3 Dec 2011, Scottish Masters Champs (Equipped/Unequipped), Dumfries
30 Oct 2011, Scottish Junior & Novice Champs (Equipped/Unequipped), Glasgow Palace of Arts
11 Sept 2011, Scottish Seniors Championships, Kilmarnock
Quite a low turnout for our main competition of the year. Some lifters were missing with very legitimate reasons, but those that didn’t should really make a special effort to get this comp in their diary next year as it was full of camaraderie and some awesome lifting.
In the women’s the best lifter yet again went to Mary Anderson (how many years is that ?), with a fine display but clearly nursing an injury on the bench-press. Christina McSherry and Michelle Brand made some nice lifts, with a few records being broken.
In the mens, no light-weights, but the 93kg and 105kg classes made up for it with a battle royal. Rab Love was on fire, squatting a massive 307.5kg at 93kg and amassing a seemingly unassailable 757.5kg total and 482 wilks points. He had one hand on the prestigious Ron Conley memorial trophy for best male lifter, something that has been awarded to the top lifter for the last 16 years. But there were some big hitters in the 105kg class. Arthur Cowley made a great 735kg total to get third place, including a monster 195kg bench. Stuart Crichton was second with an some great lifts including a Scottish Record bench press of 200kg. The winner of the class was Stewart Ogg and his 300kg deadlift and 795kg total took the class and the best lifter with a wilks score of 491. It was fitting that the two best lifters in the country fought tooth and nail for the title of top powerlifter in Scotland.
Right ladies and gentlemen here’s the video you’ve all been waiting for … Scottish Seniors 2011! Put together by our resident video expert Allen Steel, tells the tale of this competition and the battle for the prestigious Ron Conley. trophy for the best lifter. Enjoy.
Here’s Stewart receiving the trophy from Yolanda Campbell, Ron’s daughter and an excellent powerlifter in her own right.
The loaders (willie, chick, sam, cameron, etc.) all worked hard and its down to them for the comp going so quickly and smoothly. Great job!! Thanks also to the refs, Pat Higgins and Allen Steel for running the table, and to Kilmarnock Weightlifting Club for hosting.
20 August 2011, Northern Ireland vs Scotland, Belfast
It’s been a while coming, but a team from Scottish Powerlifting was back in action in a friendly competition against Northern Ireland Powerlifting in Belfast, ran under the auspices of fair play. The lifting was “semi-equipped”, i.e. knee wraps only, no super suits or bench shirts, though some lifted totally unequipped.
Beechmount Health Club and its members hosted the event and they did it exceptionally well with a long days lifting and loading. There were 24 lifters in total and against the Scottish team, the NI “A” team put in a first class performance and won the battle. NI also had a “B” Team and a Juniors Team to add more to the competition. NI expressed their apology for not having female opposition for the two Scottish ladies that lifted, and hope to redress that for the return match. The results below show the full story, with some tidy lifting by all.
Through its membership BHC supplied food for all and the trophies present were obtained from Belfast Crystal. Many thanks to Mrs E Magennis, Mrs T Talbot and Mrs K Mc Guinness for the catering. It was agreed that this should become an annual event and all involved are eager for the return match. Finally, a big thank you to George Magennis and Alex Richards for making this happen.
31 July 2011, Scottish Unequipped Championships, Glasgow Palace of Arts
Another good comp, with a good crowd in, plenty of new lifters and lots of new Scottish records (will be updated soon). In the womens classes Louise Murray won best lifter with an impressive 352 wilks, and novice Michelle Brand got all nine lifts passed with much more there for her next competition. In the mens classes, Craig Barnes at 66kg nearly bombed on the squat, but then did some solid benching and deadlifting. In the 74kg class Andy Clegg had a 20kg lead at the subtotal, but a big 217.5kg deadlift from Gary McConachie proved too much and Gary won by 7.5kg. Raymond Peacock lifted well in his first comp – more to come I am sure. Just two big hitters in the 83kg class with Allen Steel missing due to a bout of food poisoning. Bryan Riddell impressed on the squat, just missing 210kg. Mick Marner regained the advantage with an new record benchpress – 151kg. Just 1.5kg separated them at the sub-total. A big gap opened after the first deadlift meant Mick was well in front, but a big jump from Bryan on his second attempt closed the gap. It went right down to the last round, with Bryan’s third attempt to win failed on a technicality.
