Sunday 4th June – Olney TOW Club staged Leg 4 of the Federation National League at Newport Pagnall

A great afternoons pulling saw six teams battle for the honours and points. Thanks to all who were involved in making the afternoon a success and to the competing teams: Triple F Olny Diesel Power LCS St.Pats and Triple F B.

Diesel Power had the best of the day winning the 450 the 480 the 3+3 and the 525, with Triple F winning the Catchweight. (See Results Page for full Results and Points after 4 legs)

Points earned on the day: Diesel Power 15 Olney 9 Triple F 9 LCS 8 St Pats 2 Triple F B 1

Overall Trophy Winners on the day:
First: Diesel Power
Second = : Olney and Triple F
Fourth: LCS
Fifth: St Pats
Sixth: Triple F B


Inter Counties Championships – Heckington Show 30th July

Heckington Show – The Federation Inter Counties Championships – 30th July

Dave Ling asks if teams can check in with him and let him know if you will be attending so that he can be sure to get the information into the shows handbook which details which Counties will be represented, and also so he knows how many tickets he will need to order!    01493 300223

Leg 3 – National League, Burntwood, Staffs. 21st May

A pleasant afternoon at Burntwood Rugby Club for Leg Three of the Federation National League. Sadly neither Olney, Triple F or Diesel Power were able to make the event and so in the absence of any other teams it was a good job LCS had a full squad and were just able to make three teams for each weight meaning that they at least got some good pulling.

Karen Gardner was the Recorder and Steve Gardner and his crutches was the Judge. After the pulling was over maximum points went to LCS A team with the B team as Runners up in each weight and team C a valiant third.

C/W Winners LCS. A. R/ up LCS B

It was the same result for the other three weight classes ( despite many three Enders) ….the 480 kilos the 450 kilos and the 525 kilos.

Points earned on the day
LCS A 12 points
LCS B 8 points
LCS C 4 points

Overall Winners- LCS A R up LCS B. Third LCS C

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Federation National League – Leg 2 – Triple F

There was some tough pulling at Newport Pagnall yesterday as Triple F played host to the second leg of the Federation National League. Big thanks to Diane, John and Gail who looked after the roles of Judges and time keeper recording.

The Overall Winners on the day were Triple F with 13 points Olney were second with 7 LCS were third with 6 and Blunham were fourth with 2 points.

Catchweight Winners Triple F R up Olney
450 Winners Triple F R up LCS
525 Winners Triple F R up Olney
480 Winners Triple F R up LCS

Thanks to Kev Wilson for sending me the results…. any photos of the pulling from this week or last would be great if anyone has any
Cheers Steve Gardner ( still reporting from Spain)




Federation National League 2017 – Leg 1 – Diesel Power

Results from Diesel Power comp on 30th April at Market Drayton…6 teams: Diesel Power A and B, Halkyn, LCS, Triple F, Nantwich

Catch Winners LCS R up Nantwich
480k Winners Diesel A R up Triple F
525k Winners Diesel A R up LCS
450k Winners Diesel A R up Diesel B

Overall Points – Winners on the day
Diesel Power 12 Points
LCS 8 Points
Halkyn 6 Points
Triple F 5 Points
Nantwich 4 Points
Diesel Power (B) 2 Points


Secretarys Report from the AGM

Minutes of the Federation Annual General Meeting held at Burntwood Rugby Club, Sports Way, Chasetown, Burntwood, Staffordshire – Sunday 15th January 2017

 OFFICERS PRESENT: Vice Chairman: Shaun Josẻ, Secretary: Nicky Duckett

Clubs Represented: Olney TOWC, Triple F TOWC, LCS TOWC, Diesel Power TOWC

The meeting commenced at 11.10 am

 Presidents Address and Opening of Meeting

Due to the absence of the President because of continued ill health it fell to Shaun Jose to open the meeting as Vice Chairman.

 Apologies for absence

No correspondence had been received from the Chairman regarding absence.  Apologies were received from Steve Gardner (Treasurer), John Meakin, Nick Bell and Antony from Black Dog TOWC, who were all unable to make it to the meeting.

 Minutes of previous Annual General Meeting held on January 17th 2016

The minutes from the last Annual General Meeting were read by all those present and agreed to be a true record of the meeting.

 Matters arising from the Minutes – None

 To receive the following reports:

The Chairman’s Report

No report received from the Chairman to address the AGM.  Vice Chair gave a small report on the last year’s competition.  It was recognised that 5 clubs kept the Federation functioning last year with B teams contributing to a total of 8 team at certain competitions.  Inter Counties was a good platform for the Federation having pulled infront of a large crowd of spectators, next season it is hoped that this will be further improved on as have been informed that the pulling will now take place in the main arena.

The Vice Chair also thanked Olney for putting on the Federation National Championships, which he felt was a good venue with refreshments etc put on by the team.  It was agreed by all those present that the Championships were a successful and pleasant day for the Federation.

 The Secretary’s Report

There were no major issues arising from the Secretary for the last year. Correspondence has been minimal with only a couple of queries which have been redirected to the individuals able to help with them.  The only other item raised by the Secretary was her desire to resign from the position of Secretary and Judge from the Federation due to a change in personal circumstances.

