the semi finals, England were defeated against reigning champions Sweden and went into the bronze medal match against the Basque Country. England again performed strongly, but it wasn’t enough against the Basque team and England finished in a respectable 4th position. The final result was as follows:

Gold – Sweden

Silver – Netherlands

Bronze
– Basque Country

4th
- England


UNDER 23 600KG WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULT

Unfortunately we had no England team competing in this weight class, however the final result was as follows:

Gold – Switzerland

Silver
– Sweden

Bronze
– Germany

4th
– South Africa


LADIES 500KG WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULT

Unfortunately we had no England team competing in this weight class, however the final result was as follows:

Gold
– Chinese Taipei

Silver
– Sweden

Bronze
– Switzerland

4th
– USA


WORLD OUTDOOR TUG OF WAR CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS - DAY 3

Today was the first day of the closed international competition at the World Championships, with each country being represented by their best teams of pullers in each weight class. England were represented in the mens 700kg and 580kg competitions.

MEN 700KG WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT

Photo: England 700kg team competing at the World Outdoor Tug of War Championships

In the mens 700kg competition, England were represented by Lincoln. The 700kg competition was split into two groups, and England were drawn in a group which included defending champions Ireland and European 720kg champions the Netherlands. England made a great start to the competition to defeat Ireland first on and set them up nicely for the rest of the competition. England progressed well through the group, only losing to the Netherlands to finish second place in the group and go through to the semi finals. In the semi finals, England met a very good Switzerland team and lost by 2 ends to 0 to miss out on a place in the final. In the bronze medal pull, England met the Netherlands again who were defeated in their semi final by Sweden. England gave another excellent account of themselves, but unfortunately missed out on the bronze medal by 2 ends to 0. Well done to England and our representative team, Lincoln. The final result was as follows:

Gold - Switzerland

Silver - Sweden

Bronze - Netherlands

4th - England


MEN 580KG WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT

Photo: England 580kg team competing at the World Outdoor Tug of War Championships

In the men 580kg competition, England were represented by Norton. The 580kg competition was split into two groups, and England were in a group which contained the USA, Canada, South Africa, Ireland ad Chinese Taipei. England again performed strongly in the group stages starting with a good 2 ends to 0 win over Ireland, and won all of their remaining matches in the group to finish top of the group and progress through to the semi finals. In the semi finals, England met the Basque Country and went on to secure a 2 ends to 0 win to progress to the final with a silver medal guaranteed. In the final, England met Switzerland, a repeat of the 2012 World final, and what a great final it was. England battled hard on the first end which went to 5 minutes, Switzerland just edging the pull, England fighting all the way to the line. The second end was not as long, but another great effort by England. Unfortunately, it was not to be and England were defeated by 2 ends to 0 against an excellent Switzerland side. Well done England and our representatives Norton. Final Result:

Gold - Switzerland

Silver - England

Bronze - Basque Country

4th - Ireland


WORLD OUTDOOR TUG OF WAR CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS - DAY 2

MEN 640KG WORLD OPEN CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULT

Oxney Vines Cross competed in this weight class, which was split into two large groups, with the top two teams from each group going through to the semi finals. Oxney were drawn in group 2, which turned out to be very competitive. Defending champions from 2012 Ebersecken topped the group unbeaten, however there was a three-way tie between Oxney Vines Cross, Boley from Ireland and Fam. Janssens from Belgium for second place. After the TWIF criteria was applied, Oxney missed out on going to the semi finals at the expense of Boley from Ireland. Well Done Oxney. The final result was as follows:

Gold – Ebersecken (Switzerland)

Silver
– TTV Veenseboys (Netherlands)

Bronze
– TTV Bison (Netherlands)

4th
– Boley (Ireland)


MIXED 600KG WORLD OPEN CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT

There were no English clubs competing in this weight class today, however the final result was as follows:

Gold
– Gaztedi (Basque Country)

Silver
– TTV Jagersrust (Netherlands)

Bronze
– TTV Eibergen (Netherlands)

4th
– Fam. Janssens (Belgium)


UNDER 23 600KG WORLD OPEN CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT

There were no English clubs competing in this weight class today, however the final result was as follows:

Gold
– Simonswald (Germany)

Silver
– Mosnang (Switzerland)

Bronze
– Wynland B (South Africa)

4th
– Wynland A (South Africa)


LADIES 500KG WORLD OPEN CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT

There were no English clubs competing in this weight class today, however the final result was as follows:

Gold – Jingmei (Chinese Taipei)

Silver
– Gaztedi (Basque Country)

Bronze – DJ’s A (USA)

4th
– Allgäu Power Zell (Germany)


WORLD OUTDOOR TUG OF WAR CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS - DAY 1

MEN 580KG WORLD OPEN CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT

Photo: Norton TOWC competing in the Open Club competition at the World Outdoor Tug of War Championships

Norton and Oxney Vines Cross both competed in the 580kg world open club competition, which was a competition split into 4 groups, with the top two teams from each group going through to the quarter finals. Norton performed strongly in their group, finishing top without losing an end ahead of Goiherri from the Basque Country. Unfortunately, Oxney had a much more difficult time of things and failed to progress from their group, with Mount Vernon from the USA and TTV Veenseboys from the Netherlands emerging as the top two teams in their group. In the quarter finals, Norton met TTV Eibergen from the Netherlands, and took a good 2 ends to 0 win to reach the semi finals against home team Mount Vernon. Norton won that pull again by 2 ends to 0 to reach the final. In the final, Norton met the defending champions Engelberg from Switzerland, where unfortunately they succumbed to a 2 ends to 0 defeat to win the silver medal. Well done Norton and Oxney. The final result was as follows:

Gold – Engelberg (Switzerland)

Silver – Norton (England)

Bronze – Gaztedi (Basque Country)

4th – Mount Vernon (USA)

MEN 700KG WORLD OPEN CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULT

In 700kg world open competition, Lincoln were the English club represented in this weight class. The team competed well in the event that was split into two large groups. With the top two teams from each group going through to the semi finals. Lincoln lost one match in the group stage to TTV Bison from the Netherlands, and went 1 end each with Lakehill from Ireland. Lakehill took an end off TTV Bison to finish 1 point ahead of Lincoln, meaning that Lincoln finished third in the group to miss out on the semi finals. Well done Lincoln. The final result was as follows:

Gold – Ebersecken (Switzerland)

Silver – TTV Bison (Netherlands)

Bronze – TTV Heure (Netherlands)

4th – Lakehill (Ireland)

JUNIOR 560KG WORLD OPEN CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULT

Unfortunately there are no English junior teams competing in the USA, however the final result was as follows:

Gold – Luthern (Switzerland)

Silver – Vedum AIS (Sweden)

Bronze – Oakdale A (South Africa)

4th – Oakdale B (South Africa)

LADIES 540KG WORLD OPEN CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULT

Unfortunately there are no English Ladies teams competing in the USA, however the final result was as follows:

Gold – Jingmei (Chinese Taipei)

Silver – Gonten (Switzerland)

Bronze – Gaztedi (Basque Country)

4th – DJ’s A (USA)


GENSB PHOTOS AND VIDEOS

You can view photos from the 2014 GENSB Youth International Tournament via our Facebook page by clicking here

You can view a full playlist of videos from the knock-out stages of the GENSB competition by clicking here

You can download the GENSB Result Book by clicking here


23/08/2014 - GENSB YOUTH INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT RESULTS

Once again the young pullers of Europe gathered to compete under the GENSB banner. This year’s GENSB tournament was hosted by the Tug of War Association at St Martin’s Plain, Folkestone, Kent in association with the Army Cadet Force. Around 550 Competitors from 9 different countries formed 39 junior teams made up of junior male and junior female pullers.

39 teams from 9 nations entered the competition (Germany 3 teams, England 8 teams, Netherlands 6 teams, Switzerland 6 teams, Belgium 7 teams, plus guests Ireland 2 teams, Northern Ireland 1 team, Scotland 2 teams, Lithuania 3 teams plus 1 Europa Mix). The GENSB competition saw Northern Ireland and Scotland enter junior teams into the event for the first time. Photo: Gloucester ACF Girls carry the GENSB Flag into the arena

The ethos of the GENSB competition is a friendly international event, hosted on a budget, with the price of accommodation capped at an affordable level for competitors. Studies by Sport England suggest that in addition to access to transport and the availability of good facilities, cost is a huge barrier to participation in sport by young people. As such, GENSB is an important event in terms of encouraging young people involved in tug of war, and this is demonstrated by the number of countries that take part in GENSB every year. Photo: The GENSB flag is raised

With the world championships only a week away, some teams made a choice between competing at GENSB or the World Championships in the USA, which was unfortunate, however having 39 junior teams competing at an international event is still a strong entry.

England had 8 teams competing in the event as follows – England Barbarians (a composite team of pullers from Somerset ACF, Gloucester ACF, Felton Eccles and Oxney Vines Cross); Gloucester ACF Boys; Gloucester ACF Girls; Gloucester/Somerset ACF; Derbyshire ACF, J Coy (Somerset) ACF; Leicester Northants and Rutland ACF and Parbold YFC. Parbold YFC and Derbyshire ACF were competing at the GENSB international competition for the first time. Photo: Parbold YFC

England had a total of 69 competitors taking part in the event, made up of 43 boys and 26 girls.

The competition was split into 3 groups of 10 and 1 group of 9. All of the teams from England gave an excellent account of themselves in the group stages. The top 4 teams from each group progressed through to the last 16 knock-out stage and in many cases, the competition to get through was very close. Notable mentions go to Gloucester ACF girls who competed with 10 girls against other teams of boys, or mixed teams containing boys and girls and also Derbyshire ACF who gave a good account of themselves after entering this event for the first time. It was also a baptism of fire for Parbold YFC who recently won the GENSB competition at the National Federation of Young Farmers Finals. Parbold finished 5th in their group to just miss out on a place in the knock-out stages. Parbold a certainly keen to enter the 2015 GENSB competition in the Netherlands. The combined team from Gloucester and Somerset ACF also finished 5th in their group. Photo: Gloucester ACF Boys

The England Barbarians and Gloucester ACF Boys performed strongly in their group, with the England Barbarians finishing as runners up to Sins from Switzerland in their group. Gloucester ACF Boys were also in the same group, and they progressed in joint third place with TTV Schijf from the Netherlands. Photo: England Barbarians

The last 16 matches were as follows:  

Mosnang (Switzerland) vs Ramygala (Lithuania)
TTV Schijf (Netherlands) vs TTV Powerrangers (Belgium)
TTV De Spoortrekkers (Netherlands) vs England Barbarians
TTV Bison (Netherlands) vs TTV Elektrotrekkers (Belgium)
Appenzel (Switzerland) vs Eire OG (Ireland)
Ebersecken (Switzerland) vs Gloucester ACF Boys
Sins (Switzerland) vs Walkirch (Switzerland)
Simonswald (Germany) vs Eschbachtal (Germany)

You can watch a video of last 16 matches 1-4 by clicking here.
You can watch a video of last 16 matches 5-8 by clicking here.

Ramygala, TTV Powerrangers, England Barbarians, TTV Elektrotrekkers, Appenzel, Ebersecken, Sins and Eschbachtal progressed to the quarter finals. The quarter final line up was as follows:

Ramygala (Lithuania) vs TTV Powerrangers (Belgium)
TTV Elecktrotrekkers (Belgium) vs England Barbarians
Ebersecken (Swizerland) vs Appenzell (Switzerland)
Sins (Switzerland) vs Eschbachtal (Germany)

Unfortunately, the England barbarians succumbed to a 2 ends to 0 defeat against the Elektrotrekkers to miss out on a place in the semi finals, but getting this far in an international competition was a fantastic achievement. TTV Electrotrekkers were joined in the semi finals by Ebersecken, TTV Powerrangers and Sins. Photo: Gloucester/Somerset ACF

You can watch a video of the quarter final matches by clicking here

The semi finals featured two teams from Switzerland and two teams from Belgium. Sins and Ebersecken faced each other in the first semi final, and Powerrangers and Elektrotrekkers faced each other in the second semi final, meaning that both Switzerland and Belgium were each guaranteed a team in the final. Ebersecken and Elecktrotrekkers won their respective semi finals to reach the final, leaving Sins and Powerrangers to fight it out for the bronze medal. Photo: Derby ACF

You can watch a video of the semi final matches by clicking here

The bronze medal match saw Sins take the bronze medal by 2 ends to 0, which never looked in doubt. The final was between Ebersecken and Elektrotrekkers, two teams who had gone through the competition without losing an end. Both teams performed very strongly, but it was the very good team from Switzerland who took the gold medal by 2 ends to 0 to become the 2014 GENSB Champions. Photo: Leicester, Northants and Rutland ACF

You can watch the first end of the bronze medal match by clicking here
You can watch the second end of the bronze medal match by clicking here
You can watch the first end of the final by clicking here
You can watch the second end of the final by clicking here

At the end of the competition, medals were presented to the winning teams, and awards and thanks were given to all participants and the officials. The GENSB flag was then handed over by Vic Ludkin (England GENSB representative and chair of the GENSB committee) to the Netherlands who host next years competition. Well done to everyone who took part and thanks to the Army Cadet Force for looking after everyone over the weekend. Photo: Gloucester ACF Girls

The GENSB trophy and medals were presented by Her Majesty’s Deputy Lord-Lieutenant of Kent Lieutenant Colonel Richard C B Dixon TD DL. Medals to the officials were presented by the German Attache. Photo: J Coy (Somerset) ACF

The final rankings for the England teams were as follows:  

England Barbarians – 8th
Gloucester ACF – 16th
Parbold YFC – 18th
Gloucester/Somerset ACF – 20th
Leicester, Northants and Rutland ACF – 36th 
J Coy Somerset ACF – 37th
Gloucester ACF Girls – 38th
Derby ACF – 39th

The top 8 rankings are summarised as follows:  

Gold – Ebersecken (Switzerland)
Silver – TTV Elektrotrekkers (Belgium)
Bronze – Sins (Switzerland)
4th – TTV Powerrangers (Belgium)
5th – Ramygala (Lithuania)
6th – TZC Eschbachtal (Germany)
7th – Appenzell (Switzerland)
8th – England Barbarians (England)

England Officials – Vic Ludkin, Ray Fray-Smith, Peter Craft, Ian Grant, Gavin Corden, Betty Craft, Yvonne Ludkin  

In previous years we have reported on the educational visits undertaken by the cadets after the tournament. This year we would like to thank Major Masson’s team of cadets, officers and volunteers who worked so hard to get the camp and pulling arena ready for the event. Photo: The winning team of Ebersecken from Switzerland - 2014 GENSB Champions

Also our thanks to all the Association members, clubs and areas which supported the event by bring ropes, scales, equipment, barriers etc. In addition our thanks to those who acted as judges, marshals, recorders or just came along to support. We cannot mention you all by name, but our thanks for helping to make the event a success.   

Finally, congratulations to all the English teams who competed with commitment and maturity. Photo: the GENSB Officials


UNDER 23 UK CHAMPIONSHIPS REPORT

Please see the Under 23 Tug of War page for a report from the recent UK Championships held in Northern Ireland.


17/08/2014 - NATIONAL LEAGUE FINALS - RESULTS

Following the completion of 8 rounds of national league competitions during the course of the season, the final results are as follows after the final event held at Daventry Rugby Club:

Men 600kg - Gold - Oxney Vines Cross - Silver - Holland TOWC - Bronze - Felton Eccles

Men 640kg - Gold - Oxney Vines Cross - Silver - Norton - Bronze - Lincoln

Men 680kg - Gold - Norton - Silver - Oxney Vines Cross - Bronze - Lincoln

Well done to all of the teams who have taken part in the various league events throughout the season.

More to follow.

The ladies and youth league finals will be taking place on Sunday 14th September. Please see the fixtures page for info.


UK OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS - VIDEOS

Videos from some of the finals and bronze medal pulls at the UK Outdoor Tug of War Championships which took place in Belfast on Friday 1st August are now available via our YouTube Channel by clicking here.


10/08/2014 - INTER COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS AND BEDFORD LADIES OPEN COMPETITION RESULTS

Inter County Championships

Men 640 Kilos - Winners
- Staffordshire A (represented by Norton) - Runners Up - Sussex (represented by Oxney Vines Cross)

Men 680 Kilos - Winners
- Staffordshire A  (represented by Norton) - Runners Up - Derbyshire (represented by Two Dales)

Open Competition

Men 700 Kilos - Winners - Lincoln - Runners Up - Two Dales

Men 600 Kilos - Winners - Oxney Vines Cross - Runners Up - Felton Eccles A

Ladies 500 Kilos - Winners - Bedford Ladies - Runners Up - Holland Ladies

Ladies 540 Kilos - Winners - Bedford Ladies - Runners Up - Holland Ladies

Mixed 600 Kilos - Winners - Bedford - Runners Up - Norton


01/08/2014 & 02/08/2014 - UK CHAMPIONSHIPS - RESULTS SUMMARY

The 2014 UK outdoor tug of war championships were this year held at the City of Belfast Playing Fields in Northern Ireland. A and B teams from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland took part in the event, with weights taking place for mens teams, ladies teams, mixed teams, junior mens teams and junior ladies teams.

The closed competition kicked off with a short opening ceremony followed by the mens 600 kilos competition and the ladies 520 kilos competition.

Photo: England A 600kg team (represented by Bosley)

The mens 600 kilos competition saw Bosley represent England A and Felton Eccles represent England B. England also had a C team competing in the event made up of Under 23 pullers. England B started with a defeat to Northern Ireland A, and England A started off with a 2 ends to 0 win over Wales A, the first end being very close with Wales A having England A to the line. England C started off with a defeat to Northern Ireland B. England A and England B then went on to pick up points, whilst the England C team battled hard through the competition gaining valuable experience on the way. By the time the last round of matches came around, the A and B teams from England and Northern Ireland were already guaranteed a place in the semi finals, although the final placings were not a full gone conclusion to determine the draw for the semi finals. The last round of pulling saw Northern Ireland’s A and B teams face each other, and likewise, the England A and B teams faced each other.

Photo: England B 600kg team (represented by Felton Eccles)

Northern Ireland A were already guaranteed top spot having not lost an end so far. England B were second, and Northern Ireland B and England A were level on points. Northern Ireland B were content on a place in the top four and opted to conserve energy against Northern Ireland A, whilst England B and England A battled it out to ensure second and third place and to fight it out again for a place in the final. The final pull between these two teams went 1-1.

In the semi finals, England A met England B and Northern Ireland A met Northern Ireland B. Northern Ireland B were content to walk forward in the semi final and focus their attention on the bronze medal. England A and England B took part in a very competitive semi final, the first end going to almost 6 minutes and the second end to around 4 minutes. England B won the pull by 2 ends to 0 to make the final.

In the bronze medal pull, England A met Northern Ireland B. One team had about a minute of pulling in their last four ends, and the other team had around 15 – 20 minutes of pulling in their last four ends. England A competed well, but the fresh legs of Northern Ireland B took the bronze medal. In the final, England B met the defending champions of Northern Ireland A. In a good competitive match, Northern Ireland A performed strongly to take the two ends and a well deserved gold medal.

England Ladies 520kg team (represented by Bedford)

The ladies 520 kilos competition saw Bedford Ladies represent England A, and Sheen Ladies represent England B, who were up against the other ladies teams from Wales and Scotland. The competition was held in a round robin points competition with the top four teams progressing to the semi finals. As with the mens 600 kilos competition, both England teams progressed to the semi finals along with Scotland A and Scotland B. In the semi finals, England A defeated Scotland B, whilst Scotland A defeated England B, meaning that both countries would have a team fighting for a gold or a bronze medal.

In the bronze medal pull, England B set to the task well and performed strongly to take the bronze medal by 2 ends to 0. The final was a good advert for ladies teams, with the pull going all the way to three ends. England A took the first end, but Scotland A took the second end. On the deciding end, England A managed to get a fast drop and took Scotland A over the line to secure a hard earned gold medal.

The next session of competition saw the mens 680 kilos competition and the ladies 520 kilos competition take place.

The 680 kilos competition saw England A being represented by Two Dales, with England B being represented by Lincoln. This competition certainly turned out to be fiercely competitive and very unpredictable with no team going through the group stages without dropping points. England A topped the group, closely followed by Scotland A, Northern Ireland A and England B, with 3 points separating first and fourth.

Photo: England A 680kg team (represented by Two Dales)

In the semi finals, England A met England B, whilst Scotland A met Northern Ireland A. Both semi finals were very competitive. Northern Ireland beat Scotland in a good match by 2 ends to 0, whilst the two England teams went to three ends. England A took the first end, however England B then made a substitution to bring on a fresh pair of legs, which had a good impact as they took the second end. In the deciding end, England B maintained their ascendency and they took the third end to reach the final.

Photo: England B 680kg team (represented by Lincoln)

In the bronze medal pull, England A looked to try and win the bronze medal, however Scotland A performed the strongest and they took the bronze medal by 2 ends to 0. The final between England B and Northern Ireland A was another fiercely competitive match, the first end going to over 4 minutes of hard graft before England B were disqualified for receiving three cautions. On the second end, England B had Northern Ireland moving from the drop, but stopped short from the line and Northern Ireland managed to take the rope back and win the gold medal at 680kg for the first time.

In the ladies 560kg competition, England A were represented by Holland Ladies, whilst England B were represented by a composite team. Both teams again performed well in the group stage, with England B topping the group. England B also finished in the top four along with Wales A and Scotland A. In the semi finals, England B defeated England A, whilst Wales A defeated Scotland A.

In the bronze medal pull, England A met Scotland A, and despite the England A team’s best efforts, Scotland A took the bronze medal. In the final, England B put in a dominant performance against a very spirited Wales A team to take the gold medal by 2 ends to 0.

The final senior weight of the day was the mixed 600kg competition. This competition was, like the 680kg competition very competitive and hugely unpredictable. England A were represented by Bedford, and England B were represented by Holland. In the group stage, England A topped the group, followed by Scotland A, England B and Wales A. In the semi finals, England B defeated England A, and Scotland A defeated Wales A.

In the bronze medal pull, England A defeated Wales A by 2 ends to 0, and England B then went on to win the gold medal in the final against Scotland A by 2 ends to 0.

The closed junior weight classes were contested on the Saturday alongside the senior open competitions. Scotland, England and Northern Ireland entered teams into the junior weight classes, and this year, for the first time, we had a junior ladies competition.

Photo: England A Junior 560kg Team (represented by Somerset ACF)

In the junior mens competition, England A were represented by Somerset ACF, and England B were represented by Gloucester ACF. England’s A and B teams emerged as the top two teams in the group stages, and both progressed through to the final. The final turned out to be a great pull and another good advert for youth tug of war, with the final going all the way to three ends. England A won the first end, with England B winning the second end. On the decider, England A got a good fast drop and managed to generate enough momentum to bring England B over the line and take the gold medal.

Photo: England B Junior 560kg Team (represented by Gloucester ACF)

In the junior ladies competition, England were represented by Gloucester ACF. The junior ladies weight was contested at 480 kilos and in the group stage, England and Scotland emerged as the top two teams. In the final, England were the superior team and they took the gold medal by 2 ends to 0.

England A junior ladies 480kg team (represented by Gloucester ACF)

Well done to all of our junior representatives.

The open competition took place on the Saturday, and by stark contrast to the dry weather from the previous day, most of the competitions took place in torrential downpours! Bosley, Felton, Lincoln, Holland, Gloucester ACF, Somerset ACF, Bedford Ladies, Holland Ladies, and Sheen Ladies took part in the various mens, ladies, junior and mixed weights. Bedford Ladies dominated the ladies weights by winning both the ladies weights ahead of Cornhill from Scotland in the 520kg and Ballinastoe from Ireland in the 560kg. Bedford also took gold in the mixed 600kg ahead of Boyneside from Ireland. Somerset ACF finished as runners up in the junior 520kg competition to Rathkeale from Ireland, and Gloucester ACF won the junior ladies weight ahead of Glasgow and Lanarkshire ACF. In the mens weights, Bosley and Felton took part in the 580kg competition, finishing in 3rd and 4th respectively in the group stage, with both teams losing their respective semi finals to miss out on the final. Lincoln made the semi finals of the 640kg competition, but again missed out on a spot on the final. Photo: Bancran TOWC from Northern Ireland competing in the open competition the very heavy rain!

Well done to all of the England teams who took part at the 2014 UK championships and thank you to the Northern Ireland Association for their hospitality.

Results Summary

CLOSED

Men 600 – Gold
– Northern Ireland A – Silver – England B (Felton) – Bronze – Northern Ireland B – 4th England A (Bosley)

Men 680 – Gold
– Northern Ireland A – Silver – England B (Lincoln) – Bronze – Scotland A – 4th – England A (Two Dales)

600 4+4 – Gold – England B (Holland) – Silver – Scotland A – Bronze – England A (Bedford) – 4th - Wales A

Ladies 560 – Gold
– England B (Composite Team) – Silver – Wales A – Bronze – Scotland A – 4th – England A (Holland Ladies)

Ladies 520 – Gold – England A (Bedford Ladies) – Silver – Scotland A – Bronze – England B (Sheen Ladies) – 4th – Scotland B

Junior Men 560kg – Gold
– England A (Somerset ACF) – Silver – England B (Gloucester ACF) – Bronze – Scotland A

Junior Ladies 480kg – Gold
– England A (Gloucester ACF) – Silver – Scotland A – Bronze – Northern Ireland A

OPEN

Ladies 500kg
– Winners – Bedford Ladies – Runners Up – Cornhill (Scotland)

Ladies 540kg – Winners
– Bedford Ladies – Runners Up – Ballinastoe (Ireland)

Junior Men 520kg – Winners – Rathkeale (Ireland) – Runners Up – Somerset ACF

Junior Ladies 520kg – Winners
– Gloucester ACF – Runners Up – Glasgow and Lanarkshire ACF (Scotland)

600kg 4+4 – Winners – Holland – Runners Up – Lakehill (Ireland)

Men 580kg – Winners
– Bancran (Northern Ireland) – Runners Up – Derryogue (Northern Ireland)

Men 640kg – Winners
– Clonterm (Ireland) – Runners Up - Bancran (Northern Ireland)


02/08/2014 - NATIONAL FEDERATION OF YOUNG FARMERS TUG OF WAR FINALS - RESULTS

Men 680kg

1st – Derbyshire – 2nd – Essex – 3rd – Lancashire – 4th – Warwickshire

Ladies 580kg


1st
– Pembrokeshire – 2nd – Yorkshire – 3rd – Gwent – 4th – Derbyshire

GENSB

1st
– Lancashire – 2nd – Devon – 3rd – Brecknock – 4th - Cumbria

For a full report and photos from the event, click here for a news article by the National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs


27/07/2014 - SOUTH WEST OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS

Teams competing - Felton Eccles (A and B), Anstey, Oxney Vines Cross, Lincoln, Norton, Bosley, Two Dales, Somerset ACF, Holland

Results:

Catchweight - Winners -
Lincoln - Runners Up - Felton Eccles A

Men 640 - Winners - Norton - Runners Up - Felton Eccles A

Men 680 - Winners - Norton - Runners Up - Oxney Vines Cross

Men 600 - Winners
- Oxney Vines Cross - Runners Up - Bosley

Report and pictures to follow


20/07/2014 - FAR WESTERN AREA OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS

Men 600kg - Winners - Felton Eccles - Runners Up - Widecombe

Men 640kg - Winners - Widecombe - Runners Up - Anstey

Men 640kg - Winners - Widecombe - Runners Up - Anstey

Men 720kg - Winners - Felton Eccles - Runners Up - Widecombe

Ladies - Winners - Tavistock Ladies - Runners Up - Heldon Ladies


13/07/2014 – BOSLEY TOWC AND EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE CHARITY TUG OF WAR RESULTS

Teams competing – Bosley, Norton, Two Dales, Lincoln, Holland, Bedford Ladies, Holland Ladies, Gloucester ACF Boys, Gloucester ACF Girls, Upton YFC  

The East Cheshire Hospice Charity Tug of War Event was run by Bosley Tug of War Club, taking place at Chelford Village Hall in Cheshire. The event was supported mainly by the northern area teams, with 5 mens weights and 4 ladies/youth weights being held. The weather was dry, but the overnight rain softened the ground up, meaning that it cut up well to give the teams competing some tough ends against each other. Photo: Two Dales TOWC

In the mens weights, competitions from 620 kilos all the way up to catchweight were held. Norton were the dominant force on the day, winning all 5 weight classes on offer, but were pushed hard on some ends by the other teams taking part, so finishing in first place was never a full gone conclusion. Lincoln finished as the runners up in the 720 kilos and catchweight competition, with Holland finishing as runners up in the 680 kilos competition, and the host club Bosley finishing as runners up in the 640 kilos and 620 kilos competitions. Photo: Upton YFC Junior Team

The ladies and youth league competitions were held at 520 kilos and 560 kilos, with additional weights at 500 kilos and 540 kilos also being contested. There were some closely fought ends in these weight classes, and it was pleasing to see Upton YFC from Worcestershire travelling up to the event for their first taste of TOWA competition. Upton will be competing in the youth competition at the National Young Farmers Finals in August, and they came very close to getting a runners up medal in the 520 kilos competition earlier in the day. Gloucester ACF and Bedford Ladies both finished with two winners medals each, Gloucester winning the 520 and 560, and Bedford winning the 500 and 540. Photo: Norton TOWC   

This event also included a charity 6 a side competition aimed at teams from the local area. The final of this competition was contested by Macclesfield Young Farmers and the “Academy Ninjas”. In a closely fought match, Macclesfield won the final by 2 ends to 1. Photo: Bosley TOWC

This event raised a total of £200 for the East Cheshire Hospice, and thank you to everyone who came along to support the event. The officials on the day were Peter Craft, Mick Grimston and Betty Craft.

Results Summary  

Men 620 – Winners
– Norton – Runners Up – Bosley  

Men Catchweight – Winners
– Norton – Runners Up – Lincoln  

Men 640 – Winners
– Norton – Runners Up – Bosley  

Men 720 – Winners
– Norton – Runners Up – Lincoln  

Men 680 – Winners
– Norton – Runners Up – Holland  

Ladies/Youth 520 – Winners – Gloucester ACF – Runners Up – Bedford  

Ladies/Youth 560 – Winners
– Gloucester ACF – Runners Up – Bedford  

Ladies/Youth 500 – Winners – Bedford – Runners Up – Holland  

Ladies/Youth 540 – Winners
– Bedford – Runners Up – Gloucester ACF


13/07/2014 – WIDECOMBE TOWC OPEN COMPETITION RESULTS

Catchweight – Winners – Felton Eccles – Runners Up – Widecombe  

Men 600 – Winners
– Widecombe – Runners Up – Anstey  

Men 680 - Winners
– Felton Eccles – Runners Up – Widecombe  

Men 640 - Winners
– Felton Eccles – Runners Up – Widecombe  

660 Non-Finalist – Winners – Army B – Runners Up – Army A


06/07/2014 - AREA 7 TUG OF WAR CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS

Teams Competing - Essex YFC, 4th Regiment RA, Oxney Vines Cross, Felton Eccles, Holland, Norton, Bosley, Two Dales, Lincoln, Cupids Hill, Bedford Ladies, Holland Ladies, Sheen Ladies

This weekend, the Area 7 championships were held at Sandhurst, with the teams being greeted by warm and sunny weather conditions. This was one of the first competitions since the national championships, with many teams now looking ahead to competing in national league, inter-county, UK and World Championships. There were four weight classes for mens teams and 2 weight classes for ladies and youth teams.

The first weight was the catchweight competition, which was run as a straight points competition of 6 teams. There was some close ends in this weight, especially between Lincoln and Two Dales at the start, with Two Dales coming very close to taking the first end, only for Lincoln to take the rope all the way back, and take the second end also. At the end of the group stage, Norton finished top of the group with Lincoln in second place. Both teams met again in the final, which Norton won by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Oxney Vines Cross

The second weight of the day was the 600 kilos competition, which was again pulled as a straight group with the top two teams going through to the final. There were quite a few 1-1 pulls in this competition, but it was Oxney Vines Cross and Two Dales who progressed to the final, with Oxney winning the final by 2 ends to 0.

The 680kg and 640kg competitions followed, and both weights were pulled as straight groups with the top four teams going through to the semi finals. In the 680kg competition, there was some close pulling, but it was Norton who topped the group without losing an end. They were joined in the semi-finals by Oxney, Holland and Bosley. In the semi finals, Norton defeated Bosley, and Oxney defeated Bosley. Norton and Oxney then met in the final, with Norton putting in a strong performance to win by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Felton Eccles

The 640kg competition was the last weight of the day. Norton and Oxney again emerged as the top two teams in the group stages, and these two teams both ended up in the final. This final proved to be the closest fought out on the day, going to three ends. Oxney took a closely contested first end after Norton took Oxney to within a metre of the line, before conceding ground and picking up cautions. Oxney were then awarded the end after Norton received three cautions. Norton then had to work hard in the next two ends, but managed to win the next two ends to win the 640kg competition. Photo: 4th Regiment RA

The ladies weights at 520kg and 560kg were contested between Bedford Ladies, Sheen Ladies and Holland Ladies. Bedford Ladies continued their fine form from winning the two ladies weights at the national championships by winning both weights without dropping an end. Sheen Ladies and Holland Ladies enjoyed some close competition for second place, with Holland Ladies finishing as runners up in both weight classes.

Well done to all of the teams who took part. The officials on the day were Mick Selwood, Mike Callaghan, Ray Fray-Smith, Peter Craft, Vic Ludkin, Betty Craft and Yvonne Ludkin.

Results Summary

Men Catchweight - Winners - Norton - Runners Up - Lincoln

Men 600 - Winners - Oxney Vines Cross - Runners Up - Two Dales

Men 680 - Winners - Norton - Runners Up - Oxney Vines Cross

Men 640 - Winners - Norton - Runners Up - Oxney Vines Cross

Ladies 520 - Winners
- Bedford Ladies - Runners Up - Holland Ladies

Ladies 560 - Winners - Bedford Ladies - Runners Up - Holland Ladies


05/07/2014 - ARMY CADET FORCE NATIONAL TUG OF WAR CHAMPIONSHIPS - YORK - RESULTS

The Army Cadet National Championships took place in York on Saturday 5th July with
10 ACF Boys teams and 10 ACF Girls teams from across the UK taking part, with ACF Regional teams from Northern Ireland, Wales, Scotland and England all represented. The results were as follows:

560kg Males

Winners - South West A (Somerset & Gloucester ACF)
Runners Up- South West B (Gloucester & Somerset ACF)

530kg Females


Winners - South West (Gloucester & Somerset ACF)
Runners Up - Eastern Region (LNR ACF)

The officials on the day were Mick Grimston, Bob Pochin, Leslie and Barry Angus.

More to follow.


NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS IN THE MEDIA

Click here for an article in the Lincolnshire Echo

Click here for an article by the Young Journalists Academy

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21/06/2014 - NATIONAL OUTDOOR TUG OF WAR CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS

Saturday 21 June saw the Tug of War Association National Outdoor Tug of War Championships take place at Sobroan Barracks in the historic city of Lincoln. The following clubs took part in the 2014 championships: York, Bosley, Norton, Two Dales, Lincoln, Holland, Felton Eccles, Widecombe, Team Army, Sandhurst, Oxney Vines Cross, Sheen Ladies, Bedford Ladies, Team Army Ladies, Holland Ladies, Gloucester ACF Boys, Gloucester ACF Girls, Somerset ACF Boys, Derby ACF Boys, Derby ACF Girls, LNR ACF Boys, LNR ACF Girls. Photo: Team Army Men 640kg team

There were some changes to the format of this year’s championships and the event kicked off at 9am with the mens 640kg competition, the junior men 530kg competition and the junior ladies 480kg competition.

Men 640kg Competition

The mens 640kg competition was pulled as a straight points competition, with the top four teams going through to the semi finals. There was some close competition in this group, with 2013 winners Norton finishing top of the group, followed by Two Dales, then Lincoln and then 2013 silver medallists Felton Eccles. In the semi-finals, there was a repeat of the 2013 final between Norton and Felton Eccles, with Norton winning the pull by 2 ends to 0. There was a finer margin between Two Dales and Lincoln in the second semi-final, and after two very close ends, Two Dales progressed to the final by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Somerset ACF Junior Men 530kg Team

In the bronze medal match, Lincoln and Felton faced each other. This was the first time that Felton had not reached a 640kg final at a national championship after a run of over 18 years. Lincoln had won the earlier match between these two teams in the group stages, however the tough semi-final against Two Dales had some impact and Felton took the bronze medal by 2 ends to 0. The final saw Two Dales challenge Norton for the gold medal. Norton continued their strong form from the group stages and defeated Two Dales by 2 ends to 0 to retain the 640kg title. Photo: Gloucester ACF Junior Ladies 480kg Team

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Junior Ladies 480kg Competition

The Junior Ladies 480kg competition took place with the mens 640kg competition, with Gloucester ACF and Derby ACF both reaching the final. The Gloucester ACF Girls have a couple of years experience over their rivals from Derby, who were competing at their first ever Tug of War Association National Championship. The Gloucester ACF girls pulled strongly on both ends of the final to win the gold medal by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Derby ACF Junior Ladies 480kg Team

Junior Men 530kg Competition

The Junior Men 530kg competition was keenly contested, with Gloucester ACF, Somerset ACF and Derby ACF competing for the gold medal. Both Gloucester ACF and Somerset ACF progressed to the final, with Somerset ACF finishing on maximum points in the group stage. In the final, Gloucester and Somerset put on a good display, with Somerset showing strong form to take the gold medal by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Lincoln 640kg team

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The next weights to be contested under the new format was the mens catchweight, mens 580kg and ladies 540kg competitions. All three weight classes were pulled as points competitions with the top four teams going through the semi finals to compete for medals. Photo: Gloucester ACF Junior Men 530kg Team

Men Catchweight Competition

In the mens catchweight competition, Holland topped the group stages without losing an end, followed by Two Dales, Bosley and Team Army. In the bronze medal match, Bosley faced Team Army, and pulled strongly over both ends to win the bronze by 2 ends to 0. The final was a very close pull between Two Dales and Holland. On the first end, Holland took Two Dales to within a couple of feet of the line, only to stop, which allowed Two Dales to get back into the pull and take Holland back to take the first end. On the second end, Holland were lively again, but Two Dales put in another strong performance to win their first ever gold medal at an outdoor national championships. Photo: Two Dales 640kg Team

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Ladies 540kg Competition

In the ladies 540kg competition, there was some close pulling between all of the teams that took part. In the group stages, Bedford Ladies topped the group, followed by Sheen Ladies, Holland Ladies and Team Army. Holland Ladies and Team Army took part in a very competitive bronze medal match which went to three ends. Holland took a close first end, with Team Army winning the second end. With the toss of a coin, the Team Army coach won the choice of the winning end and both teams went to battle, a very determined Holland team winning the third end and the bronze medal. The final was between Sheen Ladies and Bedford Ladies. Both teams put in good performances, but Bedford had the upper hand this year and took the gold medal by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Widecombe 640kg Team

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Men 580kg Competition

The Mens 580kg competition was contested as a straight group with the top four teams going through to the semi finals. Sandhurst and Oxney met first on, and after a very hard fought and competitive match, Oxney won the pull by 2 ends to 0. There were many other hard fought battles in the group, particularly between York, Widecombe and Felton, and the eventual semi finalists were Norton, Oxney, Widecombe and Sandhurst. In the semi finals, Norton defeated Widecombe by 2 ends to 0, and Oxney defeated Sandhurst by the same score to reach the final, and break the streak of having a Norton-Sandhurst final in the mens lightweight competition at a national championship for the first time in a good number of years. Photo: Sandhurst 640kg Team

The bronze medal match was on first with Sandhurst up against Widecombe from Devon. On the first end, both teams were composed, and Sandhurst looked to be holding on well, only for Widecombe to get the rope moving against which Sandhurst struggled to respond, Widecombe taking the first end. The second end was again keenly contested, but Widecombe made no mistakes, and took the bronze medal, their first medal at a Tug of War Association national championships – well done to them. Photo: Derby ACF Junior Men 530kg Team

The final was between Norton and Oxney Vines Cross. The first end saw Oxney put in a determined performance against the defending champions, and certainly did not wish to make it easy for Norton to take gold, making sure they lifted back everything that Norton tried to throw at them. Norton managed to keep their shape throughout the pull and took the first end. The second end went much the same way, and Norton took the second end that they needed to retain the 580kg title. Photo: Felton Eccles 640kg Team

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The 700kg competition followed, along with the ladies 500kg competition, the Junior Men 580kg competition and the Junior Ladies 520kg competition.

Men 700kg Competition

In the mens 700kg competition, defending champions Holland faced strong challenges from the other teams, in particular Lincoln, who went into the event having won the European Club Championships in 2013, and also Norton, who this year decided to enter the fray. In the group stages, Norton finished top after only dropping one end, followed by Lincoln and then Holland. Norton and Lincoln both progressed to the final, in what was a keenly contested pull. Norton took the first end, and almost looked like they were going to take the second end, getting to within a couple of feet of the line before they stopped, with Lincoln getting back into the pull and taking Norton all the way back to level the score. The third end was equally as close with Norton taking Lincoln right to the line. Both teams were on two cautions, and Lincoln managed to take some rope back. After some hard pulling by both teams, Norton took the end and the gold medal, which meant that they were on track for winning an unprecedented 5 gold medals. Photo: Holland Catchweight Team

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Ladies 500kg Competition

In the Ladies 500kg competition, Sheen, Bedford, Team Army and Holland all battled it out again for the medals. Bedford again topped the group, followed by Sheen Ladies, Holland Ladies and Team Army. Holland and Team Army progressed to the bronze medal pull. Unlike the 540kg competition, this match only went to two ends, which were still keenly contested, however this time, Team Army upped their game from the first ladies weight and they took a hard earned bronze medal by 2 ends to 0. The final was another contest between Bedford Ladies and Sheen Ladies, with Bedford Ladies in high spirits having taken gold in the 540kg competition. This final saw Sheen Ladies drop in and attack on both ends, only for Bedford to defend their position well on both ends to take the gold medal by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Bedford Ladies 540kg Team

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Junior Ladies 520kg Competition

The Junior Ladies 520kg competition was well contested. As with the Junior Ladies 480kg competition, Gloucester ACF had with them the benefit of experience, and they won the group stages without losing an end, followed by Derby ACF and LNR ACF. Gloucester ACF and Derby ACF met again in the final, with Gloucester ACF completing their double by taking the gold medal by 2 ends to 0. Well done to all of the junior ladies teams who have competed this year. Photo: Holland Ladies 540kg Team

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Junior Men 560kg Competition

In the Junior Men 560 kilos competition, this was another well fought out competition. Somerset ACF emerged as the top team in the group stage, followed by Gloucester ACF, Derby ACF and LNR ACF. In the bronze medal match, Derby ACF faced LNR ACF. Derby ACF put in an excellent performance to take the two ends required to secure the bronze medal, their first ever medal in the Junior Mens competition. The final was between Gloucester ACF and Somerset ACF for the second time. Both of these teams pulled as a combined team (Gloucester and Somerset) at the previous three national championships, however this year, have separated and registered as two separate clubs. The competition between these two teams throughout the year has been very close and very exciting to watch. In this weight class, as with the 530kg competition, the two ends went to Somerset ACF who took their second gold medal of the championships. Photo: Oxney Vines Cross 580kg Team

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Men 600kg Competition

The Mens 600kg competition followed, which was split into two groups, with the top two teams from each group progressing to the semi finals. Both groups were keenly contested, with little to separate most of the teams. Norton topped group 1, with close competition for second place between the remaining teams. Bosley claimed second place after only losing to Norton in the Group, with Widecombe, York and Sandhurst following. In the second group, the competition for the top two places was very close, particularly between Felton, Oxney and Two Dales. Oxney eventually progressed as group winners, with Felton finishing as runners up ahead of Two Dales, Team Army and Holland. In the semi-finals, Norton faced Felton and Bosley faced Oxney. Both semi finals were pulled at the same time. Norton defeated Felton by 2 ends to 0, and had finished both of their pulls whilst Oxney and Bosley were still on their first end, Bosley taking a hard fought first end. Oxney then took the second end to set up a deciding pull. This was again a very hard fought match, with both teams eventually ending up on two cautions before the judge awarded the pull to Bosley after Oxney received three cautions. This was a very close match that could have gone either way. Photo: LNR ACF Junior Men 560kg Team

In the bronze medal match, Oxney and Felton met for the second time. Oxney had to recover from a difficult 3 ender in the semi-final, however Felton still performed strongly to take the bronze medal by 2 ends to 0. In the final, Bosley met Norton for the second time in the competition. Bosley too had a tough semi-final to recover from, but Norton’s experience in the light weight competitions again showed, and despite Bosley’s best efforts, Norton took their fourth gold medal of the day by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Team Army Ladies 500kg Team

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Men 680kg Competition

The final men’s weight of the day was the 680kg competition. This was again split into two groups. Norton and Two Dales emerged from group 1, with Felton and Lincoln emerging from group 2. In the semi finals, Two Dales performed strongly to defeat Lincoln by 2 ends to 0 to reach their third final of the day in their semi final, and Norton defeated Felton Eccles in their semi final by the same score. The bronze medal match saw Lincoln and Felton compete against each other again. Felton managed to hold onto Lincoln on both ends to win the bronze medal match by 2 ends to 0 to win their third bronze medal of the day. In the final, Two Dales met 2013 winners Norton. Norton were determined to win their fifth gold medal of the day, and despite a strong showing from Two Dales, Norton took the two ends needed to win the gold medal and set a new record of winning 5 gold medals at the same national outdoor championship. Photo: Sheen Ladies 500kg Team

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Mixed 600kg 4+4 Competition

The final weight of the day was the 600kg 4+4 competition. The defending champions in this weight from 2013 were Holland. As ever, the strongest challengers were York and Bedford. This year, Bedford topped the group, followed by Holland and York. Bedford and Holland progressed to the final, which was a good match between these two teams. This year, Bedford had they took a well deserved gold medal by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Bosley 600kg Team

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The Tug of War Association would like to congratulate all of the teams who took part this year. As an amateur sport, it is always difficult for teams to find the funding to travel around to competitions and commit the time, so win or lose, all of the teams have played a valuable part in making the championships a success. Thank you also to the judges, recorders and marshals. We only had a small number of officials available on the day, all of who played their part in making sure the day ran smoothly. Thank you also to the supporters who came along, and to all of those teams and individuals who helped to supply volunteers, ropes, and equipment. If we did not have everyone working together to support the championships and our sport, it would be very difficult to do anything, so thank you to everyone for your support and input. We now wish all of the teams the very best for the remainder of the season, wherever you are competing, and we look forward to next years national championships! Photo: Norton 600kg Team

Results Summary

Men 640kg - Gold - Norton (Staffordshire) - Silver - Two Dales (Derbyshire) - Bronze - Felton Eccles (Somerset)

Men 580kg - Gold - Norton (Staffordshire) - Silver - Oxney Vines Cross (Sussex) - Bronze - Widecombe (Devon)

Men Catchweight - Gold - Two Dales (Derbyshire) - Silver - Holland (Staffordshire) - Bronze - Bosley (Cheshire)

Men 700kg - Gold
- Norton (Staffordshire) - Silver - Lincoln - Bronze - Holland (Staffordshire)

Men 600kg - Gold -
Norton (Staffordshire) - Silver - Bosley (Cheshire) - Bronze - Felton Eccles (Somerset)

Men 680kg - Gold - Norton (Staffordshire) - Silver - Two Dales (Derbyshire) - Bronze - Felton Eccles (Somerset)

Ladies 540kg - Gold - Bedford - Silver - Sheen (Staffordshire) - Bronze - Holland (Staffordshire)

Ladies 500kg - Gold - Bedford - Silver - Sheen (Staffordshire) - Bronze - Team Army

Mixed 600kg - Gold - Bedford - Silver - Holland (Staffordshire) - Bronze - York

Junior Men 530kg - Gold - Somerset ACF - Silver - Gloucester ACF - Bronze - Derby ACF

Junior Men 560kg - Gold -  Somerset ACF - Silver - Gloucester ACF - Bronze - Derby ACF

Junior Ladies 480kg - Gold - Gloucester ACF - Silver - Derby ACF - Bronze - Leicester Northants and Rutland ACF

Junior Ladies 520kg - Gold - Gloucester ACF - Silver - Derby ACF - Bronze - Leicester Northants and Rutland ACF

Full report, photos and videos to follow

The Tug of War Association would like to congratulate all of the teams who took part - well done!


