2012 4 Nations: Scottish Team Manager’s Report
The inaugural meet, after Northern Ireland and Scotland rejoined GBPF, was the 4 Nations held in Caerphilly, Wales on the 24th November 2012. The Scottish Team consisted of 4 female lifters and 5 male lifters, supported by Coach, Willie Lincoln, and myself as Team Manager. Congratulations go to, Anna Ishkova, Louise Murray, Heather Ratcliffe, Michelle Brand, Bernie McGurk, Jonny Gallagher, Robert Love, Stuart Crichton and Arthur Cowley, for making up such a strong, cohesive team.
The totals attained by each of these lifters were a credit, to themselves, and to SPA. For the majority of the lifters this was there first major comp and, having checked out qualifying totals, all 9 lifters have qualified to enter GB National Championships in 2013. This is particularily satisfying as the other 3 countries had all brought strong, experienced teams. All in all, it was a great day’s lifting and a good meet, topped off in the evening with a great party, where Bernie McGurk did Scotland proud.
My thanks and appreciation go to Pat and Michelle for organising the trip, Willie Lincoln for his experienced coaching and to Marlene for getting the attempts in on time. Hopefully, we’ll do it all again next year.
Alex Mathieson, Team Manager
3rd Nov, Scottish Juniors / Masters Champs, Dumfries
A cracking competition by all accounts – some impressive lifting by some new lifters in the Junior ranks, and the Masters also setting a fair number of records on the way. Well done to all, and a big thanks to Burns Gym for hosting.
9th Sept, Scottish Seniors Champs, Kilmarnock
10th June, Scottish Open / Unequipped Champs, Palace of Arts, Glasgow
6 May 2012, Scottish Benchpress Championships, Glasgow Palace of Arts
This was a really good competition, probably the biggest bench-only competition we have ever had. Some quality lifting as well. Artur Rosiek doing over double bodyweight unequipped (150kg at 72.5kg), and Andrew Dudgeon with another excellent unequipped bench of 152.5kg at 80kg bodyweight. Robert Love managed to break the 400lb barrier with 182.5kg equipped, and his coach Willie Lincoln did an excellent 167.5kg at Masters 3. But they couldn’t pip the best lifter trophy from Stuart Crichton who nailed 200kg at 103.7kg. Anna Ishkova won the women’s best lifter in her first competition. Well done to everybody who took part.
18 March 2012, Scottish Districts Championships, Glasgow Palace of Arts
The dust has settled on the first event of our domestic calendar…and what an epic! 31 lifters and loads of spectators made for one of our longest and busiest competitions in years, and that’s with a Cup final on Mother’s Day. It’s such a good sign that the POA may not be big enough for future comps. With the Greenock gym(s), Kilmarnock, Gullane, The Arc, Burns Gym, Greens and several independents from the Aberdeen area competing, surely some kind of team comp can’t be far off ? A very big thank you to the hard working loaders. For those of you who couldn’t make it do have a look at the Allen Steel’s video of the lifting, it is excellent.
The standard on the day was superb, IPF world M3 records were exceeded by the Peter Pan of PL, Willie Lincoln, aided and abetted on the day by his unruly charge, Robert Love who showed the sort of form that has convinced many that he is Britain’s best raw powerlifter at 93’s. Robert has set the Gold Standard with his 260-270 squats all of which go to the murky depths from which only true champions can ascend.
Lots of great young lifters breaking through especially the glut of talent at 74’s and 83’s. Mighty atom Ruraidh Marchant managed to hold off established young gun Garry McConnachie until the last deadlift which at 240 kilo’s put the necessary daylight between two excellent young lifters in what might be the first of many such battles between them.
Lifting equipped Jamie Hutchison hammered home and impressive 570 total with his opponent Bob Parfitt retiring after the squats in what was Bob’s first comp in almost three years. At 83’s junior lifter Scott Mulheron put together an unequipped series of 200,122.5,240 for a superb 562.5 total without even using a belt! Danny Masterton is a young lifter with ASN, who greatly impressed me! He was technically superb and plenty strong too, with the same assuredness that Michael Ferguson had at his peak. I don’t know if there is an association with the old Eliburn club but Danny, who is also from Livingston seems cut from the same cloth as might Mike was.
Lincoln though is without peer as a masters three lifter. He squatted 232.5, benched 170 kilo’s and looked good for another ten on either lift. His total of 625 weighing 300 grams over the old 82.5 limit illustrates how well Will has maintained his level of strength over the decades. He ought to be the subject of a scientific study…seriously!
At 93’s young Jonny Gallagher had squatted well in his first outing in this category only to bomb out on the benches. Robert Love as mentioned earlier lifted sublimely, however he fell short of his 700 kilo total by a mere ten kilo’s. Robert had even attempted a 272.5 kilo squat which I was sure he’d have nailed after seeing how easily his previous attempt at 265 went up.
105’s was next and Stuart Crichton held off Steven Murray (Stuart’s son) who himself has made excellent improvements showing he is a chip off the old block especially with some technically proficient big squatting. Crichton looked really good though with strong squats and a cracking 200 kilo bench helping him to the victory with his opening deadlift, which strangely enough was his only successful pull. Stuart’s switch to sumo is paying dividends though, as everything comes up very quickly but on occasion that dreaded bobble (that all sumo pullers have to overcome) undoes his good work. Still a 750 total well within his limits augers well for the rest of the competitive year.
Other highlights on the day included Stuart Murray’s big 325 kilo squat as an M2 lifter. Stuart huge frame is a spectacle in itself and it is edifying to see such a big man who is every bit as strong as he looks (they are a rarity).
Four ladies on the day so we can name them all Heather Ratcliffe, Michelle Brand, Geraldine Fitzsimmons and Christina McSherry who was returning to the platform after a long absence. Despite bombing out in the squats Christina was not bowed and showed her competitive mettle by completing the subsequent disciplines regardless. Heather and Michelle continue to improve and bring enthusiasm to their lifts whilst Geraldine brought all of her experience to bear by finishing a respectable series with an excellent 155 kilo deadlift securing the best female lifter in the process.
A total of 87 new records were set – 37 in the Equipped Men- 35 in the Unequipped Men and 15 in the Womens. Well done. Lots of other lifters were very close, either equalling but not breaking records or within 5kgs so I hope this motivates everyone to come back stronger and take them at the next comp!!
In Summary the Districts was an immense success. As said in previous paragraphs it had been scheduled against two conflicting events, yet we had a huge, vibrant, epic competition, which hopefully serves as an omen for things to come in 2012. (Thanks to Stephen O’Donnell for this write-up)