2022 National Indoor Championships Results
The 2022 National Indoor Tug of War Championships returned to Bakewell this year, with a full programme of men’s weight categories taking place, along with a mixed 580kg competition. The number of teams taking part this year was lower than in previous teams, although with all clubs having large squads to choose from, it meant that all clubs taking part entered all of the mens weight classes. Each weight was run on a points competition with the top two teams competing again in a final.
In the heavier weight divisions at 680kg, 720kg and catchweight, the top two teams to emerge in each were Sheen and Uppertown. The first weight of the day was the catchweight with both teams going 1-1 in the group rounds. In the final, Sheen changed their line up around and took the first end. Uppertown then made a substitution and levelled the match to take the final to a deciding end. After another good battle, Uppertown took the end and the gold medal. In the 720kg competition, the group stage went much the same way, and again we were treated to a very close final which Uppertown won to take their second gold medal of the day. The 680kg competition was the final mens weight class of the day which saw Uppertown win the final against Sheen by 2 ends to 0.
Photo: Uppertown Squad
In the lighter weight classes, the 640kg took place first and was the second weight class on the day after the catchweight competition. There were some tight ends in this weight class with Sheen progressing to the final without losing an end and Uppertown edged out Bosley to join Sheen in the final. In the final, Sheen took the gold medal by 2 ends to 0 to win their first national indoor title since 2017.
Photo: Sheen Squad
The 560kg competition saw Bosley and Sheen compete first on and after two reasonably long ends, Bosley took the win by 2 ends to 0. There was then a good battle between Sheen and Uppertown, with Sheen taking the first end, with a very exciting second end which saw Sheen take a large amount of rope before Uppertown got back into the pull and took Sheen all the way out to make the pull 1-1. The final round of pulling saw Bosley defeat Uppertown. Bosley progressed to the final along with Sheen who edged out Uppertown on cautions. In the final, Bosley managed to wear Sheen down on both ends to win the gold medal by 2 ends to 0.
The 600kg was another close competition with Bosley and Sheen having two very long ends first on with Bosley eventually winning both of them by 2 ends to 0. Uppertown then faced Sheen and picked up a good 2 ends to 0 win with Bosley defeating Uppertown in the final round. In the final, Uppertown faced Bosley with Bosley taking both ends and the gold medal.
The day finished with the mixed 580kg competition. Sheen and Bosley competed in the final, with Bosley taking both ends to win their third gold medal of the day.
Well done to all of the clubs and officials who took part and thank you very much to all pullers, coaches, officials, supporters and those who work on the side lines and behind the scenes to make it possible and keep the circuit going.
Photo: Bosley Squad