14/06/2014 - QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY HONOUR FOR "TUG" LAWSON

Congratulations to Lieutenant Colonel (Retd) Cecil John Lawson, known to most of us as "Tug", who has been awarded with the British Empire Medal in the Queen's Birthday Honours List today for voluntary service to the Army Cadet Force. Tug has been part of the Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland ACF for many years, and was instrumental in promoting tug of war within the ACF. Tug of war is now a fully recognised sport within the ACF, with county, regional and national tug of war competitions taking place every year. Many ACF clubs are now taking part in TOWA youth competitions, with many also taking part in GENSB competitions, with some ACF clubs also going on to represent England at youth level. Well done Tug for everything that you have done and continue to do!


08/06/2014 - YORK TOWC OPEN COMPETITION RESULTS

This Sunday’s competition at York was supported by the host club York, Stamfordham, Brandesburton, Pontefract, 4th Regiment, Bosley, Lincoln (A and B) and Two Dales in the men’s weight classes, and Sheen Ladies and Bedford Ladies in the ladies weight classes. There were 5 mens weights on offer, as well as two ladies weights and a 4+4 weight. All weights were run as points competitions, with the top teams pulling again in a final, or if the competition was pulled in two groups, the top team from each group progressed to the final.

The catchweight competition started the event, pulled as a straight group. Despite the dry weather, the ground was greasy on top due to the rain from the previous day, but all of the teams coped with the conditions well, and there was some competitive ends. Bosley and Lincoln emerged as the top two teams, with Lincoln finishing the group on maximum points. In the final, the match up was a little closer than in the group stage, but Lincoln took the required two ends to finish as winners. Photo: Pontefract

The 580 kilos competition followed, and this competition was split into two groups, with some teams weighing in with 7 pullers. This was another keenly contested competition, especially with the Young Farmers teams in the mix, giving the more experienced teams a good run for their money. Two Dales topped their group, but there was some very close competition in the second group. Bosley and Lincoln went 1-1, and in the final pull of the group, Bosley had a tough match with Brandesburton, dropping a gruelling first end, but winning the second end, which meant that Lincoln progressed to the final. In the final, Two Dales earned a well-deserved 2 ends to 0 win over Lincoln. Photo: Brandesburton

The 640 kilos competition was again split into two groups, with more closely contested battles. The first group saw Lincoln A (pulling with 7 men) and Two Dales had a gruelling two ends match that eventually went to Lincoln and they topped their group to reach the final. In the second group, there was again some more close pulling, with Bosley and York going 1-1 and some close pulling with the other teams in that group. Bosley and York topped the group on level points, but it was York who progressed having picked up fewer cautions. In the final, Lincoln A pulled well to finish in first place by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Stamfordham

The 600 kilos competition was pulled as a straight group with the top two teams pulling again in the final. Two Dales finished top of the group on maximum points, followed by York. Both teams pulled again in the final, and Two Dales continued their good form in this weight to finish first by 2 ends to 0. Photo: 4th Regiment

The final mens weight of the competition was the 680 kilos competition, again split into two groups. In the first group, the competition was close to get through to the final between York and Pontefract, with both these teams going 1-1 with each other, York eventually progressing on the TWIF rules criteria. In the second group, Lincoln finished ahead of Two Dales and Bosley to progress to the final. In the final, Lincoln overcame York by 2 ends to 0 to win their third final of the day. Photo: Host club York TOWC

In the ladies weight classes, Bedford Ladies and Sheen Ladies competed at 520 kilos and 560 kilos. These two teams had a few matches against each other in both weight classes, and the two teams were fairly evenly matched, which gave both teams some good competition practice before the nationals. Bedford won the most ends in both competitions to finish as overall winners, with Sheen Ladies finishing as runners up. Photo: Two Dales TOWC

In the 4+4 competition, York and Stamfordham contested this weight class. York finished as the eventual winners by 2 ends to 0.


08/06/2014 - WILTSHIRE OPEN RESULTS

Catchweight - Winners - Felton Eccles - Runners Up - Oxney Vines Cross

680kg - Winners
- Felton Eccles - Runners Up - Oxney Vines Cross

640kg - Winners
- Oxney Vines Cross - Runners Up - Felton Eccles

600kg - Winners - Oxney Vines Cross


03/06/2014 - MACMILLAN HOUSE OF LORDS V HOUSE OF COMMONS CHARITY TUG OF WAR EVENT

The best of Parliamentarian brawn rolled up their sleeves for the 27th Macmillan Cancer Support Tug of War on Tuesday 3 June, pulling together to raise £141,000 for people affected by cancer.

The lofty sum was raised by guests, spectators and sponsor Taylor Wimpey, all of whom were keen to witness the annual battle between Lords and MPs over a tug of war rope. And they weren’t disappointed. The Commons men, lead by Angus McNeil MP, were determined not to break their winning streak and went on to defeat the Lords in two straight pulls. Photo: Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service competing in the event

Female MPs had less luck against the Macmillan ladies (trained by Diane Macdonald of Bedford Ladies) and were also defeated in two straight pulls; putting this down to the charity team’s strict regime of diet and exercise, which was in stark contrast to their own preparation, team captain Penny Mordaunt MP said. Photo: announcer Jeremy Vine (TV and Radio Presenter) cheering the teams on

A spokesperson from Macmillan said: “Macmillan’s Parliamentary Tug of War gets together politicians of all persuasions to pull together and put their weight behind a great cause. The money raised will help Macmillan to make sure no one faces cancer alone. Photo: the tug of war arena in the college gardens of Westminster

Taking place in London’s Westminster College Gardens, guests enjoyed champagne and canapés, as they took in the matches adjudicated by the Tug of War Association. Matches also took place between the armed forces, headline sponsors Taylor Wimpey and BAE Systems. Photo: one of the ladies teams in action

The event, now an established part of the Parliamentary calendar, has been sponsored by Macmillan partner Taylor Wimpey since its conception; with over £3 million raised to date.

Members of the Tug of War Association who assisted with the running of the event including forming teams, and officiated included Ray Fray-Smith, Peter Craft, Ernie Jones (judges); Diane Macdonald and Tara Adams of Bedford Ladies who assisted some of the teams with their training, and the cadet forces teams of City of London and North East ACF and Gloucester ACF.

Male MPs
Angus MacNeil MP – Captain
Sir Robert Smith MP
Neil Parish MP
John Hemming MP
Graham Evans MP
Kris Hopkins MP
Tobias Ellwood MP
Alec Shelbrooke MP
Iain Stewart MP
Female MPs
Penny Mordaunt MP - Captain
Alison McGovern MP
Thérèse Coffey MP
Gemma Doyle MP
Anne Milton MP
Mary MacLeod MP
Andrea Leadsom MP
Helen Grant MP
Emily Knight (researcher)
Lords
Lord Dobbs
Lord Addington
Lord Bilimoria
Lord Faulks
Lord Kennedy of Southwark
Lord Mitchell
Lord St John of Bletso
Lord Collins of Highbury

Matches:
Alliance Bernstein vs. Norton Rose
AXA Ladies vs Taylor Wimpey Ladies
House of Lords vs. House of Commons
Macmillan Ladies vs. Parliamentary Ladies
Macmillan Men vs. M&S
Merseyside Fire & Rescue vs. 4th Regiment Royal Artillery
12 Regiment Royal Artillery Thorney Island vs. 19 Regiment Royal Artillery Netheravon
Taylor Wimpey vs. BAE Systems
ACF Match – Gloucester ACF vs City of London and North East ACF
Npower vs National Grid
AXA Men vs Taylor Wimpey
RAF vs. 22 Signal Regiment

Thanks to the press team at Macmillan for supplying the above press release and photographs


01/06/2014 - SANDHURST TOWC OPEN COMPETITION RESULTS

Men Catchweight – Winners – Felton Eccles – Runners Up – Oxney Vines Cross

Men 680 – Winners
– Oxney Vines Cross – Runners Up – Felton Eccles

Men 640 - Winners – Oxney Vines Cross – Runners Up – Widecombe

Men 600 - Winners – Oxney Vines Cross – Runners Up - Widecombe

Men 580 - Winners
– Oxney Vines Cross – Runners Up - Widecombe


01/06/2014 - TUG OF WAR AT BRAND HALL HORSE TRIALS - RESULTS

This weekend, the Tug of War Association hosted two tug of war competitions, one in Sandhurst, Berkshire and one at Brand Hall Horse Trials near Market Drayton near Shropshire.

The event at Brand Hall was the first time that tug of war had been taken to this venue, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank Vicky Plant, an ex-puller from Kilroe Ladies for accommodating us at this event. The competition at Brand Hall was supported by Norton, Lincoln, York and Bosley. Other teams had booked tickets to attend this event, however with some of these teams containing farmers, the combination of good weather and some of the county rallies reduced the attendance, but it was a good event nonetheless.

All of the weights were run as a straight group, with semi finals and finals in each weight class. The 640 kilos was first on, with some close competition between all of the teams. The closest pull in this weight was between York and Bosley with both teams putting up a good fight, Bosley eventually winning by 2 ends to 0. The semi finals saw Norton take on York, and Bosley take on Lincoln. Norton won their semi-final, and Lincoln won their semi final. In the final, Lincoln managed to take rope from Norton, but Norton stood firm to prevent Lincoln from finishing the job, winning the final by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Norton TOWC competing at Brand Hall in Shropshire

The 680 kilos competition followed, and followed a similar pattern to the 640 kilos competition. Again, Lincoln and Norton progressed to the final, with Norton winning the gold medal by 2 ends to 0. The 600 kilos competition followed, and this was another very close competition, especially in the semi final between York and Lincoln, which was a hard fought three end pull between these two teams, the pull eventually going to Lincoln. Norton overcame Bosley to win their semi-final, before going on to defeat Lincoln in the final. Photo: Lincoln TOWC competing at Brand Hall in Shropshire.

The final weight of the day was the catchweight competition, Norton and Lincoln again reaching the final. Norton made it a clean sweep for the day without losing an end. Well done to all of the teams who made a good competition of it, and well done to Roger Beardsmore who ran the event as judge singlehandedly after the other official that was due to attend had to drop out with an illness.


NEW WEB SITE

Thames Valley TOWC have set up their own web site. You can visit their web page via
www.thamesvalleytugofwar.co.uk


25/05/2014 - AAA TUG OF WAR CHAMPIONSHIPS

This weekend the AAA Tug of War Championships took place in the town of Bakewell in the Peak District of Derbyshire. The event took place at Bakewell Showground, a nice venue for tug of war. Unfortunately, the weather in the morning was very wet, which was most unfortunate as it spoiled what was otherwise a good day of tug of war at a great venue. Teams competing – Two Dales, York, Pontefract YFC, Lincoln, Norton, Bosley, Holland, Felton Eccles, Sheen Ladies, Bedford Ladies.

The AAA Championship weights are contested at catchweight and 640 kilos, and these are championship events that has been contested since the early 1900s. The first weight was the catchweight competition. Unfortunately, the catchweight competition only attracted a small entry of teams this year, but the competition was very close between the teams to reach then final. This year, Lincoln and 2013 winners Norton reached the final. In the wet conditions, both teams performed well, but this year it was Lincoln who pulled very strongly to continue the momentum they have been building since winning the European Open Club 720 kilos title last year, and they took the gold medal by 2 ends to 0 to win their first ever AAA title at catchweight. Photo: Tim Lee, Lincoln Coach (left) receiving the AAA catchweight Championship Rose Bowl from judge Peter Craft (right)

The second championship weight was the 640 kilos competition. This competition was pulled as a straight group with the top 4 teams going through to a place in the semi finals. There were a few 1-1 pulls in the group stages of this competition and in the end, it was Norton, Two Dales, Bosley and Felton Eccles that progressed through to the semi finals. In the semi finals, Norton were up against Felton Eccles and Two Dales were up against Bosley. In the first semi final Norton defeated Felton Eccles by 2 ends to 0, and in the second semi-final Two Dales defeated Bosley by 2 ends to 0 to make their first ever AAA Championship final. In the final, Two Dales gave Norton a good run for their money, but the defending champions Norton took the two ends required to take the gold medal, with Two Dales taking a well deserved silver medal. Photo: John Webb, Norton Coach (left), receiving the 640kg AAA Championship trophy from judge Peter Craft (right)

The ladies weight classes were contested between Sheen Ladies and Bedford Ladies, with only a small turn out of ladies teams this weekend. The competition between the two teams was very even this week, but it was Bedford that took the winners positions of both the 520 kilos and 560 kilos this week, with Sheen Ladies finishing as runners up. Photo: Lincoln TOWC AAA catchweight champions 2014

The weather began to clear later in day, with open weights contested at 580 kilos, 620 kilos and 680 kilos, each competition being pulled as straight groups with semi final cross-overs in each weight which gave all of the teams plenty of competition. There were a few 1-1 pulls across all weights. The 580 kilos competition was won by Norton, with Felton Eccles finishing as runners up. The 620 kilos competition and 680 kilos competitions were also won by Norton, with Two Dales finishing as runners up in those two weight classes. Well done to all of the teams that took part in both the championships and the open competition. Thanks also to the Two Dales club for staging this years event. It was a good venue at Bakewell Showground, and hopefully the weather will be better the next time we come back! Photo: Showing just how wet it was this week!

The officials on the day were Ray Fray-Smith, Peter Craft, Roger Beardsmore, Mick Grimston, Dave Hamer, Betty Craft and Wendy Dyer.


18/05/2014 - FELTON ECCLES TOWC OPEN COMPETITION RESULTS

Photo: Holland TOWC competing in the mens 600 kilos competition

Photo: Somerset ACF competing in the ladies and youth 560 kilos competition

Photo: Sandhurst TOWC competing in the mens 600 kilos competition

Catchweight - Winners - Felton Eccles - Runners up - Norton

600 kg - Winners - Oxney - Runners up - Norton

680 kg - Winners - Norton - Runners up - Felton Eccles

580 kg - Winners - Oxney - Runners up - Widecombe

640 kg - Winners - Norton - Runners up - Oxney

Ladies/Youth - 520kg - Winners - Gloucester ACF Boys - Runners up - Somerset ACF

Ladies/Youth - 560kg - Winners - Somerset ACF - Runners Up - Gloucester ACF Boys


17/05/2014 - OTLEY SHOW RESULTS

The tug of war at Otley Show took place on Saturday 17 May in very hot conditions. Teams were competing in weight classes for mens teams, ladies teams and mixed teams, with teams from York, Longridge, Pontefract, Silsden, Sheen Ladies, Stanfordham and Bramton taking part and putting on a gooddisplay of tug of war for the large crowds that attended the show on the day and made use of the good weather.

York took the 600 and 640 kilos competitions without losing an end, and York also took the 600 4+4 after finishing ahead of Longridge in the final. Stanfordham beat Pontefract to win the catchweight competition. In the ladies competition, Sheen Ladies finished as the winners, with Silsden taking the runners up trophy. Well done to all of the teams who took part. the event organisers are always looking for more teams to take part at this show, so teams wishing to take part next year are more than welcome. Thanks to Neil Hudson from York TOWC for providing the results. Photo: York TOWC competing at Otley Show


11/05/2014 - MIDLAND AREA CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS

Teams competing – Men – York, Bosley, Norton, Holland, Two Dales, Lincoln, Raunds, Felton Eccles – Ladies and Youth – Derby ACF Boys, Derby ACF Girls, LNR ACF A, LNR ACF B, Gloucester ACF Boys, Gloucester ACF Girls, Somerset ACF Boys, Holland Ladies, Sheen Ladies, Bedford Ladies. 

This weekend, the Midland Area Championships took place at Holland Sports Club in Barton-under-Needwood, Staffordshire, with four weight classes for men on offer and two weight classes for the ladies and youth teams. The weather had been wet all weekend, and with rain showers on and off throughout the day of the competition, the ground was very muddy and slippery, which is always a good leveller. There were many 1-1 pulls throughout the day, and some of the finals also went to three ends.   Each competition was pulled as group points competitions, with cross-overs and finals for each weight class.

The catchweight competition saw Lincoln and Norton finish as the top two teams in the group, with Lincoln finishing on maximum points. However, the final was much more close than the group pull between these two teams, going to three ends. Norton took the first end, and Lincoln took the second end. On the deciding end, Norton took the win to finish in first place.  

The ladies and youth 560 kilos competition was a very close competition, again with many 1-1 pulls and some three end pulls in the cross-overs. In the end, Gloucester ACF Boys returned to winning ways in this weight, with Holland Ladies battling hard to finish as overall runners up.  

The 640 kilos competition followed, with a straight points competition followed by a final. As with the catchweight competition, Lincoln and Norton finished as the top two teams, with Norton finishing the group on maximum points. Norton wrapped up the final with a good 2 ends to 0 win over Lincoln.  

The Ladies and Youth 520 kilos competition saw the same number of teams entered as the 560 kilos competition, and again, Gloucester ACF Boys finished as the top team, with the Gloucester ACF Girls finishing as runners up.  

The mens 600 kilos competition was the most competitive weight class of the day, with a number of teams weighing in with 7 pullers, and some also weighing in with 8 pullers, which made for a very interesting competition on the slippery ground. Early on in the competition, Norton and Holland looked to be the teams to beat, but later on, both teams had a very tough match up against each other, going to 1 end each. Norton were then defeated by 2 ends to 0 by Felton, and Holland were defeated by Two Dales. By the end of the group stage however, both Norton and Holland had done enough in their other pulls to progress to the final. In the final, Norton went on to win by 2 ends to 0.  

The final weight of the day was the 680 kilos competition, which was split into two groups. The top two teams from each group progressed to the semi finals. From group 1, Holland and Bosley progressed, and from group 2, Norton and Two Dales progressed. In the semi finals, Norton defeated Bosley by 2 ends to 0, and Two Dales defeated Holland by 2 ends to 0. The final was very close and competitive between Norton and Two Dales, with Norton taking the first end, and Two Dales taking the next two to win the gold medal. Well done to all of the teams who took part. 

The officials on the day were Roger Beardsmore, Gavin Corden, Mick Grimston, Wendy Dyer and Jill Thomas.


05/05/2014 - NORTH SOMERSET SHOW RESULTS

Teams competing - Widecombe TOWC  From Devon, Somerset  ACF  From Yeovil, Wedmore YFC  From Somerset, Bridgewater Men YFC  From Somerset, Bridgewater Ladies YFC  From Somerset, Cupids Hill TOWC  From Monmouthshire Wales, Anstey YFC  From  Exmoor - Somerset, Felton Eccles TOWC  From North Somerset

The results for the competition were as follows:-

680kg - Winners - Felton Eccles - Runners up - Cupids Hill

600kg - Winners
- Widecombe - Runners up - Felton Eccles

640kg - Winners - Felton Eccles - Runners up  -Widecombe


04/05/2014 - GREAT ORMOND STREET CHARITY EVENT - DAVENTRY

Teams Competing – Men – York, Norton, Bosley, Lincoln, Two Dales, Holland, Felton Eccles (A and B), Sandhurst, Oxney Vines Cross, Brandon and Wolston YFC, Raunds  - Ladies and Youth – Brandon and Wolston YFC, Sheen Ladies, Bedford Ladies, Holland Ladies, Gloucester ACF Boys, Gloucester ACF Girls, Somerset ACF, Derby ACF Boys, Derby ACF Girls, LNR ACF A, LNR ACF B.

Daventry saw another busy day of tug of war take place, with another good turn out of teams, particularly in the ladies and youth competitions. There were 5 mens weights and two ladies/youth weights up for grabs, as well as the mixed 4+4 competition taking place at the end of the day. It was probably the most competitive competition of the year so far, with no team going through any competition as winners without dropping ends.

The day started with the mens catchweight competition, which was pulled as a straight group. The competition was close between the 7 teams that entered, the top two teams going through to pull in a final. Lincoln, Felton Eccles and Norton emerged as the top three teams, but it was Norton and Felton who progressed to the final. In the final, Norton emerged as winners by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Norton TOWC

The ladies and youth 560 kilos competition was first on in this weight class, with a straight group of 11 teams. It is pleasing to see an increase in participation of male and female junior pullers, as well as an increase in participation from senior ladies pullers. The pulling was competitive at all levels, with Gloucester ACF Boys and Somerset ACF Boys emerging as the top two teams. In the deciding pull between these two teams, Somerset ACF took the three points by 2 ends to 0. It was good to see Brandon and Wolston YCF team taking part in this weight class, taking a few good ends on the way as they look to prepare for their area YFC finals later this month. Photo: Gloucester ACF Boys

The mens 600 kilos competition followed, which was again run as a straight group. There were many 1-1 pulls in this competition, the strongest team in this weight being Oxney. Oxney progressed to the semi finals on maximum points, and were joined by Norton, Lincoln and Two Dales. In the Semi finals, Norton defeated Two Dales and Oxney defeated Lincoln. In the final, Oxney had that bit more on Norton and ran out as 2 ends to 0 winners. Photo: LNR ACF

The Ladies and youth 520 kilos competition was another keenly contested weight class. This time Gloucester ACF Boys emerged as the overall winners with Derby ACF Boys finishing as the worthy runners up. At the end of the Ladies and Youth competitions, the points were all added up for both weights and separate awards were presented for the top two junior boys, junior girls and ladies teams in each weight class. Somerset ACF finished as winners of the Junior Men 560 kilos competition with Gloucester ACF finishing as runners up. Goucester ACF finished in first place in the junior men 520 kilos competition with Derby ACF finishing as runners up. Gloucester ACF won both of the junior girls weight classes, with Derby ACF girls finishing as runners up. Bedford Ladies finished as overall winners in both of the ladies weight classes, with Holland Ladies finishing as runners up in both weights. Well done to all of the ladies and youth teams for another good day of sport. Photo: Sheen Ladies

The Men 680 kilos competition continued the proceedings and was split into two groups. Group 1 contained Oxney, Bosley, Two Dales, Felton A and Lincoln, and Group 2 contained Felton B, Sandhurst, Holland, Raunds  and Norton. Both groups were very competitive, again with ends being dropped across the field. Raunds started off with an excellent 2 ends to 0 win over Norton in their first pull of the group, and there were plenty of other close and competitive matches throughout. The eventual semi finalists after points and cautions were taken into account were Raunds, Oxney, Norton and Two Dales. In the semi finals, Norton recovered from their earlier setback against Raunds with a 2 ends to 0 win over Two Dales, with Oxney and Raunds having a good three ender in their semi final, Oxney going through to the final by 2 ends to 1. In the final Norton took the gold medal by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Brandon and Wolston YFC Ladies

The 580 kilos competition was run as a straight group. As with all of the other weights, more teams dropped points in this competition, with Oxney performing the strongest out of all teams to finish top of the pile. The competition was close for second place, particularly between Norton, York and Sandhurst, with all three of those teams taking ends off each other. York eventually finished as the group runners up. Photo: Somerset ACF

The final mens weight of the day was the 640 kilos competition, which again was split into two groups, with just the top team from each group progressing through to the final. Norton were the winners of group 1 ahead of Oxney, Felton A and Felton B. Sandhurst progressed from group 2 ahead of Bosley, York and Holland. In the final, Norton overcame Sandhurst by 2 ends to 0 to cap off the day by winning their third weight, despite not showing the same dominant form that we have seen from Norton in previous seasons, which goes to show how competitive this week’s competition was in all weights.

The last weight of the day was the 600 4+4 competition, which was pulled as a straight group. The top two teams ended up being Holland and Bedford, with Holland finishing in first place and Bedford runners up. Well done to all of the teams for giving a good day of tug of war. If the season continues in an unpredictable fashion, then we will be in for a great nationals, with many teams in with a shout of a medal in different weight classes.

The officials on the day were Peter Craft, Mike Callaghan, Mick Grimston, Vic Ludkin, Roger Beardsmore, Julie Petit, Betty Craft, Wendy Dyer, Yvonne Ludkin.


27/04/2014 - LINCOLN TOWC OPEN COMPETITION RESULTS

Teams Competing - Men - Lincoln, York, Two Dales, Pontefract YFC, Bosley, Raunds, Holland, Oxney, Felton Eccles Ladies/Youth – York Ladies, Holland Ladies, Bedford Ladies, Somerset ACF Boys, Gloucester ACF Boys, Gloucester ACF Girls, Derby ACF Boys, Derby ACF Girls, LNR ACF Boys, LNR ACF Girls.

This weekend Lincoln Tug of War Club hosted their annual tug of war competition in Harby, Melton Mowbray. The event was well supported, especially from a strong number of ladies and youth teams. Each weight was pulled as a points competition, with the top two teams pulling again in the final. The first weight was the catchweight competition, which was keenly contested on fresh ground. Lincoln were the strongest team in the group stage, finishing the group stage of the competition without losing an end. Bosley, Holland and Raunds finished level on points in second place. When TWIF criteria was applied, Holland progressed to the final. In the final, Lincoln repeated their pulling from the group stage and won the final by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Raunds TOWC

The Ladies and Youth 560 Kilos competition was an excellent competition to watch, with 10 teams competing in a single group points competition with the top two teams pulling in the final. There was some good competitive pulling at all levels through the group, which was very pleasing to see. In the end, it was the teams from Gloucester ACF Boys and Somerset ACF Boys who emerged as the teams to beat, and they did not pull each other until the last pull of the group. In an evenly matched contest, the two teams took one end each to finish level on points at the end of the group stage. Both clubs met again in the final, and after another competitive pull, Somerset ACF won the final by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Gloucester ACF Junior Girls

The Men 640 kilos competition was pulled as a straight points competition again with the top two teams meeting in the final. There was a bigger entry in this competition than the catchweight competition, and again, there was some very close pulling, with many pulls going to one end each. Lincoln and Oxney emerged as the top two teams, with Oxney finishing top of the group without dropping an end. The two teams met again in the final, and Oxney pulled strongly again to win the 640 kilos final by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Derby ACF Junior Girls

The ladies and youth 520 kilos competition was again another keenly contested weight class between all of the teams taking part. This time, Gloucester ACF Boys topped the group without losing an end, and the Gloucester ACF Girls team emerged as group runners up. In the final, it was the Gloucester ACF Boys that took the gold medal, with the Gloucester ACF girls finishing as worthy runners up. Photo: Two Dales TOWC

The 720 kilos competition was contested in a group of 6 teams, again with a lot of tough ends. Lincoln topped the group, eventually followed by Oxney who finished second. The two teams met again in the final, and despite a good effort by Oxney, Lincoln edged the final by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Oxney Vines Cross TOWC

The 680 kilos competition was split into two groups. After some tough pulling in the previous three weights, grit and determination came into it, just as much as fitness. Lincoln continued their form from the previous weights by progressing from their group, as did Oxney who won their group. In the final however, it was Oxney who took the win by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Derby ACF Junior Boys

The final weight of the day was the 600 kilos competition. No team emerged through this competition without dropping ends, and the battle for the final two places was very close, especially between Oxney, Felton and York. The place in the final eventually went to Oxney and Felton. Oxney then competed well in the final to win by 2 ends to 0 and win their third weight class of the day. Well done to all of the teams who took part today. It was a very competitive day of tug of war. The officials on the day were Mick Grimston, Peter Craft, Mick Selwood and Vic Ludkin with Betty Craft and Yvonne Ludkin undertaking the recording duties.


13/04/2014 – EAST OF ENGLAND CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS

Men Catchweight – Winners – Lincoln - Runners Up - Norton

Men 600 – Winners – Norton - Runners Up - Holland

Men 680 – Winners – Norton - Runners Up - Raunds

Men 640 – Winners
– Norton - Runners Up – Lincoln

Ladies/Youth 560 – Winners
– Gloucester ACF Boys - Runners Up - Somerset ACF Boys

Ladies/Youth 520 – Winners
– Gloucester ACF Boys - Runners Up – Holland Ladies


06/04/2014 - BOSLEY TOWC OPEN COMPETITION RESULTS

Teams competing – Men – Bosley, Norton, Waterhouses YFC, York, Pontefract YFC, South West Yorkshire YFC, Lincoln, Two Dales, Holland, Widecombe – Ladies/Youth – Gloucester ACF Junior Boys, Gloucester ACF Junior Girls, South West Yorkshire ACF Youth, Sheen Ladies, Bedford Ladies, Holland Ladies.

There was a strong turn out of teams for the first main competition hosted by Bosley TOWC with 11 senior men’s clubs and 6 ladies and youth teams. It was particularly pleasing to see a good number of teams from the northern area taking part, and it was pleasing to see a good number of Young Farmers Clubs taking part in competition in their build up to their own county and regional rallies. Widecombe also took the long journey up from Devon to compete at the event. There were 5 mens weights, two ladies and youth weights and a 4+4 weight class up for grabs on the day. Photo: York TOWC

The first weight of the day was the catchweight competition, which was run in a single group as a points competition. Lincoln (who won the European Club Championships at 720 kilos in 2013) performed strongly in this competition to finish in first place without losing an end. Two Dales performed well to finish as the eventual runners up ahead of Bosley, York, Holland and Pontefract.

The 640 kilos competition was pulled in two groups. Group 1 contained five teams, with Bosley finishing as group winners on maximum points ahead of Lincoln who finished as group runners up. Norton won group 2 with Widecombe finishing as group runners up. In the semi finals Norton defeated Lincoln, with the second semi final between Bosley and Widecome taking a little longer to complete, as both teams had a good battle for the second spot in the final. Bosley eventually progressed by 2 ends to 0. In the final, Bosley gave a good account of themselves against Norton, but it was Norton who took first place by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Bedford Ladies TOWC

The ladies and youth 560 kilos competition had 6 teams taking part, with Gloucester ACF and South West Yorkshire YFC emerging as the stronger teams in this competition. The deciding pull between these two teams was very good with both teams working very hard in the deep holes that had emerged on the soft ground. South West Yorkshire YFC emerged as the eventual winners by 2 ends to 0.   

The 720 kilos competition was pulled as a points competition, and again there was some good competitive pulling between the teams. Norton entered the fray in the heavier weights this time having not entered the catchweight competition. The competition was contested between 6 teams with Lincoln and Norton emerging as the top two teams. Both teams went into the final round unbeaten before they met eachother. Lincoln took a hard fought first end, however Norton took the second end in this TWIF rules competition. As such, when the TWIF criteria applied, Norton had picked up two cautions more than Lincoln, and Lincoln finished as the winners, with Norton finishing as runners up. Photo: Bosley TOWC

The ladies and youth 520 kilos competition was contested between 5 teams, with all teams battling hard in the deep holes. Gloucester ACF emerged as the eventual winners on maximum points, followed by an excellent silver medal from the Gloucester ACF Junior Girls team.

The mens 600 kilos competition was another keenly contested weight class with 6 teams taking part. South West Yorkshire YFC, Widecome and Waterhouses YFC gave good account of themselves in this weight class, however it was York and Norton who emerged as the top two teams. Norton overcame York by 2 ends to 0 to finish in first place and York finished as worthy runners up.

The 680 kilos competition was run on a knock-out basis, and there was some good competition throughout. Bosley defeated Widecombe by 2 ends to 1, Lincoln defeated Pontefract, Norton defeated Waterhouses and Holland defeated South West Yorkshire. In the semi finals, Lincoln defeated Bosley and Norton defeated Holland. Lincoln and Norton met in the deciding pull for the third time during the competition, and after a keenly contested match, Norton finished as 680 winners by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Holland TOWC

The final weight of the day was the 600 4+4, with a small entry of 5 teams. There was again some good pulling in this weight, with Bedford finishing as eventual winners without losing an end. There was a closely fought battle for second place in this competition, particularly between South West Yorkshire and York, with York hanging to the line to eventually bring South West Yorkshire back over the line to take second place. Well done to those teams. Photo: Lincoln TOWC

The event finished at just after 6pm, and our thanks go to the officials on the day for running this event. With only three officials available and a large number of teams, we did well to get through a total of 8 weight classes on the day, so our thanks go to Ray Fray-Smith, Peter Craft, Mick Grimston and Betty Craft for performing the judging and recording duties. The Tug of War Association is always looking for new judges and recorders to help officiate at various events around the country, so if you are interested in taking a judges course or becoming a recorder, then please speak to any member of the General Committee or your area representative. Photo: Pontefract YFC

Results Summary
 
Catchweight – Winners – Lincoln – Runners Up – Two Dales
720 – Winners
– Lincoln – Runners Up – Norton
680 – Winners
– Norton – Runners Up – Lincoln
640 – Winners
– Norton – Runners Up – Bosley
600 – Winners – Norton – Runners Up – York

600 4+4 – Winners – Bedford – Runners Up – York

Ladies/Youth 560Winners – South West Yorkshire – Runners Up – Gloucester ACF (Boys)
Ladies/Youth 520
Winners – Gloucester ACF (Boys) – Runners Up – Gloucester ACF (Girls)


30/03/2014 - YORK TOWC EARLY PULL EVENT - RESULTS

York TOWC this weekend hosted an early event at the Yorkshire Heart Brewery and Vineyard. The weather held and five teams battled it out for first place in a full set of weight classes. The teams were, South West (Yorkshire District YFC), Pontefract, Longridge, Silsden with Skipton, and the hosts York. Photo: Host club York TOWC with their new team kit.

The results were as follows:

Men - 600kgWinners - Longridge – Runners Up - York

Men 640kgWinners – York – Runners Up – Longridge

Men 680kgWinners – York – Runners Up – Pontefract

Men 720Winners – York – Runners Up – South West

Men CatchweightWinners – York – Runers Up - Pontefract

Mixed 660kg 4+4Winners – York – Runners Up – Silsden

Ladies CatchweightWinners – York – Runners Up – Silsden

Thank you to all of the teams who attended, with the winners and runners up going away with prizes provided by the Yorkshire Heart Brewery. The event was officiated by Stuart Bell and David Hamer, with Coleen Scruton undertaking the recorders duties. York’s next event is being held on Sunday 8th June and all teams are welcome to attend.

Thanks to Neil Hudson of York TOWC for supplying the results.


08/03/2014 – TUG OF WAR DEMONSTRATION AT RICHMOND RUGBY CLUB

On Saturday 8th March, a tug of war demonstration was held at Richmond Rugby Club, Richmond on Thames, London. This event took place at the Richmond vs Blackheath rugby match. The pull was organised as part of the 150th anniversary celebration of this fixture between two of the world’s oldest surviving rugby clubs. The very first fixture between these two clubs took place in 1864, and that very first match also featured a tug of war match after that match, although there is no actual record of who won. Photo: Blackheath Rugby Club (represented by Totham Bull/Bosley)

Richmond Rugby Club approached the TOWA to replicate this tug of war match and requested having two experienced tug of war teams to represent the two rugby clubs in a tug of war match after the game. Pullers from Oxney, Totham Bull and Bosley went along to represent the two rugby clubs at the event with Oxney representing the Richmond team and the pullers from Totham Bull and Bosley representing the Blackheath team. Photo: Richmond Rugby Club (represented by Oxney)

The rugby game ended in a 31-31 draw watched by over 1500 spectators, with many of those spectators stopping on after the game to support their teams in the tug of war match. The tug of war match was pulled as a best of 5 ends match, with Richmond defeating Blackheath by 3 ends to 2. Thank you to all the pullers/coaches from Oxney, Totham Bull and Bosley for going along to promote our sport and thank you to Peter Tuckwell for officiating at the event. Also a big thank you to Richmond Rugby Club for their hospitality and looking after the pullers on the day. Photo: The teams after the competition

If anyone else is looking for assistance in organising a local tug of war event, then please do not hesitate to contact any member of the TOWA General Committee for advice and assistance.

Photos supplied by Richmond Rugby Club


WORLD INDOOR TUG OF WAR CHAMPIONSHIPS VIDEO

Please click here for a news video by Irish TV from the recent World Indoor Tug of War Championships which were held in Castlebar, Ireland


PROMOTING TUG OF WAR

As the new outdoor tug of war season is beginning, teams are reminded about the following:

Promotional banners – we have promotional banners for teams to use at events. These banners are available to all event organisers to help your events stand out and attract passers by into your competitions to watch. Sets are currently held by Pete Dyer, Alan Knott and Terry Spoore. If you wish to use these banners, please contact any of the above who will make them available to you.

Posters – please click here to download ready made posters which you can use to advertise your events locally.

Car Stickers
– car stickers are available for pullers to put in their own cars to help promote tug of war. These are available free of charge. If you would like a car sticker, then please contact Alan Knott.

Dress Code
– There are events where photographers, media and potential sponsors are in attendance. Teams are reminded to make sure that they turn out smartly to events every week – i.e. each team member pulling in the same shirts, shorts and socks.


2014 WORLD INDOOR TUG OF WAR CHAMPIONSHIPS

The World Indoor Tug of War Championships has come to a close in Ireland with all teams traveling home after an exciting weekend of indoor tug of war. Videos of most of the finals are now available to view and can be seen by clicking the links in the reports from the championships below.


23/02/2014 - WORLD INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS DAY 4

The final day of the World Indoor Championships saw the mens 600 and 680 kilo competitions take place, as well as the ladies 500 kilos competition and the mixed 600 kilos competition.

The day started with the mens 600 kilos competition started proceedings with England being represented by Kilroe. The competition was run in a group of 10 teams and England started first against Northern Ireland and took a 2 ends to 0 win before defeating Italy, Japan, Netherlands, and China. However, the rest of the competition was not so straight forward, with defeats to Spain, Chinese Taipei, Scotland and Ireland which knocked England out of the competition. In the semi finals, Chinese Taipei, who topped the group, met Spain, and Scotland met Ireland. Scotland defeated Ireland by 2 ends to 0, and Chinese Taipei defeated Spain. In the bronze medal pull, Ireland pulled strongly to defeat Spain by 2 ends to 0 to take bronze. The final was a fantastic match up between Chinese Taipei and Scotland who were the defending World Champions. Chinese Taipei took the first end, however the next end was blown to the middle after both teams received three cautions. On the re-start both teams battled hard again and both teams again were on two cautions. The third end was then blown to Scotland, which was a close call. The fourth end was again another tough battle, which was blown back to the middle again after both teams picked up three cautions. On the final end, Scotland managed to get the momentum and eventually took the end and the World title. Photo: England 600 kilos team - represented by Kilroe

The ladies 500 kilos competition took place in the morning alongside the 600 kilos competition. England did not have a team entered in this weight but it was another great competition. Spain took the bronze ahead of Switzerland, but the final was another excellent contest between China and Chinese Taipei. China took the gold medal in the ladies weight class on the previous day, but this final was not straight forward. China took a hard fought first end, but Chinese Taipei battled very hard to stay with it on the second end, and they got their reward for their hard work by taking the second end. The third end was another close battle, which eventually went to Chinese Taipei who finished with the gold medal. Photo - the Chinese Taipei Ladies Team

To watch the first end of the final click here
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To watch the third end of the final click here

In the afternoon, the 680 kilos competition took place, with England being represented by Uppertown. England got off to a great start, defeating the Netherlands by 2 ends to 0, and also went 1-1 with defending World 680 kilos champions Ireland. England then went on to defeat China and Spain, but dropped an end to Italy. England met Scotland in their last pull, but neither team needed to win the match as both had earned enough points to progress to the semi finals. In the semi finals, England met Scotland again, and had a great battle, with England taking the first end. However, Scotland rallied and took the next two ends to make the final. England then had to go into the bronze medal pull where they met the Netherlands who they defeated first on. England pulled strongly in the bronze medal match to win the bronze by 2 ends to 0. In the final, defending champions Ireland faced Scotland. Ireland defeated Scotland earlier in the group and would have been quietly confident of taking the gold medal. Ireland took the first end, but again, Scotland dug deep to beat Ireland on the drop in the next two ends to take the gold medal, their third of the weekend. Photo - England 680 kilos bronze medal winning team - represented by Uppertown

To watch the first end of the bronze medal pull click here
To watch the second end of the bronze medal pull click here

To watch the first end of the final click here
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The final competition was the mixed 600 kilos 4+4. England in this weight were represented by Sheen Ladies/Sheen. England started off by defeating the Netherlands, and they also defeated Singapore (who were competing in their first World Indoor Championships), Spain, and Ireland, only losing to China and Chinese Taipei. In the semi finals, England were defeated by Chinese Taipei, and went into the bronze medal match against Spain. England handled the pull really well and took the bronze medal by 2 ends to 0. The final was another excellent match up between China and Chinese Taipei, who in the womens weights, gave us to really good, exciting finals. Again, this pull went to three ends, with China taking the first end, but the defending champions Chinese Taipei took the next two ends to take the gold medal, their third gold medal of the championships. Photo - England mixed 600 kilos 4+4 team - represented by Sheen/Sheen Ladies

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Well done to all of the teams that took part. It was certainly one of the most exciting world championships to watch in recent years and all of the teams that competed enjoyed themselves. We now look forward to the World Indoor Championships in 2016, which take place in the Netherlands.


22/02/2014 - WORLD INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS DAY 3 - AFTERNOON SESSION

This afternoon, the mens 640 kilos competition took place. England were represented in this weight by Raunds, who stepped into the breach in January after national champions Sheen withdrew from representing England at the World Championships having represented England at the last two world championships and winning the gold at 640 kilos on those occasions. Raunds, representing England in this weight gave it their best effort, but unfortunately missed out on the cross over, finishing 5th overall. Photo: Scotland


Final Result:

Gold - Scotland - Silver - Ireland - Bronze - Spain - 4th - Netherlands - 5th - England (represented by Raunds) - 6th - Italy - 7th - China

Photo: England 640 kilos team - represented by Raunds

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22/02/2014 - WORLD INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS DAY 3 - MORNING SESSION

This morning, the mens 560 kilos and ladies 540 kilos competition took place. England were represented by Norton in the mens 560 kilos competition, and in the 540 kilos competition, England were represented by Sheen Ladies.

In the 560 kilos competition, England took silver after being defeated by a strong, disciplined and well drilled team from Chinese Taipei. England performed well in the group stages, defeating defending champions Northern Ireland in their first match, before defeating all of the remaining teams. The only team that England were defeated by were Chinese Taipei. In the semi finals, England defeated the host country, Ireland by 2 ends to 0 before going to meet Chinese Taipei in the final. Photo: England 560 kilos team - represented by Norton

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Final Result

Gold - Chinese Taipei - Silver - England (represented by Norton) - Bronze - Ireland - 4th - Northern Ireland - 5th - Spain - 6th - Scotland - 7th - China

In the ladies 540 kilos, Sheen Ladies represented England, and had a number of pullers in their team representing England at indoor tug of war for the first time. The team competed well throughout the competition, finishing 5th overall. The gold medal in this weight was won by China, who won a thrilling final against Chinese Taipei by 2 ends to 0. South Africa took the bronze medal after defeating Switzerland by 2 ends to 0.

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Final result

Gold - China - Silver - Chinese Taipei - Bronze - South Africa - 4th - Switzerland - 5th - England (represented by Sheen Ladies) - 6th - Spain


21/02/2014 - WORLD INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS - DAY 2

The morning competition started with the mens 600 kilos competition. Kilroe were the only club from England taking part in this event, having won the open 600 kilos title at the 2012 World Indoor Championships. Kilroe had a much changed team in from that event, and it was a struggle for the team competing in a competition of two groups of 10. Kilroe did not make the cross over, but competed well nonetheless. The teams that progressed to the semi finals were Abadino (Spain), Clonmany B (Ireland), Country Club (Northern Ireland) and Cockhill (Ireland). Photo: Kilroe TOWC competing in the open 600 kilos competition.

In the other competitions, Jing Mei from Chinese Taipei took gold in the ladies 500 kilos open competition, with An Steel from China winning the mixed 4+4 event, defeating the mixed team from Chinese Taipei in the final. Mountain View from Ireland won the 680 kilos club championship, defeating Heidenskip from the Netherlands in the final.

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20/02/2014 - WORLD INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS - DAY 1 - AFTERNOON SESSION

The mens 640 kilos world open club competition took place this afternoon. The competition was split into two groups, however there were no English clubs competing in this weight class. Ayrshire (Scotland), Clonmany B (Ireland), Monnickendam (Netherlands) and Lubrensis (Italy) progressed to the semi finals. In the semi finals, Ayrshire defeated Monnickendam and Clonmany B defeated Monnickendam. In the pull off form bronze, Monnickendam pulled strongly to take the bronze medal by 2 ends to 0. In the final, many were anticipating a keenly contested final between Clonmany B and Ayshire, but Ayshire controlled the final very well from start to finish and took a very well deserved gold medal by 2 ends to 0.

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An under 23 competition took place at 600 kilos, but unfortunately only 3 teams took part, which is a shame for a prestigious world event. The gold medal went to the well drilled outfit of Nan Tou from Chinese Taipei, with Clonmany B of Ireland taking silver, and Streamstown from Ireland taking the bronze. Two members from England were asked to pull with Clonmany B in the 600 kilos under 23 competition (Dan Kenny and Emmett Power-Thomas of Raunds) and earned a silver medal, so well done to them. Photo: Clonmany B 600 Kilos U23 Team - Open silver medallists

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20/02/2014 - WORLD INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS - DAY 1 - MORNING SESSION

The morning session of the World Indoor Tug of War Championships has just taken place in Castlebar, Ireland. The morning session started with the mens 560 kilos open club competition and the ladies 540 kilos open competition.

In the mens 560 kilos competition, there were no clubs from England taking part, so it was a chance to watch the other light weight teams from around the world compete for the medals. As the group stages unfolded, it was clear that the teams of Nan Tou from Chinese Taipei, Abadino from Spain and Country Club from Northern Ireland were the strongest teams in the event, and these three clubs progressed to the semi-finals along with Cockhill from the Republic of Ireland. In the semi finals, Country Club defeated Nan Tou, and Abadino defeated Cockhill. The bronze medal pull saw Nan Tou take on Cockhill, and despite a good early start on each end by Cockhill, the technique of Nan Tou won the day and they took a well deserved bronze medal. The final saw the two very good teams of Abadino and Country club take to the mats. On both ends, Country Club looked to get momentum on their opononents and keep them going up the mat, whereas Abadino were happy to keep the rope tight and wear their opponents down. Country Club’s strength helped them to keep their momentum on both ends, and the secured a well deserved gold medal.

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Men 560kg World Club Championships Resultgold – Country Club (NIR) – silver – Abadino (ESP) – bronze – Nan Tou (TPE) – 4th – Cockhill (EIRE)

The ladies 540 competition was another excellent competition, with the team of Jing Mei from Chinese Taipei entering as favourites having took the gold medal at the 2013 World Games in Columbia. They started off against the An Steel team from China, and succumbed to a 2 ends to 0 defeat in a very good opening pull of the competition. English interest in this event cam in the form of Sheen Ladies, who gave a number of new pullers some international experience. The team started off with a 2 ends to 0 win over the Irish Ladies, but unfortunately were unable to compete against the very strong teams from China and Chinese Taipei. The team picked up wins against a couple of the Basque ladies teams, but missed out on a spot in the semi finals after defeats to Disa Ladies from South Africa and Monnickendam from the Netherlands. Sheen Ladies finished in 6th position overall. Photo - An Steel from China in the ladies 540 kilos competition.

In the semi finals, An Steel defeated Gaztedi and Jing Mei defeated Gaztedi. The bronze medal match was a very close and hard fought match between Gaztedi and Disa, and after some tough pulling, the style of both teams went out of the window, and it came down to grit and determination. Gaztedi went on to take the bronze medal by 2 ends to 1. In the final, the teams of An Steel and Jing Mei gave a very good display of tug of war, both holding good ropes for a couple of minutes before the pressure both teams were exerting on each other began to tell and cracks began to show. An Steel had that bit more power than Jing Mei and even if the rope went to ground, An Steel kept the rope moving backwards to take the end. The second end followed in a similar way to the first end, this time An Steel having a little more control of the pull, and they took a well deserved gold medal by 2 ends to 0.

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Ladies 540kg World Club Championships Result – gold – An Steel (CHN) – silver – Jing Mei (TPE) – bronze – Gaztedi – 4th – Disa Laides RSA


AUSTRALIAN TUG OF WAR ASSOCIATION

The president of the Australian Tug of War Association (Ben Hoffman) has contacted the TOWA recently with the following message:

Australia currently has a small Tug of War Association with about 60 active pullers spread across 5 teams, however they have hopes of growing and once again competing on the international stage.
The president's club, the Maitland Tug of War Club, has been lucky enough to have as coach a man who has competed in England. He has had an enormous impact on the success of their squad and was recently elected National Coach (Dave Chatfield).

