Nigel Nesbitt Memorial

Nigel Nesbitt Memorial

Goodyear Sports Centre Craigavon



Members of the local Ballyhegan team, for which Nigel had been a puller, had put in some time in organising this Memorial event in Nigels memory.

Saturday afternoon beckoned and following an invite to our close neighbours, seven teams turned out for the event including Richhill and Ballyhegan.  Weigh in started on time and during a frantic our a total of 21 teams were weighed and stamped ready for the fray.

The 640 was to be the first encounter on the mats and was the competition being held in memory of Nigel.  Seven teams took to the mats for the round robin with some very good pulling amongst all of the teams.  Clonmany B proved to be strongest on the mats running out in first place closely followed by Mountain View A, Cockhill and a second team from Mountain View.

One pulling four saw Clonmany B and Mountain View B take to one mat whilst Mountain View A and Cockhill took the second.  Clonmany took both ends in short time and got off for a rest.  The other semi was a different affair with neither team giving or expecting anything.  It was nip and tuck several times, with both teams taking yards and being stopped and it being taken in the opposite direction.  Two cracking ends of indoor tug of war between two very even teams only for Cockhill to take the decision on both occasions.

A short rest and once again to the mats came Clonmany B and Cockhill.  A tight venture for both teams but the stronger team from Clonmany eased Cockhill out into the silver medal position for the first competition.

At this stage Mr Cathal McKeever welcomed the Nesbitt family to the hall and spoke of the kindness and good comradeship that was shown by Nigel.  The medals and trophies were presented to the winners before we went onto the next weight class the 580kgs.

7 teams again this time fighting for the top two spots and a pull of final.  A change of weight but no less pressure by everyone on the mats.  This time it was Cockhill that showed their metal coming to the top having never lost an end with the local rivals from Carndonagh closely behind having only lost to Cockhill.

Final again and after a short rest both teams put on a great display this time with the Carndonagh team taking both ends and first position.

Two down with the 600 to go and once again 7 teams took to the mats with Clonmany B and Cockhill once again floating to the top.  Five hours of steady pulling, not much rest in between pulls and quick turn around saw Cockhill take both ends to finish the night.

Credit to the Ballyhegan team for a great competition which ran like clockwork.  Well done to the local pullers who turned out and supported this excellent memorial competition in memory of Nigel Nesbitt.

Two more pulls left before the World indoors in Castlebar which I will put on the facebook page.

Good luck to those who will travel and compete at the highest level at Breiffy House in February.

Written by:  - 2 Feb, 2014