Bosley boys pull off medal fin­ish

Macclesfield Express - - JOBS - TUG OF WAR

BOSLEY Tug of War Club were com­pet­ing at the Tug of War As­so­ci­a­tion Na­tional Tug of War Cham­pi­onships in Yeovil, Som­er­set over the week­end, and once again fin­ished among the medals.

The team com­peted in the 560 ki­los, 600 ki­los and 680 ki­los weight cat­e­gories at the cham­pi­onships, win­ning bronze in the 560 ki­los com­pe­ti­tion and missed out on a sec­ond medal in the 600 ki­los com­pe­ti­tion, fin­ish­ing in fourth place.

Bosley’s first medal of the day came in a very tough 560 ki­los com­pe­ti­tion, which was wide open this year with the teams com­pet­ing in this weight class be­ing very close to each other in the com­pe­ti­tions lead­ing up to the cham­pi­onships.

The team went through in the group stages to meet Sand­hurst from Berk­shire in the semi fi­nals.

Bosley took the first end, how­ever Sand­hurst man­aged to take the next two ends to deny Bosley a place in the fi­nal. In the bronze medal match, Bosley met Wide­combe from Devon, and in another bruis­ing en­counter, Bosley lost the first end. T

he sec­ond end was keenly fought out, with Wide­combe tak­ing Bosley close to the line, but Bosley bat­tled all the way and took the sec­ond end to level the match.

Bosley took the third and de­cid­ing end to take a well-de­served bronze medal. Nor­ton from Stafford­shire were the gold medal­lists in this weight class.

In the 600 ki­los com­pe­ti­tion, Bosley en­tered the event as sil­ver medal­lists from 2014.

The com­pe­ti­tion was just as tough this year, and Bosley again pro­gressed from their group to reach the semi fi­nals. In the semi fi­nals, Bosley met Nor­ton, how­ever this year, Bosley missed out on a place in the fi­nal, and went into the bronze medal match to meet Oxney Vines Cross from Sus­sex.

Af­ter another good bronze medal match, Bos- ley this time had to set­tle for fourth place.

In the 680 ki­los com­pe­ti­tion, Bosley again com­peted with an un­der­weight team, giv­ing a good ac­count of them­selves, but didn’t make the semi fi­nals and so, didn’t have the chance to com­pete for one of the three medals on of­fer.

“We had another great cham­pi­onship this year” com­mented Bosley puller Alan Knott.

“We have a lot of young and in­ex­pe­ri­enced mem­bers in our team, but we keep get­ting bet­ter. We will def­i­nitely keep work­ing hard to get back to the top”

“We will now be go­ing on to com­pete at the Euro­pean Open Club Champi- on­ships in Belfast in Septem­ber, which will give our team much needed ex­pe­ri­ence against the very best teams in Europe and the World”

“This year is the 50th an­niver­sary of the first Euro­pean Tug of War Cham­pi­onships which took place in 1965 and Bosley were the very first win­ners of a tug of war Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship so it will be nice to have the club there this year and hope­fully win a medal”

The team will be in train­ing now for the rest of the sum­mer on Tues­day and Thurs­day evenings at 8pm as well as com­pet­ing at tug of war com­pe­ti­tions on Sun­day.

If any­one is in­ter­ested in tak­ing part in a tug of war train­ing ses­sion, which are open to all, then please visit www.bosley­tu­gofwar.co.uk for more info.

Bosley Tug of War Club will be host­ing their an­nual char­ity tug of war com­pe­ti­tion in aid of the East Cheshire Hos­pice on Sun­day 12th July.

There will be a 6 a side tug of war com­pe­ti­tion open any busi­nesses, clubs, groups of friends, etc who want to take part.

The en­try fee is £10 per team.

For more info about this event and to en­ter a team, con­tact Alan Knott on 07976 591222 or e-mail alan_ p_ knott@ hot­mail. com

●● Bosley tug of war team picked up the bronze medal at the Na­tional Cham­pi­onships

●● Bosley tug of war team in ac­tion at Yeovil at the week­end

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