Given the nature of modern employment and the growing influx of young English men and women coming to Australia for work, the ATOWA have contacted us to let our members know that should they move "down under" there is always a club in Australia that will be happy to have them.

Their website is http://www.tugofwar.com.au/ and they have an active Facebook page also.

We wish the ATOWA the best of luck in growing their association, and we look forward to seeing them at a future World Championships.


29/01/2014 - NEWS UPDATES FOLLOWING THE TOWA AGM

Committee Changes  

This year sees some changes to the make up of the TOWA General Committee.

Firstly, and most notably, Peter Craft, who has served as TOWA Honorary General Secretary for 30 years has stood down. Prior to this, Peter was also a committee member/area representative and served the TOWA in other positions prior to becoming Honorary General Secretary. Peter has done a huge amount of work for the Association over very many years and a few years ago was presented with the TOWA Award of Merit for services to tug of war. Peter will continue to serve the TOWA as an area representative on the General Committee for TOWA Area Number 7, and will continue to attend competitions as a Grade 1 judge. The TOWA would like to take this opportunity to thank Peter for all of his hard work over the years, and we look forward to seeing him out on the circuit as a judge and tug of war supporter. Photo: Outgoing TOWA Honorary General Secretary Peter Craft (right) being presented with an engraved Rose Bowl by TOWA Chariman Pete Dyer (left)

At the TOWA AGM, Peter was presented with an engraved crystal rose bowl as special recognition of his long service to the TOWA. Peter’s wife, Betty, who is also a TOWA timekeeper/recorder was also presented with a floral arrangement. Photo: Betty Craft (right) receiving a gift from TOWA Chairman Pete Dyer (left)

Replacing Peter as TOWA Honorary General Secretary will be Mick Copper who over the past few years has served as an area representative for TOWA Area Number 2 and also as TOWA Assistant Secretary. We wish Mick every success in his new role and we trust that the TOWA will give Mick their full support.  

A full list of TOWA officers and area representatives are available via the contacts page of this web site.


23/01/2013 - ARMY INDOOR TUG OF WAR CHAMPIONSHIPS

On Wed 23rd Jan 14 The Army Indoor TOW Championships were held in Aldershot and history was made by inviting The Army Cadet Force to participate, a first for The Army Cadet Force. Gloucestershire ACF Tug of War male and female teams arrived in anticipation to a warm welcome from Army Regular Service teams from all over the Country at the home of the Army Physical Training Corps at Foxes Lines, the School of Physical Training.

There were a few surprised looks as the Cadets started their warm up exercises and a few comments were passed that a youth team would have no chance against the Regular Services due to their physical size, training and being a Cadet team. However these concerned comments were turned into rapturous applauding and shouts of admiration as the skill and discipline of the highly trained ACF team shone at the rope under the guidance of Team manager and coach, Gloucestershire CEO, Major Alec Masson. Photo: Gloucester ACF Indoor Squad

The first events involving the Cadet Males were the 560Kg & 600Kg Classes. The male Cadet team came up against some extremely strong and tall pullers, especially the Grenadier Guards who towered over a foot above the Cadet Team. The regular Army team’s where soon to find out that the Cadets were not there just to make up the numbers, but to participate and by the end, the Cadets from the Male Gloucestershire ACF Team went through both weight classes without losing a single end gaining 1st place in both categories. Photo: Gloucester ACF Junior Ladies Team

From the start, the ladies from 19 RA weighing in more than 100kg heavier than the Cadet team and having a number of the current Army Team in their team soon showed their experience and weight advantage and were too strong for the young and up incoming Cadet team and won both 520kg and 560kg weight classes 2-0. Photo: Gloucester ACF Junior Team

Congratulations to the ladies of 19 Regt RA.

The final event of the afternoon was the 600kg mixed 4X4 event, this event turned out to be the hardest pulling of the day, which resulted in 19 Regt RA defeating the ACF Team ACF 2-0.
           
Final Results involving ACF Teams from Gloucester ACF;

Male Weight Class: 
560kg - Winners (Never Lost an end)
600kg - Winners (Never Lost an end)

600kg 4x4 – Runners Up

Female Weight Class:
520kg – Runners Up
560kg – Runners Up

This was an excellent display of, team work, determination, and hours of hard training, this was something that the Cadets of Gloucestershire Army Cadet Force had in abundance. Well done to all the cadets who participated in over 5 hours of very hard pulling.

Report and photos supplied by Alec Masson


TUG OF WAR – A MODERN SPORT FOR THE OLYMPICS

Click here to read an interesting article by “blogger” Alun Rhys Griffiths (who is not involved in tug of war in any capacity), but considers the reasons why tug of war should be included within the Olympic Games.

Everyone is encouraged to share this article by e-mail and social media (such as Facebook and Twitter, etc) to help promote our sport.


18/01/2014 – UK INDOOR TUG OF WAR CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS

This year, the Tug of War Association hosted the UK Indoor Tug of War Championships at Huddersfield Sports Centre. The TOWA again hosted the event after last hosting it at this venue in January 2012. The event was not as well supported as we would have liked, but nevertheless the competition was excellent.

The event started with the closed competitions, and the 600 kilos competition got the event under way. With this competition featuring teams representing their respective countries after winning gold, silver and bronze medals at either 560 kilos, 600 kilos, and 640 kilos in the open and closed competitions at the last World Indoor Championships in 2012, the outcome was never going to be predictable or one sided.

The competition started off with an exciting pull between England B (Kilroe) and Northern Ireland A, the first end being very competitive and lasting almost 5 minutes before Kilroe eventually took the end. Northern Ireland A then bounced back to take the second end. England A (represented by Norton) started off with a win against Scotland B before going through the remainder of the group stages without losing an end. England B joined England A in the semi finals along with Scotland A and Northern Ireland A. In the semi finals, England A defeated Northern Ireland A and Scotland A defeated England B. Photo: England A 600 kilos team represented by Norton

In the bronze medal match, England B faced Northern Ireland A again. This was yet another very competitive pull, with both teams fighting very hard for the bronze medal. After a couple of long competitive ends, Northern Ireland eventually took the bronze medal by 2 ends to 0. In the final, England A faced Scotland A. Both teams had performed well during the group stages of the competition. England A looked strong and determined and took two ends without reply to win the UK 600 kilos title. Photo: England B 600 kilos team represented by Kilroe

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The 680 kilos closed competition followed with the A and B teams from the respective home nations in attendance competing. In the group stage, Scotland A came out on top, followed by England A (Uppertown), England B (Raunds) and Northern Ireland A. In the semi finals, Scotland A defeated Northern Ireland A, and England A and England B had a good battle, with England A progressing by 2 ends to 0 to reach the final. Photo: Scotland B 600 kilos team

In the bronze medal match, England B performed strongly against the Northern Ireland A team to take the bronze medal by 2 ends to 0. England A and Scotland A faced off in the final, with Scotland A taking the first end. In between ends, England A opted to make a substitution in order to get back into the match. Unfortunately it was not to be and Scotland A took the second end and the gold medal.

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The open competition followed the closed events, with weights contested at 600 kilos, 640 kilos and 680 kilos. The clubs competing were as follows – England – Raunds, Kilroe, Uppertown, Norton – Scotland – Ayrshire, Tinto Farmers – Northern Ireland – Country Club.

The 600 kilos was first on, and again the competition was very competitive as it was in the closed event. After some good pulling in the group stages, Kilroe, Ayrshire, Norton and Country Club made it to the semi-finals. In the semi-finals, Ayrshire defeated Country Club and Norton defeated Kilroe. Norton got their open club campaign off to a winning start by defeating Ayrshire by 2 ends to 0. Photo: England A 680 Kilos team represented by Uppertown

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Bigger entries into the 640 competition followed, which turned out to be another competitive weight. Norton were again dominant in the group stages topping the group without losing an end, Tinto from Scotland being the closest challengers. In the semi finals they were joined by Uppertown and Ayrshire. Norton and Tinto progressed to the final, where again, Norton took the gold medal by 2 ends to 0. Photo: England B 680 kilos team represented by Raunds

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The final weight was the 680 kilos competition. After a tough day of pulling, there were some tired bodies around, but further strong performances from Norton and Tinto saw the two teams meet again in the final. Norton concluded the day in fine form to take their 4th gold medal of the day. All of the UK teams now look forward to competing at the World Championships in Ireland in February. Photo: the successful Norton squad who took four gold medals in the open and closed competition

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In the evening, the presentation dinner was held at the Cedar Court Hotel in Huddersfield, where the medal winning teams were presented with their awards. Our thanks go to the Cedar Court Hotel for their hospitality over the weekend.

Click here to see an article, photos and videos published by the Huddersfield Examiner

Click here to see photos taken by Jonathan Pow of the Press Association

Click here to watch a preview of the event shown on ITV Calendar news featuring Kilroe TOWC in training

Results Summary

UK Closed Championships

Men 600 kilos – Gold – England A (represented by Norton) – Silver – Scotland A – Bronze – Northern Ireland A – 4th – England B (represented by Kilroe)

Men 680 kilos – Gold – Scotland A – Silver – England A (represented by Uppertown) – Bronze – England B (represented by Raunds) – 4th – Northern Ireland A

Open Club Competition

Men 600 Kilos – Winners – Norton (England) – Runners Up – Ayrshire (Scotland)

Men 640 Kilos – Winners – Norton (England) – Runners Up – Tinto (Scotland)

Men 680 Kilos – Winners - Norton (England) – Runners Up – Tinto (Scotland)


TUG OF WAR ON TV

Click here to watch a preview piece shown on ITV Calendar News about the UK Indoor Tug of War Championships, which are taking place in Huddersfield this Saturday.


07/12/2013 - NATIONAL INDOOR TUG OF WAR CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS

The 2013 National Indoor Tug of War Championships were once again held at the Harry Mitchell Leisure Centre in Smethwick, West Midlands. It was pleasing to see a good number turn out to support the teams that were taking part on the day in the senior mens and mixed weight classes. The teams that were competing were Sandhurst, Raunds, Sheen, Norton, Uppertown and Kilroe. A total of 7 weight classes were contested on the day in what turned out to be the most competitive and unpredictable indoor national championships for many years.

The event started off with the catchweight competition. Sheen were the defending champions in this weight, as they were in all weight classes being contested on the day. Sheen started off by defeating Raunds by 2 ends to 0 and Kilroe then went on to defeat Raunds by the same scoreline. Both Sheen and Kilroe ended up meeting in the final. In a reasonably close pull, Sheen went on to take the gold medal by 2 ends to 0 to get their day off to a winning start.

The second weight class on the day was the 640 kilos competition. This was a really competitive event with a number of teams in with a shout of winning a medal or making the final. The group stages were hard fought and Sheen topped the group without dropping an end. Norton finished in second place in the group, followed by Uppertown and then Raunds, with all four of these teams going forward to compete for a medal. Both Norton and Sheen progressed to the final with Raunds and Uppertown going forward to compete for the bronze medal. Uppertown put in a strong performance to take the bronze medal ahead of Raunds by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Kilroe TOWC

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Then came the final which turned out to be a superb and keenly contested match up. Both Sheen and Norton gave everything asked of them, with the first end lasting a few second short of five minutes. Sheen dropped in well to take an advantage early on in the pull. Everytime Sheen went to move their opponents, Norton looked to counter, doing so successfully before both teams went to ground. Both teams came up well before Sheen eventually drew Norton over the line. On the second end Sheen dropped in with purpose to take an early advantage. The second end was not as long as the first end, and after a slip by Norton, Sheen took full advantage to take the second end and their 10th consecutive 640 kilos indoor title. Photo: Norton TOWC

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The 560 kilos weight class followed with only a small entry this year. The final pull was contested by Sheen and Norton. Unlike the 640 kilos final, Norton were able to exert their authority and took a well deserved gold medal by 2 ends to 0, and put to an end Sheen’s hopes of retaining the 6 titles they won on 2012.

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The 720 kilos event followed, and like the 560 kilos competition there was only a small entry of teams. The final was contested by Sheen and Kilroe in what was a much tighter affair than the catchweight final. Kilroe put up a good resistance to Sheen, but Sheen managed to keep control of the pull to take the gold medal by 2 ends to 0 to take their third gold medal of the day. Photo: Uppertown TOWC

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The 600 kilos competition followed and this again was a keenly contested weight class. Norton and Sheen topped the group stages, with the competition between Kilroe, Raunds, Sandhurst and Uppertown very close to make the semi finals. In the semi finals Sheen and Norton were joined by Raunds and Kilroe. In the semi finals, Norton defeated Kilroe and Sheen defeated Raunds. In the bronze medal pull, Kilroe and Raunds had a great match up. Raunds won the group stage pull by 2 ends to 0, however in the bronze medal match Kilroe managed to turn the tables to win the bronze medal by 2 ends to 0. In the final, Sheen and Norton met again to contest their third final of the day. Sheen had won the 600 kilos title for the past 5 years, and were hoping to make it 6 in a row. A tough day of competition was beginning to catch up with Sheen and Norton took a second gold medal by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Sheen TOWC

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The final mens weight of the day was the 680 kilos competition. After a hard day of competition there were a few tired bodies on the mats, which made the competition open and unpredicatable. No team went through the competition without dropping an end. Unfortunately Sandhurst had to withdraw from the competition half way through after one of the pullers picked up a serious ankle injury. We wish him a speedy recovery. At the end of the group stage Sheen and Uppertown finished on level points followed by Norton and the Raunds. The semi finals saw Uppertown take on Raunds and Sheen take on Norton. Uppertown defeated Raunds by 2 ends to 0 in their semi final, however Sheen and Norton having another great pull with the first end being very close before the judge awarded both teams three cautions and the pull was blown to the middle. On the restart, both teams battled hard again and Norton went on to take the end. The second end saw Norton eventually take the win to progress to the final. Photo: Sandhurst TOWC

The bronze medal pull saw Sheen take on Raunds, and despite missing out on a place in the final, Sheen managed to take the bronze medal ahead of Raunds by 2 ends to 0. The final saw Uppertown and Norton compete for the gold medal. Uppertown had already defeated Norton in the group stage of the competition and they made no mistake in the final to take the gold medal by 2 ends to 0 and their first national title since 1996. Photo: Raunds TOWC

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The final weight class of the day was the mixed competition. Unfortunately again there was only a small entry in this competition with Sheen Ladies and Sheen Farmers entering teams in this weight class. Sheen Ladies went on to retain their title by 2 ends to 0 in the final.

The Tug of War Association would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all of the teams who took part on the indoor circuit this year as well as congratulating all of the teams who took part in the championships. It was one of the most competitive championships for a number of years and it gave everyone some wonderful memories to take with them. We wish all of the teams who are continuing for the forthcoming UK and World Indoor Tug of War Championships the very best of luck with their preparations.

Results Summary

Men catchweight - Gold - Sheen - Silver - Kilroe - Bronze - Raunds

Men 640 - Gold - Sheen - Silver - Norton - Bronze - Uppertown

Men 560 - Gold - Norton - Silver - Sheen

Men 720 - Gold - Sheen - Silver - Kilroe

Men 600 - Gold - Norton - Silver - Sheen - Bronze - Kilroe

Men 680 - Gold - Uppertown - Silver - Norton - Bronze - Sheen

600 4+4 - Gold - Sheen Ladies - Silver - Sheen


01/12/2013 - INDOOR LEAGUE WEEK 7 RESULTS

This weekend was the final weekend of competition before the national indoor tug of war championships which take place on Saturday 7th December. The teams that were competing were Norton (A and B), Raunds, Kilroe, Sheen Ladies and Uppertown. The results were as follows:

Men Catchweight - Winners - Kilroe - Runners Up - Raunds

Men 580 - Winners - Norton B - Runners Up - Norton A

Men 680 - Winners
- Raunds - Runners Up - Norton A

Men 600 - Winners - Norton A - Runners Up - Kilroe

Men 720 - Winners
- Raunds - Runners Up - Kilroe

Men 640 - Winners - Norton A - Runners Up - Raunds


24/11/2013 - INDOOR LEAGUE WEEK 6 RESULTS

This Sunday only saw four clubs take part in the latest indoor tug of war competition due to other teams having to withdraw due to injury and illness. Raunds, Sheen, Kilroe (A and B) and Uppertown took part in five weight classes on the day. There was some good competition in all of the weights, but Sheen finished as winners in each weight class on the day. The final results were as follows:

Catchweight – Winners – Sheen – Runners Up – Raunds

680 – Winners – Sheen – Runners Up – Kilroe

640 – Winners – Sheen – Runners Up – Raunds

600 – Winners – Sheen – Runners Up – Raunds

580 – Winners – Sheen – Runners Up - Raunds


17/11/2013 - AAA INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS AND INDOOR LEAGUE WEEK 5 RESULTS 

This weekend, the AAA indoor tug of war championships took place at the Harry Mitchell Centre, with the traditional catchweight and 640 kilos AAA competitions taking place, followed by open competitions. The teams that competed at the event were Raunds, Sandhurst, Uppertown, Sheen, Norton, Kilroe, Sheen Ladies and Bedford Ladies.

Photo: Norton TOWC - AAA Gold Medallists at 640 kilos and Catchweight

The first championship weight was the 640 kilos competition, pulled as a straight group with the top two teams pulling again in the final. The competition started off with some good pulls early on with Raunds starting against Uppertown and Sheen starting against Norton. Uppertown defeated Raunds by 2 ends to 0 in the first round, and Norton took the two ends from Sheen, although it did look as though Sheen were leaving something in the tank for later on in the competition. As the group progressed, Upperton, Raunds and Sandhurst were all defeated by Sheen and Norton leaving Sheen and Norton to compete again in the final. In the final, Sheen gave more than they did in the group stages, but Norton had more about them today compared to the previous week and Norton took the gold medal by 2 ends to 0.Photo: Kilroe TOWC

The second weight of the championship was the catchweight competition. This was again pulled as a straight group with the top 2 teams going through to the final. There was again some close pulling in this competition. Raunds and Kilroe had a very close pull first on with Kilroe eventually defeating Raunds by 2 ends to 0, whilst Sheen defeated Sandurst by the same score. Norton also entered the fray and won all of their group pulls by 2 ends to 0. At the completion of the group stage of the competition, Norton and Sheen progressed to the final. As with the 640 kilos competition, Norton took the gold medal by 2 ends to 0 to take their second AAA gold of the day. Compared with the previous week of competition taking two gold medals was somewhat a surprise result, but it just goes to show how unpredictable this indoor season is turning out to be. Photo: Raunds TOWC

The open weights followed, with competitions taking place for mens teams and ladies teams. In the ladies weights, both Sheen and Bedford Ladies won one weight class a piece. The men’s weight classes were held at 600 kilos, 620 kilos and 680 kilos with the ladies teams mixing up with some of the men’s teams to compete in the 600 kilos competition.

The 600 kilos competition was split into two groups. Both Sheen and Norton progressed to the final, with Norton taking their third win of the day by 2 ends to 0. The 620 kilos competition was pulled as a straight group, with Norton again finishing as winners, with Sheen finishing as runners up. The 680 kilos competition was the final weight class of the day, and was one of the most competitive, with each team having to give everything to take the ends. Uppertown competed strongly in this competition, dropping just one end to Sheen. At the end of the competition Sheen and Uppertown finished top of the group to progress to the final. The final was a close and competitive affair with Uppertown winning the pull by 2 ends to 0 to take a hard earned win ahead of Sheen to end another good day of tug of war. Photo: Sandhurst TOWC

With the results being turned on their head again this week, and with 3 weeks to go until the national indoor tug of war championships, it is shaping up to be an interesting season, and should result in a fiercely competitive national championships – we hope to see lots of people there to support the teams!

AAA 640 Kilos - Gold - Norton - Silver - Sheen

AAA Catchweight - Gold - Norton - Silver - Sheen

Open

Men - 600 kilos - Winners - Norton - Runners Up - Sheen

Men 620 kilos - Winners - Norton - Runners Up - Sheen

Men 680 kilos - Winners - Uppertown - Runners Up - Sheen 

Ladies 560 kilos - Winners - Sheen Ladies - Runners Up - Bedford Ladies

Ladies 520 Kilos - Winners - Bedford Ladies - Runners Up - Sheen Ladies


10/11/2013 - INDOOR LEAGUE WEEK 4 RESULTS

This weekend the fourth week of the indoor season got under way with teams from Kilroe, Norton, Sheen, Raunds, Uppertown and Sandhurst taking part along with Sheen Ladies and Bedford Ladies. There was some good competition in all weight classes, in particular in the 600 kilos and 680 kilos competitions.

The first weight was the catchweight competition, that was pulled as a straight group with all teams competing against each other. Sheen won the competition without losing an end, with Norton finishing as runners up ahead of Kilroe and Raunds. Photo: Sandhurst TOWC competing in the 620 kilos competition

The 600 kilos competition was pulled in two groups, with both ladies teams also competing in this competition and being allowed to include men in their teams to help them get up to weight. There was some good tight pulling in this weight with Sheen Men and Norton both winning their respective groups to make the final. This time it was Norton who took first place ahead of Sheen by 2 ends to 0.

In the ladies competitions, Sheen Ladies and Bedford Ladies were the only teams present, and both teams had a number of competitions against each other throughout the day. Sheen Ladies finished as winners of the ladies competitions on the day.

The 680 kilos competition was another keenly contested weight class, and was pulled as a straight group. Every end in the competition was hard fought. Norton and Raunds had a tough pull early on in the competition, with that pull going to 1-1. Raunds then took a good win against Uppertown and went through the rest of the competition only losing to Sheen. Sheen and Norton met in the final pull of the competition, which turned out to be a very good match up on the first end, which eventually went to Sheen. Both teams made a substitution for the second end, which went to Sheen to take their second winners spot of the day.

The final weights of the day were the 620 kilos and 640 kilos competitions. Both weights were again pulled as round robin competitions with Norton winning the 620 kilos competition.

The next competition is the AAA indoor tug of war championships. Going off the last couple of weekends of competition, it promises to be a very competitive day. Good luck to all of the teams taking part.


INDOOR LEAGUE WEEK 3 RESULTS

This weekend, the third indoor tug of war competition of the season took place at the Harry Mitchell Sports Centre in Smethwick. The teams that attended were Sheen, Raunds (A and B), Norton, Kilroe, Sandhurst, Uppertown, Sheen Ladies and Bedford Ladies. 5 weight classes were held for the mens teams and one weight class for the ladies teams, who in addition to their own weight, also formed teams in the men’s lightweight competitions. Photo: Norton TOWC

The first weight of the day was the 600 kilos competition, which was pulled as a straight group of 7 teams. The competition saw Norton come out on top as the eventual winners, with Sheen finishing as runners up.

The ladies competition followed, with Sheen Ladies and Bedford Ladies competing against each other. Sheen ladies finished as winners of the ladies competition.

Some pulling for the Under 23 pullers also took place half way through the days competition, with Under 23 pullers from each team that were available on the day pulling against some of the senior teams as part of their preparations for the UK Indoor Championships. Thanks to all of the clubs for their co-operation. Photo: The Under 23s getting some competition practice

The remaining weights were contested at 620 kilos, 640 kilos, 680 kilos, and 720 kilos. Norton won the 620 kilos competition without losing an end ahead of Sheen, and the 640 competition provided some more competitive pulling, particularly in the final of the two-group competition with Norton overcoming Sheen by 2 ends to 1 to win their third weight of the day. The 680 kilos competition saw Uppertown put in a strong showing, but had to settle for second place behind Sheen. The 720 kilos competition was the final weight of the competition and was held after the 640 kilos competition. The first pull of the competition took place between Kilroe and Raunds whilst Norton and Sheen were completing the 640 kilos final. Kilroe won the pull by 2 ends to 0, but due to time constraints with the hall, we were unable to complete the competition. Photo: Sheen Farmers TOWC

Results summary

Ladies – Winners – Sheen Ladies – Runners Up – Bedford Ladies
Men 600 – Winners – Norton – Runners Up – Sheen
Men 620 – Winners – Norton – Runners Up – Sheen
Men 640 – Winners – Norton – Runners Up – Sheen
Men 680 – Winners – Sheen – Runners Up – Uppertown
Men 720 – Winners – Kilroe – Runners Up – Raunds  


TUG OF WAR ON TV

On Friday 1st November, Sheen Ladies TOWC were featured on the ITV programme "Off the Beaten Track" presented by Christine Bleakley.

This was a great advert for tug of war and our thanks go to Sheen Ladies for the professionalism shown on the programme. If you missed the show, you can watch it again by clicking here. The show will be available to view online for the next couple of weeks. 


20/10/2013 - INDOOR LEAGUE WEEK 1 RESULTS

This weekend saw the start of the indoor tug of war season, with the first event being well supported by teams from Norton, Sheen, Raunds (A and B), Uppertown, Kilroe, and Sheen Ladies. The event was held with 4 weight categories taking place to cater for the weights that teams could make.

The results were as follows:

720kg – Winners
– Norton – Runners Up – Sheen

680kg – Winners
– Norton – Runners Up – Raunds

660kg – Winners
– Norton – Runners Up – Sheen

640kg – Winners – Uppertown – Runners Up – Norton

Well done to all of the teams and officials who made the first indoor event of the season a success.


20/10/2013 - YORKSHIRE CHAMPIONSHIPS - COUNTRYSIDE LIVE SHOW, HARROGATE

Despite the start of the indoor tug of war season this weekend, there were still some outdoor tug of war competitions taking place, including the Yorkshire Championships in Harrogate.For once the weather held and apart from two small showers, the pullers from around the county of Yorkshire stayed dry as the weights were contested for the Yorkshire Championship 2013. The teams on the day were, York TOWC, Pennine YFC, Silsden with Skipton, Upper Wharfedale YFC, Eskdale Cross YFC, Diesel Power, Stanfordham YFC, Longridge YFC and Felliscliff YFC.

The juniors started the proceedings with Felliscliff YFC beating Silsden and Wharfedale in two straight ends. The ladies 580kg followed and York ladies powered to first place without losing an end, Pennine YFC took second place. 

The men's weights started with the 600kg competition which produced some really hard pulling for all the teams. In the deciding pull Longridge YFC and York battled for what seemed like an age in the first end. York eventually took the end and then the second, to win the weight, with Longridge YFC finishing in second place. Photo: Longridge YFC Squad

The 640kg again drew a fine battle from York and Longridge and this time, Longridge were able to lift York out and won the weight without losing an end, with York closely following behind them.

The next discipline was the 4+4 660kg. The outcome seemed somewhat inevitable, with York being the team that represented England and won silver in August at the UKs in Perth. York showed the crowd of onlookers that they had not lost the magic touch as they won the weight without losing any ground. Eskdale Cross YFC took the silver medal.

The next weight was the 680kg. It's often called the young farmers weight at this competition, as this is the weight that they pull in the regional and national young farmers competitions earlier in the year and its always a hotly contested weight. Upper Wharfedale YFC entered the fray for the first time after staying on the sidelines for the earlier weights. Again York took the lead, beating all that the young farmers could throw at them, York finishing as overall winners and Upper Wharfedale finishing in second place. Photo: York TOWC competing at Countryside Live in Harrogate

The final weight of the day was the catchweight competition. One powerful end after another was produced, but the end result saw York take gold to complete a very successful day after beating the strong teams from Stanfordham YFC, Eskdale Cross YFC, Upper Wharfedale YFC and longridge YFC. Upper Wharfedale YFC finished in the runners up position.

Well done to all of the teams for taking part and making this event a success.


05 & 06 OCTOBER - TUG OF WAR ASSOCIATION AND TUG OF WAR FEDERATION JOINT EVENT - RESULTS

We were lucky with the weather this weekend with six teams attending the Kessingland Tug of War Association and Tug of War Federation joint event. One of the events staunch supporters, Hadleigh Tug of War Club, were interviewed on Saturday by BBC radio Suffolk. The results for each day were as follows:

Saturday

600kg - winners - Holland B - runners up - Holland A

640kg - winners - Holland A - runners up - Raunds

600 4+4 - winners - Holland A - runners up - Raunds

680kg - winners - Holland A - runners up - Raunds

Sunday

620kg - winners - Holland A - runners up - Holland B

660kg - winners - Holland A - runners up - Anglian Vikings

660kg 4+4 - winners - Holland - runners up - Anglian Vikings

720kg - winners - Holland A - runners up - Raunds

Next year will be the 35th Anniversary of the Kessingland Autumn Tug of War Weekend and we are looking to encourage teams from abroad to attend. All teams are welcome to attend these events in the future.


22/09/2013 - EUROPEAN OUTDOOR TUG OF WAR CHAMPIONSHIPS AND WORLD JUNIOR AND UNDER 23 CHAMPIONSHIPS

The European Championships and World Junior and Under 23 Championships have just concluded in Assen, Netherlands. It has been a mixed weekend for the England teams. The open competition saw England gain some good results with Lincoln winning the club 720kg competition and Bedford Ladies winning bronze in the Ladies 560kg competition.

The closed competition saw some difficult pulling for the England teams. Unfortunately England missed out on picking up any medals, but came desperately close with some fourth place finishes. A report from each day of competition can be found further down this page, but a summary of the England results are as follows:

Men 560kg - 7th - Represented by Norton
Men 640kg - 7th - Represented by Felton Eccles
Men 680kg - 7th - Represented by Holland TOWC
Men 720kg - 5th - Represented by Lincoln

Ladies 520kg - 4th - Represented by Holland Ladies
Ladies 560kg - 4th - Represented by Bedford Ladies

Junior 560kg - 7th - Represented by Glos/Som ACF
Under 23 600kg - 4th - Represented by the U23 Development Team

22/9/2013 - EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS DAY 4 - INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION

News from the afternoon session

England's final hopes for a medal in the closed international events rested with the men's 640 kilos competition and ladies 520 kilos competition.

In the ladies 520 kilos competition, England were represented by Holland Ladies. The England Ladies gave a really good account of themselves, with Holland Ladies representing England for only the second time. They pulled well in the group, picking up the points, including a good 2 ends to 0 win over the 2012 World bronze medallists Germany to progress to the semi finals along with Switzerland, Netherlands and Sweden. In the semi finals, England met Sweden, and succumbed to a 2 ends to 0 defeat, and went into the bronze medal match against Switzerland, who were defeated in the semi finals by the Netherlands. Unfortunately again for England, England were defeated by 2 ends to 0 by the Swiss to finish in 4th place. A creditable result for the Holland Ladies representing England for only the second time. Final result:

Ladies 520kg - Gold - Sweden - Silver - Netherlands - Bronze - Switzerland - 4th - England (represented by Holland Ladies)

In the mens 640 kilos competition, England were represented by Felton Eccles. The 640 kilos is always the final event of the championship, and is always a competitive weight class. England started off with two tough pulls against Sweden and Spain, going 1-1 with both teams. Unfortunately for England, it didn't get much better. After beating Belgium, defeats to the Netherlands, Switzerland and Germany and other dropped ends meant that England finished in 7th place in the group and out of the medals. Switzerland went on to win another 640 kilos gold medal at this weight defeating the Netherlands in the final. Final Result:

Men 640 kilos - Gold - Switzerland - Silver - Netherlands - Bronze - Sweden - 4th - Germany

News from the morning session

This morning saw the men 720kg and the Under 23 (World) 600kg competition take place.

In the 720 kilos competition, England were represented by Lincoln, who went into the event with high hopes after winning the open club competition. England started off against the home nation, being defeated by 2 ends to 0, and then defeated Ireland and Lithuania. England went 1-1 with Latvia, and were defeated by Switzerland and Sweden. Towards the end of the group stages, England were level on points with Latvia, but Latvia managed to take an end out of the Netherlands to finish ahead of England, which meant that Latvia progressed to the last 4 at the expense of England, leaving England 5th overall. Well done Lincoln - another great effort in this competition. The final result was as follows:

Men 720kg - Gold - Netherlands - Silver - Sweden - Bronze - Switzerland - 4th - Latvia.

Also taking place at the same time was the Under 23 600 kilos competition, which is run as an annual World Championship, as is the Under 18 junior competition. The England under 23 development team started off with a good 2 ends to 0 win against South Africa, and also defeated Chinese Taipei and Belgium. The competition to get into the top 4 was very close. Germany and Switzerland had a better run into the top 4, but with England beating South Africa, Sweden beating England and South Africa beating Sweden, this meant competition to fill the remaining 2 places in the semi finals was going to be between 3 teams. Both South Africa and Sweden picked up more cautions than England, so England progressed in third place, followed by Sweden. In the semi finals, England were defeated by Germany, and Switzerland defeated Sweden. England met Sweden again for the bronze, but Sweden finished up winning the bronze medal by 2 ends to 0. Well done to our under 23 team - despite missing out on a medal, finishing in the top 4 in the World is still a great achievement. The final result was as follows:

Under 23 World 600kg - Gold
- Switzerland - Silver - Germany - Bronze - Sweden - 4th - England

A full report from the under 23 manager is available on the Under 23 Tug of War Page


21/09/2013 - EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS DAY 3 - INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION

News from the afternoon session.

The afternoon session commenced with the 600kg 4+4, the Junior 560kg and the Men 560kg.

The 600kg competition saw England being represented by the men and ladies of Holland TOWC. The team competed well in the group stages to progress to the semi finals along with Spain, Sweden and the Netherlands. England were drawn against defending champions Sweden and succumbed to a 2 ends to 0 defeat, whilst in the second semi final, the Netherlands defeated Spain. England met Spain in the bronze medal pull, with the first end going for over 6 minutes. Eventually Spain took the first end. England put in another solid performance on the second end, but Spain took the end and the bronze medal. The final result was as follows:

600kg 4+4 - Gold
- Sweden - Silver - Netherlands - Bronze - Spain - 4th - England (represented by Holland TOWC)

The Junior 560kg competition (which is run as an annual World Championship for junior teams) saw England being represented by Gloucester and Somerset ACF. The team had some tough opposition in the group stages and unfortunately did not make the cross over and the chance to compete for a medal. Our junior team went on to finish 7th overall, and it was a good learning experience for them. Hopefully they will come back stronger next year. The final result was as follows:

Junior 560kg - Gold - Switzerland - Silver - South Africa - Bronze - Germany - 4th - Sweden

The mens 560 kilos competition saw England being represented by Norton. England and our representative team Norton were defending champions in this weight and going into this competition would have been one of the favourites to win a medal. They couldn't have asked for a tougher start in their title defence against World Champions Switzerland and Northern Ireland. England lost both of these pulls by 2 ends 0, but got back on track by picking up points against Sweden, Scotland and Belgium. Unfortunately that was as good as it got, and England finished up in 7th place. In many peoples eyes, this was a shock result, but it was an uncharacteristic bad day at the office for England's representatives Norton, but these things do happen from time to time. We are sure they will be back to fight another day. The final result was as follows:

Men 560kg - Gold - Switzerland - Silver - Spain - Bronze - Netherlands - 4th - Northern Ireland

Well done to all of the clubs who have represented England on the first day of competition. Hopefully tomorrow will bring some medals for England.

News from the morning session

The ladies 560 kilos competition saw the England ladies team being represented by Bedford Ladies. The team competed well in the group stages, to finish in joint second place with Switzerland and the Netherlands. Sweden topped the group, which meant that England progressed to the semi finals. In the Semi finals, England were drawn against Switzerland. Having gone 1 end each in the group stages with Switzerland there was every chance that England could progress to the final. Unfortunately Switzerland got the better of England and went to the final winning in two straight ends. In the bronze medal match, England met the Netherlands, and after a good battle, England unfortunately had to settle for 4th place. Sweden finished up as eventual gold medalists. The final result was as follows:

Ladies 560kg - Gold - Sweden - Silver - Switzerland - Bronze - Netherlands - 4th - England (represented by Bedford Ladies)

In the mens 680 kilos competition, England were represented by Holland, who had many pullers in their team representing England in a senior mens weight for the first time. The team started off well, but succumbed to defeats to Ireland, Netherlands, Switzerland and Sweden who all progressed to the final. England finished 7th overall, but it was a good learning experience for the Holland team representing England. The final result was as follows:

Men 680 kilos - Gold
- Netherlands - Silver - Switzerland - Bronze - Sweden - 4th - Ireland

20/09/2013 - EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS DAY 2 - OPEN CLUB COMPETITION

News from the afternoon session

The mens 640kg competition and ladies 520kg competition took place this afternoon. English interest in the 640kg competition came from Team Army and Felton Eccles. Both teams competed well in the competition that was split into 4 large groups. Out of the two teams, Felton Eccles performed best, finishing 4th in their group and missing out on a place in the knock out stages. Photo: Felton Eccles competing in the open 640 kilos competition. The final result was as follows:

Men 640kg - Gold - Ebersecken (Switzerland) - Silver - TTV Veenseboys (Netherlands) - Bronze - Boley (Ireland) - 4th - TTV Vallietrekkers (Netherlands)

Team Army Ladies competed in the Ladies 520 kilos competition, but unfortunately did not make it out of the group stages and the chance to compete for a medal. The final result was as follows:

Ladies 520 kg - Gold - Disa (South Africa) - Silver - Jing Mei (Chinese Taipei) - Bronze - TTV Koapman (Netherlands) - 4th - Gaztedi (Basque)

News from the morning session

This morning saw the Mens 720 kilos competition take place as well as the Under 23 600 kilos competition.

In the 720 kilos competition, English interested cam in the form of Lincoln TOWC and Team Army. Unfortunately Team Army did not progress through the group stages, but Lincoln TOWC put in an excellent performance to finish top of the group without losing an end. They progressed to the semi finals where they met the strong, and sometimes unpredictable team from Velkonis of Latvia. Lincoln took the first end in over 4 minutes, and then finished the job nicely in the second end to reach the final. In the final they met TTV Gelderswoude from the Netherlands who overcame TTV Koapman in their semi final. Lincoln again pulled well to win by 2 ends to 0 and take the gold medal, taking gold without dropping an end in the whole competition. Congratulations Lincoln - a fantastic achievement! Photo: Lincoln TOWC - Men 720 kilos European Club Champions - Final result:

Men 720kg - Gold - Lincoln (England) - Silver - TTV Gelderswoude (Netherlands) - Bronze - Velkonis (Latvia) - 4th - TTV Koapman (Netherlands)

In the Under 23 600 kilos, our Under 23 Development Squad competed, made up of pullers from Bosley, Two Dales, Holland, York, Raunds and Sandhurst. The team competed well in the group stages against clubs from Switzerland, Netherlands, South Africa, Chinese Taipei, Germany and Belgium. The team finished 4th in the group to progress to the knock-out stages. In the semi finals, the English team met Siegelau from Germany, losing out by 2 ends to 0, but went forward to the bronze medal match against Wynland from South Africa. The match up was very competitive, but this time, the English team had to settle for 4th place, Wynland taking the bronze. Final Result:

Men Under 23 600kg - Gold - TTV Streefkerk (Netherlands) - Silver - Siegelau (Germany) - Bronze - Wynland (South Africa) - 4th - ETOWA (England)

A morning of good results for the English teams, so hopefully more good results will follow!

19/09/2013 - EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS DAY 1 - OPEN CLUB COMPETITION

News from the afternoon session

The afternoon session saw the mixed 600 4+4, the junior mens 560 kilos, and senior mens 560 kilos competition.

In the mixed 600 4+4 English interest came in the form of Team Army and Holland TOWC. The competition was split into two groups, with both Holland and Team Army being drawn into the same group. Unfortunately both teams did not progress to the knock out stages and missed out on the chance to compete for a medal. Photo: Team Army 600 kilos 4+4 team. The final results were as follows:

Mixed 4+4 600 kilos - Gold - Gaztedi (Basque) - Silver - TTV Koapman (Netherands) - Bronze - Gelderswoude (Netherlands) - 4th - TTV Oele (Netherlands)

In the Junior 560 kilos competition, Gloucester and Somerset competed. They were up against some good teams in their group from Chinese Taipei, Switzerland, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, South Africa, and Sweden. Gloucester and Somerset finished 9th in the competition overall. Stans-Oberdorf from Switzerland followed up their gold medal success at GENSB by winning the open club gold. The final results were as follows:

Junior Men 560kg - Gold - Stans Oberdorf (Switzerland) - Silver - Dietenbach (Germany) - Bronze - Oakdale A (South Africa) - 4th - TTV Streefkerk (Netherlands)

There was no English involvement in the mens 560 kilos competition, but the final results of this event were:

Senior Men 560 kg - Gold - Engelberg (Switzerland) - Silver - Bancran (Northern Ireland) - Bronze - Goiherri (Basque) - 4th - TTV Lagerweij (Netherlands)

News from the morning session.

We are pleased to report that Bedford Ladies took the bronze medal in the ladies 560 kilos open club competition, defeating Gonten from Switzerland in the final. Well done! Team Army Ladies also competed in this event, but failed to progress from the group stages for the chance to compete for a medal.Photo: Bedford Ladies - European Club Bronze Medallists in the Ladies 560 kilos event

The final results were:

Ladies Open 560 kilos - Gold - TTV Vechtlust (Netherlands) - Silver - Jing Mei (Chinese Taipei) - Bronze - Bedford Ladies (England) - 4th - Gonten (Switzerland)

The mens 680 kilos competition also took place this morning. Lincoln, Holland and Team Army of England were competing in this event, however unfortunately, none of these teams finished up in a medal position. Both Lincoln and Holland came close to qualifying from their groups, with Lincoln finishing 4th in their group, and Holland finishing 3rd in their group to miss out on a place in the quarter finals.

The final results were:

Men Open 680 kilos - Gold - Ebersecken (Switzerland) - Silver - Heure (Netherlands) - Bronze - Lakehill (Republic of Ireland) - 4th - TTV Vorden (Netherlands)


COMING UP THIS WEEKEND - EUROPEAN OUTDOOR TUG OF WAR CHAMPIONSHIPS - ASSEN - NETHERLANDS - 19-22 SEPTEMBER

This week, the European Outdoor Tug of War Championships and World Junior and Under 23 Championships taken place in Assen, the Netherlands. The programme of events is as follows:

Thursday 19th September - Open Club Competition - Men 560 and 680, Ladies 560, Junior Men 560 and Mixed 600 kilos

Friday 20th September - Open Club Competition - Men 640 and 720 - Ladies 520, and under 23 600 kilos

Saturday 21st September - Closed International Competition - Men 560 and 680, Ladies 560, Junior Men 560 and Mixed 600 kilos

Sunday 22nd September - Closed International Competition - Men 640 and 720 - Ladies 520, and under 23 600 kilos

Good luck to all of the teams who will be taking part. Good luck to Lincoln, Holland, Felton Eccles, Team Army, Bedford Ladies, Gloucester and Somerset ACF and the England under 23s who will be competing in the open club competition.

In the closed competition, England will be competing in all of the official weight classes. In the senio mens weights, England will be represented by Norton, Felton Eccles, Holland and Lincoln. In the ladies weights, England will be represented by Holland Ladies and Bedford Ladies. Gloucester and Somerset ACF will be representing England in the junior men 560 kilos competition, and the England Under 23 team will be represented by a composite team.

The Tug of War Association would like to take this opportunity to wish all of the England teams competing the very best of luck.


08/09/2013 - EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE CHARITY TUG OF WAR EVENT (ORGANISED BY BOSLEY TOWC)

This weekend Bosley Tug of War Club held their annual charity tug of war competition in aid of the East Cheshire Hospice. With the European Championships just around the corner, a number of the representative teams chose not to compete at the event in order to concentrate on their preparations, but the competition was still supported by teams from Bosley, Diesel Power (men and ladies, Longride YFC and the England under 23 team. As no other ladies teams attended the competition, Diesel Power mixed their ladies team in with their mens team in the various weight classes on offer on the day. Photo: Diesel Power TOWC

A total of 6 weight classes were contested on the day, with all teams enjoying the competition. Bosley took the winners positions in the 640 kilos, 680 kilos, 720 kilos and catchweight competitions. The England Under 23 team took the runners up position in these weights, and also went on to win the 580 kilos and 600 kilos competitions ahead of Bosley. Both Longridge and Diesel Power put in some good performances on the day, and are looking forward to competing in more tug of war competitions next year. Thank you to them for supporting this event. Photo: Bosley TOWC

The officials on the day were Peter Craft and Tony Gray, with Betty Craft doing the recording duties. Despite the lower than anticipated turn out of teams, the event raised £300 to charity, so well done to all of the teams for their efforts. Photo: Longridge YFC


01/09/2013 - NATIONAL LEAGUE FINALS

Teams competing - Norton, Oxney Vines Cross, Felton Eccles, Sandhurst, Bosley, Lincoln, 19th Regiment (Highland Gunners), York, Holland, Bedford Ladies, Holland Ladies, Glos/Som ACF (A, B, and C), LNR ACF (A and B). Photo: Felton Eccles TOWC

Three weights at 600 kilos, 640 kilos and 680 kilos were held for mens teams, and two weights at 520 kilos and 560 kilos were held for ladies teams. All weights were pulled as a straight group with the top four teams having a semi final and final for extra training. Photo: 19 Regiment RA Highland Gunners

The 600 kilos competition was the first weight on pulled as a straight group of 8. Norton, Sandhurst and Oxney emerged as the strongest teams in the group which also contained Glos/Som ACF who entered this competition to gain some match practice ahead of the World Junior Championships which are being held alongside the European Championships in Assen. Norton finished first in the group stage ahead of Oxney who finished as runners up. Sandhurst finished the group in third place with Glos/Som ACF pulling well to finish 4th ahead of York and then Felton. In the semi finals, Norton defeated Glos/Som ACF and Oxney defeated Sandhurst. Norton and Oxney met again in the final, with Norton going on to win the competition on the day by 2 ends to 0. When the points across the whole season were added up, Oxney finished as gold medallists in the 600 kilos weight class, with Norton finishing as silver medallists and Sandhurst finishing as bronze medallists. Photo: Norton TOWC

The 640 kilos competition was again pulled as a straight group of 8 with a different line up of clubs from those that entered the 600 kilos competition. There was some very competitive pulling in this group, but again Norton were the dominant force, topping the group without dropping an end. Oxney finished as group runners up, followed by Holland and Sandhurst. In the semi finals Norton defeated Sandhurst and Oxney defeated Holland. Norton then went on to win the final by 2 ends to 0. After the points over the course of the national league season were added up, Norton finished as the gold medallists ahead of Oxney who took silver and Holland who took bronze. Photo: Oxney Vines Cross TOWC

The final mens weight of the day was the 680 kilos competition. This competition picked up where the 640 kilos competition left off, with some great pulling. Sandhurst came very close to getting an end off Norton before being blown out for receiving 3 cautions, and Holland and Lincoln endured a very tough pull against each other, with their match going to one end each. Norton finished the competition as group winners, and were joined in the semi finals on the day by Oxney, Lincoln and Sandhurst. Norton met Sandhurst again in the semi finals, with Norton going on to progress to the finals by 2 ends to 0. In the other semi final, Oxney defeated Lincoln to reach their third final of the day. As with the other finals, Norton went on to win the final by 2 ends to 0. After all the points from the national league season were added up for the 680 kilos competition, Norton finished up as the gold medallists, with Oxney taking silver and Holland the bronze. Photo: The Leicester and Northants ACF Junior Mens and Ladies Squad

The national league finals also culminated in the final of the ladies and youth league. Gloucester and Somerset retained their dominant form throughout the season in to the final event, with Glos/Som A winning the competition without losing an end. The final results in the ladies and youth league saw Glos/Som ACF take the gold medals in the junior men 520 and 560 kilos competitions. Glos/Som ACF B finished as silver medallists, with Leicester and Northants ACF A finishing as bronze medallists in both weights. In the junior ladies competition, Gloucester and Somerset ACF finished as gold medallists in both the junior ladies 520 kilos and 560 kilos events, with Leicester and Northants ACF junior girls finishing as silver medallists. Photo: The Gloucester and Somerset ACF Junior Men and Ladies squad

The ladies national league saw Holland Ladies finish as the eventual gold medallists in both the ladies 560 kilos and ladies 520 kilos competition, with Bedford Ladies finishing as silver medallists and Sheen Ladies finishing as bronze medallists.

Well done to all of the teams who took part in the national league events this year, and we look forward to a competitive national league next year.  

