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Caithness News Bulletins July 2005
Halkirk Tug O' War Team Are Scottish
The newly Crowned Scottish Champions at the 680 kg weight limit were all past or present Halkirk Young Farmers members with coach Bruce Swanson Snr also a former member.
The victorious team was Michael MacGregor, Danny Budge, Jonnie Campbell, Bruce Swanson Jnr, John Murray, Andrew Swanson, Graeme Gunn and Bryan Sinclair.
Having qualified for the semi-finals, Halkirk overpowered last yearís champions, East Kilbride by 2 pulls to nil, and then faced North-East opposition in the form of Cornhill in the final. After being a feet from defeat in the first end, the boys recovered to win and then take the 2nd end to be crowned Scottish Champions. The win now means Halkirk qualify to represent Scotland at the British Championships to be held on 20th and 21st August at Bearsden in Glasgow. Being the ladsí first appearance at the competition makes the feat even more remarkable.
The success also resulted in the boys being invited to represent Scotland at the European Championships in Italy which are due to take place in September this year. Planning is underway but it is hoped sponsorship can be found to fund the trip.