 Treasurer’s report and the Income and Expense Accounts for the Financial Period 1st January 2016 to 31st December 2016

 Although Steve Gardner (Treasurer) was unable to make the meeting he sent through his financial report which was handed out during the meeting.  The total income for the last season was £1,487.55 with an expenditure of £642.18, with the balance transfer from the previous Treasurer the balance in the Federation account to date is £3,662.10.

 The Treasurer also stated that he was happy to continue with the position for the next season if needed which was only a temporary position.  He feels that it is working well with Kevin Wilson from LCS TOWC collecting the entrance fees from the competitions and signing them over to the Treasurer for banking.  If it is agreed by all those present that this was a satisfactory remedy to his being unable to attend all the competitions he would be happy to continue for the foreseeable future.  It was agreed by all those present that this was suitable solution and should to continue to function in this manner.

 Election of Officers:

President – Dave Ling                                       Proposed: Shaun Jose (VC)     Seconded: Jo Osbourne (Olney TOWC)

 Chairman – Shaun Jose                    Proposed: Chris Pollard (Triple F TOWC) Seconded: Nicky Duckett (Secretary)

 Vice Chairman – Henk Kruse             Proposed: Shaun Jose (VC)           Seconded: Jo Osbourne (LCS TOWC)

 Treasurer – Steve Gardner Proposed: Shaun Jose (VC)       Seconded: Henk Kruse (Triple F TOWC)

 Secretary – Shaun Jose agreed to take on this role temporarily until someone was found to take over the role as no one was forthcoming at the meeting.


  1. Affiliation Fees

Shaun Jose (VC) proposed that team affiliation fees be reduced to £25 per team to encourage more teams to register and come to the Federation.  Also to be no affiliation costs for Committee members and Officials (Judges & Recorders) to encourage and incentivise people to take up the posts. Proposed: Shaun Jose (VC)                    Seconded: Dave Price (Diesel Power TOWC)

 TWIF Ruling for Pulls

            Shaun Jose (VC) also brought the proposal that all future competitons should be run under the TWIF rules of the best of two ends rather than best of three.  Felt that last years pulling was a bit end driven and that some pulls were down to the toss of the coin for the third end.

             This proposal was discussed at length as some of the teams felt that this was likely to shorten the days pulling somewhat especially for those that have travelled a long way or for one specific weight.  Chris Pollard (Triple F TOWC) suggested a test period for some of the competitions.  Shaun Jose (VC) further suggested testing on one weight on the day to possibly be on the weights with 5 teams or more for the trial period to be decided on the day. This then went to the vote and was passed.  Proposed: Shaun Jose (VC)    Seconded:: Henk Kruse (Triple F TOWC)

Reduction in 3×3 weight classification

Dave Price (Diesel Power TOWC) asked if it would be possible to reduce the weight classification for the 3×3 competition from 465 kg to 450 kg.  LCS TOWC were happy to do this as are always under the weight for the 3×3.  Dave Osbourne (Olney TOWC) suggested an additional weight class for the 3×3 to accommodate this, but it was felt by all those present that there were not enough lady pullers to warrant this additional weight class. This then went to the vote and was passed.  Proposed: Dave Price (Diesel Power TOWC)      Seconded: Kevin Wilson (LCS TOWC)

 Youth Team

It was requested if at the judges discretion on the day the Federation would allow Youth teams a 30 kg weight advantage on the weight classes to encourage new pullers.  This was discussed at length by all those present and it was felt that it was not required to be voted in as a resolution as it would be on the Judge’s discretion and we are trying to actively promote the sport to new individuals at present.

 525 kg – 8 Ladies team

Dave Osbourne (Olney TOWC) asked if it would be allowed that 8 ladies could weigh in to pull in the 525 kg weight class normally made up of 6 pullers.  This is to give an inexperienced novice ladies team a chance of pulling and also to promote the Federation in the hope of retaining pullers.  It was agreed by all teams present not to pass a resolution for this proposal but to test it at a few competitions to see how it goes with a review at the next Council meeting scheduled for 18th June 2017.

 National Championships – Last Competition of Season

It was proposed by Shaun Jose (VC) that the National Championships be officially the last competition of the Federation season.  It was felt that every team builds to this competition and then does not then attend the National League Finals held a couple of weeks after.  Last season there were only two teams able to make the competition, and was therefore cancelled.  It was also proposed that the National League Finals be moved prior to the Championships.

This went to the vote and was passed.    Proposed: Shaun Jose (VC)         Seconded: Henk Kruse (Triple F TOWC)

 M Simmons Memorial Pull

Steve Gardner had received some correspondence from Maurice Simmons’ family following his sad passing last year.  The family would like to hold a memorial pull near to his home for the Federation to include Youth teams and Novice teams.  It was agreed by all those present that this would be a nice way to remember Maurice and a date in either May or June would be reserved for this in the Fixtures calendar as requested.  It was suggested that due to the distance for the teams to travel that this be held on a Saturday as a late afternoon pull with the opportunity for teams to camp over and socialise after the event.  It was agreed that this was a more agreeable solution and Shaun Jose was to go back to the family with regards facilities to accommodate this.

