Bosley boys pull off medal finish
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