Sheen celebrate medal success on world stage

Sheen representing England at 640 kilos. Photo contributed.
Sheen representing England at 640 kilos. Photo contributed.

ENGLAND called for Sheen’s tug of war teams - and they delivered in style with a fantastic haul of medals for their country at the World Indoor Tug of War Championships.

Sheen Men retained their 640 kilos world title and Sheen Ladies gained a silver medal in the 500 kilos weight class, at the event in Perth, Scotland. Both teams later teamed up to take silver in the mixed 600 kilos class.

Sheen Ladies representing England at 500 kilos. Photo contributed.

Sheen Ladies representing England at 500 kilos. Photo contributed.

Representing England as the defending champions at 640 kilos, Sheen performed strongly in the group stages and were relatively untroubled on their way to the semi-finals. In the semi-finals they overcame China to set up a meeting with Scotland in a repeat of the 2010 final, and defeated the home nation 2-0 in convincing style - having never lost an end.

The result caps a brilliant 12 months for Sheen at 640 kilos, having completed a clean sweep of AAA, English national, UK and world titles for the 2011/12 indoor season.

Joe Critchlow, 29, of Sheen, part of the 640 kilo team, said: “It was a brilliant achievement, and a great end to a fantastic season.

“The competition couldn’t have gone any better. We dominated most of the way through.

“We’ll now be looking to make it three in a row in Ireland in two year’s time.”

Sheen Ladies represented England at 500 kilos, having earlier secured a bronze medal at the World Indoor Club Championships in the same weight class.

Having progressed to the semi-final stage as group runners-up, England beat Scotland 2-0 but lost to group winners Chinese Taipei in the final to take a creditable silver medal.

The final event of the championships was the mixed 600 kilos weight class, with teams of four men and four women. Pullers from Sheen and Sheen Ladies, representing England, performed strongly to reach the last four, beating China before losing to the very disciplined Chinese Taipei team in the final.