Kinneff Tug of War finished 5th in both the the international and club tournament missing out on a semi final place.
Kinneff recently won the right to represent Scotland at the UK Outdoor Tug of War Championships in Bedford, England.
However they weren’t able to put out a team themselves so had to borrow and merge with pullers from the Ayrshire Young Farmers team.
Having never pulled or even trained with Ayrshire previously, it was to prove a difficult weekend for the Scots in Bedford.
The Kinneff pullers were Tom Bruce, Adam Middler, Gordon Sang, Mike Falconer and Ross Davidson with coach Bill Meston.
Men’s 600kg Closed (International):
The Kinneff/Ayrshire squad, representing Scotland, weighed in at 596kg for the Men’s Closed 600kg tournament – the opening weight category of the 2015 UK Outdoor Tug of War Championships at Bedford, England.
Scotland got off to a solid start, convincingly winning the first end against Wales. However they weren’t able to build on it as Wales took the 2nd end to take equal points from the opening round.
Scotland added to the early points haul by beating England C 2-0. England A took all 3 points from the 3rd round of pulling with some dominant pulling.
Northern Ireland B went on to take the first end but Scotland fought back to take a hard fought 2nd end with the Irish team being blown out after picking up too many cautions.
England B were the next opponents for the Scots. The English struggled to take both ends picking up cautions as Scotland tried to fight back – however the strength of the English side won out.
The last round of the league stage saw Scotland take on Northern Ireland A. The Irish team had dominated the league and this dominance continued with a 2-0 victory against the Scots. This loss meant that Scotland finished 5th in the league and were didn’t qualify for the semi-finals.
Northern Ireland A (represented by Bancran) deservedly went on to beat England A (represented by Norton) in 2 ends straight in what was a fantastic final – the first end lasting over 9 minutes.
Men’s 600kg Open (Clubs):
The Kinneff/Ayrshire squad were entered into the Men’s 600kg Open Club tournament as Kinneff TOW Club because the majority of the pullers were from the Kinneff. Having pulled together for the first time in the 600kg Closed-International weight category, the pullers were starting to gel and were starting to pull well together.
The team was feeling optimistic that they could build on the previous encounters. However it was a tough draw for the league rounds, with Kinneff facing the 2 favourites in the opening rounds – losing both ties to Norton of England and Bancran of Northern Ireland.
The next opponents were a similarly matched Oxney-Vines team from England. Kinneff were in touching distance of the win in the first end, but Oxney-Vines were able to fight back to win the end.
Garvagh of Northern Ireland were the next opponents for the Scottish club - things picked up as Kinneff easily won out at both ends to take their first points.
It looked as though Kinneff was onto winning ways again when pulling against Bosley, coming to within inches of the victory – but both ends the English team were able to claw back the ground against Kinneff to take the points.
This meant that Kinneff finished in 5th position, with the top 4 in the league going through to the semi-finals.
This time Norton of England beat the Irish team of Bancran in a reversal of roles from the previous 600kg weight to win the Gold medal, leaving Bancran with the Silver and Felton Eccles with Bronze.