Eng­land ex­ploits see Bosley over­pow­ered

‘ Walk-for­ward’ tac­tic pays div­i­dends for host na­tion as they save en­ergy to se­cure third

Macclesfield Express - - MOTORS -

BOSLEY Tug of War Club trav­elled to Belfast to rep­re­sent Eng­land in the UK Out­door Tug of War Cham­pi­onships.

While ath­letes from the home na­tions were rep­re­sent­ing their coun­tries in Glas­gow’s Com­mon­wealth Games, Bosley were rep­re­sent­ing Eng­land A in the 600kg weight class against the A and B teams from the other home na­tions.

It’s an hon­our they earned by reach­ing the fi­nal of the 600kg com­pe­ti­tion at the English Na­tional Tug of War Cham­pi­onships in June, per­form­ing above all ex­pec­ta­tions to win the sil­ver medal.

Bosley had a tough start but de­feated a strong Wales A team by two ends to nil be­fore pick­ing up points against all of the other teams, apart from North­ern Ire­land A who were the cur­rent hold­ers of the UK 600kg ti­tle.

At the end of the group stages, they had a tough con­test against Eng­land B, who were rep­re­sented by Som­er­set team Fel­ton Ec­cles, which ended all square at one end each.

In the semi-fi­nals, the Eng­land teams met each other again, while the B team from North­ern Ire­land chose to walk for­ward against their A team, set­tling with a place in the bronze medal match.

In the all-Eng­land semi­fi­nal, the first end – which lasted al­most six min­utes – was won by Fel­ton Ec­cles, and they booked their place in the fi­nal with vic­tory in the sec­ond end, leav­ing Bosley to fight it out for the bronze.

North­ern Ire­land B had walked for­ward in all four of the pre­vi­ous ends to pre­serve en­ergy for a chance of win­ning bronze, rather than go­ing for a place in the fi­nal, while the Bosley lads’ pre­vi­ous four ends to­talled more than 15 min­utes.

In the bronze medal match Eng­land A gave a good ac­count of them­selves against a much fresher team but the home team’s rest paid div­i­dend­sas they won in two ends.

Mean­while North­ern Ire­land A re­tained the ti­tle, de­feat­ing Eng­land B in the fi­nal.

The sec­ond day of com­pe­ti­tion was the UK Open Club com­pe­ti­tion, with Bosley fin­ish­ing third over­all in the 580kg com­pe­ti­tion.

Club spokesman Alan Knott said: “We have been punch­ing well above our weight this year.

“With the ma­jor­ity of our squad be­ing new mem­bers this year, to make a na­tional fi­nal and go on to rep­re­sent Eng­land at the UK cham­pi­onships is a fan­tas­tic achieve­ment.

“This week­end was another huge step up, we com­peted re­ally well, and earned a lot of re­spect by try­ing to get to the fi­nal.

“It was a huge learn­ing curve, and every­one will have gained valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence, ready for when we are look­ing to chal­lenge for ti­tles again next year.

“We thank our spon­sors Bolling­ton Brew­ing Com­pany and A Etchells and Son.”

Bosley will be rep­re­sent­ing Cheshire at the In­ter County Cham­pi­onships be­fore the end of the 2014 sea­son in Septem­ber, af­ter which they’ll con­cen­trate on build­ing a strong squad for next sea­son.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion or to join in with a train­ing ses­sion, visit bosley­tu­gofwar.co.uk

●● Bosley Tug of War Club were rep­re­sent­ing Eng­land in Belfast but couldn’t bring home a medal

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