BANCRAN WIN GOLD AT UK OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
Friday morning at just before 8am as I was heading out to work, I had a knock at the door as the first of the travellers were starting out on their journey to Perth for the UK outdoor Championships which this year were part of the Highland Games in Perth. Bus ride, then the boat and another three plus hours on the road would see the combined team in the beautiful city of Perth and at the Bell Sports Centre for the weigh in. Members came from all around Northern Ireland and when it came to the scales the first team to represent at 600kgs had no problems as they weighed in at 597kgs.
Those representing at the heavier weight had more problems, not with the weight but with the lack of it. Game as a they come, their weight at 608kgs did not deter them from the fray and the much heavier teams that they were destined to meet.
Tea time and the food intake was on the up and believe it or not when I made contact at about 10pm, some were already in bed!!. Early to bed and early to rise etc.etc.
Stamping done on Saturday morning and the Bancran team took to the field. Opposition came from Wales, Scotland and England. The recent visitors to Benburb, Oxney Vines Cross were representing but throughout the competition at 600, the local lads put on a performance as good as anyone had seen for quite some time.
No one gave an inch and through a strong output and a determination from everyone, the Bancran team took the Gold medals and the coveted Taylor Woodrow Cup. A fantastic achievement from the whole team. Not to be outdone the heavyweight event at 680 came up next but by giving away 72 kgs, they were right up against it from the start. Not to be outdone, they all stuck well to their task and ended up in the semi finals where they were defeated meaning that they would meet Wales in the Bronze pull off. Again they took to the rope in their usual determined fashion only to succumb and be beaten into fourth place. A great achievement for the light team, who I hear caused problems for those they met during the round robin part of the competition.
Following on from the days event, a celebration dinner was held in the Salutation Hotel in Perth where the medals and trophies were presented to all of the winning teams and probably a few stories told as well as some refreshments taken.
I saw a picture somewhere on Facebook the other day where it described Hugh Heron as looking on with pride at the team from Bancran. Again Hughie you and everyone can be proud of the achievements of this weekend past.
There will be sterner tests ahead, but I have no doubt in my own mind, that the team are well up to the task ahead.
Well done to everyone who travelled and here’s to the next foray into the world of tug of war and the upcoming European Championships in Assen.
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