Co Down club BMWR YFC members proved their strength to win this year’s Tug Of War competition, in association with John Thompson & Sons Ltd at the Balmoral Show.
A first time novice section was added to the popular YFCU event at this year’s competition leaving a Novice and Advanced section available to members.
The criterion for the novice team is as follows, four out of six members must not have competed at Balmoral Show before, and the winner of the novice section at this year’s show will then compete in the advanced section the following year.
The build up to the Tug Of War began at the YFCU stand on Thursday afternoon when the draw took place to decide which teams pulled against one another in round one.
With an immense crowd of spectators urging the teams on, the novice teams pulled first and Spa YFC and Straid YFC pulled through to face each other in the final. Gleno Valley YFC and Annaclone & Magherally YFC took part in a third place pull with Gleno Valley YFC taking the third spot.
Spa YFC had the strength to win the novice final pull and they picked up the brand new John Thompson & Sons Ltd Novice Shield paving the way in the new section, medals were also kindly provided by John Thompson & Sons. Straid YFC were awarded second place and also received medals. Spa YFC will now be eligible to proceed to the advanced category at next year’s tug of war competition.
Next up was the much anticipated advanced competition which held on to the already large and captivated audience. BMWR YFC and Spa YFC pulled through to the final and went head to head each competing to the highest standard. Derg Valley YFC and Hillhall YFC faced each other for the third place pull with Derg Valley securing third place.
The much coveted John Thompson & Sons Ltd advanced Shield ended up in the hands of BMWR YFC holding on to their top spot, medals were also kindly provided by John Thompson & Sons. Spa YFC were awarded second place and also received medals.
The YFCU would like to thank everyone who helped with the tug of war, including Barrie Barr for all his help and advice and all those who helped to steward the event.
Special thanks must also be paid to John Thompson & Sons Ltd for their support of this highly popular contest.