Quar­ter-fi­nal fin­ish for Bosley in Belfast

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BOSLEY Tug of War Club were in ac­tion in the Euro­pean Out­door Tug of War Cham­pi­onships held in Belfast, North­ern Ire­land last week.

Bosley have been com­pet­ing in a num­ber of do­mes­tic com­pe­ti­tions over the course of the sea­son and went into the event look­ing to com­pete well.

They were in­volved in the Euro­pean Open Club com­pe­ti­tion on the first day, with the club com­pet­ing in the 560kg weight class.

The club com­pe­ti­tion was split into four pools with the top two from each pool go­ing for­ward to the knock-out stages of the com­pe­ti­tion.

Bosley were com­pet­ing in the event with an in­ex­pe­ri­enced team, with a num­ber of mem­bers com­pet­ing in their first in­ter­na­tional event.

The team com­peted well in the group stages of the com­pe­ti­tion to fin­ish sec­ond in their pool be­hind Stans-Ober­dorf from Switzer­land.

Bosley pro­gressed all the way to the quar­ter fi­nals of the com­pe­ti­tion where they met the Basque team of Go­hierri, who are for­mer world club cham­pi­ons at this weight class.

De­spite a good ef­fort, Bosley lost out by two ends to nil, with Go­hierri pro­gress­ing all the way to the fi­nal to take gold, de­feat­ing Stans-Ober­dorf in the fi­nal of the com­pe­ti­tion who had de­feated Bosley ear­lier in the group stages of the com­pe­ti­tion.

“We had a great cham- pi­o­nship reach­ing the quar­ter fi­nals of the com­pe­ti­tion with a young and in­ex­pe­ri­enced team,” com­mented puller and club sec­re­tary Alan Knott.

“Be­ing one of the top eight clubs in a Euro­pean Club Com­pe­ti­tion is a great achieve­ment and we only lost to the two teams that made the fi­nal, so hope­fully we can stick to­gether and go on to big­ger and bet­ter things in the fu­ture.”

The event was the 50th an­niver­sary of the first Euro­pean Tug of War Cham­pi­onship that was held at the Crys­tal Palace Ath­let­ics Sta­dium in Lon­don, and as well as com­pet­ing in the tug of war event, the team were in­tro­duced to three mem­bers of the 1965 North­ern Ire­land tug of war team that reached the fi­nal of the first Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship in 1965 and faced the Eng­land team rep­re­sented by Bosley, which Bosley won.

The team were also in­tro­duced to 1972 Olympic Pen­tathlon Cham­pion Dame Mary Peters.

The Euro­pean Tug of War Cham­pi­onships marked the end of the 2015 out­door tug of war sea­son, and the team will be look­ing to re­group over the win­ter months ready for the next chal­lenge, which will be the 2016 Na­tional Cham­pi­onships in June and the 2016 World Cham­pi­onships in Swe­den in Septem­ber 2016.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion about Bosley Tug of War Club and to find out how you can get in­volved, visit the club web site at www. bosley­tu­gofwar.co.uk.

●● Bosley squad with mem­bers of the 1965 North­ern Ire­land tug of war team and Dame Mary Peters

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