Saturday saw us having a re-run of last years epic battle between Robert Love and Stewart Ogg for Scottish Powerlifting’s most prestigious trophy, the Ron Conley Trophy.
Coming right down to the last deadlift, Robert failed a 280kg pull on his 2nd deadlift and pulled his hamstring in the process after switching to the Sumo style deadlift. He then watched Stewart pull an easy 297.5kg lift on his 2nd pull. Robert being the top lifter he is went all out and forced Stewart to go for a 310kg lift on his 3rd by posting a 285kg 3rd attempt. Robert stepped onto the platform, switched back to conventional and made the lift. Stewart stepped up knowing anything less than a 310kg pull would give Robert the win as Stewart was 0.3kg heavier on bodyweight. Unfortunately Stewart got the bar to his knees and could not finish the lift, giving Robert the title of Scotlands best lifter for the 3rd year in a row.
This was a battle that was worth watching, both lifters will know that they are so close to each other and will maybe give more of a strategic angle next year as every kg on the bar counts.
For the unequipped lifters we saw the introduction of the Patricia Higgins and Campbell Higgins Memorial Trophies for females and males respectively. Patricia and Campbell were the life blood of Scottish Powerlifting for years and it is only fitting that they are remembered in the years ahead by all who are inolved in our sport by the introduction of this new annual award.
The Patricia Higgins Trophy was won by Louise Murray who posted an impressive 385.5kg total which included the British Squat record in the 63kg class at 153kg.
The Campbell Higgins Trophy was won by Daniel Macura who had a very impressive Wilks of 428.43. Great performance by Daniel to win the unequipped 83kg class.
Scottish Unequipped Champions for 2015 are as follows:
Female 47kg class Hannah Beaven
Female 52kg class Elizabeth Hill
Female 63kg class Louise Murray
Female 72kg class Rowan Hendry Horne
Female 84+kg class Elizabeth Brown
Mens 74kg class Lewis Kane
Mens 83kg class Daniel Macura
Mens 105kg class Stephen O’Donnell
Mens 120kg class William Rodgers
Scottish Champions for 2015 (Equipped)
Mens 66kg class John Maxwell
Mens 74kg class William Murray
Mens 93kg class Robert Love
Mens 105kg class Steve Cumming
Congratulations to all the new Scottish Champions and to those of you who broke both Scottish and British Records.
Well done to all who lifted on the day, special thanks to all the volunteers who make these events happen with their selfless committment to our sport and a massive thank you on behalf of Bernie McGurk for helping raise funds for Epilepsy Scotland.
Full results from the day can be viewed here