03/04/2022 - Bosley TOWC Open Competition Results
This Sunday 3 April, Bosley Tug of War Club hosted their annual tug of war competition in Cheshire with the following clubs taking part:
Men – Felton Eccles (A and B), Bosley, Lincoln, Upper Eden (A and B), Sandbach YFC, Diesel Power TOWC, York and Holland TOWC, with Army Ladies and Bedford Ladies also taking part in the mens 600kg competition as allowed by TOWA rules
Ladies – Army Ladies, Bedford Ladies, Bosley Ladies, Upper Eden Ladies, Diesel Power Ladies, Melton Mowbray Ladies, Upton upon Severn Ladies
Mixed – Bosley (A and B), Upper Eden (A and B), Upton upon Severn, Diesel Power
The day was dry but cool and with soft ground, the ground cut up well and we got some competitive ends of tug of war across all of the weight classes.
Photo: Diesel Power TOWC
The catchweight competition started with a straight points competition, with Lincoln topping the group without dropping any ends. The battle for second place in the group was close, especially between York (who were back on the circuit after a three year absence) and Felton Eccles who went 1-1 with each other in the group. At the end of the competition, both clubs finished on level points, level on the number of matches won and level on cautions, so it came down to the toss of the coin to decide which team would finish as runners up in the group and it was Felton who won the toss. Lincoln finished as overall winners, with Felton runners up.
Photo: Holland TOWC
The ladies 520kg competition was the first ladies weight with a straight group of 6. Bedford Ladies finished as the group winners without dropping an end, with some close pulling between the other teams with Melton Ladies and Army Ladies having a good 1-1 draw in their first match. Upper Eden Ladies finished as worthy runners up.
Photo: Bedford Ladies TOWC
The mixed 580kg followed which was run as a straight group of 6. There was some close pulling in this event too, with Bosley A and Upper Eden A going 1-1 in the first match, Upper Eden B beating Bosley B, and Upton defeated Diesel Power in the first round. Upper Eden B went 1-1 with Upton, but later beat Bosley A by 2 ends to 0. Upper Eden A and B eventually finished on level points as the top two teams in the group, with Upper Eden B finishing as the eventual winners.
Photo: Sandbach YFC
The mens 600kg competition followed which was split into two groups. Felton A, Upper Eden A and B, Bedford and Army were in group 1, and Lincoln, York, Bosley and Diesel Power were in group 2. Upper Eden A performed strongly to finish top of group 1 ahead of group runners up Felton, and Lincoln won group two undefeated ahead of Bosley. In the final, Lincoln ran out as 2 ends to 0 winners.
Photo: York TOWC
The mens 640kg and Ladies 540kg followed with the 640kg competition being split into two groups of 5, and the ladies 540kg being pulled as a straight group of 7.
The mens 640kg competition saw Lincoln and Felton A top their respective groups to reach the final. There was a well fought out final which saw Felton finished as worthy winners by 2 ends to 0.
Photo: Army Ladies
The ladies 540kg saw host team Bosley field a ladies team for the first time, and as with the 520kg competition, it was Bedford Ladies who dominated this weight class without dropping any ends. There was a lot of close pulling between the other teams with Melton Mowbray Ladies finishing as the eventual runners up.
Photo: Lincoln TOWC
The final ladies weight of the day was the 560kg with Bedford Ladies completing a hat-trick of wins for the day, again without dropping any ends. Upper Eden finished as runners up ahead of Melton Mowbray, Army and Diesel Power.
Photo: Diesel Power Ladies
The final mens weight of the day was the 680kg with 6 teams entered and pulled as a straight group. Lincoln again performed strongly to win the competition without dropping any points. There was again some close pulling between the other teams, with Felton B and York going 1-1, and York also went 1-1 with Bosley. Felton A defeated all of the other teams except Lincoln to finish as the eventual runners up.
Photo: Felton Eccles TOWC
Officials on the day were Pete Dyer, Roger Beardsmore, Gavin Corden, Ray Fray-Smith, Mick Grimston, Wendy Dyer, Rachel Lewis, Mark Williams, and Heidi Maddison.
Photo: Host club Bosley TOWC
The next fixtures are being hosted by Upper Eden and Area 5 (East of England Championships). Both of these competitions are open competitions and all teams are welcome and encouraged to take part. Please visit our fixtures page for further details about these and other events.
Photo: Upper Eden TOWC
Men Catchweight - Winners - Lincoln - Runners Up - Felton Eccles
Ladies 520kg - Winners - Bedford - Runners Up - Upper Eden
Mixed 580kg - Winners - Upper Eden B - Runners Up - Upper Eden A
Men 600kg - Winners - Lincoln - Runners Up - Upper Eden
Men 640kg - Winners - Felton Eccles - Runners Up - Lincoln
Ladies 540kg - Winners - Bedford - Runners Up - Melton Mowbray
Men 680 - Winners - Lincoln - Runners Up - Felton Eccles
Ladies 560kg - Winners - Bedford - Runners Up - Upper Eden
Photo: Melton Mowbray Ladies TOWC