See the Fixtures page for the 2018 event schedule!
Tug of War Federation AGM – Sunday 21st January 2018 – 11am Burntwood Rugby Club, West Midlands
Apologies: David Price, Diesel Power TOWC, Dave and Jo Osbourne, Olney TOWC.
Present: Sean Jose, Kevin,= Wilson, Henk Kruse, Sean Lennon, Helen Jose Teams Represented: LCS and Triple F
A general discussion took place about last years AGM, there were no matters arising.
Election of Officers: The following were elected into or remaining in office for the next 12 months:
Chairman: Shaun Jose Vice Chairman: Henk Kruse President: David Ling Secretary: Helen Jose Treasurer: Steve Gardner Treasurers Assistant: Kevin Wilson Web Site: Steve Gardner
Fixture List: The Fixture list was discussed and put together. The Fixture list will be posted shortly, there are still a few matters and venues to be confirmed!
A general re cap on the current rules in practice:
It was stressed that it is important for the teams to support each others events, there was an occasion last season where and event had to be cancelled as no one was planning to be present, this is very hard for teams to cope with.
There are no affiliation fees currently for Teams or Individuals!
Entry Fees at events: It is £7.50 a weight for all teams who wish to compete, with a maximum cap of £30 payable, so teams can enter as many teams as they want, A teams and B teams etc, all weights…it will only cost a team £30 Max!
Any of the weight classes (apart from the 3+3) a team of 8 ladies can compete against the 6 a side teams so long as they make the weight class!
Other Discussion Points:
The Federation Trailer and its Contents: It was agreed that the contents be taken to different places to be used and stored etc. BUT the trailer should be sold! The trailer can be sold to anyone within the Federation for £150, ot to anyone outside the Federation for £200!
Medals for the National Championships: It was agreed that as the Federation is okay for funds, the National Championship Medals should now be a bit more expensive / better quality. This will be looked into, with a view to getting some for this year’s Championships!
The Annual Trophies: It was commented on that some of the main awards are looking a bit tired, some damaged and broken. It was agreed that these awards will be collected in a month earlier this season so they can be refurbished/replaced where needs be!
The 2019 AGM: It was agreed the AGM can take place in March, there is no need for it to be January these days as the season doesn’t start until May. So a date for early March 2019 will be selected!
The Federation AGM will take place on Sunday 21st January 2018
Venue: Burntwood Rugby Club, The Sportsway, Burntwood, Staffs. WS73PH
Meeting will start at 11am
If you want to raise anything please send it to the Secretary (Shaun Jose) at least one week before!
Wow.. what a day, the weather was amazing, an out and out frazzler…. but despite the heat the pulling was electric also.
Well done to Shaun and LCS for putting on the venue. Chief Judge was Steve Gardner with Karen Gardner acting as recorder. Assistant Judges were John Lennon, Steve Goss and Kev Wilson.
450 kilos Gold winners were 3 Regt with Triple F in Silver and Diesel Power in Bronze positions
525 kilos Gold Winners were Olney with 3 Regt in Silver and Triple F in Bronze position.
450 3+4 Gold medal Winners were LCS with Diesel Power in Silver and Olney in Bronze positions
480 Kilos Gold Medal Winners 3 Regt with Olney in Silver and Triple F in Bronze position.
C/W Gold Medal Winners were Triple F with Olney taking a silver and 3 Regt taking Bronze
The Winners of the ‘Most Sporting Team Trophy’ were Diesel Power who had arrived with a bare six, and pulled with that very light team in all weights!
See Results Page for full details and medal winning team photos!
