The Tug of War Association would like to express our appreciation to all of the teams, pullers and coaches involved in this event, both on the field and behind the scenes. It takes a huge amount of effort to prepare for these types of event as well as the expense of traveling, which we know is a huge challenge when funding is scarce. Thanks also to England team manager Stafford Chipperfield for helping and supporting the teams there (often a thankless task!), the supporters who cheered the teams on, and friends and families back home who provided the support to get teams here.
Finally, a huge thank you to our hosts, the South Africa Tug of War Federation. It was another great Championships in a wonderful setting with great organisation and great hospitality. No doubt we will return again in the future!
To everyone in the tug of war community out in South Africa - Now the pulling over, enjoy the celebrations, meeting up with old friends, and making new ones!
Until next time at GENSB 2019 in Folkestone, England and the 2019 TWIF European Championships in Castlebar, Ireland!
In the junior competitions first of all, the England Junior Men finished 6th overall. The Junior Ladies 480kg was held as an exhibition competition and the England junior ladies came away with a bronze!
In the mens 680kg, England came away with another brilliant bronze medal, defeating Germany 2-0 in the bronze medal match.
Following the 680kg, England gained a superb result in the mixed 580kg competition by winning gold, defeating Sweden in the final.
In the afternoon, England finished 4th in the mens 560kg competition with a composite team and 5th in the ladies 500kg represented by Bedford Ladies.
Well done to all of our teams on these excellent results!
Today Felton Eccles competed in the open club competition in the 640kg competition. They were in a group containing perennial 640kg challengers Engelberg from Switzerland along with a number of good teams from the Netherlands. Felton battled hard to progress from the group, but unfortunately lost out on a place in the semi finals after losing their quarter final match against Okia.
Team ACF entered two teams in the junior mixed 520kg and competed well with their A team finishing 9th, and their B team finishing 11th.
More medals have come this afternoon in the open competition with two medals in the ladies 500kg with Kilroe Ladies taking silver after being defeated in the final by Ayrshire from Scotland. Bedford took bronze against Sins from Switzerland in a three end match which Bedford won 2 ends to 1. Huge congratulations to both teams!
A brilliant first day for English clubs with a gold, silver and bronze medal in the bag!
Kilroe have just taken gold in the mixed 580kg competition after defeating Eibergen from the Netherlands in the final. Kilroe were undefeated in the group stages and defeated another Dutch team Huere in the semi finals before defeating Eibergen. Congratulations!
Over the next few days, the England tug of war teams will be heading out to the World Outdoor Tug of War Championships, which take place in Cape Town, South Africa on 19-22 September.
England will be represented in the International Competitions in the mens 560, 640, 680 and 720 weight classes, as well as the ladies 500 and 540, the senior mixed 580, junior men 560, junior ladies 480 and junior mixed 520.
Felton Eccles, Bedford Ladies, Kilroe Ladies, and Team ACF will also be competing in the open competition.
England will be represented in the closed international competition by the above clubs as well as Lincoln, and other pullers from other teams who are travelling to the event as part of their squads.
Any teams traveling to compete at the World Championships in South Africa later this month are reminded to familiarise themselves with the rules, in particular the recent rule changes regarding protective clothing / belts and boot composition.
English teams recently took part in the GENSB youth international tug of war tournament in Germany. Club ACF fielded two teams at the 21st annual GENSB tournament held in picturesque Mohnesee.
Once again there was a good entry of 31 teams, who were divided into four groups. The top sixteen teams then went through to the knock out stage.
Switzerland were well represented with three teams reaching the semi-finals and Stans-Oberdorf (Switzerland) emerging as dominant winners defeating TTV Powerrangers 1 (Belgium) in the final, which was judged by our own Gavin Corden.
The top eight placings are listed below:
TTV Powerrangers 1
In total eight countries were represented at the event (Belgium, England, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and Wales).
Team ACF 2 pulled well in the group stage gaining 16 points and finishing in second place behind last years’ winner Waldkirch 1.
