A GROUP of local men have shown off their strength in the sport of tug of war to win medals over east.
A GROUP of local men have shown off their strength to win a number of medals over east.
West Coast Tug of War was formed earliest this year at the St Patrick’s Day Festival by experienced tug-of-war puller and Lathlain resident Jonathan Flemming.
The team competed at the national titles, which were held in Muswellbrook and Aberdeen in New South Wales, on June 30 and July 1.
At the National Indoor Titles, West Coast won gold in the 600kg, 640kg, 680kg and 720kg categories.
Aberdeen Highland Show hosted the national titles, where West Coast won silver in the 600kg, 640kg, 680kg and 720kg categories.
West Coast Tug of War represented WA in the Interstate Title, taking the gold, the first time WA has won the Interstate Trophy.
Team member and Carlisle resident Michael Moorhead said the men were all of Irish heritage and were “strong enough” for the competitions.
“On the first day of the competition, we did 24 or 25 pulls and on the second day we did 37 pulls,” he said.
“We were all a bit sore and sorry for the next few days after the event.
“We didn’t expect to do so well, we just had a bit of a go at it.”Moorhead said the team hoped to compete in the World Championships in China next year. The team includes: Jonathan Flemming (Lathlain), Brian McConnell (Queens Park), Senan Gaynor (Cloverdale), Michael Moorhead (Carlisle), Danial Walker (Belmont), Mathew Bissett (Belmont). Coach on the day was Colm O'Hagan.
West Coast Tug of War in competition.