Two novices in the 93kg class, Robert McKenzie and Samuel Birnie, both put in solid performances, with Robert winning out. Four lifters started in the 105kg class, but Stuart Stables had his first bombing out, mostly due to him just being back from a long holiday. That left three. Stephen O’Donnell, back in his first comp in nearly a year, won with some good squatting and benching and a great deadlift. Martin Jancsics was not that far behind, impressive for his first competition. Johnny Gallagher keeps improving and took third place. The best lifter went to Stephen O’Donnell but by the narrowest of margins – 0.7 wilks points over Mick Marner. Well done to all that took part, and a big thank you to the officials and very hard working loaders.
19 June 2011, Scottish Open Powerlifting Champs (Equipped/Unequipped), Dumfries
It was good to be doing a competition away from the usual venue in Glasgow, and the turnout in Dumfries was good, with new lifters from the local area and others who travelled down to compete. Also a good crowd was in to watch the lifting, including some well known ex-lifters reminiscing about previous battles on the platform. Again unequipped lifters were in the majority. Leigh Grant, Graeme Sturgeon and Andrew Dudgeon all with some impressive lifts, though star of the deadlifts was Mark Morley who was along to set a new record of 255kg in the 83kg class. Neil Morton was lifting equipped, though it was just knee wraps on the squats, and managed a 610kg PB total despite missing all his third attempts. Stuart Crichton was looking in great form nailing a 275kg third attempt squat and a 280kg deadlift, but the bench proved his undoing failing them on technicalities. It was good to see Mary Anderson lifting some massive weights, and Heather Ratcliffe continuing to make progress. A very big thank you to Stuart Murray and Burns Gym for hosting.
There are plenty of photos from the comp on the Scottish Powerlifting Group on Facebook, thanks to Willy Lincoln for posting those, and we have a couple of video clips. If anybody has any more videos / photos just let me know, as it would be great to include them here.
Stuart Crichton Final Squat
Neil Morton 220/130/260
Cameron Black 155/95/190
8 May 2011, Scottish Benchpress Champs (Equipped/Unequipped), Glasgow Palace of Arts
A small turn-out for this competition, but yet again some new faces on the platform all enjoying their first competition. Jamie Hutchinson and Stuart Crichton lifting equipped both came out with some big opening numbers. Both ended up doing over twice bodyweight, but Stuart’s 205kg pipped Jamie’s 155kg on wilks for the best lifter. The unequipped best lifter was even more closely fought, with David O’Neil just pipping James Kerr and Robert Murray. Many new records set – which are now shown as All Contest Bench Press records. See the records here.
19 March 2011, Scottish Districts (Equipped/Unequipped) Champs, Palace of Arts Glasgow
Our 2011 season kicked-off as usual with the district championships, which is divided into lifters from Eastern and Western Scotland. We had 20 lifters, 12 unequipped and 8 equipped. The unequipped lifters went first, with everybody lifting well from novice lifters to old hands. Robert Love won best lifter with an awesome 260kg squat, 145kg bench and 260kg deadlift in the 93kg class. He was closely followed by Allen Steel putting an impressive set of lifts together in the 83kg class for a 600kg total. Bryan Riddell’s squat of 207.5kg set the new mark in that class. Neil Morton and Stuart Stables battled it out in the 105kg class with Neil’s monster 270kg deadlift winning through.
In the equipped section a battle was brewing in the 74kg class with three M1 lifters. Bernie McGurk won out with some impressive squatting and deadlifting, Alex McNamara showed a return to form on his squats, but 130kg on the bench proved a bit too much. Andy Clegg just did a token squat due to an injury, but made up for that with a big PB bench of 147.5kg. It was good to see Jim Dulling make the journey up from Durham and he was rewarded with a 245kg PB deadlift. Good to see Christina back on the platform and the other new lifters who all enjoyed the days lifting.