Truro Tournament 11th Sept 2016

This tournament will take place at Boscawen Park, Malpas Road, Truro and will be part of the Truro Day event. The wrestling ring will be on Pitch Number 59 which will be at the far end of the sports field close to the River Walk footpath. The tournament is scheduled to start at 2pm.

Malpas Road will be closed from Trafalgar Roundabout and a free shuttle bus service will run from the coach park beside Marks and Spencer Store just off the Tesco roundabout ( at the end of Fairmantle Street and opposite Iceland Supermarket ). The nearest car park is the multi-storey behind M&S. Please allow ample time to get from the Coach Park to Boscawen Park – there may be queues for the bus.

The tourament categories are:- Cornish Heavyweight Championship; Cornish Ladies Championship; Novice; Under 10, Under 12, Under 14, Under 16 and Under 18 classes.

If you have any queries about the arrangements for this tournament, please get in touch with me and I will try to get the answers.

Hon. Secretary Peter Sheldon

2016 Fixture List

JUNE

9 – 11th Royal Cornwall Show.
Twice daily demonstrations.

Sat 25th Tournament at St.Merryn Rally 2pm
Cornish Lightweight Championship.
Men’s Open Competition
Under 14 Championship
Junior Classes: under 10; under 12; under 16; and under 18.
JULY

Sat 2nd Bodmin Tournament. Priory Park. 5pm.
Bodmin Helliers’ Championship.
Cornish Featherweight Championship.
Open Class
Junior Classes: under 10; under 12; under 14; under 16 and under 18.
Sat 9th St.Just Tournament. Plain an Gwary. 2pm
Cornish Lightheavyweight Championship.
Men’s Open Class.
Junior Classes: under 10; under 12; under 14; under 16; under 18.
JULY ctd

Sat 16th St.Mawgan Tournament. 2pm
Men’s Open
Novice.
Junior Classes: under 10; under 12; under 14; under 16 and under 18.
Plus local St.Mawgan cups.

Sun 17th Belle-Isle-en-Terre, Brittany. Annual wrestling tournament.
AUGUST

Sat 6th Penzance Tournament. Trereife Park, Penzance. 2pm
Men’s Open Competition.
Under 12 Championship.
Under 10 Championship.
Junior Classes: under 14; under 16 and under 18.
Wed 10th St. Columb Tournament.7pm.
Cornish Under 18 Championship.
Men’s Open Class.
Junior Classes: under 10; under 12; under 14; under 16.
Sat 13th Lorient Festival, Brittany
Sun 21st Guingamp, Brittany. Festival of St.Loup.
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SEPTEMBER

Sat 3rd Cornish Gorsedh.
Sun 4th Helston Tournament. Sunken Garden. 2pm.
Cornish Middleweight Championship.
Cornish Under 16 Championship.
Men’s Open Class.
Junior Classes: under 10; under 12; under 14 and under 18.
SEPTEMBER ctd

Sun 11th Truro Tournament. Boscawen Park. 2pm
Cornish Heavyweight Championship.
Cornish Ladies’ Championship.
Novice Class.
Junior Classes: under 10; under 12; under 14; under 16 and under 18.

 

OCTOBER
Sat 15th Lowender Perran, Newquay
Sun 16th Demonstrations.

November

Fri 4th Annual General Meeting. St.Austell Royal British Legion. 8.15pm

Sat 19th Annual Dinner. Venue to be arranged.

Helston 2015 Photos

Here are the photos from the Cornish Wrestling at Helston September 2015 taken by Ashley Cawley.

Helston 2015

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Rescheduled Events

As you may be aware a number of events have had to be postponed recently due to poor weather, below are the new dates and times for those events.

September

Saturday 26th St Just in the Plain an Gwarry starting at 3pm.
Categories for all age groups, an Open Competition, the Featherweight Championship ( weight limit 11 stones ) and the Lightheavyweight Championship ( weight limit 15 stones ).
This tournament is being sponsored by St.Austell Brewery

October

Saturday 3rd Truro on the Cathedral Green starting at 11am
Please register by 10.30am. Categories for all age groups, a Novice Class and the Heavyweight Championship.
This tournament is being organised by the Truro Old Cornwall Society and sponsored by Roach Fine Foods ( cash prizes ).

Results from St Mawgan Tournament 2015

Under 10’s Competition

1st – Jake Hannaford
2nd – George Riley-Flinder
3rd – Olwyn Champliand Tal-e-dot

Under 12’s Competition

1st – Carrie-Anne Allan
2nd -Lily Atrinson
3rd – Jake Hannaford
4th  – Corey Keelan

Under 14’s Competition

1st – Dougie Allan
2nd – Jamie Pyne
3rd – Bennath Webster

Under 16’s Competition

1st – Rob Doughty
2nd – Toby Garner
3rd – Joe Cawley
4th  – Luke Hannaford
5th – Jamie Hannaford

Under 18’s Competition

1st – Joe Cawley
2nd – Rob Doughty
3rd – Luke Hannaford

Novice Competition

1st – Tim Nicholas
2nd – Steve Nicholas
3rd – Tim Rickard
4th  – Clive Mitchell
5th – Phil Riley

Middleweight Open Competition

1st – Toby Garner
2nd – Jamie Hannaford

Men’s Open Competition

1st – Ashley Cawley
2nd – Dougie Allan

2015 Fixture List

JUNE

4 – 6th               Royal Cornwall Show.
Twice daily demonstrations.