Competition Results:

Men 600 - Winners - Norton - Runners Up - Oxney Vines Cross

Men 640 - Winners - Norton - Runners Up - Oxney Vines Cross

Men 680 - Winners - Norton - Runners Up - Oxney Vines Cross

The final results of the national league were as follows:

600 kilos - Gold - Oxney - Silver - Norton - Bronze - Sandhurst

640 kilos - Gold - Norton - Silver - Oxney - Bronze - Holland

680 kilos - Gold - Norton - Silver - Oxney - Bronze - Holland

Junior Ladies 520 - Gold - Glos/Som ACF - Silver - LNR ACF

Junior Ladies 560 - Gold - Glos/Som ACF - Silver - LNR ACF

Junior Men 520 - Gold - Glos/Som ACF A - Silver - Glos/Som ACF B - Bronze - LNR ACF A

Junior Men 560 - Gold - Glos/Som ACF A - Silver - Glos/Som ACF B - Bronze - LNR ACF A

Ladies 520 - Gold - Holland Ladies - Silver - Bedford Ladies - Bronze - Sheen Ladies

Ladies 560 - Gold - Holland Ladies - Silver - Bedford Ladies - Bronze - Sheen Ladies


25/08/2013 - SHROPSHIRE OPEN COMPETITION AND TOWA NATIONAL LEAGUE RESULTS

Alcester in Warwickshire played host to a further round of the Tug of War Association National  League on the towns Jubilee Pavilion Fields over the Bank Holiday Weekend.

The Town were very pleased to welcome the National Champions, Norton, fresh from their Silver Medal victory for Great Britain at the World Games in Columbia.

District Councillor Eric Payne, and Chairman of the Jubilee Pavilion Committee, said:

"Tug of War is a sport growing in popularity worldwide. We were very lucky to share our new facilities with the national squad. We wish them every success at the European Championships to be held in the Netherlands in September"

"It was no surprise that the national champions, from Norton, won the competition at the weekend".

Thanks to Councillor Mike Gittus of Stratford-upon Avon District Council for providing the above report/press release.

Results:

Men Catchweight - Winners - Norton - Runners Up - Lincoln

Men 600 - Winners - Norton - Runners Up - Oxney Vines Cross

Men 680 - Winners - Norton - Runners Up - Oxney Vines Cross

Men 640 - Winners - Norton - Runners Up - Oxney Vines Cross

Ladies 560 - Winners - Bedford Ladies - Runners Up - Holland Ladies

Ladies 520 - Winners - Bedford Ladies - Runners Up - Holland Ladies


GENSB YOUTH INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT – SATURDAY 24TH AUGUST 2013. MOHNESEE, GERMANY

This year GENSB was hosted by Germany in Mohnesee beside Lake Mohne. This year is also the 100th anniversary of the inauguration of the Mohne Lake and Dam and the 70th anniversary of the "Dambuster" raid. Photo: Glos/Som ACF "C"

In this now tranquil lakeside setting 36 teams (317 competitors) from eight countries competed for the GENSB trophy. Teams were divided into four groups, with the top four in each group entering the knock out stages. Photo: Glos/Som ACF "A"

Glos/Som ACF entered three teams from a pool of 33 pullers (17 boys and 16 girls)

- Team A (a team of 10 coached by Steve Smith)
- Team B (a team of 8 coached by Tim Tatler)
- Team C (a team of 10 coached by Alec Masson)

This left five pullers going into the international pot to form another team (Euro Mix 2) which was led out by Barry Angus.

Final Results

PositionTeamCountry
Gold
Silver
Bronze
4th
5th
6th
7th
8th
Stans-Oberdorf
Sins
TTV Streefkerk
Eire Og
TZC Eschbachtal
Ebersecken
Ramygala
Luthern
Switzerland
Switzerland
Netherlands
Ireland
Germany
Switzerland
Lithuania
Switzerland

Glos/Som “C” narrowly missed the knockout stage and finished the competition in 18th place. Glos/Som “B” finished 29th, Glos/Som “A” 35th and Europa Mix “2” 36th. All our young pullers maintained their motivation in the face of stern opposition throughout the day. The full results book can be downloaded from the GENSB web site at www.gensb.eu. Photo: Europa Mix Team

At the end of the competition trophies were awarded and the GENSB flag was passed to England who will host the competition in 2014. Tug of War Association Chairman Pete Dyer accepted the flag on behalf of England. Photo: Glos/Som ACF "B" team

After the competition there were some group photographs back at the hostel, a swim, dinner and a busy day finished with a disco for our young competitors.

On Sunday morning there was a trip to the Mohne Dam immortalised by the bouncing bomb and 617 Squadron (The Dambusters). ACF officers formed small groups of cadets and took them to the top of the dam where they gave a talk about the history and significance of the Mohne Dam. Photo: Pete Dyer (left) accepting the GENSB flag for the GENSB 2014 event which is being hosted by England.

Young people today face a lot of criticism, which is often based on the behaviour of a minority. From my own personal experience spending three days with 33 young army cadets was a rewarding experience. I found them to be polite, responsive, respectful, helpful and punctual. Oh yes, they were at times noisy and some spoke a different coded language, but that is just part of being young. Well done to all officers and cadets. Report by Martin Mulcahy – TOWA Child Protection Officer 


ENGLAND UNDER 23S

Please click here for a report from the England Under 23 team manager for a report from the UK championships and information regarding preparations for the forthcoming World Under 23 Championships in Assen, the Netherlands in September


10/08/2013 - UK OUTDOOR TUG OF WAR CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS

The 2013 UK outdoor tug of war championships were this year hosted by the Scottish Tug of War Association in Perth, Scotland. The event was held adjacent to the Bell’s Sports Centre, the venue for the 2012 World Indoor Tug of War Championships. Saturday saw the event held in conjunction with the Perth Kilt Run, before the Perth Highland Games took place on Sunday.

The closed international competition started on Saturday with a short opening ceremony, before the competitions commenced with the mens 600 kilos competition. The competition was pulled as a straight 8 with the top 4 teams progressing to the final. England A were represented by Oxney Vines Cross, with a composite team representing England B. The composite team was formed as a result of eligible teams either selecting another weight in which to represent England at, or as a result of other teams not meeting the criteria for selection. England also had a C team entered in this event, with the team being formed entirely from under 23 pullers. England were the only country to field an under 23 team in this weight. Photo: Northern Ireland A 600 kilos team

Both England A and England B met each other in the first round of competition, with England B taking the first end, and England A taking the second end. Both teams performed solidly throughout the competition, progressing to the semi finals along with Northern Ireland. The battle for the fourth qualifying place was very intense, particularly between the main Scottish and Welsh teams, with Scotland taking the win needed against their Welsh rivals to progress. Photo: England B 600 kilos team

The England C team made up of our under 23 pullers acquitted themselves very well in this weigh, and were certainly no push overs. They came away winning ends against the Scottish B team as well as earning valuable experience. Well done to them.

In the semi finals, England A and England B were drawn against each other for the second time in the competition. The first end resulted in a stalemate for around 7 minutes, before England A capitalised to take the first end. The second end was another tight end, with England A going on to take the win to make the final. The other semi final saw Northern Ireland A defeat Scotland A, and they had their semi final finished whilst the two England teams were pulling their first end. Photo: England A 600 kilos team

The bronze medal pull saw England B face Scotland A. Scotland A were certainly strong and lively opponents, doing all they could to unsettle England B. England B managed todefend most of the lifts thrown at them by the Scottish team, and they went on to take the first end. The second end went much the same way, and England B went on to take the bronze medal.

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The final between England A and Northern Ireland A was an evenly matched contest. The first end was a stalemate for a good few minutes before an unfortunate slip from England which led to Northern Ireland taking the advantage and going on to take the first end. The second end was a much more stern contest, with England A dropping in well to unsettle Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland managed to eventually wrestle the rope back to take the end and the gold medal for the first time in 9 years. Photo: England A Junior 560 kilos team

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The ladies competitions were not as well supported this year as they have been in the past, with only three teams taking part in each of the ladies weight classes. Scotland fielded two teams in both the 520 and 560 competitions, with England entering the 520 kilos competition, and Wales entering the 560 kilos competition.

In the 520 kilos competition, England (represented by Holland Ladies) had a gruelling first pull with Scotland B, losing out by 2 ends to 0. This gave England an uphill task to reach the final, and defeat to the Scotland A team meant that they missed out on a place in the final, with only the top two teams going through. The gold medal eventually went to Scotland A, with Scotland B winning silver. Scotland A and B also took the gold and silver medals respectively in the 560 kilos competition, with Wales A finishing as bronze medallists. Photo: England B Junior 560 kilos team

This year saw a Junior 560 kilos competition take place at the UK outdoor championships for the first time. England entered an A and B team in this weight, and were up against A and B teams from Scotland. England A were represented by Glos/Som ACF and England B were represented by a composite team. Both teams performed excellently, with both teams beating the Scottish A and B teams to finish first and second in the group stage. In the semi finals, England A defeated Scotland B, and England B defeated Scotland A. Scotland A then went on to defeat Scotland B for the bronze medal. In the final, England A and England B met for the second time, with England A having already defeated England B in the group stages. The final went to the form book set in the group stages with England A winning the gold medal, and England B taking silver. Photo: Scotland A Junior 560 kilos team

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Well done to all of the youth pullers who took part in this weight class. It was great to see a junior competition take place at this years UK championships. Hopefully it will continue, and hopefully Northern Ireland and Wales will be able to enter teams in the event next year. Photo: Scotland B Junior 560 kilos team

The mens 680 kilos competition followed. With England A being represented by Holland, and England B being represented by Felton Eccles. This weight was certainly an eventful and unpredictable competition. England A started off against Scotland A, who are not the easiest team to pull early on in a competition. The pull went 1 end each. England A, however seemed to struggle through the competition, dropping a number of ends, but so too were other teams. England B also dropped the odd end, but carried on well picking up the points. The competition saw some tough pulling all round, with Northern Ireland and Wales A also putting themselves in contention. At the end of the group stages, the top four places saw Scotland A, England B, Wales A, and Northern Ireland A progress, leaving England A in 5th place and missing out on a place in the semi finals. Photo: The England Junior squad

In the semi finals, England B met Northern Ireland A, with the first end turning out to be the longest of the championship going over 11 minutes and being won by Northern Ireland A. The second and third ends were much livelier, with England B taking both of them after a great effort. A real crowd pleasing semi final. The other semi final saw Scotland A overcome Wales A. Photo: England B 680 kilos team

In the bronze medal pull Wales A won the bronze medal by 2 ends to 0 against Northern Ireland A. The final was a very lively pull, with Scotland A looking like they could end England’s 33 year stranglehold on the UK 680 kilos title. Despite a valiant effort from England B, Scotland had too much in the tank on this occasion, taking the gold medal and their first ever gold medal in a mens outdoor weight class at a UK championship. Photo: England B 600 kilos 4+4 team

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The final weight of the international championship was the 4+4 600 kilos. England and Scotland both fielded A and B teams, with Wales A being the 5th team in this weight class. The competition was tough, with England B (represented by York) progressing in first place in the group, followed by England A (represented by Holland). Wales A and Scotland A were the other teams to progress. The two England teams won their respective semi finals to set up an all England final, leaving Scotland A and Wales A to fight it out for the bronze. Photo: Scotland A 600 kilos 4+4 team

The bronze medal pull, was a tough and crowd pleasing match up, with Wales A putting in a gutsy performance to take the bronze medal ahead of Scotland A. The final was certainly a very exciting contest between England A and England B, with both teams giving everything to win the gold medal. The first end was a stalemate for around 5 minutes, with England A taking the first pull. The second end then went to England B to level the final. The third end then began to take its toll on both teams, with the judge eventually declaring a no pull after both teams had received three cautions for infringements. Both teams then went for it again for the fourth end. Fatigue had well and truly crept in to the pulling of both teams, with England A eventually bringing the rope over the line to take the gold medal. Photo: Wales A 600 kilos 4+4 team

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Well done to both of the England teams in this weight who came away from the final knowing that they had left everything on the field. You certainly cannot ask for any more than that. A special well done to York for winning the silver medal for England in this weight, representing England for the very first time. Photo: England A 600 kilos 4+4 team

Men 600 Kilos - Gold - Northern Ireland A - Silver - England A (Represented by Oxney Vines Cross) - Bronze - England B (represented by a composite team) - 4th - Scotland A

Men 680 Kilos - Gold - Scotland A - Silver - England B (represented by Felton Eccles) - Bronze - Wales A - 4th - Northern Ireland A - England A (represented by Holland TOWC) finished 5th

Ladies 520 kilos - Gold - Scotland A - Silver - Scotland B - Bronze - England A (represented by Holland Ladies)

Ladies 560 Kilos - Gold - Scotland A - Silver - Scotland B - Bronze - Wales A

Junior 560 Kilos - Gold
- England A (represented by Glos/Som ACF) - Silver - England B (represented by a composite team) - Bronze - Scotland A - 4th - Scotland B

600 4+4 - Gold
- England A (represented by Holland) - Silver - England B (represented by York) - Bronze - Wales A - 4th - Scotland A


03/08/2013 - NATIONAL FEDERATION OF YOUNG FARMERS CLUBS TUG OF WAR FINALS

The crowds turned out in their hundreds this weekend for the hotly contested National finals of the National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs (NFYFC) Tug of War competition. The event is organised annually, with eliminator competitions starting around May time. These start with each Young Farmers team in each county competing at their county rally with the first and second placed teams from each county going through to the regional eliminator. The top one or two teams from each regional eliminator then progress through to the national finals. 10 teams competed in each competition, held for mens teams, ladies teams and junior teams (under GENSB rules). Photo: Bedfordshire YFC Youth Team. Third place in the junior competition

The Tug of War Association provided the NFYFC with judges for the finals, with most of the regional and county competitions also being officiated by TOWA judges. Photo: Devon men's team - third place in the mens competition

Over 300 Young Farmers took part in the finals which were held at the Tenbury Countryside Show in Worcestershire – the perfect location for the eventual winners of the Ladies Tug of War competition, local girls Tenbury Wells YFC. The ladies team, defeated last year’s champions Derbyshire FYFC to the 2013 title. Photo: Essex YFC mens team - 4th place in the mens competition.

In the men’s competition it was Staffordshire FYFC, runners up in last year’s competition, who clinched the title in a thrilling final against Lancashire FYFC, winning by 2 ends to 1. Photo: Staffordshire YFC Mens team - National Young Farmers Champions for 2013

This year was also the first time NFYFC have run a Tug of War competition for its younger members, with a mixed competition for members aged 12-17 in a GENSB rules style competition. This time Lancashire FYFC proved their strength, beating Leicestershire FYFC in the grand final. Photo: Somerset YFC junor team - 4th place in the junior competition.

The ladies, mens and mixed under 17 finals all took place in the show’s Grand Ring, drawing hundreds of spectators and supporters. Thank you to the National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs for inviting us to officiate at this event once again. It is always an enjoyable day of sport. Photo: Yorkshire YFC Ladies Team - 3rd place in the ladies competition

You can download the results by clicking here. Photos courtesy of the National Federation of Young Farmers.


2013 WORLD GAMES - CALI, COLUMBIA - 27 AND 28 JULY

Great Britain tug of war teams were competing at the World Games in Cali, Columbia over the weekend. The World Games takes place every four years, with many sports forming the programme over 10 days of competition.

The World Games, being staged from July 25 to August 4 this year, is the highest level of competition for a diverse array of non-Olympic sports. The World Games is held under the patronage of the International Olympic Committee, and contains most of the candidate sports who are awaiting inclusion in the Olympics, including tug of war.

The tug of war event saw the top 6 ranked nations in the world in each respective weight category taking part.

Felton Eccles Tug of War Club from Somerset represented Great Britain in the men's 700 kilos competition on Saturday, and were up against 5 of the other top 6 countries in the world at this weight class, which included Sweden, Switzerland, Netherlands, Latvia, and Ireland. In hot and humid weather conditions, Great Britain had a tough start against Ireland, with both nations winning one end each. Great Britain were defeated against the Netherlands and Switzerland, but again had to settle for a draw against both Sweden and then Latvia. As such, Great Britain missed out on a place in the semi finals and the chance to compete for a medal. The gold medal was won by the Netherlands, with Switzerland taking silver and Sweden taking the bronze. Photo: Great Britain take on the Netherlands in the 700 kilos competition

Men 700 kilos team - Fred World, Martin Collins, John Taylor, Robbie Gayle, James Murphy, Paul Roach (sub: Eddy Holland), Dave Viner, John Warman, Coach - John Webb

The second day of tug of war competition at the World Games saw the mens 640 kilos competition take place. Norton Tug of War Club from Staffordshire represented Great Britain in this weight and got off to a flying start by defeating Germany, Ireland and Sweden by 2 ends to 0. They were then defeated by Switzerland by 2 ends to 0, before defeating Belgium in their final match to finish second in the group. The top four teams then progressed to the semi finals to compete for the gold, silver and bronze medals. Photo: John Taylor, Martin Collins and Fred World competing for Great Britain in the men's 700 kilos competition

In the semi-finals, Great Britain were drawn against Germany and took another 2 ends to 0 win to reach the final. Switzerland defeated Ireland in the other semi-final to set up a Great Britain vs Switzerland final. After a very competitive and hard fought final, Switzerland took the gold medal, with Great Britain taking a well deserved silver medal. Germany finished as bronze medallists after defeating Ireland. Photo: Great Britain take on Switzerland in the men's 640 kilos competition

Congratulations to both Norton and Felton Eccles Tug of War Clubs for representing Great Britain in two very tough competitions.  You have done yourselves, the Association and Great Britain proud! Photo: The silver medal won by the Great Britain 640 kilos team, represented by Norton Tug of War Club

Men 640 kilos team - Tom Hammersley, Ed Holland (sub: Dave Gill), Dave Field, Ian Daniels, Adrian Webb, Steve Prime, Dave Calcutt, Coach - John Webb



Photo: The Great Britain 640 kilos squad with TWIF senior vice president Mr. Tony Martin, Tug of War Association and TWIF Judge Mr. Ray Fray-Smith, and staff of the British Embassy to Columbia

Final Results - Saturday 27th July - Men 700 kilos Competition

Gold - Netherlands - Silver - Switzerland - Bronze - Sweden - 4th - Ireland - 5th - Great Britain - 6th - Latvia

Final Results - Sunday 28th July - Ladies 540 kilos Indoor Competition

There was no British interest in this competition, but the final result was as follows:

Gold - Chinese Taipei - Silver - Netherlands - Bronze - South Africa - 4th - Switzerland - 5th - Germany - 6th - China

Final Results - Sunday 28th July - Men 640 kilos Competition

Gold - Switzerland - Silver - Great Britain - Bronze - Germany - 4th - Ireland - 5th - Sweden - 6th - Belgium


28/07/2013 - SOUTH WEST OPEN COMPETITION - FELTON

The South West area open competition also took place this weekend. Teams from Felton Eccles (who were made up of members who did not travel to Cali), Kennford, Widecombe, Ansty, Oxney Vines Cross, Llanboidy, Cupids Hill, Sandhurst, Lincoln, Holland and Bosley took part in the event. The results were as follows:

This weekend, the south west open competition took place and was hosted by Felton Eccles Tug of War Club. Whilst many of their team members were away competing at the World Games in Cali, Columbia, their remaining members helped to stage the event, as well as fielding teams in all four weight classes on the day. The catchweight competition was first on, with some good competitive pulling. Lincoln and Llanboidy were in contention for the winners medal, with Lincoln edging out Llanboidy to take first place. Anstey from the Far Western Area competed really well to finish in third place. Photo: Kennford TOWC competing in the 600 kilos event

The 600 kilos competition was pulled as a straight group of 8, with the top two teams competing again in the final. Many teams were dropping ends to each other in this competition, but it was Oxney and Widecombe who progressed to the final, with Kennford just missing out on a spot in the final. The final was very competitive, and it looked as though Widecombe could perhaps take the winners medal, but Oxney managed to hang on to take the win by 2 ends to 0.

The 680 kilos competition was again pulled in a straight group of 8 with the top two teams going through to the final. Holland topped the group without losing an end, with Oxney edging out Llanboidy to make the final. In the final, Holland defeated Oxney by 2 ends to 0.

The final weight of the day was the 640 kilos competition which was pulled in two groups of 5. The competition in both groups was very close with Oxney and Anstey progressing from group 1 and Holland and Widecombe progressing from group 2. In the semi finals, Oxney defeated Widecombe and Holland defeated Anstey. The final was a repeat of the 680 kilos final, with Holland winning the gold medal by 2 ends to 0 ahead of Oxney.

Men Catchweight - Winners - Lincoln - Runners Up - Llanboidy

Men 680 Kilos - Winners - Holland - Runners Up - Oxney Vines Cross

Men 640 Kilos - Winners - Holland - Runners Up - Oxney Vines Cross

Men 600 Kilos - Winners - Oxney Vines Cross - Runners Up - Widecombe


21/07/2013 - TUG OF WAR ASSOCIATION AND TUG OF WAR FEDERATION JOINT EVENT - ASHBOURNE HIGHLAND GATHERING - RESULTS

Teams competing - Holland (A and B), Bosley, Lincoln, Two Dales, Longridge YFC, Diesel Power, Sheen Ladies, York, LCS, Raunds, 4 Regiment RA

Ashbourne Highland Games took place this weekend, run as a joint event between the Tug of War Federation and the Tug of War Association. There was some good competitive pulling in both the mens weights and the mixed weights, which kept the many spectators interested in the sport as it progressed throughout the day.

In the mixed weight classes, Holland were the dominant team on the day, entering A and B teams in the two 4+4 weight classes at 600 kilos and 660 kilos. Holland A won the 660 kilos competition, with York finishing as the eventual runners up. In the 600 kilos 4+4 weight Holland A finished as winners with Holland B finishing as runners up. There was some good pulling from a number of teams in this weight, in particular from Diesel Power and Raunds, who with a number of inexperienced pullers in their teams, held their own very well.

In the men’s weight classes, there were 5 weight classes at 600 kilos, 640 kilos, 680 kilos, 720 kilos and catchweight. Holland A took the winners places in the 600, 680 and 720 competitions, with Longridge YFC from Lancashire taking a well deserved runners up position in the 600 kilos competition. In the 680 kilos competition Lincoln finished as runners up, with Bosley finishing as runners up in the 720 kilos competition.

The catchweight competition saw Lincoln take the winners medal, with Holland this time finishing as runners up ahead of LCS. The final weight of the day was the 640 kilos competition. Lincoln took the winners position in this weight ahead of Bosley who finished as runners up.

Well done to all of the teams who took part. We now look forward to the next joint event, which takes place in Kessingland, Suffolk, in October. Or further details about this fixture, please visit the fixtures page. It is a two day event, and all teams are welcome to compete on one or both days of competition.

Results:

Men Catchweight - Winners - Lincoln - Runners Up - Holland A

Men 720 Kilos - Winners - Holland A - Runners Up - Bosley

Men 680 Kilos - Winners - Holland A - Runners Up - Lincoln

Men 640 Kilos - Winners - Lincoln - Runners Up - Bosley

Men 600 Kilos - Winners - Holland B - Runners Up - Longridge YFC

Mixed 660 Kilos 4+4 - Winners - Holland A - Runners Up - York

Mixed 600 Kilos 4+4 - Winners - Holland A - Runners Up - Holland B


21/07/2013 - ANNOUNCEMENTS

It is with sadness that we report the passing of two former members of the Tug of War Association:

Maurice Goody

Maurice used to pull for the Sweffling Swifts in Suffolk. He was a giant of a man both on the rope and off it. Maurice along with his dear wife Yvonne were TOWA General Committee members for many years. They both ran tug of war events in Area 5.

Until recently, when Yvonne passed away they ran the annual Kessingland Beach tug of war weekend and were in attendance every year.

Maurice was also a Grade 1 judge. Maurice was a Gentleman and will be sadly missed to the sport. Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.

Jack Bridge

Former TOWA member Jack Bridge has also passed away recently. Jack had been ill for some time and died of Cancer.

Jack pulled for the Becton Gas, Gateway and The Earl of Essex tug of war teams.

The funeral is on Monday afternoon 29th July 2013, at 3.40pm. We await details of the venue for the service.

Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.


2013 ARMY CADET FORCE (ACF) NATIONAL TUG OF WAR CHAMPIONSHIP

Congratulations to the boys and girls from Glos/Som ACF who represented the SW Region Cadet Forces won both the boy and girls weights at the National Army Cadet Force Championships which was held at York on Saturday 6th July 2013. There were a total of 20 teams participating with over 200 youth pullers taking part. The girls team under the watchful eye of Steve Smith only lost one end during the whole event, and the boys under Alec Masson and Tim Tatler went on to complete the double and in doing so never lost an end for the second year running. The Cadets from the SW Region have won both weight classes for the second year running. Photo: Glos/Som ACF boys team

There were some good pulling by some up and coming new Cadet teams, in the midlands, Derbyshire ACF, and in the NE, Humberside & Yorkshire, and the Scottish contingent of Glasgow and Lanarkshire ACF.Next years Championships will again be at York, on Sat 5th July 2014. Photo: Glos/Som ACF girls team

Girls:

1st: SW Region  A
2nd: Eastern Region A
3rd: Scotland Region A
4th: NE Region A

Boys:

1st: SW Region A
2nd: Eastern Region A
3rd: Eastern Region B
4th: SW Region B


07/07/2013 - INTER COUNTY AND NATIONAL 4+4 TUG OF WAR CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS

This years inter county tug of war championship took place in Sandhurst, Berkshire, and saw us return to the area following the national championships in June. The event also saw the national 4+4 championships take place as well as national league weights. The Inter County championships saw the following counties being represented – Berkshire, Sussex, Somerset, Devonshire, Lincolnshire, Yorkshire, Staffordshire (A and B). The 4+4 competition was entered by York, Team Army, Bedford, and Holland. The open weights saw the following teams competing – Bosley, Norton, Lincoln, York, Sandhurst, Holland, Team Army, Widecombe, 4 Regiment RA, Oxney Vines Cross, Totham Bull. In the ladies weights, Sheen Ladies, Holland Ladies, Bedford Ladies and Team Army Ladies took part. It was a busy day in very warm conditions. Photo: Staffordshire A 640 kilos team (represented by Norton)

The 640 kilos competition saw Berkshire (represented by Sandhurst) enter this years event as defending champions. A few teams looked to be contenders, however this year, the Berkshire team came up short and missed out on the chance to compete for a place in the final. The competition was close between the remaining counties, however the Staffordshire A team (represented by Norton) emerged as the strongest team, followed by Sussex (represented by Oxney). Both teams progressed to the final, and it was Staffordshire A who were on top of their game to take the inter county shield by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Sussex 640 kilos team (represented by Oxney Vines Cross)

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The 680 kilos competition was again pulled as a straight group with the top two teams meeting in the final to compete for the gold medals. Both Staffordshire A (represented by Norton) and Staffordshire B (represented by Holland) looked to be the strongest teams in the early rounds, and that form continued throughout the competition. Despite challenges from the other counties, both the Staffordshire teams progressed to the final. Staffordshire B looked to have a strong line up in this weight and dropped in strongly on both ends against the Staffordshire A team. The Staffordshire A team held on to the Staffordshire B team well though to win the Inter County double. Photo: Holland 600 kilos 4+4 team

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The 4+4 weight was next and was keenly contested. Holland looked to be the strongest team early on, with York looking as though they had the potential to challenge. Bedford are always challengers every year, which made for an interesting competition. At the end of the group stage, Holland finished on maximum points, followed by York who took a good win against Bedford who finished third ahead of the Army. This set up a Holland v York final. Holland continued their good form to take the gold medal. Well done to York TOWC who won their first ever national championship medal, taking silver. Bedford finished as bronze medallists ahead of the Army. Photo: York TOWC 600 Kilos 4+4 team

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The open national league weights followed, which allowed teams to compete for points towards their national league totals. In the men’s weights, Oxney finished as the eventual winners ahead of Bosley who finished as runners up. The 640 kilos competition was split into two groups. Norton and Lincoln both progressed to the final, with Norton winning the final by 2 ends to 0. The 680 kilos competition saw Holland pull strongly again to finish in first place ahead of Bosley who finished as runners up. The catchweight competition was won by Norton who finished ahead of Holland. Photo: Bedford 600 kilos 4+4 Team

The ladies league had four ladies teams competing, with Team Army Ladies putting in some good battles against the other ladies teams in both the 520 kilos and 560 kilos competitions. The eventual winners of both weights were Sheen Ladies, with Holland Ladies finishing as runners up.

640 kilos – Winners – Staffordshire A (Represented by Norton) – Runners Up – Sussex (Represented by Oxney Vines Cross)

680 Kilos – Winners – Staffordshire A (Represented by Norton) – Runners Up – Staffordshire B (Represented by Holland)

NATIONAL 4+4 TUG OF WAR CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS

600 Kilos Mixed – Gold – Holland – Silver – York – Bronze – Bedford – 4th – Team Army

AREA 7 OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS & TOWA NATIONAL LEAGUE RESULTS

Catchweight – Winners – Norton – Runners Up – Holland

680 Kilos – Winners – Holland – Runners Up – Bosley

640 Kilos – Winners – Norton – Runners Up – Lincoln

600 Kilos – Winners – Oxney Vines Cross – Runners Up – Bosley

Ladies/Youth 560 Kilos – Winners – Sheen Ladies – Runners Up – Holland Ladies

Ladies/Youth 520 KilosWinners – Sheen Ladies – Runners Up – Holland Ladies


15/06/2013 - NATIONAL OUTDOOR TUG OF WAR CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS

The 2013 Tug of War Association National Outdoor Tug of War Championships this year were hosted by Sandhurst Tug of War Club at Sandhurst Memorial Park. Despite some mixed weather on the day, the ground was dry and firm, and the pulling was very competitive. The teams competing were as follows: Photo: Holland Ladies TOWC

Senior Men – York, Lincoln, Raunds, Two Dales, Hanging Bridge, Norton, Bosley, Holland, Felton Eccles, Widecombe, Kennford, Sandhurst, Thames Valley, Oxney Vines Cross, Team Army

Senior Ladies – Sheen Ladies, Bedford Ladies, Holland Ladies, Team Army Ladies

Junior Men – Leicester, Northants and Rutlands ACF and Gloucester and Somerset ACF

Junior Ladies - Leicester, Northants and Rutlands ACF and Gloucester and Somerset ACF

The day kicked off with an opening address from the Sandhurst Town Crier and the local MP for Bracknell Dr Phillip Lee before the pulling started with both the mens catchweight competition and the ladies 560 kilos competition. The mens catchweight competition had Two Dales, Thames Valley and Holland competing for the gold medal this year, and with Sheen not taking part at this years nationals, it meant that there would be a new name on the winners trophy. It was just a question of who. After a round robin competition, Holland and Two Dales went through to the final. The gold medal was decided in two ends, and this year the gold medal went to Holland who won their first national title in the senior mens weight division having won their first Tug of War Association national title in the 4+4 600 event in 2012. Photo: Thames Valley TOWC

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The ladies 560 kilos competition was a very exciting and close fought competition this year, with the ladies championship being the most competitive that it has been for a number of years. In this competition the top two teams at the end of the group stage would progress to pull for the gold medal in a final and the team who finished third in the group stage would win the bronze medal. Holland and Sheen had a great battle first on with Sheen taking the win by 2 ends to 0. The final standings in the group saw Sheen and Bedford go through to the final. Holland finished ahead of Team Army to finish with the bronze medal. The final went to a crowd pleasing three ends with both teams giving everything. Sheen took the first end, and then Bedford levelled the final to take it to a third and deciding end. The third end went to Sheen Ladies who took their first gold medal of the day. Photo: Two Dales TOWC

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The Men’s 640 kilos competition followed with the competition being split into two groups. Norton and Felton were the top seeds from the 2012 championships and they were placed into separate groups. Norton competed strongly in their group to finish ahead of Lincoln who finished as runners up. Other teams who competed in this group were Raunds, Widecombe and Team Army. Group 2 saw Felton finish as overall group winners ahead of Bosley, Two Dales, Holland, and Hanging Bridge. The semi finals saw Norton face Bosley and Lincoln face Felton Eccles. Both Norton and Felton won their respective semi finals by 2 ends to 0 to reach the final to set up a repeat of the 2012 final. The Bronze medal match was between Lincoln and Bosley. Bosley took the first end in around 4 minutes, and then went on to take the second end and the bronze medal. The final between Norton and Sandhurst saw Norton keep a good rope throughout both ends to take a well deserved gold medal by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Norton TOWC

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The junior ladies national championship final this year was contested by Leicester and Northants ACF and Gloucester and Somerset ACF. The junior ladies weights were pulled at both 520 kilos and 560 kilos. This year, the Gloucester and Somerset ACF junior team held a good line and looked to have the best technique in both weight classes to take the gold medal in both finals by 2 ends to 0. Well done to both teams for taking part in this years Junior Ladies National Championship. We look forward to seeing more junior ladies championships taking place in the future with increased participation. Photo: Leicester and Northants ACF Junior Ladies

The mens 560 kilos competition follwed which was pulled as a straight group of 8 teams with the top four teams going through to the semi final stages. As ever, the 560 kilos competition is a very competitive and unforgiving competition, and this year was no exception. It was pleasing to see a number of newer teams coming through in this weight to give the established top teams a good run for their money. The top three teams in the group stages were the usual suspects with Norton, Sandhurst and Oxney progressing. The competition was close between the remaining teams for the final semi final spot, and this year it went to York who overcame some good teams including Felton and Kennford to make the cut. Photo: Gloucester and Somerset ACF Junior Ladies

In the semi finals, Norton overcame York by 2 ends to 0, and Sandhurst put in a good performance to overcome Oxney by 2 ends to 0 to also make the final. In the bronze medal pull off, York put in a great performance to keep Oxney at bay on the first end for a good amount of time before Oxney managed to haul York over the line. Oxney then took the second end to take the bronze medal leaving York to finish in a creditable fourth place. In the final, Norton and Sandhurst squared up to each other in the 560 kilos final for the 14th year in succession. The first end was a lengthy pull which eventually went to Norton. Norton then went on to take the second end and their second gold medal to win the light weight title for the sixth consecutive year. Photo: Kennford TOWC

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The mens 720 kilos competition was contested between Thames Valley, Felton Eccles, Holland, and Lincoln. Lincoln started off by defeating Thames Valley and Holland were strong early on to defeat Felton Eccles by 2 ends to 0. Lincoln then defeated Holland by 2 ends to 0 to secure a place in the final. In the last round Holland defeated Thames Valley by 2 ends to 0 which meant that Felton did not progress to the final. The final was between Lincoln and Holland. Both teams have been competitive in the heavier weights this season and put on a good final. Holland gradually edged their way to the first end, but the second end was very close. Lincoln looked to have done the hard work in getting Holland close to the line but stopped and lost their shape with Holland taking advantage to take the second end and their second gold medal of the day. Photo: Team Army Men

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The second ladies weight of the day was the 520 kilos competition. Like the 560 kilos competition, this was another very competitive weight class between the four ladies teams taking part. The groups stages this time saw Holland Ladies and Sheen Ladies progress to the final leaving Bedford in third place and with the bronze medal ahead of Team Army Ladies. The final was another three end match. Sheen Ladies took the first end and Holland Ladies took the second end. The final end was another great pull, which this time again went to Sheen Ladies who took their second gold medal of the day. Photo: Sandhurst TOWC

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The Junior Mens weights were this year contested by Leicester and Northants ACF and Gloucester and Somerset ACF. Gloucester and Somerset ACF have been in good form this year winning most of the youth weights at weekly competitions. This year’s national championships for youth were held at 530 kilos and 560 kilos. The results in each final for each weight went to the form book with Gloucester and Somerset ACF winning the gold medal in both weight classes with Leicester and Northants ACF taking the silver medal in both weight classes. Photo: York TOWC

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The mens 600 kilos competition was split into two groups, and again was one of the most competitive weight classes on the day. The seedings placed Norton and Bosley into group 1 and Sandhurst and Oxney into group 2. Felton, Kennford, Holland and Team Army also joined the teams in group 1, with Widecombe, Hanging Bridge, York and Raunds joining the teams in group 2. Norton finished top of group 1 with maximum points, however the pulling was close for second place. Bosley and Felton finished the group on level points. With the TWIF criteria applied, both teams took 1 ends each off each other and finished level on cautions. As such, the next criteria was weight, and Felton went through to the semi finals having weighed in 8 kilos lighter. Photo: Oxney Vines Cross TOWC

If the competition was close in group 1, it was certainly even closer in group 2. Oxney finished as the eventual winners of this group, but the surprise package in this group was Widecombe from Devon. They accumulated enough points to finish as group runners up against some good teams to reach the semi finals. In the semi finals Oxney met Felton and Norton met Widecombe. Oxney put in a good performance to defeat Felton by 2 ends to 0 and make the final. Norton also defeated Widecombe by 2 ends to 0 to reach the final. Photo: Lincoln TOWC

The bronze medal match was a tough three end match between Widecombe and Felton Eccles which went to three ends. Widecombe took the first end, but Felton dug deep to take the second end. The third end was equally tough for both teams with Felton eventually winning out. The final was between Oxney and Norton. Norton again performed extremely well against a promising Oxney team to take the gold medal by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Team Army Ladies

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The final weight of the 2013 National Outdoor Championships was the mens 680 kilos competition. This weight was split into two groups and was the last chance for teams to pick up a medal. Norton and Holland met first on in their group with both teams winning one end each. Both of these teams won all of their remaining pulls to top the group and progress to the semi finals. The second group was equally competitive with Two Dales topping the group and progressing to the semi finals with Felton Eccles following behind. In the semi finals, Holland defeated Two Dales and Norton defeated Felton Eccles. Photo: Bedford Ladies

The bronze medal match was yet another medal pull on the day that went to three ends. Two Dales took the first end from Felton to take the advantage, but two more closely fought ends followed, both of which went to Felton who took a hard earned bronze medal. The final was between Holland and Norton. Holland were looking for their third gold medal of the day and Norton were looking for their fourth gold medal of the day. Holland tried to unsettle Norton on both ends to try and take an early advantage, but Norton managed to keep their composure to take both ends and the gold medal. This meant that Norton won four weights for the second year in succession. Photo: Leicester and Northants ACF Junior Mens Team

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The Tug of War Association would like to take this opportunity to thank Geoff Hollyhead and all at Sandhurst Tug of War Club and all of their helpers/supporters for staging this years national outdoor tug of war championships. They did an excellent job creating a nice venue that was worthy of holding an International championship. It was a good day of sport and we hope that you all enjoyed the day. Well done to all of the teams who took part - it was nice to see some new teams reach the cross overs for the chance to pull for a medal - it just goes to show that the rewards will come if you never give up, and stick with it through thick and thin, even when things can be a struggle at times. Thank you also to all of the judges, recorders, marshalls and officials. Without the teams and officials we would have no sport. Photo: Gloucester and Somerset ACF Junior Mens Team

Good luck to all of the teams, wherever you compete for the remainder of the season, and good luck to those teams who will be invited to represent England at the forthcoming UK and European Championships - and of course to Norton and Felton who will be representing Great Britain at the World Games in July. We look forward to seeing teams on the circuit again soon, and we look forward to returning to Sandhurst in July for the combined National 4+4 Championships and Inter County Championships. Photo: Holland TOWC

Photo: Sheen Ladies TOWC

Photo: Felton Eccles TOWC

Photo: Bosley TOWC

Photo: Hanging Bridge TOWC

Photo: Raunds TOWC

Photo: Widecombe TOWC

Results Summary

Men 560 kilos - Gold - Norton (Staffordshire) - Silver - Sandhurst (Berkshire) - Bronze - Oxney (Sussex) - 4th - York (Yorkshire)

Men 600 kilos - Gold - Norton (Staffordshire) - Silver - Oxney (Sussex) - Bronze - Felton Eccles (Somerset) - 4th - Widecombe (Devon)

Men 640 kilos - Gold - Norton (Staffordshire) - Silver - Felton Eccles (Somerset) - Bronze - Bosley (Cheshire) - 4th - Lincoln (Lincolnshire)

Men 680 kilos - Gold - Norton - Silver - Holland (Staffordshire) - Bronze - Felton Eccles (Somerset) - 4th - Two Dales (Derbyshire)

Men 720 kilos - Gold - Holland (Staffordshire) - Silver - Lincoln (Lincolnshire) - Bronze - Felton Eccles (Somerset) - 4th - Thames Valley (Berkshire)

Men Catchweight - Gold - Holland (Staffordshire) - Silver - Two Dales (Derbyshire) - Bronze - Thames Valley (Berkshire)

Ladies 560 kilos - Gold - Sheen Ladies (Staffordshire) - Silver - Bedford Ladies (Bedfordshire) - Bronze - Holland Ladies (Staffordshire) - 4th - Team Army

Ladies 520 kilos - Gold - Sheen Ladies (Staffordshire) - Silver - Holland Ladies (Staffordshire) - Bronze -  Bedford Ladies (Bedfordshire) - 4th - Team Army

Junior Men 560 Kilos - Gold - Glos/Som ACF - Silver - Leicester and Northants ACF

Junior Men 530 Kilos - Gold - Glos/Som ACF - Silver - Leicester and Northants ACF

Junior Ladies 560 Kilos - Gold - Glos/Som ACF - Silver - Leicester and Northants ACF

Junior Ladies 520 Kilos - Gold - Glos/Som ACF - Silver - Leicester and Northants ACF


11/06/2013 - HOUSE OF LORDS V HOUSE OF COMMONS TUG OF WAR IN AID OF MACMILLAN

On Tuesday 11 June 2013, the TOWA officiated at the 26th annual House of Lords v House of Commons Charity Tug of War event in aid of Macmillan, as we do every year.

The Event is held in the College Gardens in the palace of Westminster and is pulled on an indoor tug of war mat. Over the years, the event has helped to raise over £3million for Macmillan Cancer. The event (which is largely corporate) also includes matches between sponsors and forces regiments, etc as well as matches between high profile political journalists. Photo: the competition arena before the start of competition

This year there were 10 matches as follows:

  • Army Cadets – LNR ACF vs Glos/Som ACF
  • Sponsors match – Taylor Wimpey vs BAE Systems
  • Ladies Construction – Taylor Wimpey vs EPR Architects Limited
  • The Media Match – Total Politics vs Westminster Media
  • Regional Corporate Match – AXA vs Mazars
  • Corporate Supporters Match – Alliance Bernstein vs Norton Rose Fulbright
  • Ladies Match – Houses of Parliament Ladies vs Macmillan Ladies
  • Services (1) – Merseyside Fire and Rescue vs 17 Port & Maritime Regiment RLC
  • Services (2) – 19 Regiment RA vs 22 Signal Regiment
  • Final Match – House of Lords vs Houses of Parliament

Commentary at the event was carried out by BBC Deputy Political Editor James Landale. All of the matches were well supported by the guests that attended who all fully got behind the teams in support. Photo: Medals that were awarded to the teams taking part

The winners of each match were as follows:

  • Army Cadets – Glos/Som ACF
  • Sponsors match – Taylor Wimpey
  • Ladies Construction – EPR Architects Limited
  • The Media Match – Total Politics
  • Regional Corporate Match – AXA
  • Corporate Supporters Match – Alliance Bernstein
  • Ladies Match –Macmillan Ladies
  • Services (1) – 17 Port & Maritime Regiment RLC
  • Services (2) –22 Signal Regiment
  • Final Match – Houses of Parliament

The event highlight was of course between 8 members from the House of Lords, and 8 MPs from the House of Commons. This year the contest was extremely close, with the match going to three ends. This year the House of Commons team won by 2 ends to 1. For the first time also this year, the event included an Army Cadets pull, and our thanks go to Glocester and Somerset ACF and Leicester and Northants ACF who competed at the event. Photo: LNR ACF take on Glos/Som ACF

They were invited to each form a 4 + 4 team of junior pullers for the event and each end was warmly supported by those present. These two clubs will be competing in the junior competitions at the national championships this Saturday. Our thanks go to these clubs for representing our sport in a professional manner at this event. Photo: Glos/Som ACF taking part

The event was featured on the BBC and you can watch a short report from the event by clicking here. Thank you to Macmillan for supplying the photos for this report which were taken by McCauley Photos. Photo: Macmillan Ladies taking part in the ladies match

In total, the tug of war event helped to raise £128,000 for Macmillan, which is a fantastic total and will go a long way towards supporting those around the country who a suffering from cancer. Photo: The winning MPs team from the House of Commons


OUTDOOR TUG OF WAR BOOTS FOR SALE

Denbigh Army Surplus will be attending the outdoor national tug of war championships in Sandhurst on Saturday 15th June and will have a trade stand with a range of tug of war boots for sale. In addition, they will be selling laser cut steel heel plates in different sizes/profiles to fit different boots and will be selling them at £15.00/pair.

Further information on the sizes/prices for the different types of tug of war boots on offer can be found on the Denbigh Army Surplus web site by clicking here. Discounts will be available for larger orders. These boots are ideal for new teams, young farmers teams and established clubs.


26/05/2013 - WESSEX OPEN COMPETITION RESULTS

Teams competing - 4th Regiment RA, Felton Eccles, Sandhurst, Oxney Vines Cross, Lincoln, Norton, Raunds, Bosley

This Sunday, the Wessex Open took place in warm sunshine over the bank holiday weekend, with a good turn out of teams despite the fact that many were on holiday and there were a number of YFC tug of war events taking place around the country. All of the weights were pulled under TWIF rules.

The catchweight competition was pulled as a straight group. As has been a familiar situation this season, Norton, Lincoln, and Felton emerged as the leading contenders in this weight. Both Norton and Lincoln overcame Felton by 2 ends to 0, which meant that the winners of this weight would be determined in the Lincoln v Norton match. Norton ran out as deserved winners by 2 ends to 0.

The 600 kilos competition was again pulled as a straight group, this time with the top 2 teams pulling again in a final. This weight included a good mix of teams, some weighing in with 8 pullers, and some taking the opportunity to get extra training and weighing in with 7 pullers to make the weight. Norton again emerged as winners of the group stage without dropping a point. The race for second place eventually came down to who would win between Sandhurst and Oxney. Sandhurst won this match by 2 ends to 0 to reach the final. In the final, Norton then pulled strongly again to win by 2 ends to 0.

The 680 kilos competition was split into two groups. Oxney and Bosley emerged from the first group ahead of Sandhurst and Felton, and Lincoln and Norton emerged from the second group ahead of Raunds and 4 Regiment RA. In the semi finals, Norton defeated Bosley, and Lincoln defeated Oxney in a very good semi final. Norton and Lincoln met for the second time of the day in the final. Lincoln put up a good fight against Norton, but in the end, Norton ran out as winners by 2 ends to 0. 

The final weight of the day was the 640 kilos. Again, this weight was keenly contested. Raunds and Oxney progressed from group 1 and Norton and Lincoln progressed from group 2. In the semi finals, Norton defeated Raunds, and Oxney defeated Lincoln. Norton and Oxney met in the final decide the gold and silver medal, with Norton winning their fourth weight of the day by 2 ends to 0.  

Results

Catchweight - Winners - Norton - Runners Up - Lincoln

680 Kilos - Winners - Norton - Runners Up - Lincoln

640 Kilos - Winners - Norton - Runners Up - Oxney

600 Kilos - Winners - Norton - Runners Up - Sandhurst


TOWA PROMOTION

We have recently produced sail banners to promote the Tug of War Association at competitions, shows and other events. We have three sets of four sail banners available and it is hoped that they will be used at all competitions and any other public event/demonstration event where we can promote tug of war. Sets are currently held by Terry Spoore (Area 7 – South East), Pete Dyer (Area 3 – South West), and Alan Knott (Area 10 – North West/Midlands). Should you require use of these for your event, then please contact the relevant person who should be able to make these available for you. The sail banners come with ground spikes or fillable bases so they can be used on any type of surface.

In addition, we have had promotional car stickers produced to help advertise the sport and the TOWA. These are being given away to all clubs free of charge and everyone is encouraged to put these stickers in their cars to help promote the sport. A number of stickers have been given out to some clubs already and will be given to those who have yet to receive them in due course. If you already have a car sticker, make sure you put it in your car if you haven’t done so already!


19/05/2013 - AAA CHAMPIONSHIPS AND NATIONAL LEAGUE 4 - HOSTED BY FELTON ECCLES TOWC

Teams competing: Men - Felton Eccles, Norton, Holland, Sandhurst, Oxney Vines Cross (A and B), Bosley, Kennford, Widecombe, Hanging Bridge, Lincoln, Raunds. Ladies and Youth: Sheen Ladies, Holland Ladies, Glos/Som ACF (A and B), Glos/Som ACF Junior Ladies.