 Fixtures / Judges

The below list of fixtures were agreed with all present at the meeting for the coming season

 To start on 30th April and finish 27th August 2017

 April 30th: Diesel Power TOWC (National League 1)

May 7th: Triple F TOWC (National League 2)

May 21st: LCS TOWC (National League 3)

June 4th: Olney TOWC (National League 4)

June 18th: LCS TOWC (National League 5)

July 2nd: Diesel Power TOWC (National League 6)

July 15th: Maurice Simmons’ Memorial Pull

July 30th: Heckington Show (Federation Inter-Counties Championships)

August 13th: Olney TOWC (National League Finals)

August 27th: LCS TOWC (Federation Championships)

 Any Other Business

Shaun Jose (VC) raised the issue that there are currently no official Judges or Recorders within the Federation at the present time.  It is therefore every teams responsibility to ensure that they have someone or book someone to do the officials jobs for any competitions they are holding prior to the event. Under no circumstances are visiting teams expected to turn up and be asked to provide an official on the day from their team.  We have two offers of judges from previous pullers these are Nick Bell and John from Triple F TOWC.  The only thing that has to be arranged is the Federation Championships, as this will have to be judged and run by someone who knows what they are doing and are able to run the day in a professional and fair manner.

 Date, Time and Place of next Council Meeting

Sunday 18th June at 10 am

LCS TOWC, Burntwood Rugby Club, Sports Way, Chasetown, Burntwood, Staffordshire

 Date, Time and Place of next Annual General Meeting

Sunday 21st January 2018 at 11 am

LCS TOWC, Burntwood Rugby Club, Sports Way, Chasetown, Burntwood, Staffordshire

2017 Fixtures

The Fixture List is now updated for 2017….there are still a few details to be included but the main body of the list is all there for you to peruse, it will be fully completed shortly and the 2017 Handbook will also be uploaded!

Update on the Memorial Event for Maurice Simons

An Update on the Memorial Event for Maurice Simons:

The date is set as Saturday 15th July with Camping available on the Saturday night. The address of the venue is:
Eastville Village Hall, Station Road, Eastville, Boston, Lincs, PE22 8LS. All festivities following the pulling will be at the Duke of Wellington Pub nearby. Weights on the day will be 480k and C/W and there will be a Novice competition also if there are enough Novices to make a competition.

All the hall have asked for is a small donation for use of the field\facilities. It is suggested to hold a raffle on the day and present them with the proceeds as a thank you for the use of the premises.

Full fixture list will be available soon!

A brief summary of the AGM (Full details released soon)

The AGM of the Federation took place at Burntwood Rugby Club in Staffordshire at 11am on Sunday 15th January. A friendly gathering of Interested parties assembled, with several Clubs represented, including LCS, Triple F, Olney and Diesel Power. Apologies for absence were taken and the minutes of the 2016 AGM were read out and all matters arising from those minutes were discussed.

Reports from the various Officials were given, including the Secretarys Report, where Nicky Ducket was standing down and she was thanked for her work and efforts on behalf of the Federation during the previous 12 months. The Treasurers report included the presentation of the balance sheet which showed the Federation to be in a healthy position financially. All officers present and absent were thanked for their work.

The election of Officers followed. There were a few changes, and the new list for 2017 is as follows:

Chairman and Secretary: Shaun Jose

Vice Chairman: Henk Kruse

President: Dave Ling

Treasurer: Steve Gardner


Proposals put to the AGM were then thoroughly discussed.

Proposal 1 was agreed and passed and is active immediately for the 2017 season

1      There shall be no affiliation fee for Individual Members of the Federation

REASON:  There is no need for there to be any individual members. All Officers of the Federation and Officials (Active Judges and Timekeeper Recorders) Shall be accorded individual membership whilst in post and will be entitled to one vote. At the AGM. The Affiliated teams will remain entitled to three votes per team.

The cost of team Affiliation will be reduced to £25. All affiliated teams can then continue to pay £7.50 per weight at events whilst non-member teams pay £10. If a team enters and pays for all weights on the day they can enter ‘B’ teams at no further cost.

Two other proposals were discussed and it was agreed to continue accordingly for the next 12 months as a trial period:

Pulls will remain as ‘Best of Three’ unless there are 5 or more teams in a group, at that point it will go to ‘Best of two’ ends, as per TWIF International Rules.

The 3+3 Category will change to 450 kilos, in line with 600 kilos which is recognised at 8 a side competitions

Any 6 a side weight can be entered by a team of 8 females so long as they can make the weight class (except 3+3)

The Fixture list for 2017 was compiled, including a Memorial fixture in memory of Maurice Simons to be held on  Saturday 15th July at Midville in Lincolnshire, and overnight camping for the Saturday night will be available. (The Fixture List details will be released shortly)

The Date and Venue of the 2018 AGM was set (again details will be released shortly)