The Overall Final Results of the Federation 2017 National League after all 7 legs:
2017 450k: Diesel Power, Shropshire 11pts, R/Up LCS 11 pts, 3rd Deisel Power B 6pts
2017 480k: Triple F, Bucks 14pts, R/up Deisel Power 10pts, 3rd LCS 7pts
2017 525k: LCS, West Midlands 18pts, R/up Deisel Power 13pts, 3rd Triple F12 pts
2017 C/W: LCS, West Midlands 15pts, R/up Triple F 11pts, 3rd Olney 4pts
2017 450 3+3: Olney, Bucks. 5pts R/up Deisel 3pts 3rd LCS 2pts
Well done to all the teams that took part in the National League Events:
LCS 53pts, Triple F 41, Deisel Power 38, Olney 25, Halkyn 15, 3 Rect RLC 11, LCS B 8, Deisel B 8, LCS C 4, Nantwich 4, Blunham 2, St Pats 2, Triple F B 1
The Overall 2017 Season Champion of Champions Trophy was awarded and presented to: LCS
Much fun was had at the final league event with the Sky Sports Cameras certainly causing a stir. The business of the day though was to win as many points as possible to add to the seasons totals and see who would be crowned the Champions of each weight class and who would win the R.W. Ebdon Champion of Champions Shield:
The Final League Days Results were:
450 kilos: Winners LCS R/Up Olney
480 kilos: Winners RLC (3 Regt.) R/Up Triple F 3rd LCS
525 kilos: Winers RLC R/Up Triple F 3rd LCS 4th Olney
C/W: Winners RLC + Triple F 3rd LCS 4th Olney
450 3+3: Winners Olney R/Up LCS
Overall Winners on the day RLC (3 Regt) R/up Triple F 3rd LCS
See Results Page for Full Details!
Appalling ground conditions on the show field did not deter or hamper the event in any way and the competition was started on time at 12 noon. Six teams contested the five weights: Hadleigh, LCS, Triple F, Royal Marines, Conningsby and Diesel Power. The event was sponsored in the medals by Dave Ling for which the Federation are very grateful. The judges were Steve Gardner and Dave Ling and the recorder was Karen Gardner. During the event Dave Ling conducted a children’s fun pull which saw him judging the pull with about 30 to 40 kids taking part and each one received a medal, again provided by Dave Ling. This year was the 150th Annual Show at Heckington…the longest running continual held show of its type in the Country!
A great day was had by all with some thrilling pulling. All teams pulled well, the medal winning results were as follows…..
C/W. Gold Hadleigh. Silver LCS. Bronze Triple F
450 Kilos: Gold Diesel Power. Silver Royal Marines Bronze LCS
525 kilos: Gold Diesel Power Silver Royal Marines Bronze Triple F
480 Kilos: Gold Diesel Power Silver LCS. Bromze Triple F
450 3+3: Gold Diesel Power. Silver LCS. Bronze Conningsby
So well done to all the teams, and especially well done to Diesel Power representing Shropshire and taking four of the five titles on the day! See Results page for full results and team photos!
Saturday 15th July – Eastville Village Hall, Lincs.
The Maurice Simons Memorial Pull
Well done to all the pullers who turned out to make this event a great success…. current and ex pullers of the Federation including pullers who hadn’t touched a rope for years. It was great to have Sharon and members of Maurice’s family with us including Son Mark who was pulling on the rope… well done Mark. Big Thanks to Adam Baxter and Trevor from the Duke of Wellington for organising the event.
Thanks to Shaun for bringing an LCS team with a Triple F flavour thanks to the team known as the Cube, also the Duke of Wellington and Nomads teams which had many ex pullers pulling who came to support the day.
When it was all over the Winners were LCS with the Cube in Second and the Nomads and Duke of Wellington tied in joint third place.
Back at the pub following the raffle and a few drinks it was time for the presentation:
Adam presented the Winners Shield to LCS and Sharon presented the Maurice Simons Memorial Cup to the best placed local team which was the Cube from Sleaford.
An enjoyable afternoon was had by all and there is talk of trying to get ithe event to Spilsby Show for 2018!
Address of Venue: Eastville Village Hall, Station Road, Eastville, Boston, Lincs, PE22 8LS. (Festivities after the pulling will take place at the Duke of Wellington, Midville.) and Camping is allowed for the Saturday evening after the event for anyone who would like to stay.
The Event Organisers: Organisers: Adam Baxter and Trevor from the Duke of Wellington.
It has been decided the competition will take the form of a Catchweight Event, and it is open to all, including Novice and made up teams, joined by a few ex pullers…there will be several individuals who remember Maurice who will be along on the day to make up teams with others to take part in this ‘Fun Event’
Maurices family will present a cup which will be presented to the best performing local team, and will likely be kept on display by Trevor at the Duke of Wellington Pub, the venue of many of Maurices most memorable events over the years.
There will be no entry fees for teams, we just ask if people will bring a raffle prize please because the proceeds will pay for the hire and use of the facilities at Eastvill Village Hall. Teams are asked to be present for a draw at 3pm.
PLEASE do your best to come along and help others make it a memorable occasion in memory of Federation Judge Maurice Simons!