Sheen dominate national indoor event and now set sights on world defence

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Sheen Farmers showed they are still the team to beat after they came home with yet another haul of medals from the National Indoor Tug of War Championships earlier this month.

On the day, attending teams battled against one another in what turned out to be one of the most competitive championships for many years.

Sheen’s strong squad put in a terrific showing throughout the day to secure four gold medals, two silvers and a bronze in the seven events.

Medals were up for grabs in a total of seven weight categories: Mens catchweight, mens 720 kilos, mens 680 kilos, mens 640 kilos, mens 600 kilos, mens 560 kilos and mixed 600 kilos.

The pullers who form the Sheen Farmers Tug of War Club all hail from Sheen and surrounding areas and their success means they will now travel to Ireland in February next year.

There, they will be aiming to successfully defend the World Championship title, which they have held since 2010.

The first competition of the day at the Indoor Championships was for the mens catchweight, in which Sheen earned a gold medal.

Kilroe Tug of War Club were second best as they took silver and Raunds Tug of War Club went home with bronze.

Next up was the mens 640 kilos, a category which has been dominated by Sheen Farmers for the past decade.

Unsurprisingly this led to another gold medal for Sheen, after a brutal pull in the final against silver medallists Norton Tug of War Club.

Only two teams entered the next category, the mens 560 kilos, so this event was pulled as a straight final with Norton winning both ends to take the gold medal, leaving Sheen with the silver.

In the mens 720 kilos contest, Sheen overcame stiff competition in the form of Manchester-based team Kilroe.

However, Sheen came through successfully to claim yet another gold.

Pullers from Norton then put on a strong performance in the mens 600 kilos, taking their second gold medal of the day.

Sheen were runners up taking the silver medal, while Kilroe secured the bronze.

The 680 kilos saw Uppertown Tug of War Club prove deserving winners of the gold medal after an excellent performance.

They easily outpowered Norton in the final, with Sheen having to make do with a bronze.

The last competition of the day was the mixed 600 kilos.

During this event Sheen Farmers and Sheen Ladies combined forces as they scooped their final gold medal of the day.

Speaking after the Championships, which took place at the Harry Mitchell Leisure Centre in Smethwick, a spokesperson for Sheen Farmers Tug of War Club said: “We went into this years Nationals with a smaller squad than normal.

“But, thanks to some fantastic performances, it still proved to be a successful day for the club.

“A number of men took part in every weight category, a demonstration of outstanding strength and resilience.

“A special mention must also go to our three promising newcomers - Dan Williams, Tom and Jack Belfield.

“They all put on a great show and will now join the England under-23s squad at the UK Championships in Huddersfield.

“We would also like to extend our gratitude and thanks to The Palace Hotel at Buxton for continued support of the club and use of their excellent facilities.

“All in all it was a terrific day for Sheen Farmers Tug of War Club.”