This weekend, the AAA championships got underway with the mens catchweight competition which was split into two groups. Felton Eccles finished as the winners of group 1 with Lincoln finishing as runners up ahead of Raunds and Sandhurst. Norton progressed from group 2, however it was a close call for second place with Bosley and Holland finishing on equal points. Holland then progressed from the group ahead of Bosley and Widecombe. In the semi finals, Norton defeated Lincoln by 2 ends to 0, and Felton defeated Holland by 2 ends to 0. The final was a lively and hard fought pull between Norton and Felton, with Felton making Norton work very hard for every bit of rope they took. At points it looked as though Felton may turn over Norton, but Norton had enough on both ends to take the gold medal by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Norton TOWC

The 640 kilos competition was again split into two groups. Norton progressed from group 1, although the competition was close again for second place in the group with Oxney and Sandhurst finishing level on points. Sandhurst progressed in second place having received fewer cautions, knocking Oxney into third place in the group ahead of Widecombe and Bosley. The second group saw Lincoln and Holland finishing on equal points at the top of the group followed by Felton Eccles and Hanging Bridge. In the semi finals, Norton defeated Lincoln and Sandhurst defeated Holland. The final was a little more straight forward for Norton in this weight than the catchweight event and they went on to defeat Sandhurst by 2 ends to 0 to take the AAA double. Photo: Felton Eccles TOWC

The open weights followed the AAA closed competition with more competitions for the mens teams, as well as competitions for the ladies and youth teams.

The ladies and youth 520 kilos saw five teams competing. The competition was very close in this weight with a number of 1-1 pulls. The top teams pulled again in the final, and this saw Glos/Som A compete against Sheen Ladies. Sheen Ladies won the first end, however Glos/Som A battled hard to take the second end. The third and final end saw another good tussle unfold with Sheen Ladies taking the end for the win. 

The ladies and youth 560 kilos competition saw five teams competing again. In another close competition, this time it was Holland and Sheen Ladies who progressed to the final. Holland Ladies took the gold medal by 2 ends to 0. 

OWCThe mens 600 kilos competition was split into two groups with some good close competition. The top team from each group would progress straight to the final with Norton again putting in a strong performance to finish top of their group. The competition was close to get through the second group, particularly between Sandhurst and Oxney A. The teams took 1 end each off each other in the group, however Oxney collected fewer cautions so progressed to the final. Oxney gave a good account of themselves in the final, but Norton finished up as winners by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Raunds TOWC

The 680 kilos competition was another good competition that was split into two groups with the top team in each group progressing to the final. Norton finished top of their group yet again to set up a final against Lincoln, who themselves have got through to a number of finals at different competitions this year. Lincoln made a good fight of it on the day, but Norton again came away as 2 ends to 0 winners. Photo: Lincoln TOWC

The 580 kilos was split into two groups again. This competition was very close throughout. Norton and Oxney had a very close pull in their group which resulted in a 1-1 draw. Both clubs finished on level points in their group, however Norton picked up fewer cautions and progressed to the final where they met Sandhurst. Norton then went on to win the final by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Holland TOWC

The final mens weight of the day was the 640 kilos competition. Oxney A won the first group ahead of Holland, Oxney B, Raunds and Kennford, whilst Norton won the second group ahead of Felton, Bosley, Sandhurst and Widecombe. In the final, Norton again secured the win by 2 ends to 0 to complete an excellent clean sweep on the day. Photo: Widecombe TOWC 

Results

AAA Catchweight - Gold - Norton (Staffordshire) - Silver - Felton Eccles (Somerset)

AAA 640 kilos - Gold - Norton (Staffordshire) - Silver - Sandhurst (Berkshire)

Open 580 kilos - Gold - Norton - Silver - Sandhurst

Open 600 kilos - Gold - Norton - Silver - Oxney A

Open 640 kilos - Gold - Norton - Silver - Oxney A

Open 680 kilos - Gold - Norton - Silver - Lincoln

Ladies/Youth 520 - Gold - Sheen Ladies - Silver - Glos/Som A

Ladies/Youth 560 - Gold - Holland Ladies - Silver - Sheen Ladies


10-12 MAY 2013 – FJ RETIE 20TH ANNIVERSARY INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION – RETIE, BELGIUM

Norton TOWC as well as Holland Men and Ladies travelled to Belgium on the weekend of 10-12 May to compete at on open tug of war tournament hosted by Familie Janssens Tug of War Club in Belgium.

Weight classes were held for mens teams, ladies teams and mixed teams, as well as a GENSB Competition. Both clubs gave a good account of themselves in the various weight classes. The competition was attended by 37 clubs from England, Belgium, the Netherlands, Hungary, the Basque Country, Latvia, Sweden and Switzerland.

Norton won silver medals in both the 600 kilos and 640 kilos competitions, losing out in the final of the 600 kilos competition to TTV Eibergen from the Netherlands, and then went on to be defeated by 2 ends 1 in the final of the 640 kilos competition to TTV Veenseboys, also from the Netherlands.

Holland unfortunately missed out on the medals in the mens weights finishing 17th in the 600 kilos competition, 12th in the 640 kilos competition and 15th in the 680 kilos competition. Holland entered 2 teams in each of the mixed weights finishing 8th and 10th in the mixed 560 kilos competition and 7th and 14th in the mixed 600 kilos competition. Holland’s best results came in the ladies competition, with the team gaining two 4th place finishes, missing out on the bronze in the 520 kilos by 2 ends to 0 to the host club FJ Retie, and then went on to miss out on the bronze in the 560 kilos competition by 2 ends to 1 to Swiss Ladies team Sins.

The full results book from the event can be downloaded by clicking here.

We have been sent some photos, which will be available soon.


12/05/2013 – MIDLAND CHAMPIONSHIPS

This years Midland Outdoor Tug of War Championships took place in the town of Alcester. The event was well publicised, and was supported by mens teams from Two Dales, Hanging Bridge, Bosley, Lincoln, Raunds, Felton Eccles, York, and Dolfor. The ladies/youth competition was supported by LNR ACF, LNR ACF junior ladies, Glos/Som ACF (A and B), Glos/Som ACF junior ladies, Bedford Ladies, Sheen Ladies and Inkberrow YFC Ladies.

Each weight was pulled as a TWIF points competitions with semi finals and finals.



Photo: Hanging Bridge TOWC - Midland Champions at 640 kilos

The first weight of the day was the mens catchweight competition, which was pulled as a straight group of 6. Felton Eccles and Lincoln emerged as the strongest teams in this weight, and went on to meet again the in the final. Lincoln then went on to win a hard fought final by 2 ends to 0.

The ladies and youth 560 kilos competition generated some excellent pulling between all of the teams competing, with many teams dropping ends except for the Glos/Som ACF “A”team. There was some close competition between the remaining teams, particularly from Inkberrow YFC ladies who gave a good account of themselves. It was Sheen Ladies who progressed to the final against Glos/Som “A”, with Glos/Som winning a hard fought final.

By the time the 640 kilos competition commenced, the rain set in, resulting in difficult conditions for the teams on the hard ground. The competition was pulled in two groups with Lincoln and Dolfor progressing from group 1, and Two Dales and Hanging Bridge progressing from group 2. In the semi-finals Hanging Bridge defeated Dolfor and Lincoln defeated Two Dales. In the final, Hanging Bridge and Lincoln went to three ends to decide the winner, with Hanging Bridge winning a hard fought gold medal.

The ladies and youth 520 kilos competition again had 8 teams competing with some more hard fought pulling on the now slippery but solid ground. Glos/Som A still proved to be the strongest team and went on to win the gold medal. Bedford Ladies finished in a creditable second place and have been improving every week with a number of new young faces in their team. 
 
The 600 kilos competition was pulled as a straight group with the top tow teams going through to the final. With many hard fought ends, no team went through the competition without dropping and end. The eventual winners of the gold medal were Two Dales, with York finishing as the runners up.

The 680 kilos competition was pulled as a straight group with the top four teams going through to a cross over. Dolfor, Bosley, Felton and Lincoln all progressed through to the semi final with Felton competing against Dolfor and Lincoln competing against Bosley. Lincoln and Felton won their respective semi-finals by 2 ends to 0 to meet in a final for the second time. This time Felton competed strongly to take the gold medal by 2 ends to 0. 

The final weight of the day was the mens 620 kilos competition. This was a good competition to finish the day off with Bosley and York putting in good performances to reach the final. This final saw York take the gold medal by 2 ends to 0.


05/05/2013 – DAVENTRY OPEN COMPETITION

This Sunday’s competition held at Daventry Rugby Club in Northamptonshire saw competitions take place for mens teams, ladies teams, mixed and junior teams. The competition was supported by teams from Felton Eccles, Sandhurst, Norton, Holland (A and B), Bosley, Lincoln, Hanging Bridge, Two Dales, Raunds, Kennford, Bedford Ladies, Sheen Ladies, Holland Ladies, LNR ACF, LNR ACF Junior Girls, Glos/Som ACF A and B and Glos/Som ACF Junior Girls. Photo: LNR ACF

The day started with the mens catchweight competition, which was pulled as a straight points competition. There was some good competition throughout, with Felton, Norton, Lincoln and Sandhurst looking like the main challengers early on. Lincoln and Norton overcame the threat from the other teams to emerge as contenders for the top two places, with Lincoln emerging as the overall winners after a strong performance on the day. Photo: Bedford Ladies TOWC

The ladies and youth competition at 560 kilos competition kicked off with 8 teams entered, and was a combined competition between all of the ladies teams, junior mens teams and junior ladies teams. There was some good pulling all around with all teams taking ends. Prizes were awarded to the first and second place teams for ladies, junior men and junior ladies. Holland Ladies won the ladies class with Sheen Ladies finishing as runners up. Glos/Som A won the junior men with Glos/Som B finishing as the runners up. Glos/Som Junior Ladies won the Junior Ladies gold medal and Leicester and Northants Junior Ladies finished in the runners up spot. Photo: Glos/Som ACF

The second mens weight of the day was the 600 kilos competition, which was split into two groups with the top team in each group going through to the final. Sandhurst emerged as the eventual winners of group 1 ahead of Bosley, Kennford and Two Dales, and Norton went through to the final as winners of group 2 ahead of Hanging Bridge, Holland and Felton Eccles. In the final, Norton ensured that the ends dropped in the catchweight competition were only a blip by defeating Sandhurst by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Bosley TOWC

The 680 kilos competition was again split into two groups with the top two teams of each group going through to a semi final. In group 1 Norton emerged as winners with Bosley finishing in second place. In group 2, Sandhurst emerged as group winners ahead of Holland. In the semi finals, Norton defeated Holland by 2 ends to 0, but things were not quite as straight forward in the second semi final between Bosley and Sandhurst. Sandhurst took a closely fought first end, before Bosley took the second end. The second end was again keenly contested with Sandhurst making it through to the final. In the final, Norton took their second win of the day by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Felton Eccles TOWC

The ladies and youth competition at 520 kilos again had 8 teams entered, and was run in the same format as the 560 kilos competition. There was some good pulling all around with all teams taking ends. Prizes were awarded to the first and second place teams for ladies, junior men and junior ladies. Holland Ladies won the ladies class with Sheen Ladies finishing as runners up. Glos/Som A won the junior men with Glos/Som B finishing as the runners up. Glos/Som Junior Ladies won the Junior Ladies gold medal and Leicester and Northants Junior Ladies finished in the runners up spot. Photo: Sandhurst TOWC

The 580 kilos competition was pulled as a straight points competition with some further close pulls taking place. Kennford again showed their potential following their win in this weight class at Thames Valley by out-muscling all teams in front of them to finish as eventual runners up behind Norton.

d TOWCThe final men's weight of the day was the 640 kilos competition which was split into two groups with the top two teams progressing through to the final. Holland were the winners of group 1 with Raunds progressing through in second place. Norton were the winners of group 2 ahead of Bosley. In the semi finals, Norton were drawn against Raunds and Bosley were drawn against Holland. Norton overcame Raunds by 2 ends to 0 whilst Holland and Bosley were involved in a tough semi final which Holland eventually won by 2 ends to 0. In the final Norton took their fourth gold medal of the day by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Kennford TOWC

The 4+4 competition was held at the end of the day so that it did not clash with any mens or ladies weights taking place at the same time. Teams from Holland (A and B), Bedford and Raunds entered the competition. Holland A defeated Holland B first on, whilst Bedford defeated Raunds. The eventual winners were Bedford with Holland A finishing as runners up.


EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017

We are pleased to announce that The Tug of War Association is to host the 2017 European Outdoor Tug of War Championships in England. Further details will be announced in due course.


28/04/2013 – LINCOLN TOWC OPEN COMPETITION

This weekend’s competition was hosted by Lincoln TOWC at Harby Village Hall near Melton Mowbray. The weather was dry and the ground was surprisingly hard, which made for some very lively ends and good competition between all of the teams in both the men’s weights and the ladies and youth weights. The teams competing were Lincoln, Bosley, Norton, Hanging Bridge, Two Dales, Holland, and York with Coleshill YFC also appearing for the first time at a Tug of War Association event in order to gain additional experience in tug of war as they prepare for their YFC competitions. In the ladies and youth weights, Sheen Ladies, Holland Ladies, Bedford Ladies, and Leicester and Northants ACF (A and B) took part. Photo: Norton TOWC

The first weight of the day was the catchweight competition, which was pulled as a TWIF points competition, with the top two teams competing again in a final. 6 clubs took part in this weight class, with Norton finishing top of the group. The competition was close for second place in the group, in particular between host club Lincoln and Holland. Both teams shared the spoils in the group stage taking 1 end each off each other, however Lincoln progressed to the final after Holland had received more cautions through the competition. In the final Lincoln gave a good account of themselves against Norton, however Norton won through as 2 ends to 0 winners. Photo: Host Club Lincoln TOWC

The first ladies/youth weight of the day was the 560 kilos competition. Holland Ladies and Sheen Ladies emerged as the strongest teams, followed by Bedford Ladies and the two ACF teams. The final was a good battling display from both Sheen and Holland, with Holland just edging it by 2 ends to 0 in a very competitive final.

The 600 kilos competition was pulled as one group again. Two Dales and Norton both had a great match first on in the competition with Norton eventually winning through by 2 ends to 0. Norton then progressed through the remainder of the competition to reach the final. There was again some very competitive pulling in this weight with York pulling very well to only be defeated by Norton so they went into the final to meet Norton again. York gave a good account of themselves in the final with the experience of Norton eventually winning through to take a 2 ends to 0 win. Photo: Sheen Ladies TOWC

The 680 kilos competition was again pulled as a straight points competition, however this time, the top four teams would progress to a semi final. Norton, Two Dales, Lincoln and Holland progressed to the semi finals. Norton won the first semi final by defeating Two Dales by 2 ends to 0, and Lincoln and Holland fought it out in the other semi final for a place in the final. This time Holland overcame Lincoln by 2 ends to 0 to reach the final. Norton then went on to win their third final of the day by 2 ends to 0 against Holland. Photo: York TOWC

The second ladies/youth weight of the day was the 520 kilos competition. As with the 560 kilos competition, this was another competitive weight. Bedford Ladies came closer to their rivals in this weight, however it was still Sheen Ladies and Holland Ladies that progressed to the final. Both teams again were part of another good battle with Sheen Ladies this time coming away with a hard earned win by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Holland TOWC

The final weight of the day was the 640 kilos competition. This was again a hard fought competition. Norton won the group without losing an end, but the competition was close between the remaining teams. Lincoln eventually finished as runners up to Norton who won their fourth weight of the day.  


21/04/2013 - THAMES VALLEY TOWC OPEN COMPETITION RESULTS

At this weekend's competition hosted by Thames Valley TOWC, Oxney Vines Cross were the winners of the 600 kilos, 640 kilos, and 680 kilos comeptitions. Felton Eccles won the catchweight competition and Kennford earned a good win in the 580 kilos competition.

Catchweight - Winners - Felton Eccles - Runners Up - Oxney A

580 kilos - Winners - Kennford - Runners Up - Oxney A

600 Kilos - Winners - Oxney A - Runners Up - Kennford

640 Kilos - Winners - Oxney A - Runners Up - Oxney B

680 Kilos - Winners - Oxney A - Runners Up - Felton Eccles

Ladies & Youth 520 - Winners - Glos/Som A - Runners Up - Bedford

Ladies and Youth 560 - Winners - Glos/Som A - Runners Up - Bedford


16/04/2013 - 2012 WORLD OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIP VIDEOS

Click here to watch videos from the 2012 World Outdoor championships. These videos are recordings from the live streaming that was broadcast from the event in September 2012.


14/04/2013 - NATIONAL LEAGUE WEEK 1 - EAST OF ENGLAND CHAMPIONSHIPS - KEMPSTON, BEDFORD - RESULTS

This weekend was the first week of the TOWA National League, which was hosted by Bedford Ladies at Kempston, Bedford, with weights taking place for men’s teams, ladies teams and junior teams. The national league weights for men were 600 kilos, 640 kilos and 680 kilos, and the ladies and youth league weights are held at 520 kilos and 560 kilos. An open catchweight competition also took place on the day. The teams that were competing in the senior mens weights were Thames Valley, Two Dales, Sandhurst, Oxney (A and B), Holland, Lincoln, Raunds, Norton, Bosley, York, and Glos/Som ACF. In the ladies and youth league weights, host club Bedford Ladies competed along with Sheen Ladies, Holland Ladies, Glos/Som ACF Youth (A and B), LNR ACF Youth (A and B), Glos/Som ACF Junior Ladies and LNR ACF Junior Ladies. Photo LNR ACF TOWC

The 680 kilos was held first, pulled in two groups. Holland and Two Dales progressed from group 1, with Norton progressing through from group 2. The runner up position in group 2 was fought out between Bosley, Oxney and Lincoln, with all teams taking points from each other, with Oxney pipping Lincoln for the place in the semi finals. In the semi finals, Norton defeated Two Dales, while Holland defeated Oxney. In the final, Holland followed on from the previous week of competition with a determined performance, however Norton maintained their form well to win the final by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Glos/Som ACF Junior Ladies

The Ladies/Youth 560 kilos competition took place at the same time as the senior 680 kilos competition, and this weight was a well supported competition with 9 teams competing in a straight group. The Glos/Som ACF Youth “A” team won the points competition without losing an end, with some close pulling to determine the runners up position. Holland Ladies finished as the eventual runners up. Photo: Holland Ladies

PhotoThe 600 kilos competition followed, which was another competition split into two groups. In this competition, the top team in each group progressed to the final. York started off with a good 2 ends to 0 win over Sandhurst, but they missed out on a place in the final after defeat to Oxney. Oxney progressed to the final where they met Norton who weighed in with a strong 7 man team. Oxney put in a great performance in the final however to win by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Bedford Ladies

The 640 kilos competition was another competitive event, again split into two groups, with many of the teams evenly matched. Holland progressed from their group, and went on to meet Norton in the final who had some tough pulls in their group, particularly against Oxney, with both teams winning one end each. In the final, Norton again had too much for Holland, and they went on to win the final by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Oxney Vines Cross TOWC

The Ladies/Youth 520 kilos competition was another competitive weight and a good advert for ladies and youth tug of war. Glos/Som ACF A again finished as the worthy winners without losing an end. Holland Ladies rounded off a good day for them with another runners up spot, with some good close pulling from the teams that followed behind them. Photo: Raunds TOWC

The final weight of the day was the men’s catchweight competition. Again, this competition was split into two groups, with the top team in each weight class progressing through to the final. Norton won the first group ahead of Oxney, Sandhurst and Holland, with Lincoln progressing from the second group ahead of Bosley and Raunds. Norton then went on to take their third weight of the day by winning the final by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Glos/Som ACF Youth TOWC



07/04/2013 - WOOD TREATMENT BOSLEY TOWC OPEN COMPETITION

This weekend’s tug of war competition was hosted by Wood Treatment Bosley Tug of War Club in Chelford, Cheshire, and was supported by teams from Bosley, Norton, Lincoln, Hanging Bridge, Holland (A and B), York, Felton Eccles, Holland Ladies, and Sheen Ladies. The weather was dry and the ground cut up nicely to allow for some good competition. The competition was organised as a points competition run under TWIF rules, with the top two teams meeting again in a final. Photo: Norton TOWC 

The first weight of the day was the men’s catchweight competition with 5 teams entered. Norton went through the whole group stage without losing an end, with a close battle for the second place in the final between Bosley, Holland, and Lincoln. Holland defeated Lincoln earlier in the competition, and then drew 1-1 with Bosley, however Bosley dropped points against Lincoln, which meant that Holland progressed to the final. Norton then went on to defeat Holland by 2 ends to 0 to win the first weight of the day and the Norman Hyde Memorial Shield. Photo: Holland TOWC

The ladies 560 kilos competition saw some good ends take place between the two ladies teams that entered on the day – Holland Ladies and Sheen Ladies. Sheen Ladies won the first ladies weight after some good ends between the two teams. Hopefully we will see a few more ladies teams competing as the season progresses.

The 640 kilos competition again saw Norton build on their strong start to the day by progressing through the group rounds without dropping an end. Lincoln, Hanging Bridge and Holland emerged as contenders to join Norton in the final, with Lincoln progressing through. Norton won the final by 2 ends to 0 to win the John Hollinshead Memorial Shield. Photo: Lincoln TOWC

The 720 kilos competition was another highly competitive weight class. Felton and Bosley had two tough and lengthy ends against each other early on, but again, Norton were strong to lead the points competition. Holland, Felton, Lincoln, and Bosley all strived to get through to the final, and after some close pulling, it was Lincoln who progressed to the final. Norton won their third weight of the day by defeating Lincoln by 2 ends to 0 in the final. Photo: Host Club Bosley

The ladies 520 kilos competition again saw some good ends take place between the two ladies teams that entered on the day. This time, Holland Ladies won the weight after some more good ends between the two teams.

The 600 kilos competition was another lively weight, with some teams competing with 7 pullers to make the weight, which is allowed in open competitions. Norton again won the weight without losing an end, and Felton finished as worth runners up. There was a good battle for third place, with York overcoming Holland to take third place. Photo: York TOWC

The final weight of the day was the 680 kilos competition. The competition was a little more even in this weight with a lot of the teams taking part having competed in all of the weight categories on the day. Norton were looking to take their 5th weight of the day, and made it through to the final without losing an end. They were joined by Holland, who put in a determined performance in the final to gain some ground, but Norton took the final by 2 ends to 0 to round off a strong start to the season for them. Photo: Hanging Bridge TOWC


01/04/2013 - GUILDFORD OPEN COMPETITION RESULTS

The Easter Monday competition at Guildford in Surrey had four clubs in attendance - Oxney (A and B), Sandhurst, Holland Sports (A, B and Ladies) and Thames Valley all braved the very cold wind to take part.

Five teams weighed in for the 600 kilos competition (Holland, Holland Ladies, Sandhurst, Oxney A and B), with Sandhurst finishing as the overall winners, with Oxney A finishing as runners up.

Five teams again weighed in for the 640 kilos competition (Holland A and B, Sandhurst, Thames Valley, Oxney A), with Sandhurst finishing as the overall winners, with Holland A this time finishing as the runners up.

Six teams weighed in for the 680 kilos competition (Holland A and B, Sandhurst, Thames Valley, Oxney A and B), and Sandhurst made it a clean sweep for the day by finishing as overall winners with Oxney A finishing as runners up.

Unfortunately, no ladies and youth competition took place as Holland Ladies were the only team in attendance, however they competed in the 600 kilos competition and some of their pullers were also involved in other weight classes with Holland Men. Well done to them for their efforts.


17/03/2013 - MIDLAND EARLY PULL 1 RESULTS

Teams Competing - Holland (A and B), LCS, Market Bosworth, Hanging Bridge, Sheen Ladies, Holland Ladies, LNR ACF (A and B).

Results

600 4+4 - Winners - Holland A - Runners Up - Holland B

Ladies/Youth 520 - Winners - Sheen Ladies - Runners Up - Holland Ladies

Ladies/Youth 560 - Winners - Holland Ladies - Runners Up - LNR ACF A

Men 620 - Winners - Holland - Runners Up - Hanging Bridge

Men 660 - Winners - Holland - Runners Up - Hanging Bridge

Men 680 - Winners - Holland - Runners Up - LCS

Men Catchweight - Winners - Holland - Runners Up - LCS

Round 2 of the Midland Early pulls will take place on Sunday 24th March 2013 at Somesal Herbert, Sudbury, Derbyshire, DE6 5HX. All are welcome to come along and compete.

For more information ring Roger Beardsmore on 01952 510735 or email tugger@talktalk.net. Further information about activities in the Midland Area can be found at www.midlandtugofwar.co.uk.  


ENGLAND RUGBY HAVE A GO AT TUG OF WAR!

Click here to see an article/photos of the England Rugby Union Squad taking part in tug of war matches as part of their training for the 6 nations rugby championship.


GLOUCESTER AND SOMERSET ACF CADET OPEN EVENT


Glos/Som ACF recently held a Cadet Open Event which took place at Upton St Leonards, Gloucester, on Sunday 3rd Mar 2013. With over 40 Cadets participating it was a long and hard days pulling for them plus they were honoured with the visit of Mr Tony Martin (former TOWA president and current senior vice president of TWIF), who is a frequent visitor to cadet training nights, and who often talks and gives sound advice to the Cadets. The Cadets are now in full training ready for the outdoor season to start.

Thanks to Alec Masson for the above report.


WESSEX TRAINING LEAGUE - WEEK 1 RESULTS

Sunday 24th Feb 2013, saw the Outdoor Season 2013 get underway, by way of the Wessex Training League at 'The New Inn', Broadclyst, Devon. Six Teams weighed in on a very cold February morning, some where brave enough to strip down to shorts for the weigh in.The teams that weighed in where, Anstey, Glos/som, Kennford, Probus, Whimple and Widecombe.

Results:

600Kg
1, Widecombe - 9pts
2, Probus - 8pts
3, Anstey - 7pts
4, Kennford - 6pts
5, Glossom - 0pts  
640Kg
1, Widecombe - 12pts
2, Whimple - 9pts
3, Anstey - 4pts
4, Kennford - 4pts
5, Probus - 1pt  
680Kg
1, Anstey -11pts
2, Widecombe - 10pts
3, Whimple - 6pts
4, Kennford - 2pts
5, Glossom - 1pt
720Kg
1, Kennford - 4pts
2, Anstey - 3pts
3, Widecombe - 2pts

A huge thank you to our judges - George Ferrett, Nick Major, Matthew Cowlard, Jonny Neal, Graham Taylor and to our recorders Jane Major and Sharon Hutchins.

Thank you to all the teams that took part and look forward to seeing you all again this Sunday at Stubbs Farmhouse, Monkton Wyld, Charmouth, DT6 6DE.

Thanks to Matt Cowlard for the above report.


TTV LAGERWEIJ 25TH ANNIVERSARY INDOOR COMPETITION IN “DE HOKHORST” RENSWOUDE, NETHERLANDS

Raunds TOWC competed at the TTV Lagerweij 25th Anniversary International competition in the Netherlands over the weekend of 22-24 February 2013. The pulling started at 7-30 Friday Night with 3 weights contested for 4 aside teams - Men’s 300 & 340 Kilos and Ladies 280 Kilos. Raunds Woodbine entered one side in the 300 kilos and one in the 340 kilos.

The 300 kilos was a difficult weight for them with a 9 team round robin and some very strong opposition. With the two younger members of the team competing in this weight, who had not experienced this type of pulling before, points were hard to come by. They ended the round robin with two points and a lot more experience. 

Winners – Country Club N. Ireland   
Runners Up – AbadinoBasque
Bronze – TTV Lagerweij A Netherlands
4th – TTV Lagerweij B       Netherlands

The 340 kilos team had more success competing in a group of seven teams. Winning five of their pulls Raunds advanced into the Semi -Finals where they met the Winners of the other group, TTV Horsman. Although Raunds kept their form they could not resist the powerful pushes of the Dutchman and lost 2-0. In the Bronze medal pull off Raunds Woodbine met Taf Lubrensis of Italy, who had taken to the 4 aside format very well, and again succumbed to a 2-0 defeat. Photo: Raunds in action

Winners  – TTV Horsman  Netherlands 
Runners Up – TTV Lagerweij Netherlands
Bronze – Taf LubrensisItaly
4th – Raunds Woodbine England

Ladies 280 Kilos Results

1st - Monnickendam (Netherlands), 2nd - Groene Oase (Netherlands), 3rd - Hungarian Hawks (Hungary).

Saturday was the main competition for Mens, Ladies, 4x4 and Youth Teams.

Raunds Woodbine had entered teams in the 640 & 680 kilos, but with only 9 competitors attending and having a lot of hard pulling the night before, that finished not much before midnight, the day was going to be a long one. The weights were run in tandem as there were so many being held on one day. First up was the 560 kilos and the 4x4 at 600 kilos. A lot of hard ends in these and the results were as follows: Photo: Host club TTV Lagerweij

Men 560 Kilos      Mixed 600 Kilos     
Winners - AbadinoBasqueWinners - Groene OaseNetherlands
Runners Up - Lagerweij ANetherlandsRunnes Up - MonnickendamNetherlands
3rd - Country ClubN. Ireland3rd - EibergenNetherlands
4th - Lagerweij BNetherlands4th - Stans OberdorfSwitzerland

Next up came the Men’s 640 Kilos with the Ladies 560 Kilos and the Youth weights being run alongside. There were two groups in the Men’s 640 Kilos with Raunds Woodbine being drawn in a group of six. First on the rope Raunds met a strong and determined Lagerweij A team. Raunds slowed Lagerweij down but could not prevent them winning in 2 straight ends. Recovering from this first pull Raunds went through the rest of the teams in their group without losing an end. Photo: winning Basque team Abadino

In the Semi Final they met Abadino who were in top form. Abadino powered Raunds out and Raunds could not slow them down at all in a 2-0 loss. In the Bronze Medal pull Raunds faced Deinum Britsum, (Netherlands 640Kg team at Perth 2012 World Indoor Championships), and had a good pull with them. In the end the Dutch side were that bit better on the day and managed to beat Raunds 2-0 after a competitive pull. Photo: winning youth team TTV De Berketrekkers from Belgium

Men 640 Kilos      Ladies 560 Kilos        Junior Men     
Winners - AbadinoBasqueWinners - Stans OberdorfSwitzerlandWinners - TTV De BerketrekkersBelgium
Runners Up - Lagerweij ANetherlandsRunners Up - Groene OaseNetherlandsRunners Up - TTV IT HeidenskipNetherlands
3rd - Deinum/BritsumNetherlands3rd - Hungarian HawksHungary3rd - Deinum/BritsumNetherlands
4th - RaundsEngland4th - TTV HeureNetherlands

The last two weights of the day were the Men’s 600 & 680 Kilos. By now there were quite a few tired bodies coming out onto the rope. Raunds Woodbine had one change from the 640 Kilos but were the lightest in the group of 8 in the 680 Kilos. There were not many easy pulls in this weight and Raunds were starting to show how much the two days pulling had taken out of them. Sore hands and toes were not helping in this heavy weight. Raunds came through the group winning two pulls and competing well in some of the other matches.

Men 680 Kilos      Men 600 Kilos     
Winners – TTV IT HeidenskipNetherlandsWinners - AbadinoBasque
Runners Up – DeinumBritsumNetherlandsRunners Up - Country ClubN. Ireland
3rd - Deinum/BritsumNetherlands3rd - Lagerweij ANetherlands
4th - AbadinoBasque4th - TTV West FrieslandNetherlands

This competition was an example to anyone wishing to host an International competition. With 4 Mats and plenty of Officials it was run efficiently in a good atmosphere with excellent pulling. Abadino were very strong and won three weights in good style. The hosts Lagerweij again showed they are very competitive. Country Club from Northern Ireland performed well over the two days also.

Congratulations to TTV Lagerweij who hosted this celebration Competition. It was a very enjoyable weekend with everybody contributing to make this a big success.

Thanks to Mick Copper for the report. Photos courtesy of Eddie Van Raamsdonk of the Netherlands Tug of War Association.


21/02/2013 - RICHARD GOODE

It is with sadness that the TOWA have to report the passing of one of our previous members. Richard Goode (known to most as Smurf), of Coveney TOWC & Raunds Wooodbine TOWC died on Friday 15th February. Smurf represented England at outdoor tug of war with Coveney and indoor tug of war with Raunds Woodbine, where he won both U.K. & World Championship Gold Medals. Smurf had been fighting Cancer for the last few years and died of complications bought on by pneumonia.


02/01/21013 - UK INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS - BELFAST - NORTHERN IRELAND - RESULTS

The 2013 UK Indoor Tug of War Championships were hosted by the Northern Ireland Tug of War Association in the city of Belfast. The event took place at the Ozone Indoor Tennis Arena, and England this year were represented in the different weight classes by Sheen, Kilroe, and Raunds. Unfortunately there were not enough entries from the other home countries to run a ladies championship and mixed championship, so it was down to the men’s teams to fight it out for the medals.

The event got under way with a short opening ceremony, followed closely by the start of the mens 600 kilos competition. England A were represented by Sheen, and England B were represented by Kilroe. England A progressed through the group stages of the competition with relative ease, however it was a different story for England B, who were up against it this year. England B went into their last pull needing three points from Northern Ireland B to secure a place in the semi finals, and took a hard fought first end after Northern Ireland B took three cautions. The second end was equally as close, with both teams picking up the cautions. Both teams were on two cautions, however England B picked up their third caution despite looking as though they were gaining the momentum and the point went to Northern Ireland B, meaning that England B missed out on a semi final place. Photo: Scotland A 600 kilos team 

The semi finals saw England A take on Northern Ireland B, with England winning with ease by 2 ends to 0. In the second semi final, Northern Ireland A defeated a determined Scotland A team by 2 ends to 0 to make the final. The bronze medal was won by Scotland A before England A and Northern Ireland A took to the mats for the final. England A dropped in strong and got some early momentum before settling in to the pull. England A carried on pilling on the pressure and edged their way to the first end. The second end played in much the same way, and England A took the gold medal in convincing fashion. Photo: Northern Ireland B 600 kilos team.

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The 680 kilos competition followed and in this weight, England A were represented by Raunds. Following the withdrawal of Uppertown from representing at the championships, an England B team was formed with available pullers from both Sheen and Kilroe. Both teams we up against the A and B teams from Northern Ireland and Scotland, and both competed well to reach the semi finals. Both the England A and B teams met in the semi finals, with England B defeating England A to progress. In the second semi final, Northern Ireland A came away with a hard fought win over Scotland A to make the final. Photo: England A 600 kilos team

In the bronze medal pull, England A faced Scotland A, with Scotland A having defeated England A earlier in the competition. In a very close and hard fought pull, England A took the first end. England A then battled hard again on the second end to take a well deserved bronze medal. The final saw England B meet Northern Ireland A, the second final of the day to be contested by teams from England and Northern Ireland. England B dominated the final from start to finish, winning their second gold medal of the day by 2 ends to 0. Photo: England A 680 kilos team

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Following the completion of the international competition, the open club competition took place with clubs from the home nations being joined by teams from the Republic of Ireland. The 560 kilos competition took place first, which was pulled as a straight points competition with no cross-overs. England were represented in this event by Kilroe who were defeated first on by both Ballyhagen and Country Club from Northern Ireland before winning their remaining pulls to take the bronze medal. Ballyhagen took the gold, followed very closely by Country Club. Photo: England B 680 kilos team

The 640 kilos competition followed.  Raunds, Sheen, and Kilroe all entered teams into this weight which was pulled as a straight group of 9 teams, with the top two teams at the end of the competition contesting a final for the gold medal, and the third and fourth placed teams contesting a match for the bronze medal. There was some excellent competition in this weight with all teams fighting hard for the points. In the end, Raunds and Kilroe missed out on competing for the medals, however Sheen topped the group to go through to the final with Mountain View from Ireland. Clonmany B from Ireland and Tinto from Scotland competed for the bronze medal, with Clonmany B taking the bronze medal by 2 ends to 0. In the final Sheen met the strong Mountain View team from Ireland, but handled the occasion very well to win the gold medal by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Dame Mary Peters presenting the 600 kilos UK Championship trophy to England A 600 kilos coach Robin Smith

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The highlight of this years UK indoor championships has to be the number of pullers from all of the home nations that were representing their country at senior level for the very first time. All of these youngsters proved their worth on the day, with most of those taking part coming away with a medal of some colour. This bodes well for the future of our sport and demonstrates that youth within our sport are good enough if given the chance.

After the completion of the championship the presentation dinner took place, with the teams having the pleasure to be joined by Olympian Dame Mary Peters (Olympic Gold Medallist in 1972, and ambassador to the London 2012 Olympic Games). Dame Mary Peters presented the teams with their gold, silver and bronze medals and shared stories from her early days as an athlete and first seeing tug of war at an athletics meeting back in the 1960’s. She spoke very fondly about watching tug of war and is very much looking forward to the European Championships in 2015 when they take place in Belfast. She also highlighted her appreciation for the many volunteers who help to run our sport. Dame Mary was very accommodating with the pullers on the night and gave up a lot of time to talk to many of the competitors and have photos with the teams and competitors. Our thanks go to Northern Ireland for their hospitality at this years UK Indoor Championships. Photo: Dame Mary Peters presenting the 680 kilos winners trophy to England B 680 kilos coach Billy Reilly

Results Summary

Closed 600 Kilos Competition - Gold - England A (Represented by Sheen) - Silver - Northern Ireland A - Bronze - Scotland A - 4th - Northern Ireland B - 5th - England B (represented by Kilroe)

Closed 680 Kilos Competition - Gold - England B (Represented by a composite team) - Silver - Northern Ireland A - Bronze - England A (represented by Raunds) - 4th - Scotland A - 5th - Northern Ireland B

Open 560 Kilos Competition - Gold - Ballyhagen (Northern Ireland) - Silver - Country Club (Northern Ireland) - Bronze - Kilroe (England)

Open 640 Kilos Competition - Gold - Sheen (England) - Silver - Mountain View (Ireland) - Bronze - Clonmany B (Ireland)


01/12/2012 - NATIONAL INDOOR TUG OF WAR CHAMPIONSHIPS

This years national indoor tug of war championships took place with a reduced number of teams competing from previous years, however this did not detract from what was otherwise a very competitive and enjoyable day of competition.

The mens catchweight competition and ladies 560 kilos competitions opened proceedings with Sheen winning the catchweight gold medal ahead of Kilroe who took the silver medal. It was the first time for a couple of years that we were able to stage a ladies championship, which was a big plus point on the day, with both Sheen Ladies and Bedford Ladies fighting it out for the gold medals. Sheen Ladies’ superior recent experience at indoor tug of war, having won medals at the World Games and World Indoor Championships, proved decisive as they went on to take the first ladies title of the day at 560 kilos, with Bedford taking the silver medal. Photo - Sheen

The 640 kilos saw Sheen competing as both national and world indoor champions at this weight class. Last years 640 kilos runners up Kilroe did not compete in the 640 kilos competition, so there was a chance for another team  to get a spot in the final to challenge Sheen for the title. This was left to Uppertown and Raunds to fight it out for the final spot, with Uppertown edging out Raunds to make the final. In the final, Uppertown put up a decent showing, but it was Sheen who were the strongest on the day to take the gold medal by 2 ends to 0. Raunds finished in third place. Photo - Kilroe

The next weight class was the 560 kilos competition. Defending champions Norton were not competing on the indoor circuit this year as they chose to take a break from indoor tug of war over the winter in order to concentrate on their preparations for the World Games next year. This meant that there would be a new winner of this weight in 2012. The 560 kilos is always a lively competition, and again, this year was no exception. The group stages saw Sheen finish in first place, followed by Kilroe and Uppertown. Sheen and Kilroe progressed to the final, which turned out to be a good contest. Kilroe managed to keep Sheen out there long enough on the first end to cause some problems, and Kilroe took the first end after Sheen picked up three cautions. On the second end, Sheen worked from the drop, and had to work very hard to keep up the momentum, eventually taking the second end. The third end went much the same way, and Sheen went on to take the gold medal at 560 kilos for the first time since 1978. Photo - Sheen Ladies

The 720 kilos competition followed, and this competition went much the same way as the catchweight event with Sheen taking the gold medal, and Kilroe the silver. The ladies 540 kilos competition followed, and this was another match between Bedford Ladies and Sheen Ladies for the gold medal. Bedford put up another good fight against Sheen, but Sheen Ladies again proved to be superior opponents and took their second gold medal of the day. Photo: Bedford Ladies

The mens 600 kilos competition followed, which turned out to be a very close and lively competition, particularly the fight to get to the final. Sheen won the group stages without dropping an end, however the competition to determine the pulling order in the semi finals was very close between Uppertown, Kilroe and Raunds. Raunds ended up finishing as runners up in the group, followed by Kilroe and then Uppertown. The semi finals saw Sheen defeat Uppertown, however the pull between Kilroe and Raunds was very close, with Kilroe having to hold on for a long time to eventually overcome Raunds by 2 ends to 0. In the bronze medal match, Uppertown battled hard to take the bronze medal ahead of Raunds by 2 ends to 0. The final saw Sheen take the gold medal by 2 ends to 0 to secure their fifth gold medal of the day, and their 100th national indoor tug of war title. Photo - Uppertown 

The final mens weight class of the day was the 680 kilos competition, and defending champions Sheen were looking to win their final gold medal of the day to take a clean sweep and repeat the feat that they previously achieved in 1978. Sheen finished top in the group stages, followed by Uppertown, Kilroe, and Raunds. Sheen defeated Raunds in their semi final, and Uppertown defeated Kilroe in their semi final. The bronze medal match was again hard fought, with Kilroe taking their 5th medal of the day by defeating Raunds by 2 ends to 0. The final was certainly very close between a young and improving Uppertown squad and a dominant Sheen team. Uppertown worked hard on both ends, taking Sheen over half way on both ends before Sheen worked them back to take their 6th gold medal of the day. Photo - Raunds

The championships ended with the mixed 600 kilos competition with four teams competing – Sheen Ladies, Sheen, Bedford, and Kilroe. The mixed team from Sheen Ladies were in strong form in the group stages, with the rest of the teams fighting it out for the semi final placings. Sheen finished as group runners up ahead of Kilroe and then Bedford. In the semi finals, Sheen Ladies defeated Bedford, and Sheen defeated Kilroe. The Sheen Ladies mixed team secured the gold medal in the final in convincing fashion, however the pull of the mixed competition was for the bronze medal. Bedford had earlier picked up an injury to one of their female pullers, and with no substitutes, carried on with 4 men and three ladies. Kilroe sportingly dropped one of their ladies to make an even contest. Kilroe took the first end, however Bedford levelled the pull. Kilroe then went on to take a hard fought third end to take the bronze medal.

Results Summary

Men Catchweight - Gold - Sheen - Silver - Kilroe
Men 640 - Gold - Sheen - Silver - Uppertown - Bronze - Raunds
Men 560 - Gold - Sheen - Silver - Kilroe - Bronze - Uppertown
Men 720 - Gold - Sheen - Silver - Kilroe
Men 600 - Gold - Sheen - Silver - Kilroe - Bronze - Uppertown
Men 680 - Gold - Sheen - Silver - Uppertown - Bronze - Kilroe

Ladies 560 - Gold - Sheen Ladies - Silver - Bedford Ladies
Ladies 520 - Gold - Sheen Ladies - Silver - Bedford Ladies

600 4+4 - Gold - Sheen Ladies - Silver - Sheen - Bronze - Kilroe

Congratulations to all of the teams that took part in what has been a difficult indoor season this year. All of the teams deserve special credit for their efforts this year, and all teams should be commended for the way that they have all helped each other out over the course of the season. We now look forward to the UK championships on 1st February in Northern Ireland, and we wish everyone going to that event all the best.


25/11/2012 - INDOOR LEAGUE WEEK 7 RESULTS

Men 560 - Winners - Uppertown - Runners Up - Raunds

Men 600 - Winners - Sheen - Runners Up - Uppertown

Men 640 - Winners - Sheen - Runners Up - Uppertown

Men 680 - Winners - Sheen - Runners Up - Uppertown

Men 720 - Winners - Sheen - Runners Up - Kilroe

Men Catchweight - Winners - Sheen - Runners Up - Raunds


18/11/2012 – INDOOR LEAGUE WEEK 6 RESULTS

Men 580 – Winners – Sheen – Runners Up – Kilroe

Men 600 – Winners – Sheen – Runners Up – Raunds

Men 640 – Winners – Sheen – Runners Up – Kilroe

Men 680 – Winners – Sheen – Runners Up – Kilroe

Men Catchweight – Winners – Sheen – Runners Up – Raunds

Ladies – Winners – Sheen Ladies – Runners Up – Bedford Ladies


11/11/2012 - AAA INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS AND INDOOR LEAGUE WEEK 5 RESULTS



Photo: Sheen Mens Squad - winners of the 640 kilos and catchweight AAA Indoor Championship Titles 2012

AAA Catchweight - Winners - Sheen - Runners Up - Kilroe

AAA 640 - Winners - Sheen - Runners Up - Uppertown

Open 680 - Winners - Sheen - Runners Up - Uppertown

Open 620 - Winners - Sheen - Runners Up - Raunds

Open 600 - Winners - Sheen - Runners Up - Raunds

Ladies - Winners - Bedford Ladies - Runners Up - Sheen Ladies

Report to follow.


04/11/2012 - INDOOR LEAGUE WEEK 4 RESULTS

Men 580 - Winners - Sheen - Runners Up - Raunds

Men 600 - Winners - Sheen - Runners Up - Raunds

Men 640 - Winners - Sheen - Runners Up - Raunds

Men 680 - Winners - Sheen - Runners Up - Kilroe

Men Catchweight - Winners - Sheen - Runners Up - Raunds

Ladies - Winners - Sheen Ladies - Runners Up - Bedford Ladies


28/10/2012 - INDOOR LEAGUE WEEK 3 RESULTS

Men 600 - Winners - Raunds - Runners Up - Sheen

Men 620 - Winners - Sheen - Runners Up - Raunds

Men 640 - Winners - Sheen - Runners Up - Raunds

Men 680 - Winners - Sheen - Runners Up - Kilroe

Men Catchweight - Winners - Sheen - Runners Up - Raunds

Ladies - Winners - Sheen Ladies - Runners Up - Bedford


21/10/2012 - INDOOR LEAGUE WEEK 2 RESULTS

Men 580 - Winners - Sheen - Runners Up - Uppertown

Men 600 - Winners - Uppertown - Runners Up - Raunds

Men 640 - Winners - Uppertown - Runners Up - Kilroe

Men 680 - Winners - Kilroe - Runners Up - Raunds

Ladies - Winners - Sheen Ladies - Runners Up - Bedford Ladies


14/10/2012 - INDOOR LEAGUE WEEK 1 RESULTS

Men 580 - Winners - Uppertown - Runners Up - Raunds

Men 600 - Winners - Sheen - Runners Up - Raunds

Men 640 - Winners - Sheen - Runners Up - Uppertown

Men 680 - Winners - Sheen - Runners Up - Raunds

Men 720 - Winners - Sheen - Runners Up - Raunds


06 & 07 OCTOBER 2012 - TUG OF WAR ASSOCIATION AND TUG OF WAR FEDEARTION JOINT EVENT - KESSINGLAND

Kessingland 2012 saw 7 Teams take part, two of these were from Northern Ireland. This made for some excellent competition with some really hard fought ends. The Kessingland weekend was organised as a joint event between the Tug of War Association and the Tug of War Federation and is a friendly end of outdoor season tug of war event. The 7 teams competing were Leo’s Boys (Northern Ireland), Garvagh (Northern Ireland), Holland, Raunds, York, Hadleigh and Thames 66 (a combination of pullers from both Thames Valley and 1066). Photo: Leo's Boys

Saturday saw four weight categories take place; 600, 640, 680 and mixed 600. The 600 had four teams entered, The winners were Garvagh with Holland finishing as runners up. Next up was the 640, pulled as a straight 7. There was some tough ends in this competition and it certainly made it a worth while competition to enter for all of the teams. The winners were Holland and Runners up were Garvagh. Photo: Garvagh

The final men’s weight was the 680, this was again 7 teams but split into two groups, a 4 and a 3. The winners were Leo’s Boys and Runners up Holland. The final competition of the day was the mixed 600 which had 3 teams. Winners were Holland and runners up Leo’s Boys. Photo: Holland

Sunday saw four weight categories, 620, 660, 720 and mixed 660. The first weight of the day was the 620 with four teams. The eventual winners were Garvargh with Holland finishing as runners up.