To gain their second place Team ACF 2 defeated: Eire Og 1 (Ireland), TTT Het Loggertje (Netherlands), Dutch Mix (Netherlands), TZFr. Dietenbach (Germany), TTV Powerrangers 2 (Belgium). Club ACF 2 shared the points with Mosnang (Switzerland) and lost to Waldkirch 1 (Switzerland).
Club ACF 2 could not maintain their good run of form and were defeated by Loftadalen DK (Sweden) in the round of 16 and finished overall in 11th place.
Club ACF 1 unfortunately, had a far more difficult day, but did gain a vast amount of experience throughout the whole competition.
In addition to Gavin Corden, England were also represented by Dave Kitchener and Ian Grant in the pool of judges.
At the end of the competition the GENSB flag was lowered and passed to the Chairman of the English Tug of War Association, Pete Dyer, who invited all those present to next year’s tournament to be held in Folkestone, England.
The following day, before our long coach drive to Calais, we visited the Mohne Dam. This trip was made all the more significant with 2018 being the 100th Anniversary of the RAF. It was also a time to reflect on the casualties and loss of life on both sides of the conflict, as a result of the historic bombing of the Mohne Dam in 1943.
The British and Irish Tug of War Championships took place over the weekend with two days of competition being held at Wyboston Lakes near St Neots, Bedfordshire.
The first day of competition saw A and B teams from each of the 5 nations of England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland battling it out in various weight divisions for mens teams, ladies teams and junior teams.
This event turned out to be one of the most competitive British and Irish Championships for a number of years, with no one nation dominating the overall results on the day. The event saw England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales all come away with at least one gold medal. England and Wales got 3 gold medals each, with Scotland and Ireland also winning a gold medal each.
This was one of the best attended British and Irish Championships for a number of years with over 500 competitors taking part. The Sunday saw the club competitions taking place, where there was again some exceptionally close competition.
The mens divisions saw Lincoln win 3 of the 5 gold medals on offer, with the other two weight classes being won by Greenhills from Northern Ireland and Cornhill from Scotland. The ladies competitions saw Ayrshire and Kilroe win one gold medal each, with Cornhill also winning the mix. All in all, it was a superb weekend of competition
It is a long time since we have had a British and Irish Championships / UK Championships as fiercely competitive as this one and it was a great spectacle for all of the spectators who came along to cheer their teams on the day.
Competitions like this are won on fine margins, and all of the eventual gold medallists were very worthy winners.
The next big event that teams are looking forward to is the World Tug of War Championships which are taking place in South Africa in September and we wish everyone travelling to that event representing England the very best of luck.
As a final note, we must extend a vote of thanks to TOWA Secretary Mick Copper for co-ordinating and doing a huge amount of work with the staff at Wyboston Lakes to put this on, to Jamie Dewsbury for sponsoring the arena barriers, to Area 5 for supplying the tentage, and once again to Heather Grimston for running the raffle, the funds from which go a long way towards helping to cover the cost of staging these types of events. Of course a huge vote of thanks goes to all of the teams who took part, many of who travel significant distances to train and compete, and to the officials and marshalls who officiate at these events.
Results Summary: International Events
Men 600kg - Gold - Ireland A - Silver - Scotland A - Bronze - Northern Ireland A
Men 680kg - Gold - England A - Silver - England B - Bronze - Wales A
Mixed 580kg - Gold - England A - Silver - Scotland A - Bronze - England B
Ladies 560kg - Gold - England A - Silver - Scotland A - Bronze - Wales B
Ladies 520kg - Gold - Scotland A - Silver - England A - Bronze - England B
Junior Men 560kg - Gold - Wales B - Silver - England A - Bronze - Wales B
Junior Ladies 520kg - Gold - Wales A - Silver - Wales B - Bronze - England A Junior Mixed 560kg - Gold - Wales A - Silver - Wales B - Bronze - England A
Men 560kg - Gold - Greenhills (NIR) - Silver - Upper Eden (ENG) - Bronze - Cornhill (SCO)