National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

07 August 2017

Young Farmers in Devon proved that strength was on their side at the national Tug of War finals when both their men’s and ladies’ teams won first places in the competition.

Haldon YFC ladies and Anstey YFC men’s teams were thrilled to finally pick up the winning shields at the Tenbury Show on Saturday 5 August, after competing in the final in previous years but not making it into the winning positions.

The Haldon YFC Ladies team have made steady progress to reach the winning spot this year after coming fifth in 2014, third in 2015 and second in 2016. The team agree that the key to winning is the harder you train, the harder you are to beat!

Team member Emma Davie said: "After being so close to winning last year, we came back even more determined to pick up that trophy. Getting as much live pulling as we could in the lead up to the competition certainly helped. We train twice a week and compete in the Friday night league."

The team also qualified to represent England at the British and Irish Tug of War Championships, which Emma said has helped as they have had to compete against some of the best teams in the country.

"When the team started out five years ago, our aim was to represent Devon at the national finals. We may have to try and come back next year to defend the title! This is also the thrd year we have been to the finals with Anstey men's team, so to see them win their final in the same year as us feels pretty incredible."

Chris Porter, from Anstey YFC’s winning men's team, advised never to give up on your goal after his team were defeated in 2015 and came third last year.

“We trained very hard and gained a lot of experience by competing in the GENSB competitions as well as NFYFC ones,” explained Chris. “We’re a tight team as well; we all go out together. You couldn’t do this sport if you didn’t get on. A few of our team will be stepping down next year as they will be out of membership age but we’ll be handing the baton to the younger members now!”

In the junior mixed teams, Trecastle YFC from Brecknock were victorious and the club tweeted: “Well done to our junior team coming first!”

The Tug of War finals attracted a large crowd of spectators at the Tenbury Show, which helped to cheer the teams along.

Each team pulled a match of two ends against every other team in the league and points were awarded accordingly.

The winning placements for the 2017 Tug of War are:

Junior

1 - Trecastle - Brecknock
2 - Crucorney – Gwent Y
3 - Hope Valley – Derbyshire
4 - Grayrigg - Cumbria Young Farmers A

Men

1 - Anstey YFC - Devon
2 - Whitley Chapel - Northumberland
3 - Bridgewater YFC – Somerset
4 - Dolfor YFC – Montgomery

Women

1 - Haldon Group – Devon
2 - Tenbury Ladies – Worcestershire
3 - Melton Mowbray YFC - Leicestershire & Rutland
4 - Hermon YFC - Pembrokeshire


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