Next up was the 660, again a straight  7 with some good pulling and the eventual winners were Garvagh with runners up once again Holland. The final Men’s weight was the 720 with two groups, the rewards being all Northern Ireland with Leo’s Boys coming out winners and Garvagh runners up. The 660 mixed competition had three teams taking part with Holland taking the winners position and Thames 66 finished as runners up. Photo: Hadleigh

The Kessingland event will be running again in October 2013. Any teams or individual pullers wishing to take part next year should make sure they look out for the 2013 fixture list for further information, once it is published in January. Photo: Raunds


09/09/2012 - WORLD OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS DAY 4

England were in action on the final day of the World Outdoor Championships in Switzerland and were entered into the mixed 600 kilos event and the mens 640 kilos event. The morning competitions started with the mixed 600 kilos competition and England were represented by Holland TOWC. England competed well throughout the competition after starting with a tough 1-1 draw with South Africa. Later on a costly draw with Chinese Taipei meant that England could not finish level on points with South Africa with a chance to progress to the semi finals. The eventual gold medal went to Sweden, with Netherlands taking silver and Switzerland the bronze.

The under 23 competition took place during the mixed competition. Unfortunately England did not enter a team this year, and the gold medal went to Switzerland again for the 4th consecutive world championships. South Africa took silver and Germany defeated Sweden by 2 ends to 1 to take the bronze.

The 640 kilos competition took place in the afternoon and England were represented in this weight by Felton Eccles. England were drawn in a group with reigning European Champions Switzerland, as well as tough opponents from Germany. England pulled strongly through the group, only losing two ends to the home nation Switzerland. England progressed to the semi finals along with Switzerland, Ireland and Sweden, which meant that England were guaranteed a top four finish and a place representing Great Britain at the World Games in 2013. In the semi finals England met Ireland in what was a very close contest. England controlled the first end well to take the advantage however Ireland beat England to the drop on the second end to level the match. The third end was very close and England were within a couple of feet of taking the end. Ireland were on 2 cautions and England were on 1 caution. England then collected 2 more cautions which looked harsh to those watching the live streaming, and the place in the final was given to Ireland. Photo - England 640 kilos team on the podium

Despite a tough defeat, England had to get on with the rest of the competition, and still had a medal to play for against Sweden. England had to endure another tough 3 end match against Sweden, losing the first end, but deservedly taking the next two to take a well earned bronze medal. The final was between Switzerland and Ireland. The home nation performed strongly throughout this weight class, and they deservedly took the gold medal by 2 ends to 0.

The ladies 500 kilos competition took place during the 640 kilos competition. Chinese Taipei put in a classy performance to take the gold medal by 2 ends to 0 ahead of Sweden to win their second consecutive 500 kilos title. Germany took the bronze and 4th place went to Switzerland.

England finished the championships with a silver and a bronze medal, which was good result given the various difficulties that many teams faced this year - particularly due to finance and also the very poor weather, which resulted in the cancellation of many competitions, therefore affecting preparations for this event. All of the England teams competing finished in the top 6 in the world in each weight class, and England will go forward to represent Great Britain in the 640 kilos and 700 kilos competitions at the 2013 World Games in Cali, Columbia. Great results for England under the circumstances.

The Tug of War Association pass on their congratulations to all of the England teams who took part at the 2012 World Outdoor Championships, and we also wish to congratulate Switzerland on the wonderful championships they organised in a fantastic arena, and they did an awful lot to involve and engage citizens of Appenzell to get them into the ground to support the event. Other countries hosting future championships have a lot to live up to now.

Under 23 600kg - Gold - Switzerland - Silver - South Africa - Bronze - Germany - 4th - Sweden - 5th - USA - 6th - Belgium - 7th - Chinese Taipei

Mixed 600kg - Gold - Sweden - Silver - Netherlands - Bronze - Switzerland - 4th - South Africa - 5th - ENGLAND (represented by Holland TOWC) - 6th - Chinese Taipei - 7th - USA - 8th - China

Ladies 500kg - Gold - Chinese Taipei - Silver - Sweden - Bronze - Germany - 4th - Switzerland - 5th - South Africa - 6th - Belgium - 7th - Netherlands - 8th - China

Men 640kg - Gold - Switzerland - Silver - Ireland - Bronze - ENGLAND (represented by Felton Eccles) - 4th - Sweden - 5th - Germany - 6th - Belgium - 7th - Netherlands - 8th - USA - 9th - South Africa - 10th - Latvia - 11th - Scotland - 12th - Italy - 13th - China - 14th - Chinese Taipei - 15th - Israel


08/09/2012 - WORLD OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS DAY3

England were in action on the thrid day of the championships and the first day of the closed competition. England competed in the 700 kilos competition, 580 kilos competition and ladies 540 kilos competition.

In the 700 kilos competition, England were represented by Lincoln who competed well in a tough group to finish third in the group, but missed out on a place in the semi finals. England then went into a 5th/6th place pull off with Latvia, defeating Latvia by 2 ends to 0 to finish 5th overall. A great result which means that England have qualified to represent Great Briatin in this weight class at the 2013 World Games in Cali, Columbia. Photo - England 700 kilos team

In the Ladies 540 kilos competition, England were represented by Holland Ladies, who were representing England for the very first time at a world championships. England acquitted themselves well in the competition to finish in 6th place overall. Sweden took the eventual gold medal with Chinese Taipei winning silver and the Netherlands taking bronze. Photo - England Ladies team in the 540 kilos competition

Englands best result of the day came in the 580 kilos competition, with England being represented by Norton who are no strangers to world class tug of war. England went all the way to the final of the competition to face the home nation, Switzerland. England went into the event as 560 kilos European Champions and were confident of getting a good result after a strong season. However, yet again for the Norton lads, the gold medal eluded them and the title was won by Switzerland by 2 ends to 0. Photo - England 580 Kilos team on the podium

Unfortunately England did not field a youth team in the junior 560 kilos comeptition, which was very disappointing, hovewer the main barrier to our youth competing this year was the cost of travel and accommodation. This appeared to be reflected in other countries as only 5 nations took part in the Junior competition. The gold medal was deservedly won by South Africa with Germany winning silver and Belgium the bronze. The Netherlands finished in 4th place, but it was a big surprise to see the Switzerland youth team finish 5th as they have a very strong record in youth tug of war.

What is clear from the youth competition this year is the need to ensure that taking part at these events is affordable for all youth competitors, notwithstaning the excellent championships that Switzerland hosted. Hopefully TWIF and the GENSB committee can iron out the remaining issues and resolve to hold world junior championships at the GENSB competition which is affordable and accessible to all youth teams from more countries - 10 nations were represented at this years GENSB competition which speaks volumes.

Final Results - Day 3

Men 700 - Gold - Ireland - Silver - Sweden - Bronze - Netherlands - 4th - Switzerland - 5th - ENGLAND (represented by Lincoln) - 6th - Latvia - 7th - South Africa - 8th - Scotland - 9th - Italy - 10th - Lithuania - 11th - Germany - 12th - USA - 13th - China - 14th - Canada

Men 580 - Gold - Switzerland - Silver - ENGLAND (represented by Norton) - Bronze - Netherlands - 4th - USA - 5th - Sweden - 6th - Ireland - 7th - Belgium - 8th - Chinese Taipei - 9th - China

Ladies 540 Kilos - Gold - Sweden - Silver - Chinese Taipei - Bronze - Netherlands - 4th - South Africa - 5th - Switzerland - 6th - ENGLAND (represented by Holland Ladies) - 7th - USA - 8th - Belgium

Junior 560 Kilos - Gold - South Africa - Silver - Germany - Bronze - Belgium - 4th - Netherlands - 5th - Switzerland


07/09/2012 - WORLD OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS OPENING CEREMONY

The World Outdoor Championships opening ceremony took place in the evening of day 2 following the completion of the open club competition. The opening ceremony involved a parade of the teams with flags and a band through the streets of Appenzell. Residents of the town turned out in force to support the teams. A great experience for all involved and a great way of engaging people with the sport of tug of war.


07/09/2012 - WORLD OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS DAY 2

Afternoon Results

Ladies 500Kg - Gold - Jingmei (Chinese Taipei) - Silver - Gonten (Switzerland) - Bronze - Gonten 1 (Switzerland) - 4th - Waka-Leili (Switzerland) 

Men 640Kg - Gold - Ebersecken (Switzerland) - Silver - TTV Bison (Netherlands) - Bronze - TTV Veenseboys (Netherlands) - 4th - TTV Eibergen (Netherlands)

Felton Eccles competed in the 640 kilos competition, however they missed out on a spot in the knock out stages of the competition after finishing third in their group.

Morning Results

600kg 4+4 - Gold - Gaztedi (Basque) - Silver - Jagersrust (Netherlands) - Bronze - Koapman (Netherlands) - 4th - Goiherri (Basque) 

Men U23 600kg- Gold - Sins (Switzerland) - Silver - Helderberg (South Africa) - Bronze - Streefkerk (Netherlands) - 4th - Ebersecken (Switzerland)

Holland TOWC entered an A and B team into the 600 kilos 4+4 competition, and both teams were drawn into seperate groups. Both teams finished 4th in their respective groups and missed out on a place in the kncok-out stages of the competition.


06/09/2012 - WORLD OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS DAY 1

Afternoon Results

Ladies 540 - Gold - Gonten (Switzerland) - Silver - Waka-Leili (Switzerland) - Bronze - Jingmei (Chinese Taipei) - 4th - Vechtlust (Netherlands)

Men 580 - Gold - Engelberg (Switzerland) - Silver - Veenseboys (Netherlands) - Bronze - Eibergen (Netherlands) - 4th - Mosnang (Switzerland)

There were no English clubs entered into the above weight classes.

Morning Results

Men 700 - Gold - Lakehill (Ireland) - Silver - Heure (Netherlands) - Bronze - Veenseboys (Netherlands) - 4th - Koapman (Netherlands)

Junior 560 - Gold - Oakdale B (South Africa) - Silver - Oakdale A (South Africa) - Bronze - Neuried (Germany) - 4th - TTV Powerrangers (Belgium)

English interest in the morning session came in the form of Lincoln TOWC and Holland TOWC who both competed in the 700 kilos event. The competition was split into four groups of 9 and both Lincoln and Holland were drawn in group 3. Lincoln performed the best of the two teams, finishing in third place in the group, and so just missed out on a place in the knock-out stage of the competition. Lincoln finished behind Koapman (Netherlands) and Goldschuere (Germany). Holland TOWC finished 6th in their group (joint 5th with Ozoli from Latvia, however Holland dropped to 6th place having picked up more cautions).

Unfortunately there were no English teams competing in the junior competition this year, with South African team Oakdale winning the gold and sliver medal with Neuried from Germany winning the bronze.


26/08/2012 - NATIONAL LEAGUE FINALS RESULTS

The 2012 National League Finals took place at Daventry with a small number of teams in attendance. The event commenced with the 600 kilos competition, and Oxney went into the competition as clear leaders in the league standings and favourites for the gold medal. Oxney went through the entire competition without losing an end and secured the national league gold medal. Sandhurst finished as eventual silver medallists and Norton finished up with the bronze medal.

The points situation in the 640 kilos competition were close with Sandhurst, Norton and Oxney all in contention to take the gold medal. Sandhurst had a lead in the league of 4 points over Norton and 12 points over Oxney. Norton went through the weight unbeaten on the day to collect maximum points meaning that Sandhurst had to make sure that they defeated all of the other teams by two straight ends to be certain of winning the gold medal. Dropped ends against other teams through the competition meant that Norton finished as the gold medallists, with Sandhurst taking silver and Oxney the bronze.

The 680 kilos competition was the final weight of the day. Norton went into the competition with a lead of 14 points, and for their nearest rivals Felton to overhaul them, it looked as though they would have to lose every pull in order to lose the gold medal. The 680 kilos competition was actually one of the more competitive weights of the day, and all teams that competed in this weight took points off each other. There was only 2 points separating second and fourth in the league, so the main fight was between Sandhurst, Oxney, and Felton Eccles for the silver medal. In the end, Felton Eccles took the most points out of the three to take the silver medal. Both Oxney and Sandhurst were level on points going into the competition, and Sandhurst took the extra points needed to take the bronze medal. Norton finished the 680 kilos national league competition as eventual gold medallists.

After 8 national league competitions over the course of the season, the final results were as follows:

Men 600 - Gold - Oxney Vines Cross - Silver - Sandhurst - Bronze - Norton

Men 640 - Gold - Norton - Silver - Sandhurst - Bronze - Oxney Vines Cross

Men 680 - Gold - Norton - Silver - Felton Eccles - Bronze - Sandhurst


25/08/2012 - GENSB RESULTS

The young pullers of Europe plus South Africa met this year in Retie, Belgium to compete for the GENSB trophy. With 5 minutes to go before the opening ceremony the heavens opened. However, this did not dampen spirits and battle commenced with 35 teams competing in four groups. Photo: Glos/Som ACF C.
 

The top four teams in each group went forward to the knockout stage. 

Unfortunately Glos/Som ACF “A” missed the cut coming fifth in group 3, behind TTV Powerrangers (Final Place 3rd);Ebersecken (Final Place 2nd);TTV Streefkerk (Final Place 10th); and, TTV Mertensmannen (Final Place13th). Photo: Glos/Som ACF B


By the time we reached the semi final stage the strength of Switzerland was obvious with three teams in the semi finals.

Final Placings

  • Winners: Sins (Switzerland)
  • Runners Up: Ebersecken (Switzerland)
  • Third: TTV Powerrangers (Belgium)
  • Fourth: Mosnang (Switzerland)

The national representation:

Member Countries Number  of Teams Final Positions Highest Placed Team
Germany56th, 15th, 22nd, 32nd, 35th TZF Dietenbach
England317th, 25th, 33rd Glos/Som ACF A
Netherlands610th, 20th, 21st, 27th, 28th, 34th TTV Streefkerk
Switzerland61st, 2nd, 4th, 9th, 14th, 30th Sins
Belgium83rd, 12th, 13th, 16th, 18th, 19th, 24th, 26th TTV Powerrangers
Guest Countries
Ireland28th, 23rd Eire Og
South Africa131st Worcester Gym
Lithuania15thRamygalos Gim
Sweden37th, 11th, 29th  Vedum AIS

Age profile of competitors

18yrs - 71
17yrs - 69
16yrs - 82
15yrs - 57
14yrs - 27
13yrs - 15
12yrs - 8

The figures above show that a substantial number of pullers will be competing in GENSB for a few more years to come.

Asking the cadets why GENSB was special, they seem to agree that it is a real test for them against the strength in depth within Europe. One young cadet summed up the challenge “We might be National Champions but we have a lot of hard work ahead before we compete again in GENSB in Germany 2013” Photo: Glos/Som ACF A

Following the excitement of competition there was a mood change the following day when the Glos/Som ACF teams visited Ypres. The visits were respectful and included the memorial to the Gloucestershire Regiment, Tyne Cot Cemetery and The Menin Gate. Photo: Sins (Switzerland) GENSB 2012 Winners

It was once again a pleasure to travel with the officers and cadets of Glos/Som ACF. Finally, well done to all our young pullers who competed in the true spirit of our sport.

Report by Martin Mulcahy

You can view the results book by clicking here


19/08/2012 - BEDFORD OPEN COMPETITION RESULTS

Teams competing - Norton, Lincoln, Oxney Vines Cross, Felton Eccles, Sandhurst, Brockhill, Totham Bull, Holland Ladies, Bedford Ladies

Men CatchweightWinners - Norton - Runners Up – Lincoln

Men 600 - Winners - Oxney - Runners Up – Totham Bull

Men 680 - Winners - Norton – Runners Up - Felton Eccles

Men 640 - Winners - Norton – Runners Up - Oxney

Ladies 560 - Winners - Bedford - Runners Up – Holland

Ladies 540 - Winners - Bedford – Runners Up - Holland


UNDER 23 UK CHAMPIONSHIPS REPORT

Please click here for a report from the England Under 23 Team Manager following the UK Outdoor tug of war Championships held in Wales.


11/08/2012 - UK OUTDOOR TUG OF WAR CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS

The 2012 UK outdoor tug of war championships were held in the mid Wales town of Llandrindod Wells. The event was well supported which made for a very competitive UK championships. Weight classes were held at 600 kilos and 680 kilos for mens teams, 520 kilos and 560 kilos for ladies teams, and 600 kilos for the mixed teams. 

The event started with the opening parade of teams, and then the 600 kilos competition. Each of the four home nations fielded A and B teams, and England also fielded an Under 23 team. The competition was pulled as a straight group of 9 teams with the top four teams at the end of the group stage progressing to the semi finals. England A, represented by Norton finished top of the group without dropping any points, however the competition was close between the remaining teams for the other 3 semi final places. Scotland A, England B (represented by Sandhurst), and the two teams from Northern Ireland looked the most capable of progressing, but it was the two teams from Northern Ireland and England B who progressed.

Special mention should be made here of the England Under 23 development squad. At UK championships, each country is allowed to field an under 23 team in the UK 600 kilos championship. England this year were the only country to do so, and gave most teams a good run for their money, coming close to defeating both of the Welsh senior teams and taking ends from the Scotland B team. Well done to them for their effort and commitment.

The semi finals saw the A and B teams from Northern Ireland and England fight it out for a place in the final. The draw resulted in an all England and all Northern Ireland semi final, so each country was guaranteed at least a silver medal. England A and B met in the semi final, with England A winning by 2 ends to 0. In the other semi final, the two Northern Ireland teams had a real go at each other, with both teams confident of earning a place in the final. The Northern Ireland A team won through by 2 ends to 0 to face England A.

The bronze medal pull was between England B and Northern Ireland B. Northern Ireland B got off to a strong start, and managed to take England B a good way down the track, but in doing so, they began to pick up cautions for sitting. In the end, they picked up a third caution and the end was awarded to England B. The second end saw Northern Ireland B try hard again, but this time England B won through to take the bronze.

To watch the first end of the bronze medal pull click here
To watch the second end of the bronze medal pull click here

The final was between two good teams from England A and Northern Ireland A. The first end lasted almost three minutes, with Northern Ireland looking to get in at England. Northern Ireland did manage to get a couple of strong lifts in against England A, however England A remained composed and brought Northern Ireland A over the line to take the first end. The second end went much the same way, and England A took the gold medal.

To watch the first end of the final click here
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The ladies 520 kilos competition was pulled at the same time as the mens 600 kilos competition, and again, was very competitive. England A and B, Scotland A, and Wales A looked to be the strongest teams in the group stage, and it was those teams who progressed to the semi finals. England B (represented by Sheen Ladies) progressed to the semi finals without losing an end, followed by England A (represented by Bedford Ladies), Scotland A, and Wales A. In the semi finals, England B defeated Wales A, and England A defeated Scotland A. This set up an all England final.

Prior to the final taking place, the bronze medal match was fought out between Scotland A and Wales A. Scotland A were the stronger team on the day and took the bronze medal by 2 ends to 0. The final was another good encounter between England A (represented by Bedford) and England B (represented by Sheen Ladies). England B steadily took the first end to take the advantage in the final. They then elected to make a substitution to bring on a fresh pair of legs to try and make sure of the gold. England A however put up a very strong fight and after a couple of minutes both teams ended up on two cautions. England B, however, had the momentum and managed to take England A over the line to take the gold medal.

To watch the first end of the final click here
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The afternoon started with the mens 680 kilos competition with England, Wales and Scotland all fielding A and B teams, and Northern Ireland just fielding an A team. In this weight, England A were represented by Felton Eccles, and England B were represented by Brockhill, who were representing England for the very first time. In the group stages England A performed strongly to top the group without losing an end. England B had more of a fight on their hands, but progressed to the semi finals in third place level on points with Northern Ireland A. Wales A also progressed to the semi finals.

In the semi finals, England A comfortably dispatched Northern Ireland A to progress to the final. England B and Wales A had a great battle in the second semi final with England B coming very close to bringing Wales A over in the first end, however the strong team from Wales hung on to take the end. Wales A then went on to take the second end to reach the final.

The bronze medal match was between England B and Northern Ireland A. The first end was a good fight between the two, but it was Northern Ireland A who prevailed to take the first end. The second end went much the same way, and England B missed out on a medal to Northern Ireland A

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The final was between England A, represented by Felton Eccles, and the strong Wales A team represented by Llanboidy. These two teams have endured some great battles in recent UK competitions, and everyone looked forward to a competitive match with Wales having the home support behind them. Wales A looked to assert their authority on the first end, however England A hung on to take the first end and the advantage in the final. The second end went much the same way, and England A took the gold medal. 

To watch the first end of the final click here
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The ladies 560 kilos competition took place during the 680 kilos competition, and again it was a competitive event. England had just one team in this event, and England A were represented by Holland Ladies. This was the first time that Holland had represented England in a ladies weight class. England A competed strongly in the group stage of the competition to finish top of the group without losing an end. In the semi finals, England A defeated Wales B, and they went through to the final to meet Scotland A, who defeated Wales A.

The bronze medal match was between the A and B teams from Wales, and it was the Welsh A team that took the bronze medal by 2 ends to 0. The final turned out to be a real battle between England A and Scotland A. England A took the first end fairly comfortably, however Scotland A were not prepared to give up the gold medal that easily. On the second end, England A worked Scotland back around half way, only to be stopped by Scotland. Both teams were then battling hard, and both teams started to pick up cautions. After more competitive pulling, Scotland A took the second end to level the final. Scotland then won the toss for the choice of the end, whilst England chose to make a substitution, and both teams then went to battle again. The third end went much the same way, and Scotland went on to take a hard earned bronze medal. Well done to the Holland Ladies who were representing England for the very first time – a great silver medal on their first international appearance.

To watch the first end of the final click here
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The final weight of the closed competition was the mixed 600 kilos event. England, Scotland and Wales all fielded A and B teams in this weight. England A were represented by Holland, and England B were represented by Bedford. Both teams got off to winning starts, however it was England B who went through the group stages of the competition unbeaten, followed by England A who were only defeated by their B team. They both progressed to the semi finals along with The A teams from both Scotland and Wales. Both of the England teams won their semi finals to set up an all England final.

Prior to the final taking place, the match for bronze took place between Scotland A and Wales A in which Scotland A went on to take the bronze medal. The final between England A and England B was set to be an interesting affair with both of the representative teams having faced each other at the national 4+4 championships earlier in the year. This time however it was England B represented by Bedford that took the gold medal ahead of England A represented by Holland, which meant that England came away from the championships with 4 gold medals, 3 silver medals and 1 bronze medal. Well done to all the teams who represented England at the 2012 UK championships!

Men 600 Kilos – Gold – England A (represented by Norton – Silver – Northern Ireland A – Bronze – England B (represented by Sandhurst) – 4th – Northern Ireland B

Men 680 Kilos – Gold – England A (represented by Felton Eccles) – Silver – Wales A – Bronze – Northern Ireland A – 4th – England B (represented by Brockhill)

Ladies 520 Kilos – Gold – England B (represented by Sheen Ladies) – Silver – England A (represented by Bedford Ladies) – Bronze – Scotland A – 4th – Wales A
 
Ladies 560 Kilos – Gold – Scotland A – Silver – England A (represented by Holland) – Bronze – Wales A – 4th – Wales B

Mixed 600 Kilos – Gold – England B (represented by Bedford) – Silver – England A (represented by Holland)

Open Results

Men 580 Kilos – Gold – Norton – Silver – Bancran – Bronze – Oxney Vines Cross– 4th – Sandhurst

Men 640 Kilos – Gold – Norton – Silver – Bancran – Bronze – Felton Eccles– 4th – Oxney Vines Cross

Men 700 Kilos – Gold – Llanboidy – Silver – Holland – Bronze – Felton Eccles

Ladies 500 Kilos - Gold - Sheen Ladies - Silver - Bedford Ladies - Bronze - Ithon Valley

Ladies 540 Kilos - Gold - Sheen Ladies - Silver - Bedford Ladies - Bronze - Ithon Valley

Mixed 600 Kilos - Gold - Bedford - Silver - Ayrshire - Bronze - Holland - 4th - Ithon Valley


05/08/2012 - CRANLEIGH SHOW RESULTS

Four clubs competed in the Tug of War competition at the Cranleigh Show in Surrey; they were Felton Eccles, 40th Regiment, Oxney Vines Cross and Sandhurst (A and B). The ground was very wet due to the persistent heavy rain that fell throughout most of the competition. In fact it was so boggy that the events that involved bringing heavy vehicles onto the showground were cancelled. 

As the competition progressed the pulling tracks churned up  and pullers struggled in the thick mud and surface water. Nevertheless there was some very good pulling in spite of the conditions. All weights were pulled under TWIF rules with the top two in each group going into a final.

Results

600 - Winners - Sandhurst A - Runners Up - Felton Eccles

640 - Winners - Oxney - Runners Up - Felton Eccles

680 - Winners - Oxney - Runners Up - Sandhurst


ENGLAND UNDER 23 REPORT

Please click here to read a report from the England Under 23 Manager following the Inter county championships at the weekend.


29/07/2012 - INTER COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS AND NATIONAL 4+4 CHAMPIONSHIPS

As Olympic fever gripped the nation over the weekend, tug of war teams were taking part at the Tug of War Association Inter County Tug of War Championships and National 4+4 Championships held in Bristol on Sunday 29th July. The weather was wet to start with, but the sun later shone for the rest of the day. Photo: Holland 4+4 Team

A number of teams were competing in the different events as follows:

National 4+4 – York, Holland, Oxney, Bedford

Inter County Championships – Staffordshire A (Norton), Staffordshire B (Holland), Berkshire (Sandhurst), Somerset (Felton Eccles), Sussex (Oxney), Devon A (Widdecombe), Devon B 640 (Whimple), Devon B 680 (Anstey).

South West Open Competition – Lincoln, Brockhill, Llanboidy, Felton, Sandhurst, Oxney, Holland, Anstey, Kennford, Widdecombe, Whimple, Bedford Ladies, Holland Ladies.

The competition kicked off with the national 4+4 championships. Bedford went into the event as defending champions from 2011, and started off with a 2 ends to 0 win against York, whilst Holland took the points against Oxney. Bedford dropped an end to Oxney later on in the competition and then went on to defeat Holland by 2 ends to 0. York and Oxney also took one end each off each other. The semi finals saw Holland defeat Oxney, and York take the challenge to Bedford, taking them to within a foot off the line, only for Bedford to wrestle the rope back and take the end. Bedford then went on to take the second end. Photo - Bedford 4+4 team

After receiving an injury to their anchor, York were forced into making a substitution before their bronze medal match against Oxney. On this occasion, York couldn’t get the ends out of Oxney that they looked capable of in the group stages, and Oxney took the bronze medal by 2 ends to 0. Photo: York 4+4 team

To watch the first end of the 600 4+4 bronze medal pull, click here
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The final turned out to be an excellent contest between Holland and Bedford. Bedford had won the group match, but when it comes to a final, group matches do not matter. In a very tough first end, Holland battled very hard to get Bedford moving. Despite looking as though they were going to run out of steam, Holland brought the pull over the line to take the first end. The second end saw Holland try and assert themselves from the drop, and they did enough to bring Bedford over the line and take their first ever Tug of War Association National Championship gold medal. Photo: Norton representing Staffordshire A

To watch the first end of the 600 4+4 final, click here
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The Inter County Championships saw Staffordshire, represented by Norton, go into the event as defending champions in both the 640 kilos and 680 kilos championship weights. The 640 kilos competition was an interesting competition, with all teams competing well at the start. The semi finals saw the teams from Staffordshire, Berkshire, Somerset, and Sussex progress. Staffordshire met Sussex whilst Berkshire were up against Somerset. Berkshire defeated Somerset in two straight ends, but Staffordshire and Sussex had a great first end pull, with Staffordshire hanging on to Sussex to take it. The second end saw Staffordshire get a very fast drop ahead of Sussex and they took the end to reach the final. Photo: Oxney representing Sussex

The final was a great contest between Berkshire (represented by Sandhurst) and Staffordshire, the defending champions (represented by Norton). Both teams dropped in well, but the Berkshire team looked very resilient on this occasion and managed to get Staffordshire moving to take the first end. The second end was another good contest, and this time Staffordshire took the end to level the final. The third end was another good contest, and Berkshire did remarkably well to claim the third end and the Inter County 640 shield. Anstey representing Devon

To watch the first end of the 640 final, click here                                                                        To watch the second end of the 640 final, click here
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Berkshire, represented by Sandhurst - winners of the 640 kilos Inter County Shield

The 680 kilos competition followed, and Staffordshire A (represented by Norton) were again defending champions in this weight class. The competition was again pulled as a straight group, with the top four teams progressing to the semi finals. Staffordshire made no slip ups in the group stages and went through to the semi finals just losing one end to a very determined Devon A team represented by Widecombe. The competition between the other teams was very close. Devon A, Sussex, Berkshire, Staffordshire B, and Somerset all took points off each other, with Sussex, Staffordshire B and Somerset all progressing to the semi finals along with Staffordshire A. Photo: Devon A - represented by Widecombe

In the semi finals Staffordshire A defeated Sussex and Somerset defeated Staffordshire B. The final was between Staffordshire A and Somerset, and unlike the 640 kilos Inter County Competition Staffordshire A made no mistake in winning the final by 2 ends to 0 against Somerset who were represented by Felton Eccles. Photo: Somerset - represented by Felton Eccles

To watch the first end of the 680 final, click here
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Open results to follow.


23/07/2012 - TUG OF WAR AT THE OLYMPIC GAMES

As the start of London 2012 Olympic Games approaches, we look back at a time when tug of war was once a part of this global sporting showcase. Many people do not know that tug of war was once a part of the Olympic Games. It took place at five Olympic Games between 1900 and 1920.

The modern revival of the ancient Greek Olympic Games became a reality in 1896 under the influence of Frenchman Baron Pierre de Coubertin. Tug of war first featured in the Olympic Games at the Paris Games of 1900. In its first two appearances at the Games, teams consisted of just 5 or 6 pulling members.

In early Olympics, many teams consisted of athletes who were taking part in other events. The 1900 Olympics saw the United States withdraw their team because three of their team were involved in the hammer throwing event. The first tug of war Olympic gold medal went to a combined team from Sweden and Denmark, after they defeated France in the final. The team of 6 from France included Constantin Henriquez de Zubiera who became the first black medallist in the history of the Olympic Games. He went on to win gold at a later Olympic Games with the French Rugby Union team.

The 1904 Olympic Games, held in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, were dominated by teams from the United States, who entered 4 teams into the competition. The USA teams finished in the top four places at the event, followed by Greece and South Africa. The format of the competition at the 1904 Olympics saw the losing semi finalists pull each other for the right to pull the losing finalist team for the silver medal. The winner of the final of course won the gold medal, whilst the losing finalist had to pull the winner of the repechage in the silver medal match. The gold medal winning USA team were represented by members of the Milwaukee Athletics Club. Photo: the 1904 gold medal winning team from the USA - Represented by the Milwaukee Athletics Club

The 1908 Olympics held in London saw tug of war teams comprise 8 pulling members for the first time. As with the USA teams in 1904; 1908 saw the Great Britain teams dominate the proceedings, entering three teams, and winning the gold, silver and bronze medals. The team represented by the Liverpool Police won the bronze medal against Sweden, with the London Police Forces of the City of London Police and the Metropolitan Police both getting their teams to the final. The gold medal was won by the Great Britain team represented by the City of London Police, with the Metropolitan Police winning the silver medal for Great Britain. Photo: The City of London Police Tug of War Team of 1908 - Gold medallists for Great Britain at the 1908 London Olympic Games

At the 1908 Olympic Games, there was controversy over the footwear worn by Liverpool Police team who "... were wearing enormous shoes, so heavy in fact that it was only with great effort that they could lift their feet from the ground". Photo: Liverpool Police Team of 1908 - Bronze medallists for Great Britain at the 1908 London Games

The team from Liverpool insisted this was their regulation police footwear and, despite the rules banning ''prepared boots or shoes with any protruding nails'',  an American protest in the first round was over-ruled and the Liverpool Police team won the pull easily. At the close of the competition, the Liverpool Police team offered to pull their American opponents in bare feet, however that offer was declined! Photo: The USA Tug of War team competing at the 1908 London Olympic Games

The 1912 Olympics were held in Stockholm, Sweden. A number of countries withdrew from the tug of war event at this Olympics and left Great Britain and Sweden to fight it out for the gold medal. Great Britain were again represented by the City of London Police, but on this occasion, they were unsuccessful in defending their Olympic crown, and the gold medal went to Sweden. Photo: Great Britain and Sweden fighting it our for the gold medal at the 1912 Olympic Games in Stockholm, Sweden

You can watch some footage from the tug of war final in 1912 by clicking here

The outbreak of the first World War resulted in the non-staging of the Olympic Games in 1916. The Olympics were then held again in 1920 in Antwerp, Belgium. The City of London Police again represented Great Britain in the tug of war event, and after the disappointment of 1912, they bounced back to take the gold medal ahead of the Netherlands who won silver, and Belgium who won bronze. Photo: The Great Britain tug of war team of 1920 - winners of the last Olympic Gold Medal in Antwerp, 1920 - represented by the City of London Police.

The City of London Police provided medal winning team members for the tug of war at three Olympic Games in 1908, 1912, and 1920. Three City of London Police Officers competed in those three games, winning 2 Olympic gold medals and 1 Olympic silver medal each. Those men were John Shepherd, Fred Humphreys and Edwin Mills. Fred Humphreys became the oldest man to win gold in the Olympic Tug of War event at the age of 42 at the 1920 Antwerp Games. Edwin Mills was also 42 at the 1920 Games but had a later birth date!

Below is a summary of the medal winning teams:

YearGoldSilverBronze
1900Sweden/DenmarkFrance
1904USAUSAUSA
1908Great BritainGreat Britain  Great Britain 
1912SwedenGreat Britain
1920Great BritainNetherlandsBelgium

After the 1920 Games, Tug of War was removed from the Olympic Programme along with 33 other sports. During this time, the IOC decided their were too many sports and too many participants competing, so took the decision to remove a number of sports, and unfortunately, one of those was tug of war.

Where did tug of war go after the Olympics?

Since the 1920 Olympic Games, various countries set up their own tug of war associations. Tug of war in the UK was organised by the Amateur Athletic Association (AAAs) until 1958, when the Tug of War Association (England) was founded, followed by the foundation of tug of war associations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The Tug of War International Federation (TWIF) was established in 1960 following a meeting between representatives of the Tug of War Association and the Swedish Tug of War Association in London. Since 1960, international championships have taken place annually at world and continental level, and TWIF now has in excess of 50 member countries worldwide.

Tug of war is a recognised sport by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and TWIF are currently focusing a lot of time and effort in getting the sport re-instated into the Olympic Programme. Tug of war is currently held at the World Games every four years, which is run under the patronage of the IOC for sports that are not yet part of the Olympic Games. Tug of War in the early Olympic Games were only held at Catchweight (no weight limit) for men’s teams. Modern day tug of war is now held in weight classes for both mens teams and ladies teams, as well as for junior and under 23 teams, and in recent years, mixed gender weight classes have been introduced, with teams consisting of an equal number of men and women. In addition, tug of war is also held indoor on mats, as well as outdoor on grass.

The TOWA consider that tug of war certainly warrants re-introduction into the Olympic Games. The rules are easy to understand and the sport is spectator friendly. In addition, the results do not depend on subjective scoring by a panel of judges. Tug of war is accessible to everyone at all levels as the sport does not require large amounts of costly equipment, space, or bespoke sports stadia. “Faster – higher - stronger” is the Olympic Motto, and tug of war certainly fits the bill. The Tug of War Association remains hopeful that one day tug of war will take centre stage on the world’s largest sporting platform.


ALCESTER OLYMPIC FUNDAY

The Alcester Olympic Funday was held recently on 15th July 2012 in Warwickshire. Richard Lane of the Tug of War Association Midland Area assisted with the event. The Funday marked the conclusion to a week of  activities in Alcester involving an Alcester Olympic Opening Ceremony, a week of inter sport activities in  the schools and many clubs and sporting organisations opening their doors to newcomers and showcasing themselves on the day.

The organisers confirmed that tug of war continues to gain support throughout the town as an Olympic Sport "re-invented". Teams were fielded from the local community including the Alcester Youth Club (best newcomers) and the Alcester Pub Watch Members, including The Holly Bush, The Moat House, The Turks Head, The White Lion and The Royal Oak. After a heart stopping four rounds the Holly Bush Team took the Trophy. Photo: Alcester Youth Club in action

Pictured here are the people instrumental in organising the tug of war event - Richard Lane (left), Colin Harris (centre), and Jonny Mac (right). Richard Lane is a member of the Tug of War Association Midland Area, and Colin Harris was previously an anchor man with Alcester TOWC and Warwickshire Farmers when they fielded regular teams on the circuit. Jonny Mac also pulled with Warwickshire Farmers at number 1. Both Colin and Jonny have been training and guiding Alcester Youth Club, and it was Colin who suggested to the Alcester Olympic Committee to get tug of war included on the programme. Well done and thank you to these men for showcasing our sport at this event.


20/06/2012 - HEALTH AND SAFETY CLARIFICATION

Please click here for a press release from the Health and Safety Executive, published in response to an article in the Daily Telegraph following the cancellation of a tug of war event. The article confirms that Health and Safety legislation does not apply to those who wish to organise tug of war events. The article confirms that:

"Health and safety law exists to protect workers from serious injury and ill health at work, not to prevent enjoyable activities taking place at summer fairs and fetes.

Health and safety is often wrongly blamed for preventing organisations and volunteers from running events. Taking a sensible, proportionate approach is the key to making sure things go smoothly and safely"

If you are running a tug of war event, then a health and safety checklist/risk assessment form is available from the Hon. Gen Secretary of the Tug of War Association for the avoidance of doubt.


16/06/2012 - NATIONAL OUTDOOR TUG OF WAR CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS

Teams Competing – Senior Men – Sheen, Norton, Bosley, Two Dales, Holland, Lincoln, Brockhill, Fulstow, Felton Eccles, Sandhurst, Oxney Vines Cross, Team Army.

Senior Ladies – Bedford Ladies, Sheen Ladies, Holland Ladies, Team Army Ladies.

Junior Men – Gloucester & Somerset ACF, Lincoln ACF, Leicester and Northants ACF

Junior Ladies (Demonstration) – Gloucester & Somerset ACF, Leicester and Northants ACF

The 2012 National Outdoor Tug of War Championships were this year held at Buxton Rugby Club in Derbyshire. The weather conditions on the day were damp, but fortunately the ground was well drained which ensured that the pulling conditions for all of the teams taking were reasonable. The event was reasonably well supported by spectators despite the weather, and the teams put on a good display for all present. Photo: Holland TOWC

The day started with the mens catchweight, ladies 540 kilos, Junior Men 530 kilos, and also the Junior Ladies 530 kilos and 480 kilos demonstration event. A small number of teams entered the mens catchweight competition. Holland gave Sheen a good run for their money in the first round, but ran out of steam later in the pull, and Sheen ended up winning the match by 2 ends to 0 and progressed through to the final. Bosley also managed to progress to the final to set up a repeat of the 2011 catchweight final. Sheen took the first end fairly comfortably, but on the second end, Bosley attacked to take some rope. Sheen managed to stand firm however and took the first gold medal of the day. Photo: Leciester, Northants and Rutland ACF Junior Ladies

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The ladies 540 kilos competition saw teams looking to challenge last years ladies national champions Sheen Ladies. Holland Ladies and Bedford Ladies were the closest challengers followed by Team Army Ladies who all made the cross over. In the semi finals, Sheen Ladies defeated Team Army Ladies, and Bedford Ladies overcame Holland Ladies. Holland Ladies and Team Army Ladies fought it out for the bronze medal, and it was Holland Ladies who took bronze by 2 ends to 0. The final saw Sheen Ladies pull impressively well to defeat Bedford ladies by 2 ends to 0 to take the gold medal. Photo: Gloucester and Somerset ACF Junior Ladies 

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The junior 530 kilos was contested between clubs from Lincolnshire ACF, Leicester, Northants, and Rutland ACF, and Gloucester and Somerset ACF. Gloucester and Somerset and Leicester and Northants both won their pulls against Lincoln, and then in the group stage, Gloucester and Somerset defeated Leicester and Northants. Both Gloucester and Somerset and Leicester and Northants met each other again in the final, with Gloucester and Somerset winning the gold medal by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Holland Ladies

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For the second year running, the TOWA organised a junior ladies demonstration event, as we look to establish a regular championship for junior ladies in addition to junior men. This year, Gloucester and Somerset ACF and Leicester, Northants and Rutland ACF took part in the junior ladies demonstration event at both 480 kilos and 530 kilos. On this occasion, Gloucester and Somerset ACF won both weight classes after losing out to Leicester and Northants ACF in 2011. Photo: Sheen Ladies

Next up was the 640 kilos which was run in two groups. Felton Eccles were the defending champions in this weight, and were looking to reach their 17th consecutive final at 640 kilos. This year, they faced stiff opposition from a number of teams, including Norton who have not usually entered this weight class. A lot was at stake in this weight class as not only would the winning team be invited to represent England at the World Championships in September, but there was also a possibility that the winning team might be invited to represent Great Britain at 640 kilos at the 2013 World Games in Columbia, subject to England finishing in the top 6 at the World Championships in September as well as finishing ahead of the other UK countries in this weight class. Group 1 contained Felton, as well as other strong teams from Fulstow, Lincoln, Oxney, Sandhurst and Norton. Both Norton and Felton beat all of the other teams, which set up an intriguing group encounter. Norton took a tight first end after Felton received three cautions, and Felton then battled really hard to take the second end after Norton themselves received a third caution. This was seen as a potential for a good final if both teams overcame further group matches and their semi final pulls. Photo: Gloucester and Somerset ACF Junior Men

In group 2, Sheen and Two Dales managed to progress after some surprise defeats for Brockhill who looked like serious contenders at this weight in the build up to the event. In the semi finals, Norton defeated Two Dales by 2 ends to 0, however things were not quite as straight forward in the other semi final between Felton and Sheen. Felton won the pull by 2 ends to 0, but Sheen made Felton work very hard for their win. The bronze medal match saw Sheen and Two Dales meet to fight it out for the medal. Sheen won the pull between these two teams in the group stages, however history means nothing when pulling for a medal, and Two Dales turned the tables to take the bronze medal by 2 ends to 0. The final was between Norton and Felton Eccles, a final which everyone looked forward to after the previous group match between these two sides. On this occasion, Norton dropped in with more composure and once they got Felton moving they did not stop and went on to take the first end. The second end went much the same way, and it was Norton who took the gold medal – their first outdoor national title at 640 kilos. Photo: Wood Treatment Bosley 

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The mens 580 kilos competition followed, which was pulled in a straight group as a points competition with the top four teams going through to the semi finals. Norton, Sandhurst, Oxney and Felton Eccles all progressed to the semi finals. In the first semi final, Norton defeated Felton Eccles by 2 ends to 0. In the second semi final, Sandhurst and Oxney met after both teams had taken an end each off each other in the group stages. This time, Sandhurst gave a more solid performance, winning a place in the final by 2 ends to 0. In the bronze medal pull, Felton pulled off a remarkable turnaround to beat Oxney to the bronze medal by 2 ends to 0 after Oxney had previously beaten Felton in the group stages. The final was yet another showcase between Norton and Sandhurst. These two teams have given us some memorable lightweight finals over the years, but there was no stopping Norton today, who despite Sandhurst’s best efforts, went on to secure a 2 ends to 0 win to take their second gold medal of the day. Photo: Lincolnshire ACF Junior Men

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The middle of the days competition saw the mens 700 kilos competition take place, as well as the ladies 500 kilos competition and the junior men 560 kilos competition. In the mens 700 kilos competition, the weight was pulled as a straight group. There was some very close pulling in this weight, with all teams dropping ends. It was between Felton, Brockhill, Holland, Lincoln and Sheen to decide who would make it to the semi finals. Felton, Brockhill, Lincoln, and Brockhill all progressed. In the semi finals, Sheen defeated Brockhill, and Felton defeated Lincoln, both pulls being won by 2 ends to 0. In the bronze medal pull, Brockhill and Lincoln faced each other having won one end each against each other in the group. This time, Brockhill took the pull by 2 ends to 0 to take the bronze medal. In the final, Felton Eccles took on Sheen, with both teams having taken an end off each other in the group stages. On this occasion, despite a great effort from Felton, Sheen took the gold medal by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Leicester, Northants and Rutland ACF Junior Men

The junior 560 kilos competition was again contested between Gloucester and Somerset ACF, Lincoln ACF, and Leicester and Northants ACF. The competition went much the same way as the 530 kilos competition held earlier, with both Gloucester and Somerset and Leicester and Northants winning their matches against Lincoln. Glouchester and Somerset then beat Leicester and Northants in the group stage, before going on to defeat them again in the final by 2 ends to 0 to win their second gold medal of the day. Photo: Team Army Ladies

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The ladies 500 kilos competition was another good ladies weight class that was very competitive. Bedford progressed through to the semi finals without losing an end, followed by Sheen Ladies, Holland Ladies and Team Army Ladies. In the semi finals, Bedford defeated Team Army Ladies, and Sheen Ladies defeated Holland Ladies. Holland Ladies again faced Team Army Ladies in the bronze medal match, with both teams fighting hard for the bronze medal. In the end, it was Holland Ladies who took their second bronze medal of the day by 2 ends to 0. The final was another showdown between Bedford Ladies and Sheen Ladies. Bedford went into the final with high hopes as they tend to always favour the lighter of the ladies weight classes, and they went on to secure a hard earned 2 ends to 0 win over Sheen Ladies to take the gold medal. Photo: Bedford Ladies

To watch the second end of the final, please click here

The mens 600 kilos competition was up next, and was pulled as one group with semi final cross overs. Oxney and Two Dales opened the competition with a tough battle, the pull going 1 end each. Norton, Bosley and Sandhurst all started with wins, and all three of these teams progressed through to the semi finals in addition to Oxney who just pipped Two Dales into the last four. In the semi finals, Sandhurst defeated Bosley and Norton defeated Oxney. In the bronze medal match, Bosley faced Oxney, with Bosley having already defeated Oxney by 2 ends to 0 on the group stage. Things were not that straight forward this time however, and Oxney went on to take a hard fought bronze medal by 2 ends to 0. The final was a repeat of the earlier 580 kilos final between Norton and Sandhurst. Again, Norton were very strong in this weight and they went on to take the gold medal by 2 ends to 0 to take their third gold medal of the day. Photo: Felton Eccles

The final weight of the 2012 National Outdoor Tug of War Championships was the 680 kilos competition, which was pulled in two groups. Both Felton and Norton progressed from their group ahead of Bosley, Sandhurst, Lincoln and Team Army, however things were very close in the second group containing Holland, Sheen, Oxney, Fulstow, Brockhill and Two Dales. Holland, Sheen, and Brockhill all took one end each off each other, whilst Oxney picked up a good number of ends throughout the competition to finish top of the group, including a 2 ends to 0 win over Sheen. This result sent the defending champions out of the competition, and Brockhill progressed at their expense having picked up one more point than Holland. In the semi finals, Norton defeated Brockhill and Felton defeated Oxney. The bronze medal pull was hard fought, with both teams looking to secure a second bronze medal for the day. On this occasion Brockhill took the bronze medal to cap off a decent day for them after a shaky start in the 640 kilos earlier in the day. The final was between Norton and Oxney. This was Norton’s third appearance in a 680 kilos national final in as many years, and they made it third time lucky by taking the gold medal away from Felton Eccles by 2 ends to 0. This was Norton’s fourth gold medal of the day, and they became only the second team in the history of the TOWA to win four gold medals at an outdoor national championship. Photo: Fulstow TOWC

To watch the first end of the bronze medal pull, please click here
To watch the second end of the bronze medal pull, please click here

To watch the second end of the final, please click here

The TOWA would like to congratulate all of the teams who took part on the day despite the poor weather conditions. The TOWA would also like to thank all of the officials, timekeepers and helpers for their work throughout the day. In addition, a big vote of thanks must be extended to Buxton Rugby Club and Sheen Tug of War Club for all of their efforts in helping to stage the event. Without the hard work of all officials, teams, volunteers and those at the venue we would have had no championship. A big thanks to all. Photo: Norton TOWC - Winners of four national championship gold medals. 

