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Bancran Tug of War Club

The club at Bancran has been in existence since the mid 1960s when a team was formed in the townland of Bancran on the outskirts of Draperstown and in the foothills of the Sperrins.

The first coach of the team was Peter Convery and the first pull that the team took part in was at Magherafelt where they finished in runners up position to the Magherafelt team. Bancran became the first team to represent Northern Ireland in 1968 at 640kgs in Burkalo, where the famous team from Aghadowey finished up in runners up position in the 720kgs competition.

In 1969 they represented again in the 720 kgs class in Fermoy and in 1974 in Engelberg at 720kgs. In 1975 once again they represented NI at 640kgs in Holland.


The success of the team had many ups and downs but in the late 1990s the team was reformed and a new young team emerged on the scene. Their training got better and their skill at the sport

The young team prospered and with the help of Mickey Bradley the fledgling team have prospered to the stage where they are a team that are hard to handle in the competition arena. 600kg UK Gold beckoned and was achieved in Halkynn in North Wales in 2006 and in 2007 they took a much deserved silver medal at the European Championships in Minehead being very narrowly defeated. In 2008 they took bronze at 560 in the World Championships in Sweden.


Anyone interested in joining the team should make contact with any of the pullers or Hughie Herron who is still very much involved with the team.