Sat 27th           Tournament at St.Merryn Rally  2pm
Cornish Lightweight Championship.
Men’s Open Competition
Under 14 Championship
Junior Classes: under 10; under 12; under 16; and under 18.

JULY

Sat 4th             Bodmin Tournament. Priory Park. 5pm.
Bodmin Helliers’ Championship.
Open Class
Junior Classes: under 10; under 12; under 14; under 16 and under 18.

Sun 12th           Lostwithiel Tournament. King George V Playing Field. 2pm
Featherweight Championship
Open Class.
Lightweight ( Lostwithiel Regatta Cup ).
Junior Classes; under 10; under 12; under 14; under 16; under 18.

JULY ctd

Sat 18th           St.Mawgan Tournament. 2pm
Men’s Open
Novice.
Junior Classes: under 10; under 12; under 14; under 16 and under 18.
Plus local St.Mawgan cups.

Sun 19th           Belle-Isle-en-Terre, Brittany. Annual wrestling tournament.

Sat 25th            St.Just Tournament. Plain-an-Gwary. 2pm
This event has now been postponed to the 30th of August 2015

AUGUST

Sat 1st             Penzance Tournament. Trereife Park, Penzance. 2pm
Men’s Open Competition.
Under 12 Championship.
Under 10 Championship.
Junior Classes: under 14; under 16 and under 18.

Wed 5th           St. Columb Tournament.7pm.
Cornish Under 18 Championship.
Men’s Open Class.
Junior Classes: under 10; under 12; under 14; under 16.

Sun 9th              Tregony Heavy Horse Show
Demonstration.

Sat 15 th           Lorient Festival, Brittany
Interceltic Tournament

Sun 23rd                 Guingamp, Brittany. Festival of St.Loup.

Sun 30th           St.Merryn. Celtic Wrestling Festival

Postponed until later in Sept !Sun 30th – St.Just Tournament. Plain-an-Gwary. 2pm
Cornish Lightheavyweight Championship.
Men’s Open Competition.
Junior Classes: under 10; under 12; under 14; under 16; under 18;

SEPTEMBER

Sat 5th              Cornish Gorsedh. St.Austell

Sun 6th             Helston Tournament. Sunken Garden. 2pm.
Cornish Middleweight Championship.
Cornish Under 16 Championship.
Men’s Open Class.
Junior Classes: under 10; under 12; under 14 and under 18.

SEPTEMBER

Postponed until further notice due to poor weather – Sun 13th         Truro Tournament. Boscawen Park – 2pm
Cornish Heavyweight Championship.

Novice Class.
Junior Classes: under 10; under 12; under 14; under 16 and under 18.

Saturday 26th – St.Just Tournament. Plain-an-Gwary. 3pm
Cornish Lightheavyweight Championship.
Men’s Open Competition.
Junior Classes: under 10; under 12; under 14; under 16; under 18;

OCTOBER

Sat 17th

Sun 18th           Lowender Perran, Newquay

                        Demonstrations.

 

November

Fri 6th             Annual General Meeting. St.Austell Royal British Legion. 8.15pm

Sat 21st           Annual Dinner. Venue to be arranged.

St Mawgan Tournament 2014 DVD

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Cornish Wrestling – A Living Tradition

Wrestling is a distinct Cornish tradition that survives to the present day.

The history of Cornish Wrestling goes back so far it is lost in the midst of time. The first mention of Celtic Wrestling appears in the ancient book of Leinster, referring to the sport being included in the Tailteann Games which date back to at least 1829 BC. We know Wrestling was established in Cornwall before the Roman invasion and that the Cornish meetings on Halvager Moor were held during the dark-ages.
The Cornish contingent with Henry V at Agincourt (1415) marched under a banner depicting two Wrestlers “in a hitch”. The banner needed no words; the pictures of the wrestlers was enough to let anyone know the men of Cornwall were behind it.
During the famous meeting between Henry VIII and Francis I of France (on the Field of the Cloth of Gold) a team of wrestlers representing the English king defeated the champions of France. This contingent, which humbled the French team, consisted entirely of men from Cornwall. Godolphin the chief wrestler had received the Royal command direct to bring his men to uphold the king’s honour at Calais.
Wrestling is our national sport in Cornwall, a direct living link with our ancestors handed down through an un-broken chain, from father to son, brother to brother and friend to friend for over 3,000 years.

Many times, Cornish Wrestlers have displayed their prowess before a royal audience. King Charles II believed that the Cornish were “masters in the art of wrestling” after attending a tournament at Bodmin while on his way to the Isles of Silly. It was during his reign that Tomas Hawken of Cubert threw Lyttleton Weynorth, who claimed to be the champion wrestler of “all England”.

Richard Carew, famous for his survey of Cornwall (1602) said that at about 1590 even their Breton neighbours did not match the Cornish in the art of Wrestling. Men from all walks of life took part in the sport. One of the best known wrestlers of the 17th century was Richard Stevens, the head master of Truro Grammar school; inventor Richard Trevithick was another. In the 18th and 19th centuries for which information is more readily available, we see records of tournaments that ran for a week to find the standing men to contest the semi-finals and finals on the Saturday and Sunday. With crowds of upwards of 10,000 for such finals or big name challenge matches, large sums of money often changed hands