Results:

Men Catchweight – Gold – Sheen – Silver – Bosley – Bronze – Holland

Men 700 – Gold – Sheen – Silver – Felton Eccles – Bronze – Brockhill – 4th – Lincoln

Men 680 – Gold – Norton – Silver – Felton Eccles – Bronze – Brockhill – 4th – Oxney

Men 640 – Gold – Norton – Silver – Felton Eccles – Bronze – Two Dales – 4th – Sheen

Men 600 – Gold - Norton – Silver – Sandhurst – Bronze – Oxney – 4th – Bosley

Men 580 – Gold – Norton – Silver – Sandhurst – Bronze – Felton Eccles – 4th – Oxney

Ladies 540 – Gold – Sheen Ladies – Silver – Bedford Ladies – Bronze – Holland Ladies – 4th – Team Army Ladies

Ladies 500 – Gold – Bedford Ladies – Silver – Sheen Ladies – Bronze – Holland Ladies – 4th – Team Army Ladies

Junior 560 – Gold – Gloucester and Somerset ACF – Silver – Leicester and Northants ACF – Bronze – Lincoln ACF

Junior 530 – Gold – Gloucester and Somerset ACF – Silver – Leicester and Northants ACF – Bronze – Lincoln ACF

Junior Ladies 530 (demonstration) - Gold – Gloucester and Somerset ACF – Silver – Leicester and Northants ACF

Junior Ladies 480 (demonstration) - Gold – Gloucester and Somerset ACF – Silver – Leicester and Northants ACF

Photo: Two Dales TOWC

Photo: Sheen TOWC

Photo: Team Army TOWC


14/06/2012 - TEAM GB OLYMPIC ROWER ENDORSES TUG OF WAR FOR A RETURN TO THE OLYMPICS

Please click here for an article on the Sky Sports web site where Team GB Olympic Rower Tony Garbett endorses tug of war as a future Olympic Sport. The article also features a photo of the Great Britain Mens 640 kilos team from the 2009 World Games (represented by Felton Eccles).


10/06/2012 - DAVENTRY OPEN COMPETITION RESULTS

Teams competing – Senior Men – Holland, Bosley, Sheen, Brockhill, Inkberrow Bulls, Two Dales, Hanging Bridge, Totham Bull.

Ladies and Youth – Glos/Som (A, B and C), Worcestershire YFC Ladies, Holland Ladies, Sheen Ladies, LNR ACF.

The previously cancelled Daventry event from May was re-scheduled to take place in June. The event was moved from Daventry Rugby Club to Daventry Sports Park which provided a nice venue for this event, and attracted a good turnout of teams despite it being one week to go until the national championships and many other teams opting to wind down their training in preparation for the championships. Sheen and Brockhill were the dominant teams in the mens weight classes, and Sheen Ladies and Glos/Som A emerged as the strongest teams in the ladies and youth weight classes.

Results:

Men 600Winners – Sheen – Runners Up – Two Dales
Men 640 – Winners – Brockhill – Runners Up – Sheen
Men 680 – Winners – Brockhill – Runners Up – Sheen

Ladies/Youth 560 – Winners – Glos/Som A – Runners Up – Sheen Ladies
Ladies/Youth 520 – Winners – Glos/Som A – Runners Up – Sheen Ladies


ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP – CLARIFICATION

Associate membership is available to tug of war clubs who wish to become members of the TOWA, but do not want full membership. The current fee for TOWA associate membership is £10 per club.

To confirm, individual pullers are still required to be registered to the TOWA if associate clubs compete regularly or wish to compete at championship competitions. Further details regarding associate membership can be found in the TOWA Constitution, which is available on the rules page.


27/05/2012 - AAA CHAMPIONSHIPS AND WESSEX OPEN RESULTS

Teams Competing - Norton, Felton Eccles, Sandhurst (A and B), Bosley, Oxney Vines Cross, Holland, 40th Regiment RA, Kennford, Widecombe, Lincoln, Brockhill



Photo: Norton TOWC - AAA "Double" winners - 640 kilos and catchweight.

The AAA Championships were this year held at Christian Malford in Wiltshire, with closed weights being contested at catchweight and 640 kilos, and open weights being contested at 600 kilos, 640 kilos and 680 kilos.

The competition started with the catchweight event, however due to the absence of 2011 winners Sheen, there was an opportunity for a new name to be engraved on the trophy. All of the teams that competed gave a good account of themselves, with Brockhill going close to taking Norton on the first end in the first pull, however Norton dug deep to turn the pull around. The semi finalists were Norton, Holland, Felton Eccles and Lincoln. Norton defeated Lincoln by 2 ends to 0 in their semi final, but Holland and Felton had an epic battle in the second semi final. Holland pulled well to take the first end, and had Felton to within a couple of feet of the line on the second end only for Felton to hang on and work Holland all the way back to level the match. The third end went much the same way, and Felton again had to dig deep to take the win. The semi final had obviously taken its toll on Felton, and Norton went on to secure a 2 ends to 0 win to take the AAA catchweight gold medal.

The 640 kilos competition was again keenly contested with many teams dropping ends throughout the competition with the exception of Norton. Bosley, Oxney, Sandhurst and Norton all made it through to the semi finals. In the semi finals, Norton defeated Oxney by 2 ends to 0, but things were not so straight forward again in the second semi final which went to three ends. Bosley took the first end off Sandhurst, however Sandhurst regrouped on the next 2 ends to make it to the final. The 640 kilos final was another test between Norton and Sandhurst, however it was Norton that came through with the 2 ends to 0 win to take the gold medal and complete the AAA double. Photo: Norton Coach John Webb (left) recieving the AAA catchweight trophy from new TOWA president Mr. Steve Bowler. 

The open weights were contested following the completion of the AAA competition. The 600 kilos competition was pulled as a straight group of 8, with Bosley, Norton, Oxney and Kennford all reaching the semi finals. Oxney defeated Kennford in the first semi final, and Norton defeated Bosley in the second semi final. Norton then went on to win the final by 2 ends to 0 against Oxney who are performing well with a large number of new faces in their team.

The 680 kilos competition was again keenly contested with both Brockhill and Norton reaching the final, Norton taking their fourth win of the day with a 2 ends to 0 win in the final. The final weight of the day was the 640 kilos competition. Norton did not enter this weight class, so there was a chance for another team to take the winners medal. The competition was split into two groups which saw Sandhurst A, Bosley, Oxney and Holland progress to the semi finals. Sandhurst A and Oxney both progressed to the final, which was won by Sandhurst A by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Kennford

Results

AAA Catchweight – Gold – Norton – Silver – Felton Eccles

AAA 640 – Gold – Norton – Silver – Sandhurst

Open 600 – Winners – Norton – Runners Up – Oxney

Open 680 – Winners – Norton – Runners Up – Brockhill

Open 640 – Winners – Sandhurst A – Runners Up - Oxney


20/05/2012 - FELTON ECCLES OPEN COMPETITION RESULTS (NATIONAL LEAGUE WEEK 4)

Teams competing – Senior Men - Felton Eccles, Sandhurst, Caradoc, Llanboidy, Widecome, Kennford, Ansty, Probus, Lincoln, Sheen, Bosley, Norton, Oxney, Forge Lane, 40 Regiment, Glos/Som, Dolfor.

Ladies and Youth – Bedford Ladies, Glos/Som ACF (A, B and C)

Felton Eccles annual open competition was well supported and saw a big improvement in the weather conditions. Five weight classes were held at the event, in addition to two weight classes for the ladies and youth teams.

The first weight was the catchweight competition, pulled as a straight group, followed by semi finals and a final. Felton Eccles, Lincoln, Widecombe and Sandhurst all progressed to the semi finals. Felton Eccles defeated Widecombe in their semi final, with Lincoln and Sandhurst going to three ends in their semi final, with lincoln winning by 2 ends to 1. In the final, Felton Eccles defeated Lincoln by 2 ends to 0 to win the competition. Photo: Oxney Vines Cross

The second weight was the 640 kilos, which was split into two groups. There was some very close competition in this weight, with many teams dropping ends to each other. Norton, Sandhurst, Oxney and Lincoln all progressed to the semi finals. In the semi finals, Norton defeated Oxney and Sandhurst defeated Lincoln. Norton then went on to win the gold medal by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Felton Eccles

The 700 kilos competition was pulled as a straight group with the top four teams going through to a semi final. Felton Eccles and Norton both progressed through the final having both taken an end off each other in the group stages. In the final, Norton overcame Felton by 2 ends to 0 to take the gold medal. Photo: 40 Regiment RA

The final weights of the day were the 600 kilos and 680 kilos. Norton took both weights, with Oxney finishing as runners up in the 600 kilos competition, and Felton Eccles reached their third final of the day in the 680 kilos competition to take silver. Photo: Llanboidy

The ladies and youth league competitions saw Glos/Som ACF field three teams, and they were joined in the 560 kilos and 520 kilos competitions by Bedford Ladies. Glos/Som ACF A took both weight classes without losing an end, with Bedford Ladies finishing as runners up in both weight categories.

Catchweight - Winners - Felton Eccles - Runners Up - Lincoln

640 - Winners - Norton - Runners Up - Sandhurst

700 - Winners - Norton - Runners Up - Felton Eccles

600 - Winners - Norton - Runners Up - Oxney

680 - Winners - Norton - Runners Up - Felton Eccles

Ladies/Youth 560 - Winners - Glos/Som A - Runners Up - Bedford

Ladies/Youth 520 - Winners - Glos/Som A - Runners Up - Bedford


13/05/2012 - MIDLAND CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS

Teams Competing – Men - Holland (A and B), Sandhurst (A and B), Sheen, Bosley, Norton, Felton Eccles, Lincoln, Brockhill, Hanging Bridge, Two Dales, 40 Regiment – Ladies and Youth - Glos/Som ACF (A, B and C), LNR ACF (A, B and C), Sheen Ladies, Holland Ladies.

This weekend teams were competing at the Midland Championships held in Barton-under-Needwood. This was the first opportunity for some teams to get some competition for 2 weeks after the two previous competitions in some areas were cancelled due to waterlogged fields as a result of the persistent wet weather. This weekend, dry weather returned and the conditions were good for tug of war. Photo: Lincoln

The day started with the catchweight competition, which was a very close competition throughout, with no teams going through this weight class without losing an end. The competition was split into two groups with Bosley, Sheen, Felton Eccles and Norton all making the semi-final stages of the competition. Sheen were drawn against Felton Eccles in their semi final, and Norton and Bosley met in the second semi final. Sheen succumbed to a 2 ends to 0 defeat to Felton Eccles and Norton overcame Bosley to reach the final. Norton then had to overcome a tough pull against Felton Eccles and won the weight by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Sheen

The win in the catchweight competition then set Norton up for the rest of the day, where they went on to win all weight classes. In the 680 kilos, they defeated Brockhill from Leicestershire in the final, in the 640 kilos, they defeated Sandhurst in the final, in the 620 kilos they defeated Felton Eccles in the final, and in the 600 kilos, they defeated Lincoln in the final. Photo: Sandhurst

The ladies and youth competitions were also hotly contested, with 8 and 9 teams taking part, with a good mix of ladies, junior men, and junior ladies taking part. Glos/Som ACF’s “A” team won both weight classes on the day at 560 kilos and 520 kilos without losing any ends. They were closely following in the 560 kilos competition by Sheen Ladies who gave them a good run for their money. Photo: Norton

Well done to all of the teams who took part. The Tug of War Association Midland No. 2 Area would like to thank all of the teams who came along on the day to take part as well as the officials and recorders – Roger Beardsmore, Mick Grimston, Ernie Jones, Stuart Bell, Ray Fray-Smith, Dave Kitchener, Jill Thomas, and Wendy Dyer. Photo: Brockhill


29/04/2012 - LINCOLN TOWC OPEN COMPETITION RESULTS 

Teams competing: Men - Lincoln, York, Fulstow, Holland, Hanging Bridge, Holland (A and B), Bosley, Norton, Sheen, Felton Eccles – Ladies – Sheen Ladies, Bedford Ladies, Holland Ladies.

The teams competing this weekend were confronted with atrocious weather conditions, with the competition field being battered with heavy rain and icy wind, however there was still a good turn out of teams despite the weather. 

The first weight was the catchweight competition, which was split into two groups. Norton and Felton Eccles had a good tussle first on, with both teams winning one end each. Lincoln took a good win against Holland, and Bosley and Hanging Bridge also going one end each against each other. Bosley, Sheen, Norton, and Felton Eccles progressed to the semi finals. Norton defeated Bosley by 2 ends to 0, and Sheen and Felton Eccles went to three ends to decide who would reach the final, with Felton taking a hard fought win. In the final, Norton made sure of a 2 ends to 0 win against Felton Eccles to get their day off to a winning start.

The ladies competitions took place early in the day at 520 kilos and 560 kilos. Sheen Ladies took the 560 kilos ahead of Bedford Ladies with Holland finishing third. Bedford Ladies then took the 520 kilos with Holland finishing as runners up. 

The 640 kilos competition then followed with the weather continuing to get worse. Teams battled it out hard in the muddy conditions with York and Fulstow joining the other teams that took part in the catchweight competition. The eventual semi finalists were Holland, Norton, Lincoln, and Felton Eccles. Norton defeated Felton Eccles in their semi final, however Lincoln and Holland had a great battle in the other semi final. This semi final went to four ends. Holland took the first end with both teams being blown out in the second end for receiving 3 cautions each. Lincoln won the next end, but Holland managed to take Lincoln over on the fourth end to reach the final. Norton then went on to win the final by 2 ends to 0.

Following the 640 kilos competition, the event was abandoned due to the deteriorating weather and ground conditions by agreement between the teams and officials on the day. Many thanks to all of the teams and officials who made the effort to attend this week. Hopefully the weather will improve for the next week of competitions!


22/04/2012 - THAMES VALLEY RESULTS

Men 580 kilos - Winners - Oxney - Runners Up - Sandhurst A

Men 600 kilos - Winners - Oxney - Runners Up - Caradoc

Men 640 kilos - Winners - Sandhurst A - Runners Up - Felton Eccles

Men 680 kilos - Winners - Sandhurst A - Runners Up - Felton Eccles

Men Catchweight - Winners - Felton Eccles - Runners Up - Sandhurst A


15/04/2012 - EAST OF ENGLAND CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS

Teams Competing - Men - Felton Eccles, Norton, Sheen, Lincoln, Brockhill, Oxney Vines Cross, Sandhurst (A and B), Holland (A and B), 1066 - Ladies and Youth - Holland, 1066, Sheen Ladies, Bedford Ladies, Glos/Som ACF (A and B), Leicester and Northants ACF (A and B). Photo: Felton Eccles and Norton competing in the catchweight competition.

A good number of teams turned out to support the East of England Championships, which were hosted by Bedford Ladies at Kempston near Bedford. Norton were again the dominant force on the day winning all four weight classes in the senior mens weights. The pulling was close for the other positions with 4 other teams taking runners up medals in the four mens weight categories. Photo: Glos/Som Junior Girls team

ieThe ladies and youth weights were also well supported, with both the Glos/Som ACF and LNR ACF clubs fielding junior boys and girls teams against the ladies teams of Holland, 1066, Sheen Ladies and Bedford Ladies. Glos/Som and Sheen Ladies won one weight each, with 1066 and Bedford Ladies taking runners up positions. Photo: 1066 competing in the ladies and youth competition.

Photo: Oxney Vines Cross TOWC competing in the 640 kilos competition. 

Results:

Catchweight - Winners - Norton - Runners Up - Felton Eccles

680 - Winners - Norton - Runners Up - Lincoln

640 - Winners - Norton - Runners Up - Sandhurst A

600 - Winners - Norton - Runners Up - Oxney

Ladies and Youth 560 - Winners - Sheen Ladies - Runners Up - 1066

Ladies and Youth 520 - Winners - Glos/Som A - Runners Up - Bedford Ladies


09/04/2012 - GUILDFORD OPEN COMPETITION RESULTS

The teams competing were Sandhurst (A and B), Oxney Vines Cross and Forge Lane. It rained throughout the competition. The rain was welcome in the South East, but it did put a bit of a dampener on the Tug of War. All four teams competed in every weight. The results were:

600 - Winners - Sandhurst A - Runners Up - Sandhurst B

640 - Winners - Sandhurst A - Runners Up - Forge Lane

680 - Winners - Sandhurst A - Runners Up - Oxney Vines Cross


08/04/2012 - WOOD TREATMENT BOSLEY OPEN COMPETITION RESULTS

Teams competing – Bosley, Felton Eccles, Norton, Brockhill, Lincoln, Hanging Bridge, Two Dales, Holland, Sheen Ladies, Bedford.

This Sundays event was hosted by Wood Treatment Bosley Tug of War Club, who at short notice had to re-arrange their venue. The competition was held at Heaton House Farm, Ruston Spencer, with 8 mens clubs and two ladies clubs taking part. After a damp start, the weather remained overcast for most of the day, with some close competition in most weight classes.

The event started with the catchweight competition. The ground was slightly endy, with all teams competing  dropping ends throughout the competition . Felton Eccles and Lincoln accumulated the most points throughout the competition, with Felton Eccles finishing as the eventual winners with Lincoln finishing as runners up. At the end of the catchweight competition, a memorial shield was presented in memory of Norman Hyde who passed away last year. The presentation was made by Andrew Hyde (Norman’s son) who was present at the event with other members of Norman’s family. Photo: Andrew Hyde (left) presenting the Norman Hyde catchweight memorial shield to the coach of Felton Eccles.

The ladies and youth competitions then followed, with only Sheen Ladies and Bedford Ladies taking part. Bedford Ladies had a full turnout of ladies pullers and defeated Sheen Ladies to win the first ladies competitions of the season. Photo: Sheen Ladies

In the remaining mens weight classes, Norton had another excellent weekend winning the 600, 640, 680, and 720 without losing an end. The competition for the runners up places was very competitive in those weight classes however. Lincoln finished as runners up in the 720 kilos weight class, and Bosley and Holland both finished on level points in the 680 kilos weight class, with Holland being declared runners up using the TWIF rules format. Bosley finished as runners up in the 640 kilos competition, and Hanging Bridge edged out Two Dales to finish as runners up in the 600 kilos competition. Photo: Bosley

Results

Men Catchweight – Winners – Felton Eccles – Runners Up – Lincoln

Men 720 – Winners – Norton – Runners Up – Lincoln

Men 680 – Winners – Norton – Runners Up – Holland

Men 640 – Winners – Norton – Runners Up – Bosley

Men 600 – Winners – Norton – Runners Up – Hanging Bridge


OLYMPIC ARCHIVES

Please click here to see photos from historical Olympic Games by The Times newspaper. See the picture galleries for 1900 and 1920 which include images of tug of war taken at those Olympic Games.


01/04/2012 – WILTSHIRE COUNTY OPEN RESULTS

The 2012 Outdoor Tug of War season started in full at the weekend, with the first competition of April being the Wiltshire County Open, held at Christian Malford in Wiltshire. The event was well supported by the following teams: Norton. Sandhurst A&B. Lincoln, Anstey, Probus, Felton Eccles, Widecombe, Kennford, Oxney Vines Cross.

Norton dominated the final results, winning all four weight classes on the day, with Widecombe, Sandhurst A and Lincoln sharing the runners up positions in the different weight classes. 

Final Results

CatchweightWinners - Norton - Runners Up - Widecombe
600kg - Winners - Norton - Runners Up – Sandhurst A
680kg - Winners - Norton - Runners Up – Sandhurst A
640kg - Winners – Norton - Runners Up – Lincoln


25/03/2012 – WESSEX TRAINING LEAGUE – WEEK 4 RESULTS

Catchweight

1 - Kennford - 14pts
2 - Widecombe - 13pts
3 - Blandford - 9pts
4 - Anstey - 5pts
5 - Chagford - 3pts
6 - 17 Port & Maritime - 1pt

660kg

1 - Widecombe - 15pts
2 - Kennford - 12pts
3 - Anstey - 9pts
4 - 17 Port & Maritime - 6pts
5 - Blanford - 3pts
6 - Chagford - 0pts

620kg

1 - Widecombe - 9pts
2 - Kennford - 6pts
3 - Anstey - 2pts
4 - 17 Port & Maritime - 1pt

Wessex Training League Final Placings 2012

600kg, 1 - Widecombe, 2 - Kennford, 3 - Probus, 4 - Widecombe 'b', 5 - Whimple, 6 - Glosom, 7 - 17 Port, 8 - Glosom 'b', 9 - Anstey

620kg, 1 - Widecombe, 2 - Kennford, 3 - Culm Valley, 4 - Anstey, 5 - 17 Port, 6 - Whimple

640kg, 1 - Kennford, 2 - Widecombe, 3 - CulmValley, 4 - Probus, 5 - Anstey, 6 (joint) - Whimple & Glosom

660kg, 1 - Kennford, 2 - Widecombe, 3 - Anstey, 4 - Whimple, 5 - Blandford, 6 - CulmValley, 7 - 17 Port, 8 - Chagford

680kg, 1 - Kennford, 2 - Widecombe , 3 - Whimple, 4 - Anstey, 5 - Chagford, 6 - Blandford, 7 – 17 Port

720kg, 1 - Widecombe, 2 - Kennford, 3 - Whimple, 4 - Blandford, 5 - Chagford, 6 - Probus

Catchweight, 1 - Widecombe, 2 - Kennford, 3 - Blandford, 4 - Whimple, 5 - Anstey, 6 - Chagford, 7 - 17 Port, 8 - Culm Valley

Over All League Winners - Widecombe, Runners Up - Kennford, 3 - Whimple, 4 - Anstey, 5 - Blandford, 6 - Clum Valley, 7 - Probus, 8 - (Joint) Chagford & 17 Port, 10 - Widecombe 'b', 11 – Glosom A , 12 - Glosom 'b'

Many thanks to all teams who supported the Wessex Training and all the best to those teams in the coming season. And a big thank you to our Officials - judges Matt Cowlard, Nick Major, George Ferret, Jonny Neal, Mick Selwood, Mark Davies and our recorders Jane Major and Sharon Hutchins.


18 AND 25 MARCH 2012 - MIDLAND AREA EARLY PULLS

Over the weekends of 22 and 28 March 2012, the Tug of War Association Midland Area held two early pulls at Holland Sports Club in Barton-under-Needwood, Staffordshire, and Lea Hall Centre in Rugeley, Staffordshire. The two events were supported by Holland (A and B), Melbourne, Lutterworth and Diesel Power. 

Holland A were the winners of all weight classes at 620 kilos, 660 kilos, 680 kilos, catchweight, 600 4+4 and 660 4+4. Melbourne finished as runners up in the 620 kilos and the 660 4+4. Holland B finished as runners up in the 660, 680, catchweight and 600 4+4.

At the end of the two early pulls, the winning teams were presented with a team trophy for each weight class, with Melbourne winning an award for the most improved team over the two competitions. Well done to them. Photo: The Melbourne Team at the presentation.

The Midland area committee would like to thank all teams for their support, and we would like to invite all teams to come along to the Midland Championships, which take place on Sunday 13th May at Holland Sports Club in Barton-under-Needwood, Staffordshire, where there will be weight classes for mens teams, ladies teams and youth teams.


11/03/2012 – TUG OF WAR DEMONSTRATION IN ALCESTER

Richard Lane and the Inkberrow Bulls Tug of War Club from the Tug of War Association Midland Area recently organised a tug of war demonstration event in Alcester, Warwickshire. Richard was assisted by Area 2 officials Roger Beardsmore, Tony Henshaw and Len Hall. The event was being organised as a taster session as part of the Olympic celebrations, where Alcester will be organising their own Olympics later this year. 

The demonstration event involved Inkberrow Bulls, Glossom ACF, and Shires TOWC, and local school representatives and youth clubs were invited along to watch the demonstration pulling, and were then given the opportunity to have a go at tug of war. 

Alcester Youth Club got a tug of war team together and had a go at competing against the Glossom ACF Youth Tug of War Club. Well done to them for getting a team together and taking part. Hopefully some of these youngsters will get the bug for tug of war and we will see them again in the future.


11/03/2012 - ROSEDALE LEAGUE RESULTS

Teams competing - Sandhurst (A and B), Thames Valley, 1066

680 - Winners - Sandhurst A - Runners Up - Sandhurst B - Third - 1066

640 - Winners - Sandhurst A - Runners Up - Sandhurst B - Third - Thames Valley


11/03/2012 - WESSEX TRAINING LEAGUE - EVENT 3 RESULTS

600 kilos

1- Widecombe 6pts
2- Kennford 3pts
3- Anstey 0pts

640 kilos

1- Kennford 9pts
2- Widecombe 6pts
3- Anstey 3pts
4- Whimple 0pts

680 kilos

1- Kennford 12pts
2- Widecombe 7pts
3- Whimple 5pts
4- Anstey 3pts
5- Blandford 3pts

720 kilos

1- Widecombe 9pts
2- Kennford 6pts
3- Whimple 2pts
4- Blandford 1pts


04/03/2012 - WESSEX TRAINING LEAGUE - EVENT 2 RESULTS

Catchweight

1- Widecombe 12pts
2- Blandford 9pts
3- Whimple 5pts
4- Kennford 4pts
5- Culm valley 0pts

620 kilos

1- Widecombe 8pts
2- Culm valley 7pts
3- Kennford 3pts
4- Whimple 0pts

660 kilos

1- Kennford 14pts
2- Whimple 10pts
3- Widecombe 8pts
4- Culm valley 7pts
5- Ansty 5pts
6- Blandford 1pt


27/02/2012 - WESSEX TRAINING LEAGUE - EVENT 1 RESULTS

The first training league event of the new season got under way on Sunday 26 February with 12 clubs weighing in over the 4 weight categories at the Wessex Training League event held at Whimple, Devon.

The sun shone all day on a very pleasant day for tug of war. We had the youth teams from Glos/Som in attendance and they pulled very very well with the pulling against senior teams giving them some good experience for the future

The results were as follows:

600k 8 teams entered split into 2 groups of 4

1- Widecombe A 9pts
2- Probus 8pts
3- Kennford 7pts
4- Widecombe B 6pts
5- Whimple 3pts
6- Gloss A 2pts
7- 17 port Maritime 1pt
8- Gloss B 0pts

640k 6 teams entered one group

1- Culm Valley 15pts
2- Probus 12 pts
3- Widecombe 8pts
4- Kennford 6pts
5- Ansty 4pts
6- Gloss A 0pts

680k 6 teams entered one group

1- Whimple 12pts
2- Kennford 11pts
3- Widecombe 10pts
4- Ansty 6pts
5- Chagford 5pts
6- 17 port Maritime 1pt

720k 6 teams entered one group

1-Widecombe 15pts
2- Kennford 12pts
3- Whimple 9pts
4- Blandford 5pts
5- Chagford 3pts
6- Probus 1pt

Many thanks to Whimple for hosting this event

This Sunday sees round 2 of the Wessex Training league take place at Marshwood at 620 kilos, 660 kilos and catchweight


27/02/2012 - WORLD INDOOR TUG OF WAR CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS

The 2012 World Indoor Tug of War Championships were held on 23-26 February 2012 and were hosted by the Scottish Tug of War Association at Bell’s Sports Centre in Perth. Teams weighed in on the Wednesday prior to the championships, which allows all competitors to recover from having to make their weight.

The first two days of competition saw the open club competition take place. English interest in the open club competition was limited to involvement from Kilroe, Sheen Ladies and our Under 23 development team. 

The first day of competition saw the mens 560 kilos and 640 kilos competitions take place, along with the ladies 540 kilos club competition and under 23 600 kilos competition. There was no involvement from English clubs in the mens 560 kilos, 640 kilos competitions or the ladies 540 kilos competition, however there was some closely fought competition in these weights, particularly the 560 kilos competition. The 560 kilos competition was won with a fine performance from the Country Club team from Northern Ireland who defeated Abadino A from the Basque region of Spain in the final by 2 ends to 0. Amaiur, also from the Basque region took the bronze ahead of Chinese Taipei.

To watch the first end of the 560 kilos final, please click here
To watch the second end of the 560 kilos final, please click here

The 640 kilos competition was won by Ayrshire from Scotland, with Clonmany B from Ireland taking silver, and Clonmany A taking bronze. TTV Dienum/Britsum from the Netherlands finished in 4th place. Dave Calcutt of Norton was a member of the Clonmany B team who took silver. 

The ladies 540 kilos competition was won by the well drilled team of Chinese Taipei, with Badiotz from the Basque region taking silver. The bronze medal match was a good battle between Stans Oberdorf from Switzerland and Sakana Sokatira from the Basque Region, which went to three ends. It was Sakana who managed to hold on the longest and take the deciding end and the gold medal. 

The under 23 competition was held at a world indoor championship for the first time. ETOWA entered an under 23 team and competed well in the group stage to progress to the semi finals, along with strong the A and B teams from Chinese Taipei, and a composite team from Ireland pulling as Cockhill. In the semi finals, ETOWA were defeated by Chinese Taipei B, and then went through into the bronze medal pull against Cockhill, who they had already defeated in the group stages. This pull was much different. Cockhill had made steady improvements as the competition wore on, and made a substitution mid-way through the competition which improved the balance of their team. ETOWA took over 3 of the 4 required metres off Cockhill on the first end, however the Irish team responded to take the first end. ETOWA pushed hard again on the second end, however the Irish team had the momentum and took ETOWA over the line to take the bronze medal. The final was won by Chinese Taipei A, who defeated Chinese Taipei B by 2 ends to 1 in the final in an excellent pull. Both teams had exceptional quality with Chinese Taipei A having to work very hard for their win.

To watch the first end of the under 23 bronze medal pull, please click here
To watch the second end of the under 23 bronze medal pull, please click here

To watch the first end of the under 23 final, please click here
To watch the second end of the under 23 final, please click here
To watch the third end of the under 23 final, please click here

The second day of competition saw teams competing at 600 kilos and 680 kilos for men, 500 kilos for ladies, and 600 kilos for mixed teams. Kilroe were involved in the 600 kilos competition, and Sheen Ladies were involved in the 500 kilos competition.

In the 600 kilos competition, Kilroe were in fine form in their group, finishing in first position without losing an end and progressed to the semi finals along with St Pats from Ireland who finished as group runners up. Kilroe were joined in the semi finals by Mountain View from Ireland who also won their group in convincing fashion and Abadino A from the Basque region who progressed as runners up in that group. In the semi finals, Kilroe defeated Abadino A by 2 ends to 0, and Mountain View defeated St Pats by the same score. In the bronze medal pull, Abadino A secured a hard earned bronze medal by 2 ends to 0. The final between Kilroe and Mountain View was eagerly anticipated as both teams performed so strongly in the group phases. This was also to be a repeat of the 2011 UK Open Indoor Final where Mountain View took gold by 2 ends to 1. On this occasion, Kilroe performed strongly and had the upper hand on both ends to win the World Open Club title by 2 ends to 0. 

To watch the first end of the 600 kilos final, please click here
To watch the second end of the 600 kilos final, please click here

The ladies 500 kilos competition saw Sheen Ladies competing, and pulled well through the group stages to qualify for the semi finals along with Chinese Taipei, Badaiotz, and Ayrshire from Scotland. In the semi finals, Sheen Ladies were defeated by Basque team Badaiotz, so had to be content with going through to the bronze medal pull against Ayrshire who were defeated by Chinese Taipei. Sheen and Ayrshire were involved in a very hard fought contest with Sheen Ladies taking the first end. The second end was very close, with both teams eventually receiving three cautions. As such, the second end was declared a no pull, and both teams had to battle it out again. This time Sheen Ladies managed to battle Ayrshire all the way over the line to take the bronze medal. The final was a good contest between Badaiotz and Chinese Taipei. Chinese Taipei took the first end, but the Basque Ladies showed enough on the first end to suggest that they were not out of it. On the second end, Badaiotz managed to hang on to the Chinese Taipei Ladies, where weaknesses began to show, and Chinese Taipei were blown out for receiving three cautions for locking. The third end went the same way and the gold medal went to Badaiotz.

To watch the first end of the ladies 500 kilos bronze medal pull, please click here
To watch the second end of the ladies 500 kilos bronze medal pull, please click here

The 680 kilos competition saw no involvement from English clubs, however the event was dominated by the Irish and Dutch teams. Clonmany A and St Pats from Ireland and Heidenskip and Lagerweij from Holland progressed to the semi finals, however it was both Irish clubs who progressed to the final. The bronze medal match saw Heidenskip (who had won the previous 2 world club championships) take on Lagerweij, and it was Lagerweij who sprung a surprise by defeating their fellow countrymen to take the bronze medal. Richard Keightly of Raunds was a member of the Lagerweij team who took bronze. The final was between St Pats and Clonmany A, and it was Clonmany A on this occasion who took the gold medal.

As with the 680 kilos competition, there was no English involvement in the mixed 600 kilos 4+4 event, which was dominated by the Basque teams. Abadino A, Ibarra, Sakana, and Chinese Taipei all progressed to the semi finals. The eventual winners were Ibarra, with Abadino A winning silver and Sakana taking bronze ahead of Chinese Taipei.

The world championships commenced on Saturday, with the championships opening ceremony taking place, with a Highland band, dancers, and opening speeches from Bill Meston (Scottish TOWA), Cathal McKeever (TWIF), and Shona Robertson (MSP and Sports/Commonwealth Games Minister for Scotland).

Competitions then got underway with the mens 560 kilos competition and the ladies 540 kilos competition. In the 560 kilos competition, England were represented by Norton, and got off to a good start with wins over Japan and Scotland. Chinese Taipei were the dominant team in the early rounds, defeating Scotland and Japan, and then defeated England and Ireland.

Controversy then struck. Chinese Taipei took the first end against Northern Ireland, but were then discovered cleaning their shoes with solvent in between ends. The chief judge then took the decision to disqualify Chinese Taipei. In the past, a number teams have been seen to use solvents to clean the soles of their shoes to enable optimum grip, however at the start of this years championship, the Chief Judge informed all teams/countries that no solvents were to be used. On this basis, the Chief Judge decided to disqualify Chinese Taipei from the 560 kilos competition. The Taipei team remained in the arena for the remainder of the competition whilst their own officials appealed the decision, however it was to no avail, and the team were disqualified. The team left the arena in tears after the completion of the group matches, bowing to the crowd in a gesture which later turned out to be their way of apologising to the supporters and officials for breaking the rules on the day.

In the semi finals, England were drawn against Scotland, and Northern Ireland were drawn against Ireland. In the semi finals Northern Ireland defeated Ireland by 2 ends to 0 to go through to the final to try and defend their 560 title from 2010. Things were not quite so straight forward in the other semi final between England and Scotland, with the pull going to three ends. Scotland took the first end, however England rallied to take the second end. On the third end, England took Scotland a good way before the Scots hit back to take England all the way back and get into the final. England had to be content to fight it out for the bronze medal against Ireland, and made no mistake of winning the bronze by 2 ends to 0. In the final, Northern Ireland were dominant, convincingly beating Scotland in the final by 2 ends to 0 to win their third world 560 kilos title in a row.

To watch the first end of the 560 kilos bronze medal pull, please click here
To watch the second end of the 560 kilos bronze medal pull, please click here

To watch the first end of the 560 kilos final, please click here
To watch the second end of the 560 kilos final, please click here

The ladies 540 kilos competition saw no involvement from the England Ladies, who elected to compete at 500 kilos as it was considered to be their strongest weight class. The competition for gold in the early stages looked to be between Chinese Taipei and China, however China were the second team to be disqualified on the day after using solvents to clean their footwear. The eventual teams to progress to the semi finals were Switzerland, South Africa, Netherlands, and Chinese Taipei. In the semi finals, the Netherlands defeated South Africa, and Chinese Taipei defeated Switzerland. The bronze medal match was hard fought, and it was South Africa’s ladies who took the bronze medal to win their first ever medal at a world indoor championships. The final was another demonstration of power and poise by the Chinese Taipei Ladies as they outlasted the Netherlands Ladies to win gold by 2 ends to 0.

To watch the first end of the ladies 540 kilos final, please click here
To watch the second end of ladies 540 kilos final, please click here

The afternoon competition saw the 640 kilos weight class take place, with England being represented by Sheen. England were current defending champions from 2010 in this weight class, and went into the event with high hopes of defending their crown. England started the competition well, and continued their good form to progress to the semi finals without losing an end. In the semi finals, England defeated the ever improving team from China, and then went through to the final to meet host nation Scotland who defeated Ireland in their semi final. England took a tight first end in just under 2 minutes, but on the second end, England dropped in with conviction to win the second end in just over 30 seconds to take the gold medal at 640 kilos and retain the title. Ireland finished as bronze medallists after defeating China.

To watch the first end of the 640 kilos final, please click here
To watch the second end of the 640 kilos final, please click here

The second day of competition was certainly very lively, with yet more hard fought competition. The day kicked off with the 600 kilos competition, and England’s representatives in this weight class were Kilroe. The competition started with Japan taking a surprise first end off Scotland, however Scotland regrouped to take the second. England started off by defeating the Netherlands and Ireland, and Chinese Taipei and Northern Ireland started off with a 1-1 draw. England made steady progress early on, however had to endure a tough match against Japan with their alternative pulling technique. England took a tough first end, but on the second end, the lifting and slack rope of the Japanese resulted in both teams picking up warnings. Both teams picked up two cautions, before England got up and started taking Japan back only for the judge to declare the pull a no pull. England then took the second end, but it took a lot out of the team. England then started to drop ends, but had done enough early on to secure progress to the semi finals.

In the semi finals, England regrouped and defeated Ireland by 2 ends to 0, and Scotland defeated Northern Ireland by 2 ends to 0, to set up another Scotland-England final. Before that, Northern Ireland and Ireland had a very closely fought match that went to three ends, with Ireland winning the bronze medal by 2 ends to 1. In the final, defending champions Scotland, were up against England in a repeat of the UK championship final that was played out earlier in the year in January. On this occasion, Scotland managed to reverse their UK championship defeat at 600 kilos to take the world title by 2 ends to, and leave silver for England. Silver of course was not the result that England wanted, however it was a good result having struggled in the second half of the group stage of the competition.

To watch both ends of the 600 kilos final, please click here

During the mens 600 kilos competition, the ladies 500 kilos competition took place, with England being represented by Sheen Ladies. England in this weight competed strongly, only losing ends to Chinese Taipei. England progressed to the semi finals along with Chinese Taipei, Scotland and South Africa. In the semi finals, England comfortably defeated South Africa by 2 ends to 0 to go forward and compete against Chinese Taipei in the final. Before the final, the bronze medal pull took place, with Scotland defeating South Africa by 2 ends to 0. In the final, the England Ladies acquitted themselves well, attacking Chinese Taipei from the drop and taking them over half way towards the line. However, the well drilled ladies from Taipei held firm and worked England back to take the first end. The second end went much the same way, and gold went to Chinese Taipei, but it was another good silver medal for the England ladies on the day.

To watch both ends of the ladies 500 kilos final, please click here

The mens 680 kilos competition saw England being represented by Uppertown, who were back representing England on the world stage for the first time in a number of years. England competed well to pick up enough points to qualify for the semi finals along with Scotland, Ireland and the Netherlands. In the semi finals, England were up against a strong team from Ireland and succumbed to a 2 ends to 0 defeat, whilst the Netherlands defeated defending champions Scotland in the other semi final. This meant that England would face Scotland for the bronze. England competed well to take the first end, however Scotland rallied and managed to stop England from working them out on the second end and Scotland levelled the pull. The third end went much the same way, and Scotland took the bronze, with England finishing in fourth place. This was a great performance from Uppertown as England representatives. The team contained many young faces who have not been taking part on the indoor circuit for very long, so 4th place in the world is still a very good achievement. The final was not quite as close as the bronze medal pull, and it was Ireland who secured a comfortable 2 ends to 0 win over the Netherlands to win their first world indoor title since 1997.

To watch the first end of the 680 kilos bronze medal pull, please click here
To watch the second end of the 680 kilos bronze medal pull, please click here
To watch the third end of the 680 kilos bronze medal pull, please click here

To watch the first end of the 680 kilos final, please click here
To watch the second end of the 680 kilos final, please click here

The final event of the championships was the mixed 4+4 event, and England were represented in this weight by Sheen Ladies and Sheen Men. England competed strongly in the group to progress to the semi finals along with Chinese Taipei, Scotland, and China. In the semi finals, England defeated China and Chinese Taipei defeated Scotland. The bronze medal match was very close indeed with Scotland taking the bronze medal by 2 ends to 1. England went into the final against Chinese Taipei with high hopes, and England got off to a good start on the first end by taking Chinese Taipei over half way. Chinese Taipei managed to hang on and worked England back to take the first end. The second end went exactly the same way, and it was Taipei who took the gold medal.

Full Results:

Open Competition

Ladies 500 Kilos - Gold - Badaiotz - Silver - Chinese Taipei - Bronze - Sheen Ladies - 4th - Ayrshire

Ladies 540 Kilos - Gold - Chinese Taipei - Silver - Badaiotz - Bronze - Sakana - 4th - Stans Oberdorf

Under 23 600 Kilos - Gold - Chinese Taipei A - Silver - Chinese Taipei B - Bronze - Cockhill - 4th - ETOWA

Men 560 Kilos - Gold - Country Club - Silver - Abadino A - Bronze - Amaiur - 4th - Chinese Taipei

Men 600 Kilos - Gold - Kilroe - Silver - Mountain View - Bronze - Abadino - 4th - St Pats

Men 640 Kilos - Gold - Ayrshire - Silver - Clonmany B - Bronze - Clonmany A - 4th - TTV Deinum/Britsum

Men 680 Kilos - Gold - Clonmany A - Silver - St Pats - Bronze - TTV Lagerweij - 4th - TTV IT Heidenskip

Mixed 600 Kilos - Gold - Ibarra - Silver - Abadino A - Bronze - Sakana - 4th - Chinese Taipei

Closed Competition

Ladies 500 Kilos - Gold - Chinese Taipei - Silver - England (represented by Sheen Ladies) - Bronze - Scotland - 4th - South Africa

Ladies 540 Kilos - Gold - Chinese Taipei - Silver - Netherlands - Bronze - South Africa - 4th - Switzerland

Men 560 Kilos - Gold - Northern Ireland - Silver - Scotland - Bronze - England (represented by Norton) - 4th - Ireland

Men 600 Kilos - Gold - Scotland - Silver - England (represented by Kilroe) - Bronze - Ireland - 4th - Northern Ireland

Men 640 Kilos - Gold - England (represented by Sheen) - Silver - Scotland - Bronze - Ireland - 4th - China

Men 680 Kilos - Gold - Ireland - Silver - Netherlands - Bronze - Scotland - 4th - England (represented by Uppertown)

Mixed 600 Kilos 4+4 - Gold - Chinese Taipei - Silver - England (represented by Sheen/Sheen Ladies) - Bronze - Scotland - 4th - China


UK INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS - UNDER 23 REPORT

The England under 23 development team once again took part in the UK indoor Championships.  We had new faces in our squad from last year in Perth and every member of our small squad gave a 110% both representing England and our Association. We gave every senior team we pulled against good tight ropes and fought them all the way and once again got high praise for our efforts by the teams we pulled against from the UK Commission and our Association committee members. A big thank you for all the encouragement you gave to our squad - it is greatly appreciated. 


We had three of our pullers pulling with the senior England teams at both 600 kilos and 680kilos and also in one in the mixed 4x4 which resulted in gold silver and bronze medals for our pullers - an outstanding achievement from our young lads.

We would like to thank the following clubs for the use of their pullers Kilroe, Sheen, Uppertown, 1RHA and Raunds. And for the assistance of Mick Copper the stand-in England team manager for indoor tug of war.

We can now look forward to the world championships in Perth and will be competing in the U23s open championships as ETOWA and will be pulling Taipei in a demonstration event as England. Unfortunately three of our pullers will not be attending due to work commitments but we still have nine members of our squad able to compete.

Our squad for the world championships will be Tom Knott, Joe Bailey, Paul Sharp, Joe Birch, Jack Neville, John Brassington, George Goodwin, Craig Ellis, and Richard Torr.

Well done to all involved with our squad - lets have a great World Championships.

Dave Knott

England U23s  Team Manager


UK INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS - SAT 21 JANUARY 2012 - RESULTS

2012 was England’s turn to host the UK indoor tug of war championships, which took place at Huddersfield Sports Centre in Yorkshire. This was the first time that an indoor tug of war event was held at this venue since the 2004 national indoor tug of war championships. Scotland went in to the event as defending champions in the men 600 and 680 kilos event, and England went into the event as defending champions in the mixed event. 

The first weight was the 600 kilos competition. Scotland A started off by defeated England B, and England A defeated Scotland B. England’s under 23 team competed in the event as England C, and acquitted themselves well against Northern Ireland A first on, but succumbed to a 2 ends to 0 defeat. As the group progressed, England A won all of their pulls by 2 ends to 0, including a 2 ends to 0 win over defending champions Scotland A. England A finished off the competition by defeating Northern Ireland A by 2 ends to 0, who also defeated Scotland A in the group stage. The A teams from England, Scotland and Northern Ireland all progressed to the semi finals, with England B and Scotland B left to fight it out for the last place in the semi finals. The final place in the semi-finals went to Scotland B.

In the semi finals, England A defeated Scotland B to reach the final, but a very entertaining contest took place in the second semi-final, with Scotland A and Northern Ireland A taking part in a great battle. Scotland A maintained steady composure to take the first end, however on the second end, Northern Ireland’s persistence and constant work rate broke Scotland down, and they brought the rope over the line to level the match. The third end was again very close, but Northern Ireland A picked up a third caution to lose the end and hand the place in the final to Scotland.

In the bronze medal match, Northern Ireland A had to endure another three ends of tug of war against Scotland B, but this time prevailed by 2 ends to 1 to take a well deserved bronze medal. In the final, England A faced up to Scotland A who had won this event for the past 5 years. A big surprise was how England A steadily pushed Scotland A over the line in under 2 minutes on both ends to take the gold medal. 

To watch a video of the first end, please click here
To watch a video of the second end, please click here 

The England A representatives in this weight class were Kilroe, with a composite team made up of available pullers from Raunds, Uppertown and Sandhurst representing England B. well done to both teams, and of course, well done to the England under 23 team who competed well throughout the event.

Following the 600 kilos event, the ladies 540 kilos competition took place, with Scotland and England both entering teams. On this occasion, it was the England Ladies who took the gold medal after defeating the Scotland Ladies in the final by 2 ends to 0.

In the 680 kilos event, Scotland A again went into the competition as defending champions. England A started off with a win against Northern Ireland A, and England B started off with a defeat to Scotland A. England B then got their momentum going in the competition by defeating Scotland B and Northern Ireland A, but lost out to England A who progressed to the semi finals without dropping an end after defeating Scotland A.

In the semi finals, England A defeated Northern Ireland A, and England B gave a good account of themselves against Scotland A, but missed out on a spot in the final after a 2 ends to 0 defeat. In the bronze medal pull, England B performed strongly to take the bronze medal by 2 ends to 0 against Northern Ireland A.

To watch a video of the first end, please click here
To watch a video of the second end, please click here 

In the final, England A and Scotland A faced each other for the second time. England took a tight first end, and looked to be in good form to take the second end, but both teams then started to make mistakes. A costly slip by England saw Scotland take full advantage and level the score in the final. The third end saw both teams retain their composure before England edged their way over the line to take the gold medal by 2 ends to 1.

To watch a video of the first end, please click here
To watch a video of the second end, please click here
To watch a video of the third end, please click here 

The England A representatives in this weight class were Sheen, with Uppertown representing England B. well done to both teams.

In the mixed 600 kilos 4+4 event, England A and B were represented by the combined teams from Sheen and Sheen Ladies. Both teams performed strongly, with England A progressing through the group stage with relative ease. England B also gave a good account of themselves to progress as group runners up after a tough 2 ends to 0 win over Scotland A. In the semi finals, England A and B were joined by Scotland A and B. England A defeated Scotland A, and England B defeated Scotland B. In the bronze medal pull, Scotland A took the medal from their B counterparts. In the final, England A maintained their superior form and took the gold medal by 2 ends to 0.

To watch a video of the first end, please click here
To watch a video of the second end, please click here 

Following the completion of the closed weight classes, the open 640 kilos competition took place. The semi finalists were Kilroe, Ayrshire, Ballyhagen and the ETOWA Under 23s. In the semi finals, Kilroe defeated the Under 23s, and Ayrshire defeated Ballyhagen. Ballyhagen took the bronze medal by 2 ends to 0 ahead of a highly spirited and committed display by our under 23s. Well done to them.

To watch a video of the first end, please click here
To watch a video of the second end, please click here 

The final was a good pull between Ayshire from Scotland, and Kilroe from England. The first end was a good battle which endured for over three and a half minutes before Ayrshire took Kilroe over the line. On the second end, Ayrshire again competed strongly to take the pull and the gold medal.

To watch a video of the first end, please click here
To watch a video of the second end, please click here 

On Saturday evening, the presentation dinner took place, and our thanks go to the Cedar Court Hotel in Huddersfield for staging the event. Sunday’s competition saw weight classes take place at 600, 640, and 680, with a ladies 500 and 540, and a mixed 600 kilos event. Kilroe took the gold medal in the 600 kilos event, with Sheen winning the 640 kilos and 680 kilos competitions. Sheen Ladies were successful in the 500 kilos and 540 kilos events, taking both gold medals ahead of Ayrshire, with Sheen Ladies taking gold in the mixed 600 kilos event, with Sheen taking the runners up position to round off a good weekend for the England teams. 

Thank you to the Huddersfield Sports Centre for providing the venue for the 2012 UK indoor championships, and thanks to all officials, teams and supporters for supporting the event. We now look forward to the World Indoor Championships in Perth, Scotland in February.

Final Results

Men 600 - Gold - England A (represented by Kilroe) - Silver - Scotland A - Bronze - Northern Ireland A – 4th – Scotland A

Men 680 - Gold - England A (represented by Sheen) - Silver - Scotland A - Bronze - England B (represented by Uppertown) – 4th – Northern Ireland A

600 4+4 - Gold - England A (represented by Sheen Ladies) - Silver - England A (represented by Sheen) - Bronze – Scotland A – 4th – Scotland B

Ladies 540 – Gold – England A (represented by Sheen Ladies) – Silver – Scotland A

Open 640 – Gold – Ayrshire – Silver – Kilroe – Bronze – Ballyhagen – 4th – ETOWA Under 23s

Ladies Open 500 – Gold – Sheen Ladies – Silver - Ayrshire


2011 NEWS ITEMS AND REPORTS

06/12/2011 - TUG OF WAR ASSOCIATION YOUTUBE CHANNEL

We now have our own YouTube channel featuring videos from major championships. We currently have videos from the 2011 European Championships (open and closed) as well as videos from the 2011 National Indoor Championships. We intend to publish videos from all future outdoor and indoor championships on this channel, so please feel free to keep visiting. You can visit the TOWA YouTube channel by clicking here


03/12/2011 - NATIONAL INDOOR TUG OF WAR CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS

This years national indoor tug of war championships were again held at the Harry Mitchell Centre in Smethwick, West Midlands, with a small number of teams entering this years event. The teams competing were Sheen, Norton, Raunds, Kilroe, Sandhurst and Uppertown. Unfortunately, only Sheen Ladies registered to take part in the ladies weight categories, so we were not able to run a ladies indoor championships this year. This years championships also included a 600 kilos 4+4 event. Photo: Raunds

The catchweight competition opened the proceedings, and it was Sheen who dominated the competition without losing any ground to the opposing teams. Raunds finished the competition as silver medallists, with Sandhurst finishing in the bronze medal position.

The 640 kilos competition followed, and was keenly contested. Sheen finished at the top of the group in the round robin stage without losing any points. Kilroe edged out Raunds to finish in second position, with Uppertown joining Sheen, Kilroe and Raunds in the semi finals. In the semi finals, Sheen defeated Uppertown by 2 ends to 0, and Kilroe and Raunds had another tight pull, which Kilroe won by 2 ends to 0 to reach the final. The bronze medal match was a good exciting pull between Raunds and Uppertown, with Raunds going into the match having beaten Uppertown in the group stage. Uppertown this time turned it around to win the match by 2 ends to 0 to take a good bronze medal. To watch the first end, please click here. To watch the second end, please click here The final was between Kilroe and Sheen, with Sheen dominating the match to take the gold medal by 2 ends to 0. To watch the first end, please click here. To watch the second end, please click here. Photo: Kilroe

The 560 kilos weight class followed, and as always, was an eagerly anticipated weight class. Norton and Kilroe both started out with wins against Sheen, before both teams met again in the final. Norton took a tight first end (click here to watch the video), and gained some good momentum on the second end to keep Kilroe moving and take the second end (click here to watch the video) and the 560 kilos gold medal to add to their 560 kilos national outdoor title and European outdoor 560 kilos title which they won earlier in the year. Photo: Norton 

The 720 kilos event followed and as with the catchweight competition, Sheen dominated proceedings, winning the competition without losing an end. Raunds finished as runners up again, with Sandhurst finishing in the bronze medal position.

 PhotoThe 600 kilos event was the next weight class, and was the most fiercely contested competition of the day. There was some very close competition in this weight class, particularly between Sheen, Norton, and Kilroe. Sheen and Norton were first to pull, and in an evenly contested first end (click here to watch the video), Sheen took the win. On the second end, both teams got stuck into eachother again, and both teams started to pick up cautions. Both teams were then on two cautions, with a third caution being awarded to each team for stepping off the mat (click here to watch the video). On the deciding end, Norton tried to get some early momentum before Sheen settled down to take the winning end (click here to watch the video). Photo: Sandhurst

The next pull saw Norton meet Kilroe, and again, they had to endure three ends of tough pulling. This time Norton took the first end (click here to watch the video), and were very close to taking the second end before Kilroe got themselves back into the pull to start taking Norton back. Kilroe then made some mistakes, and Norton looked as though they were going to take the rope back before Kilroe got themselves back into it to level the match (click here to watch the video). Both teams then endured a third end with Kilroe eventually taking the end for a 2-1 win (click here to watch the video). The final pull between Sheen and Kilroe saw Sheen retain their winning form, taking the first end (click here to watch the video) and second end (click here to watch the video) to take a 2 ends to 0 win to take the gold medal. Photo: Sheen

The final weight of the day was the 680 kilos competition. The group stages were again dominated by Sheen who progressed to the semi finals without losing an end. They were joined by Kilroe, Raunds and Uppertown who made up the other semi finalists. In the semi finals, Kilroe defeated Uppertown and Sheen defeated Raunds. Uppertown and Raunds were involved in another exciting pull for the bronze medal, with Uppertown again edging out Raunds to take their second bronze medal of the day. To watch the first end, please click here. To watch the second end, please click here. In the final, Sheen again proved to be too strong, and won their 5th gold medal of the championships, and their 95th indoor national gold medal. To watch the first end of the final, please click here. To watch the second end of the final, please click here. Photo: Uppertown

The final weight class of the day was the 600 kilos 4+4 competition, which was held for the first time at an indoor national championships. Sheen Ladies and Sheen fielded teams, with the 600 kilos mixed competition being won by Sheen Ladies.

Click here to watch the first end
Click here to watch the second end

Well done to all of the teams who took part on the indoor circuit this year, and thanks to the officials Vic Ludkin, Ray-Fray Smith, Mick Selwood, Mike Callaghan, Ernie Jones, Peter Craft, George Ferrett, Julie Petit, Betty Craft and Jill Thomas for officiating on the day.

We are looking for more teams to take part on the indoor circuit next season, so if you are looking to start an indoor tug of war team (male, female, mixed or youth) for winter 2012, or wish to join an existing team, then please contact us for help and advice on getting started.

Indoor teams now have the UK and World Indoor Tug of War Championships to look forward to. The UK indoor championships are being hosted in England on the weekend of 20-22 January 2012. Further details will be announced in due course. The World Indoor Championships take place from 23-26 February 2012 in Perth, Scotland. Further information about the world championships can be found by visiting www.wic2012.co.uk.

Catchweight - Gold - Sheen - Silver - Raunds - Bronze - Sandhurst

720 Kilos - Gold - Sheen - Silver - Raunds - Bronze - Sandhurst

680 Kilos - Gold - Sheen - Silver - Kilroe - Bronze - Uppertown

640 Kilos - Gold - Sheen - Silver - Kilroe - Bronze - Uppertown

600 Kilos - Gold - Sheen - Silver - Kilroe - Bronze - Norton

560 Kilos - Gold - Norton - Silver - Kilroe - Bronze - Sheen

600 4+4 - Gold - Sheen Ladies - Silver - Sheen


20/11/2011 - INDOOR LEAGUE WEEK 6 RESULTS

Teams competing - Kilroe (A and B), Norton, Sheen, Sheen Ladies, Raunds, Uppertown

Catchweight - Winners - Sheen - Runners Up - Kilroe A
680 Kilos - Winners - Sheen - Runners Up - Kilroe A
640 Kilos - Winners - Norton - Runners Up - Kilroe A
620 Kilos - Winners - Norton - Runners Up - Kilroe A
600 Kilos - Winners - Norton - Runners Up - Kilroe A
580 Kilos - Winners - Norton - Runners Up - Kilroe A


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13/11/2011 - AAA INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS & INDOOR LEAGUE WEEK 5 RESULTS

Teams competing - Uppertown, Raunds, Sheen (A and B), Norton, Kilroe (A and B), Sandhurst, Sheen Ladies

This weekend saw the prestigious AAA tug of war championships take place for the indoor teams at the Harry Mitchell Centre, with teams competing for titles at 640 kilos and catchweight.



Sheen's winning AAA Squad

The first weight of the day was the catchweight event. There was a smaller entry of teams in the catchweight this year as most teams kept themselves fresh for the 640 kilos competition. Sheen proved to be the strongest team in this weight class and won the competition without losing an end. Kilroe secured the silver medal after defeating Raunds by 2 ends to 0.

The 640 kilos competition was keenly contested, with no-one considered to be a favourite before the start of the competition. In the group stages Sheen started off with a good 2 ends to 0 win over Kilroe, and went through the remainder of the group stage of the competition without losing an end. Kilroe got over their first round defeat to get through to the semi finals, and they were joined by Raunds and Norton. In the semi finals, Sheen met Raunds and Norton met Kilroe. Sheen defeated Raunds by 2 ends to 0, but it was a good second semi-final between Kilroe and Norton, with Kilroe edging out Norton by 2 ends to 0. Kilroe and Sheen met for the second time in the final, and again Sheen pulled strongly to take a well deserved gold medal by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Norton

The open weights contested were at 580 kilos, 600 kilos, 620 kilos and 680 kilos. Kilroe won the 580 kilos competition ahead of Uppertown who finished as runners up. The 680 kilos competition followed with Sheen A taking the winners position with Kilroe A finishing as runners up. Photo: Kilroe

The 600 kilos was keenly contested with all of the teams getting some good competition. Kilroe and Norton were the two teams who came out ahead of the rest of the teams competing, with Norton winning the competition after they defeated Kilroe by 2 ends to 0. Photo: Raunds

The final weight of the day was the 620 kilos competition. Again, a keenly contested weight class, Kilroe A and Norton came out ahead of the other teams that were competing, and both teams again had a keenly contested pull. Norton took a very close first end, with Kilroe A then taking the second end in the TWIF rules competition with the pull finishing 1 end each.

Closed Catchweight Competition - Gold - Sheen - Silver - Kilroe

Closed 640 Kilos Competition - Gold - Sheen - Silver - Kilroe

Open 580 Kilos Competition - Winners - Kilroe A - Runners Up - Uppertown

Open 600 Kilos Competition - Winners - Norton - Runners Up - Kilroe A

Open 620 Kilos Competition - Winners - Kilroe A - Runners Up - Norton

Open 680 Kilos Competition - Winners - Sheen A - Runners Up - Kilroe A


06/11/2011 - INDOOR LEAGUE WEEK 4 RESULTS

This weekend, Uppertown, Leek, Kilroe, Sheen, Norton, Sandhurst, Raunds, and Sheen Ladies took part in week four of the indoor season in five weight classes.

Sheen men again won the catchweight competition without losing an end, again ahead of Kilroe and Raunds.

Kilroe again had another good week of competition, winning the 600 kilos and 640 kilos events ahead of Norton and Raunds respectively.

The 620 kilos and 680 kilos competitions were very closely fought out. With all weights being pulled under TWIF rules, both Kilroe and Norton finished on level points in the 620 kilos competition, after the two teams beat all of the other teams, and then drew one end each when they both met. With Norton picking up less cautions than Kilroe, Norton finished up as winners.

The 680 kilos competition was again keenly contested, with Sheen, Kilroe and Raunds in final contention for the winners place ahead of the other teams. Sheen defeated Kilroe earlier in the competition, however Raunds later went on to defeat Sheen. Kilroe then defeated Raunds in the final match to bring all three teams onto level points. With the TWIF criteria being applied, Kilroe were declared the winners having recieved less cautions and being the lightest team, with Raunds finishing second and Sheen third.

Some training pulls were also held for the under 23 pullers that were available on the day against Sheen Ladies and Sheen Men to assist in their preparations for the UK championships and World Championships in January/February. Thank you to Sheen men and ladies for their assistance.

Results

600 - Winners - Kilroe - Runners Up - Norton
620 - Winners - Norton - Runners Up - Kilroe
640 - Winners - Kilroe - Runners Up - Raunds
680 - Winners - Kilroe - Runners Up - Raunds
Catchweight - Winners - Sheen - Runners Up - Kilroe


ENGLAND UNDER 23 INDOOR SQUAD

We are pleased to announce that after consultation with team coaches at this weekends competition at the Harry Mitchell Centre we have enough young athlete's to form a squad for the forthcoming UK Championships held by England and World the Championships in Perth Scotland.

We will have experienced pullers from last year and will be welcoming new faces to our squad which is very encouraging.

Up until our national championships we hope to be able to train our squad in a weight class that will not interfere with club line-ups [the same format as has been used successfully on the outdoor] and thereafter arrange suitable training at a representing teams training facility as this proved very successful last year. As most indoor teams are from the midlands and the north this will mean some of our squad will have to travel to train. Hopefully some of the senior members of their club will be able to assist with transportation for them if it is required.

It was a pleasure to watch our young men at the weekend and we know we have a great selection of lads to be members of our squad. We would like to thank Sheen, Kilroe, Uppertown and Sandhurst for allowing the use of their U23 pullers to form our squad.

All under 23 pullers should now make sure that they attend all competitions up to the national indoor championships in December.

If there are any other young pullers out there who would like to be involved in the under 23 indoor teams, then please contact us and make sure you attend Sunday competitions. You will also need to ensure that you are in regular training with an indoor tug of war team.

Dave Knott U23s Manager/Coach

Tel: 01538 385752
Mob: 07779 852610
E-mail: knotty@bigdave50.freeserve.co.uk 


30/10/2011 - INDOOR LEAGURE WEEK 3 RESULTS

Teams in attendance - Sheen (A and B), Sheen Ladies, Uppertown, Norton, Kilroe (A and B), Raunds, Sandhurst.

This weekends indoor competition was much better supported, and the increased competition in all weights resulted in some much more competitive pulling all around, with all competitions except the 640 kilos competition being pulled as a points competition. The 640 kilos competition at the end of the day was run as a knock-out competition. The results were:

Men 600 - Joint Winners - Kilroe A and Sheen A

Men 620 - Winners - Norton - Runners Up - Kilroe A

Men 640 - Winners - Kilroe A - Runners Up - Kilroe B

Men 680 - Winners - Kilroe A - Runners Up - Sheen A

Men Catchweight - Winners - Sheen A - Runners Up - Kilroe A



23/10/2011 - INDOOR LEAGUE WEEK 2 RESULTS

Teams in attendance - Sheen Men, Raunds Woodbine, Sheen Ladies, Kilroe (A and B), Sandhurst

Results

600 - Winners - Kilroe A - Runners Up - Sheen

640 - Winners - Kilroe A - Runners Up - Sheen

680 - Winners - Sheen - Runners Up - Kilroe A

Catchweight - Winners - Sheen - Runners Up - Kilroe A


8th & 9th October 2011 - KESSINGLAND TUG OF WAR WEEKEND - ASSOCIATION AND FEDERATION JOINT EVENT

The annual Kessingland event is now in its 33rd year (started in 1979), and this year, it is the second year it has been held as a joint event organised by Tug of War Association Area 5 on behalf of the Tug of War Association and Tug of War Federation.

Judges: D Kitchener Julie Petit Mick Grimston Maurice Simons and David Ling, Recorders Wendy Dyer and Pam Prosser.

Ten teams took part in the event: Thames Valley, Hadliegh, Raunds, Totham Bull, Holland, York,
Melbourne, 1066, Woodton and Leo's Boys from Northern Ireland

Saturday Results

600 4+4 - Winners - Holland - Runners Up - Woodton

Men 600 - Winners - Leos Boys - Runners Up - Holland

Men 640 - Winers Leos boys - Runners Up - Totham Bull

Men 680 -  Winners Holland - Runners Up - Totham Bull

Sunday Results

660 4+4 - Winners - 1066 - Runners Up - Woodton

Men 620 - Winners - Leos Boys - Runners Up - Holland

Men 660 - Winners - Holland - Runners Up - Leos Boys

Men 720 - Winners - Totham Bull - Runners Up - Leos Boys


ENGLAND UNDER 23s - TEAM MANAGERS REPORT FROM WORLD UNDER 23 CHAMPIONSHIPS IN MINEHEAD

We are pleased to announce that all the efforts of our U23s England development squad resulted in a marvellous bronze medal in the open clubs competition and fifth place in the closed clubs competition at the Minehead European Championships.

Every member of our squad gave 100% in both competitions and myself and Stuart are extremely proud to have led you all out on the championship field. 

OPEN U23’S COMPETITION

We must firstly mention that ETOWA 2 had a Mammoth task only weighing 560 kilos in this 600k competition but,  each and everyone of you must be congratulated on your efforts - you were outstanding and fought all the way.  We know that had you been up on weight you would be contending the top places.  ETOWA 1 had a superb day and, to everyone’s delight,  won our first ever open medal -  a brilliant bronze!

CLOSED U23’s COMPETITION

A tough corner on endy ground was the order of the day  - the same for all teams but spoiling the competition somewhat.  We performed well but,  due to the ground conditions, drew too many matches and two harsh blowbacks to the middle cost us a place in the last four finally finishing fifth overall.  That's tug of war and we will live to fight another day.  We congratulate all the medal winning teams   well done to all of you you are a credit to myself,  Stuart and our Association.

The comments we have received about our squads’ performance from our Association, members and individuals have been extremely positive and very encouraging and our supporters second to none.We have a sound base to build upon for the coming years with all our young pullers and we know we can further improve our placing's at future world championships with the quality of the pullers we now have available to us.  We would like to thank all our clubs for allowing our squad to use their facilities and young pullers to form our successful squad.

Dave and Stuart - England U23s coaches

 

NORMAN HYDE

To everyone in the tug of war community.

It is with sadness that the TOWA has learned of the passing of Norman Hyde. Norman was an active pulling member of Wood Treatment Bosley Tug of War Club during the 1950's, 60's, 70's and early 80's, and continued to be involved with the club during the 80's, 90's and early 2000's, helping out with training and maintainin Bosley's training facilities.

Norman was a member of the Bosley team that went unbeaten at the AAA championships for 20 years, and represented England on several occasions, winning many World and European titles.

Norman was also a Tug of War Association Award of Merit holder in recognition of his services to tug of war.

Norman will be sadly missed by everyone. We pass on our condolences to all of his family, friends and all associated with Wood Treatment Bosley Tug of War Club. Norman leaves behind daughter Wendy, sons Jon, Andrew and Terry, 7 grand children and 2 great grandchildren.

Rest in peace Norman


2011 EUROPEAN OUTDOOR TUG OF WAR CHAMPIONSHIPS

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This year, the Tug of War Association hosted the European Outdoor Tug of War Championships between 22 and 25 September at Butlins Minehead, Somerset. We were again lucky with the weather, which remained largely dry for the whole event.

The first two days of the championships saw the European Open Club Championships take place with 85 tug of war clubs from Europe, as well as teams from South Africa and Chinese Taipei taking part. A full list of teams competing can be found by visiting the European Championships web site at www.ec2011tow.co.uk.

In terms of the teams from England who took part, the English clubs competing were: Felton Eccles, Sandhurst (A and B), Glos/Som (A and B), Tavistock, Kennford, Holland, Two Dales, ETOWA (1 and 2), Oxney Vines Cross, Bedford Ladies and Team Army. Sheen Men, Sheen Ladies, and Norton were also at the European Championships, representing England in different weight classes, but did not compete in the open club competition.

The first two days of the open club competition saw four weight categories for mens teams (560 kilos, 640 kilos, 680 kilos, and 720 kilos), a mixed gender weight class at 600 kilos, two ladies weight classes (at 520 kilos and 560 kilos), a junior weight class at 560 kilos, and an under 23 weight class at 600 kilos take place.

Open Men 560 Kilos

In the open club competition, Felton Eccles, Sandhurst A and B, Tavistock, Kennford, Oxney Vines Cross and Team Army all competed in the mens 560 kilos weight class. The only team to make it to the knock-out of this weight class were Felton Eccles, who were knocked out by the eventual fourth placed team Bancran from Northern Ireland. The eventual winners of this weight class were Gaztedi from the Basque region of Spain, with Ebersecken from Switzerland finishing as runners up, with Mosnang from Switzerland winning bronze in a fiercely competitive weight class.

Open Men 640 Kilos

In the open 640 kilos event, Felton Eccles, Sandhurst A and B, Tavistock, Kennford, Holland, Oxney Vines Cross, and Team Army were the English teams that took part. Felton Eccles and Oxney Vines Cross both made it to the knock out stages, with Oxney being knocked out by the eventual bronze medallists Boley from Ireland, and Felton Eccles were knocked out by Gaztedi. The eventual winners of this weight class were Engelberg from Switzerland, with Eibergen from Holland finishing as silver medallists.

Open Men 680 Kilos

In the open 680 kilos weight class, Felton Eccles, Two Dales, Kennford, and Holland all took part. Felton Eccles were the only English team to progress to the knock-out stages of the competition, and progressed all the way to the final, only to be defeated by Engelberg from Switzerland in the final. TTV Vorden from the Netherlands won the bronze medal.

Open Men 720 Kilos

In the open 720 kilos weight class, the English teams competing were from Holland and Kennford. Both teams competed well, but neither reached the knock-out stage of the competition. This competition was won by TTV Heure from the Netherlands, with PTC from South Africa winning the silver medal, and Koapman from the Netherlands winning the bronze medal.

Open Ladies 520 Kilos

The ladies 520 kilos saw Bedford Ladies competing in a full group competition with the top four teams progressing to the semi finals. Bedford were involved in close pulling with both Gonten from Switzerland and Gaztedi from the Basque Region of Spain to make the cross over, but in the end, missed out to finish in 5th spot overall. This weight was won by the impressive Chinese Taipei ladies team, with Gaztedi winning the silver medal, and Disa Ladies from South Africa winning the bronze medal.

Open Ladies 560 Kilos

The ladies 560 kilos competition did not see any English clubs taking part, but again, the impressive Chinese Taipei Ladies took the gold medal, with silver going to Vechtlust from the Netherlands, and the Koapman Ladies also from the Netherlands winning the bronze medal.

Open Junior 560 kilos

The junior 560 kilos competition took place with Gloucester and Somerset ACF team fielding two teams. The B team failed to make an impact on the final standings in their group, however the A team competed very well, losing only to the eventual winners Drostdy A from South Africa. Glos/Som A finished in third place in their group overall, missing out on the semi final places to Simonswald from Germany. The eventual winners were Drostdy A from South Africa, with Simonswald from Germany winning the silver, and the Chinese Taipei youth team winning the bronze medal.

Open Under 23 600 Kilos

The under 23 600 kilos open competition saw the England under 23 development squad field two teams, which was a great showing for our Association. The two teams (ETOWA 1 and ETOWA 2) competed very well, with the second team being almost 40 kilos under weight. The first team however competed exceptionally, finishing top of the group at the end of the group phase of the competition, having only dropped two ends to Swiss opposition. In the semi finals, the team met Ebersecken from Switzerland and suffered their first defeat of the competition. ETOWA 1 went into the bronze medal match with Paarl from South Africa, and took a well deserved bronze medal by 2 ends to 0. The eventual gold medallists were Ebersecken from Switzerland with Mosnang, also from Switzerland, finishing as silver medallists.

Open Mixed 600 Kilos

The mixed 600 kilos competition saw English teams Team Army and World Open 4+4 silver medallists from 2010 Holland take part in the competition, but neither team progressed to the knock-out stage of the competition, which was eventually won by Wallby from Sweden. Touwtje from the Netherlands won the silver medal, with Gaztedi taking the bronze – their clubs third medal of the tournament.

Opening Ceremony

The opening ceremony for the European Championships and World Under 23 Championships took place on the Friday evening after the open competitions had been completed with a parade of teams, performances from the Minehead Spotlight Dance Academy, and opening speeches from TOWA president Mr. Tony Martin, and TWIF president Mr. Cathal McKeever. England’s representatives in the opening parade were Mick Grimston, Zak Baker, Diane Mcdonald, Matt Frost and Tom Knott.  

Men 680 Kilos Closed Competition

The closed event saw England field teams in all weight classes. The first event was the 680 kilos, with the England team being represented by Two Dales from Derbyshire, who were representing England for the very first time. The team acquitted themselves well to the competition, however defeats to the medal winning teams, and a couple of other dropped ends meant that they missed out both the cross-over and fifth place, with England finishing in 6th place in this competition overall. A good result from the England representatives, who would have learned a lot from their experience.

Junior 560 Kilos Closed Competition

The world junior 560 kilos event was next up, with England being represented by the Gloucester and Somerset ACF team, who as a club, were also representing England for the first time. This year, we saw one of the most competitive youth competitions take place for many years, with no team progressing to the knock-out stages without losing any ends. The England team competed exceptionally well, and were only defeated by the eventual finalists Sweden and Switzerland, however to many draws with some of the teams, meant that they missed out on a place in the cross over, and finished in joint 5th position with Chinese Taipei, dropping to 6th place overall once the cautions were taken into account. A great performance from the England juniors nonetheless and a good learning experience for them. The gold medal eventually went to Sweden, with Switzerland winning the silver medal, and South Africa the bronze.

Mixed 600 Kilos Closed Competition

The mixed 600 kilos event saw England being represented by pullers from Bedford Ladies and Oxney Vines Cross. England competed well in the group stages to finish third in the group overall and make it to the semi finals. In the semi finals, England met the Netherlands, and were close to taking them over the line on the first end, however they did not have quite enough to take the Dutch over the line. England lost the semi final by 2 ends to 0 and went into the bronze medal match against Germany who they had already defeated in the group. Germany this time had more in the tank, and defeated England by 2 ends to 0 to take the bronze medal. The eventual gold medallists were Sweden, with the Netherlands winning the silver medal.

Ladies 560 Kilos Closed Competition

The ladies 560 kilos event saw Sheen Ladies representing England. England competed strongly and progressed to the semi finals along with Switzerland, Netherlands and Sweden. In the semi finals, England were defeated by 2 ends to 0 to the Netherlands, and went on to meet Switzerland to pull for the bronze medal. In the bronze medal pull off, England had a good battle with Switzerland, and did well to start taking rope on the first end, but the Swiss hung on and managed to turn England over to take the first end. On the second end, Switzerland again pulled strongly to take the end, and deny England the bronze medal. The gold medal was won by Sweden who defeated the Netherlands in the final by 2 ends to 0.

Men 560 Kilos Closed Competition

The mens 560 kilos event saw Norton representing England. Norton went into the event on the back of a good domestic season, and having also won the 2009 European Championships at 600 kilos and reaching the final of the World Championships last year. England started off their challenge against current World 580 kilos champions the Netherlands and competed well to secure a 2 ends to 0 win to get their campaign off to a good start. England defeated all of their other opponents in the group stage, only dropping one end to Switzerland. England progressed to the semi finals along with Sweden, Switzerland and Ireland. In the semi final, England defeated Ireland, whilst Sweden pulled off a good win against Switzerland. England progressed to the final to meet Sweden, with the first end lasting just over 4 minutes before England drove strongly to take Sweden over the line. On the second end, England got Sweden under pressure from the drop, and took just over a minute and a half to take the second end and the gold medal. The bronze medal went to Switzerland with Ireland finishing 4th.

Men 720 Kilos Closed Competition

The second day of competition started with the mens 720 kilos event. England were represented by Sheen in this weight class, who were representing England at an outdoor European Championships for the first time since 1993. England started off with a defeat to Sweden, but got back into the competition to progress to the semi finals along with the Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland. In the semi finals, England were drawn against Sweden, and suffered another defeat, meaning that they would go through to pull off for the bronze medal against Switzerland, who had been defeated by the Netherlands. England performed well in the bronze medal pull off to defeat Switzerland by 2 ends to 0 to take bronze. The gold medal was won by the Netherlands, with Sweden winning the silver medal.

Under 23 600 Kilos Closed Competition

The world under 23 competition was a fiercely contested weight class this year, and England were again represented by a composite team selected from different TOWA clubs. The corner where the teams were competing turned out to be a little endy, which resulted in some 1-1 draws, and England competed well through the group, but had two bruising encounters with South Africa and Sweden, both of which involved no pulls. In the final round of pulls, England were level on points with South Africa, needing to win by 2 ends to 0 against Wales in their last match to have a chance of qualifying. England surprising lost the first end, but won the second end, and with South Africa defeating Chinese Taipei in their last match, they progressed to the semi finals at the expense of England. The gold medal was won by Switzerland, with Germany taking silver and South Africa the bronze.

Ladies 520 Kilos Closed Competition

The Ladies 520 kilos competition again saw England Ladies being represented by Sheen Ladies after Bedford Ladies withdrew from the event having suffered injuries and withdrawals from their team. As with the 560 kilos competition the previous day, England progressed to the semi finals along with Switzerland, Sweden and the Netherlands. As with the previous day of competition, England were drawn to face the Netherlands and were defeated by 2 ends to 0. England went into the bronze medal match to face Switzerland, and made up for the disappointment of the 560 kilos competition the previous day, taking the bronze medal by 2 ends to 0. The gold medal was won by Sweden, with the Netherlands taking the silver medal.

Men 640 Kilos Closed Competition

The final weight of the competition was the mens 640 kilos competition. England were represented by Felton Eccles in this weight class, who were representing England at 640 kilos for the 17th consecutive season at an outdoor European or World Championships. England faced current European Champions Switzerland early on, and came close to taking the first end, only to be blown out for receiving three cautions. England progressed through the group well, but then hit three hard teams in a row – Sweden, Netherlands and Germany, narrowly losing out to Holland, defeating Sweden, and losing to Germany. In the final pull of the round, England faced Ireland, only needing 1 end to guarantee a place in the semi final. Ireland also needed at least an end to guarantee qualification as they were level with Sweden going into the last match. England took a keenly contested first end, and then took the second equally tough end to make it through to the semi finals. In the semi finals, England met the Netherlands where they were defeated by 2 ends to 0. England went through to the bronze medal pull off against Sweden, and comfortably took the first end. On the second end, Sweden had to drop to 7 pullers after one of their team members had picked up an injury. Sweden had no option but to carry on with 7, as they had already used their substitute. England sportingly dropped to 7 pullers, but still took the second end to secure the bronze medal. The gold medal was won by Switzerland with Netherlands taking silver.

Well done to all of our teams who took part in the open and closed competitions, and thank you to all the teams, supporters, volunteers and the organising committee for making the 2011 European Tug of War Championships a big success.


25/09/2011 - TWIF EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS AND WORLD JUNIOR AND UNDER 23 CHAMPIONSHIPS DAY 2

Congratulations to the England mens 640 kilos team (represented by Felton Eccles) who won bronze today against Sweden

Congratulations to the England Ladies 520 kilos team (represented by Sheen Ladies) who won the bronze medal against Switzerland.

Congratulations to the England Mens 720 kilos team (representd by Sheen) who won the bronze medal.

Congratulations to the England Under 23 team who finished 5th in the under 23 kilos competition.

afternoon results will follow later. Results are also available via www.ec2011tow.co.uk


24/09/2011 - TWIF EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS AND WORLD JUNIOR AND UNDER 23 CHAMPIONSHIPS DAY 1

Congratulations to the England Men 560 kilos team (represented by Norton) who won gold in the final against Sweden.

Congratulations to the England Junior Men 560 kilos team who finished in joint 5th position with Chinese Taipei (6th after cautions taken into account).

Congratualtions to the England men 680 kilos team (represented by Two Dales, representing England for the first time) who finished in 6th position.

Congratualtions to the England Mixed 600 kilos 4+4 team (represented by Bedford/Oxney) who finished in 4th place.

Congratualtions to the England Ladies 560 kilos team (represented by Sheen Ladies) who finished in 4th place.

23/09/2011 - TWIF EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS - OPEN CLUB COMPETITION DAY 2

Congratulations to the England Under 23 development team (ETOWA 1) who won bronze in the under 23 600 kilos event this morning! Congratulations also to the under 23 ETOWA 2 team who competed very well but missed out on the semi finals.


22/09/2011 - TWIF EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS - OPEN CLUB COMPETITION DAY 1

Congratulations to Felton Eccles TOWC for winning silver in the Men 680 kilos weight class this morning.


14/09/2011 - ENGLAND UNDER 23 NOTICES

The England U23 development squad would like to thank Sandhurst Tug of War Club for their assistance in our training for the World U23 Championships in Minehead we are eternally grateful for all your help time and advice shown by all involved at Sandhurst when our squad has held training sessions with you.

We are also indebted to Len Hall and Area 2 for all the help given at Daventry and Mr Peter Craft Hon Gen Sec for his support; and finally Mick Grimston - England Team Manager, our Association, and clubs for allowing our squad to compete. A VERY BIG THANK YOU TO YOU ALL. 

Another good session was had this weekend and everyone gave 110%. What more can coaches ask for!! We are now set for Minehead and we hope we can make our Association proud of our squad.

It has been a short time in the making of our squad and as always there are situations that occur that are beyond our control, frustrating at times for everyone but that is the nature of the beast. We can now look forward to Minehead and enjoy the experience of representing our Association and England. Good luck to all of you.

Contact numbers

Knotty 07779852610 Mob

Stuart 07900303490 Mob

We wish everyone from our Association and teams competing at Minehead the best of luck - lets have a great Championships.

Dave Knott/Stuart Canning - England U23s Coaches


06/09/2011 - NATIONAL LEAGUE FINALS RESULTS

Teams competing – Senior Men – Glos/Som (A and B), Sandhurst (A and B), Felton Eccles (A and B), Norton, Oxney Vines Cross, Bedford, Inkberrow, Under 23s, Caradoc, Two Dales.

Ladies and Youth – Sheen Ladies, Bedford Ladies, Glos/Som (A, B and C), LNR ACF (A and B).

Photo: Under 23 Development Team

The national league finals was this year again held at Daventry and was reasonably well supported. The event started with the 600 kilos competition, which was split into two groups. Norton were well ahead in the points standings going into the event, so would require a disastrous performance to deny them the gold medal. However, Norton continued their consistent form shown throughout the season, and won their group, however did drop an end to the England Under 23 development team who looked very smart in their new strip to be worn in the European Club Competition in Minehead. Norton progressed to the cross over of their group ahead of Sandhurst A. Photo: Glos/Som ACF

The second group contained Caradoc, Two Dales, Glos/Som A and Inkberrow, and Sandhurst B with both Two Dales and Caradoc progressing through to the cross over. There was some good performances in this group from Glos/Som A and Inkberrow with both teams holding their own and winning some good ends. The semi finals saw Norton and Sandhurst A both progress to the final, with Two Dales and Caradoc left to contest third place. This pull went to three ends, with Two Dales competing really well to win by 2 ends to 1 to secure third place. The final saw Norton and Sandhurst A line up against each other, with Norton taking both ends to win the competition on the day and secure national league gold. Photo: Norton - 2011 national league champions at 600, 640, and 680

The 640 kilos was the next weight to be contested, again split into two groups. Norton again won their group without losing an end and despite being pushed hard by Oxney. Caradoc again progressed to the semi finals along with Felton Eccles. In the semi finals, Norton defeated Caradoc and Felton Eccles defeated Oxney to make the final. Oxney won the third place pull by 2 ends to 0, and Norton defeated Felton Eccles to take their second win on the day, and again, secured the national league gold medal. Photo: Inkberrow TOWC

The final weight of the national league was the 680 kilos event. Again, this weight was split into two groups. Norton and Felton Eccles yet again proved to be the strongest in this weight class and both progressed to the final. Norton again stood firm to round off another strong season with a 2 ends to 0 win to win the competition on the day, and secure the overall gold medal in the 680 kilos national league. Photo: LNR ACF TOWC 

At the end of the competition, a training competition was held at 600 kilos for the England Under 23 squad. We did have members of the squad missing due to work etc, but nonetheless all squad members present looked the business in their new shirts. In hindsight we wished we had entered two teams in the 600 kilos league finals as there were a few tired legs by the end of the day as a result of squad members pulling in the other weights. Both our teams pulled very well and many thanks to all the teams who helped us out to enable us to compete - we appreciate your help. Photo: Bedford Ladies

The ladies and youth league finals were contested with 7 teams taking part. Gloucester and Somerset ACF continued their winning streak, with their A team winning both the 520 kilos and 560 kilos weight classes. Sheen Ladies finished as runners up in the 560 kilos weight class on the day ahead of the Glos/Som B and C teams, Bedford Ladies, and the Leicester and Northants ACF A and B teams. In the 520 kilos event, Bedford Ladies finished as runners up on the day ahead of Sheen Ladies, Leicester and Northants ACF and the Glos/Som B and C teams. In overall youth league, Gloucester and Somerset ACF finished as overall winners of both the 520 kilos and 560 kilos, with Leicester and Northants finishing as runners up. In the ladies league, Sheen Ladies finished as overall winners of the 560 kilos and 520 kilos events, with Bedford Ladies finishing as runners up. Photo: Sheen Ladies

Well done to all of the teams who have taken part in the various leagues this year.

Competition Results:

Senior Men Results

600 – 1 – Norton – 2 – Sandhurst - 3 - Two Dales
640 – 1 – Norton – 2 - Felton Eccles – 3 – Oxney
680 – 1 – Norton – 2 – Felton Eccles – 3 – Two Dales

Ladies/Youth Results:

520 – 1 – Glos/Som A – 2 – Bedford Ladies
560 – 1 – Glos/Som A – 2 – Sheen Ladies

Overall League Winners:

Men 600 – Norton
Men 640 – Norton
Men 680 – Norton

Youth 520 – Glos/Som A
Youth 560 – Glos/Som A

Ladies 520 – Sheen Ladies
Ladies 560 – Sheen Ladies


20/08/2011 - 2011 GENSB YOUTH INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT RESULTS

Sursee (Switzerland) played host to the 14th GENSB tournament on Saturday 20th August. 

54 teams entered the competition from 10 different countries. The founder members of GENSB entered the following number of teams, Germany (7 teams), England (8 teams), Netherlands (10 teams), Switzerland (11 teams) and Belgium (6 teams) and in addition teams were entered from Sweden (3 teams), South Africa (1 team), Lithuania (4 teams), Ireland (2 teams) and Latvia (1 team). The 54th team was a mixed nationality team under the banner of “Europa”, made up of spare pullers to give everyone attending a chance to compete. Photo: Glossom ACF

The competition commenced at 10 am in very warm conditions. Following the officials the 54 teams progressed into the arena and lined up for the opening ceremony. The penultimate team and last years winners Mosnang (Switzerland) entered the arena carrying the GENSB trophy, which they then handed to a member of the organising committee to mark the end of their reign as champions. The last team to enter the arena were our hosts Nottwil carrying the GENSB flag. There was a short speech by the GENSB chairman Vic Ludkin and the competition was ready to commence. Photo: LNR ACF

The 54 teams (a record entry for the event) were divided into 6 groups of 9 teams. The best two teams from each group and the four best third placed teams went into the last 16. 

The eight teams from England came from two clubs. Glossom (Gloucester & Somerset) Army Cadet Force and Leicester Northants and Rutland Army Cadet Force, with each club fielding four teams.

Our best performance came from Glossom A who gained 19th place overall. They finished fourth in their group, which included both semi finalist (Sins and Ebersecken from Switzerland) as well as Velkonis from Latvia who reached the last sixteen.

Other positions were 46th Glossom, 47th, 48th, and 49th. LNR; 52nd Glossom, 53rd LNR; and 54th Glossom.

The teams from England gained valuable experience from the competition. They learnt much about themselves, their competitors and the standard they must aim to achieve to be successful. Defeat can be hard and in tug of war often brutal, but all sides conducted themselves in a mature manner and maintained the high standards of our sport. Well done to all who took part. Photo: 2011 GENSB Champions Streefkerk

The final positions after some intense competition were

1. TTV Streefkerk (Netherlands)
2. TTV Powerrangers (Belgium)
3. Sins (Switzerland)
4. Ebersecken (Switzerland)
5. Simonswald (Germany)
6. Stans Oberdorf (Switzerland)
7. Ramygala (Lithuania)
8. Kristalas (Lithuania)

Teams reassembled in the arena for the presentation of medals to Sins (Bronze), TTV Powerrangers (Silver) and TTV Streefkerk (Gold) followed  by the presentation of the GENSB trophy by Vic Ludkin to the 2011 winners TTV Streefkerk.

The 2012 GENSB youth international tournament will take place in Retie (Belgium) on 24 – 26 August 2012. 

Thanks to Martin Mulcahy (TOWA Child Protection Officer) for providing this report.


13/08/2011 - UK OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS UNDER 23 REPORT

Please click here for a report from the England Under 23 team manager


13/08/2011 - UK OUTDOOR TUG OF WAR CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS

The 2011 United Kingdom Outdoor Tug of War Championships were this year hosted in England with Bedford Ladies doing much of the organisation to stage the event at Kempston in Bedford. The event was supported by teams from England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, with Scotland opting not to support the event this year, whilst concentrating their efforts on competing at the European Championships in Minehead instead. The UK weight classes this year were 600 kilos and 680 kilos for men, 520 kilos and 560 kilos for ladies, and a mixed 4+4 600 kilos event. 

The 600 kilos event saw England field an A and B team (represented by Norton and Oxney Vines Cross respectively), and also a C team represented by the England Under 23 development squad. 

England A started off Strongly with a win against Wales A, before comfortably beating the rest of the field, including the England B team represented by Oxney from Sussex. England B and England C started first on, but there was no upset here as England B defeated the under 23 team by 2 ends to 0. The England C team competed well throughout the day, but failed to take any ends off the opposition, despite running the Welsh teams close.

In the semi finals, England A met Wales A in the semi finals, going on to secure a comfortable 2 ends to 0 win to meet England B who defeated Northern Ireland A in their semi final by 2 ends to 1 in a good match. England A. represented by Norton again proved to be very strong and overcame the England B team by 2 ends to 0 to win the gold medal without dropping any points. The bronze medal was won by Northern Ireland A who had a good 2 ends to 0 win over Wales A in the bronze medal play off. 

Whilst it was a great performance by England A, England B (represented by Oxney) did a great job throughout the competition, with many young new faces in their team representing England for the first time. When they join up with the England Under 23 team, they should help to make a strong England under 23 team for the world under 23 championships which are taking place alongside the European Championships in Minehead in September. 

The ladies weight classes were the next weights to be contested, and in the absence of Scotland, four teams competed in each weight class – England A and B, and Wales A and B. England A and B were represented by Sheen Ladies and Bedford Ladies, With Sheen Ladies representing England A in the 560 kilos and England B in the 520 kilos, and Bedford Ladies representing England A in the 520 kilos and England B in the 560 kilos.

In both of the ladies weight classes Sheen Ladies, took gold for England, and on the hard ground proved to be formidable opponents to all before them, and were rarely troubled by any other the other teams from the UK nations, including the England B team represented by Bedford Ladies. Sheen Ladies took gold as England A in the 560, and gold as England B in the 520 kilos. Bedford Ladies, were worthy winners of the silver medals as England representatives in both weight classes. In the 520 kilos, Wales B defeated Wales A to take the bronze, and Wales A took the bronze in the 560 kilos event.  

The second mens weight of the day was the 680 kilos competition. England A were represented by Sheen and England B were represented by Felton Eccles. 

England A started off strongly by defeating Wales B, before beating all the other teams in the group, including England B, represented by 2010 UK champions Felton Eccles without losing an end. It wasn’t quite as straight forward for England B as they dropped an end to the strong Wales A side, however they progressed to the semi finals in second place in the group. In the semi finals, England A again defeated Wales B.

Again, England B, represented by Felton Eccles had to endure a tough three end pull with the Wales A side, and managed to overcome Wales by 2 ends to 1. In the final, England A were up against England B. England A took the first end fairly comfortably, however on the second end, England B raised their game to try and level the score. After a gruelling pull that lasted almost four minutes, and with both teams on 2 cautions, England A brought England B over the line to take the UK 680 kilos outdoor title. This was the first time that Sheen have won the 680 kilos weight class at an outdoor UK championships.

The final weight class of the closed event was the mixed 600 kilos 4+4. In this weight class, England A were represented by Bedford, and England B were represented by Oxney. Both England A and England B progressed to the semi finals along with Wales A and Wales B. In the semi finals, England A defeated Wales B, and England B defeated Wales A. Wales A took the bronze medal, and England A took the gold medal ahead of England B who won silver as runners up to cap off a good weekend for the England teams in which gold and silver medals were won in each weight class. 

Acknowledgements

The Tug of War Association would like to make special thanks to Dave and Marion Kitchener and all associated with Bedford Ladies Tug of War Club for organising this years United Kingdom Tug of War Championships on behalf of the Tug of War Association. It was very well received by all who took part and supported the event over the weekend. A good job well done.  

Men 600 Kilos - 1. England A (Represented by Norton) - 2 - England B (Represented by Oxney Vines Cross - 3 - Northern Ireland A - 4 - Wales A

Men 680 Kilos - 1 - England A (Represented by Sheen) - 2 - England B (Represented by Felton Eccles) - 3 - Wales B - 4 - Wales A

Ladies 520 Kilos - 1 - England B (Represented by Sheen Ladies) - 2 - England A (Represented by Bedford Ladies) - 3 - Wales B - 4 - Wales A

Ladies 560 Kilos - 1 - England A (Represented by Sheen Ladies) - 2 - England B (Represented by Bedford Ladies - 3 - Wales A - 4 - Wales B

Mixed 600 kilos 4 + 4 - 1 - England A (Represented by Bedford) - 2 - England B (Represented by Oxney Vines Cross) - 3 - Wales A - 4 - Wales B


12/08/2011 - TUG OF WAR IN THE NEWS

Please click here to read the BBC news article about the UK tug of war championships taking place in Bedford this weekend.


07/08/2011 - INTER COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS AND NATIONAL OPEN 4 + 4 RESULTS

This years Inter County and National Open 4+4 Championships were held at Cranleigh Agricultural Show in Surrey. The event was supported by Norton (Staffordshire), Felton Eccles (Somerset), Sandhurst (Berkshire), Oxney Vines Cross (Susses), 1066 (Sussex), Totham Bull (Essex), Leek (Staffordshire), and Woodton (Nortfolk). Photo: Staffordshire, represented by Norton

The championships were not quite as well supported as last year with some teams competing abroad or being unable to travel to the event, however the competition was good, and teams had the opportunity of trying out the new ropes that are to be used at the European Outdoor Championships in Minehead in September. Photo: Sussex, Represented by Oxney Vines Cross

All weight categories were pulled under TWIF Rules with the top four teams in each weight class progressing to the semi finals and finals. The two inter county weights at 640 kilos and 680 kilos were won well by Staffordshire who were represented by Norton. The runners up in the 640 kilos weight class were Sussex represented by Oxney Vines Cross. The runners up in the 680 kilos weight class were Somerset, Represented by Felton Eccles. Photo: Bedford - National 4+4 Champions

The national 4+4 competition was supported by five teams. Bedford Ladies finished up as the overall winners to defend their title from 2010. The runners up this year were Leek, with Oxney winning the bronze medal. Well done to all of the teams who took part in this event. Photo: Leek TOWC - National 4+4 silver medallists

The open weights were contested at 600 kilos and 660 kilos. Norton again finished as worthy winners without losing any ends. Oxney finished as runners up in the 600 kilos competition, with Felton Eccles A finishing as runners up in the 660 kilos event.

640 Inter Counties
1. Staffordshire (Norton)
2. Sussex (Oxney)
3. Somerset (Felton)

680 Inter Counties

1. Staffordshire (Norton)
2. Somerset (Felton)
3. Berkshire (Sandhurst)

National 600 4+4
1. Bedford
2. Leek