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The last tournament of 2016 became one of the longest we've
ever had. We started off with the kids and they put on a
great show, from the Mattice sisters to the Khoury brothers.
In the Superman right hand competition
Charlie McGeoghegan was
the class of the field as no one
slowed him down. One of the big upsets of the day was Wayde
Graves beating Phil Carty to take second place. With the
left hand it was all Jon Thompson though Charlie McGeoghegan
did get one win on him. However it was Jim Mcgeoghegan who
almost stole the show. With his huge hits he almost pinned
In the ladies it was Paula O'Connell who took the left and
right. However, the ladies class is looking great with some
new strong arms in this class.
One week after Nationals we had a great turnout in Digby for
the annual Lobster Bash. With over 80 entries, a combination
of kids, amateur, open triple elimination and challenge
matches provided plenty of exciting matchs.
The kids started the day off in front of a large crowd and
didn't disappoint. Cousins Jesse Watton and Jake Chute
dominated their classes.
In the amateur classes the crew from PEI proved to be the
ones to beat.
The triple elimination saw Donovan Crouse come off
the "C" side with the right to defeat Nick Acheson and
fought off Logan Leclair in the left to win both
Nova Scotia Championships
There was a changing of the guard at
this year's Provincial Championships. The new young blood
were making their presence known. Eighteen year old Donavon
Crouse picked up both the right and left hand titles at this
year's event in the 165lb class. Jake Chute, 16 won the
154lb right hand class defeating long standing champion Will
Sarty. Kenny Snow, 21 almost pulled off the biggest upset of
the day when he took eventual champion Mark MacPhail to the
5th and decideing match.
Atlantic Canadian Championships
Phil Carty led Team NS to it's 17th consecutive Team Title
at the Atlantic Championships. Phil took the right hand 198
and 220lb class along with the 198lb left hand title.
Scott MacInnis and Charlie Yorston were inducted int the
NSAWA Hall of Fame
Ralphie Bayers Makes his
For the first time in 2 years Ralphie
Bayers hit a tournament. And he did it in fine style.
Ralphie won the BOTA Middleweight Right and Left Classes
plus the Heavyweight Left class. He also took 2nd in the
Right Heavyweight.He is now the Number 1 contender for 3
Battle of the Atlantic XVII
For the first time ever, every belt changed hands at Battle
of the Atlantic XVII. Joyce King showed she was back and in
fine form as she took both Ladies Open bets. Donovan Crouse
is improving with every tournament and captured both
Lightweight belts. Phil Carty lost his Heavyweight belt to
Mark MacPhail but won both Middleweight belts.
Charlie McGeroghegan captured the Left Heavyweight
belt from brother Pat in a 5 round hard fought
Team PEI Cleans Up
The PEI team cleaned house in the BOTA XVI
championship matches. They won all of the available men's
titles on Nov 28.
The competition was tough and
the results don't show how close many of the matches were.
There was a definite showing of a changing of the guard as
many of the younger armwrestlers were stepping up and making
it be known that they were on their way.
MacPhail And McGeoghegan 2015 Supermen
took the right hand while Charlie MacGeoghan fought off
brother Jim and Phil Carty to take the left hand title.
There were a few upsets as stamina played a huge part
determing the final placings in the quintuple elimination
tournament. Big surprises for the day were Jim Mcgeoghegan
who was the last person standing on the Left Hand "A"
side. Also Kendal MacDonald and Kenny Snow had great
* Note that the results are a bit skewed as we had issues
with the draw sheets.
In the Challenge Matches it appears that practice is paying
off for Jesse Watton as he defeated Madison Seely 3-0 in
both hands. Inbthe other 15yr old Stephen McGeoghegan's top
roll was too much for Paula O'Connell as he won both hands
Carty holds off McNamara at Lobster Bash
Phil Carty went down 2 matches to 0
and stopped Rob within inches of the pad in the 3rd match to
stave off defeat. He came back to win the third match then
then the next 2 matches to retain his BOTA belt.
In her first defense of the Ladies Right Lightweight belt
Paula O'Connell fought off a determined Angela Scott 3-0.
Ronny Moorehouse and
Picture complements Angela Hall
The 21st Atlantic Canadian
Championships took place at the Wandlyn Inn in Amherst with
plenty faces from the past making a showing. The biggest
highlight was the the return of 13 time World Champion Joyce
The triple elimination format defininely favoured Randy Snow
in the Left Heavyweight. Randy was one of the many faces
that hasn't ben around much the last number of years. After
losing his first two matches Randy came back to win the left
One of the most exciting matches was Steven Boad, who was
another that we haven't seen in many years and Wayde Graves.
The match featured a couple restarts and plenty of back and
Nova Scotia captured it's 17th Team title in the 21 year
history of the Team Trophy and 13th in a row.
Nova Scotia Championships
Although there were a lot
challengers in the right and left heavyweight classes it
came down to 2 regular finalists. Mark MacPhail and Shawn
Ross won the left and right (respectfully)Super
Heavyweight classes. Shawn had little resistance in
defending his title while Mark had to do some battling for
his title. Shawn also took the Overall trophy.
There were several new faces that will look to be future
champions including Ryan Francis and 15 year od Kalolin
Johnson of Eskasoni. Seventeen year old Donovan Crouse is
proving to be a force to be reconded with
as he is getting closed to beating the best.
Angela Hall, Ryan Purdy and Will Sarty were all double winners.
Angela took the Ladies right and left while Will took the
154lb and 165lb right hand classes. Ryan won the 176 righ
and 165 left. After many years of being the
runner up in the Strong Hand Hold, Will finally captured his first title
beating defending champion Mark Croise by 1 second
Special thanks to Paula O'Connell for the great spread of food.
Valley Armwrestling Team
Battle of the Atlantic XV
The year started off with a great with Battle of
Atlantic XV. Only half of the Champions were able to retain
their titles. Angela Hall, Phil Carty, Jim McGeoghegan and
Jon Thompson were able to hold onto their Belts. New
Champions that were crowned were Paula O'Connell, Brett
MacDonald, Mark Crouse.
Photo courtesy of Angela Hall
The last tournament of
the year turned into the PEI show. The Island was well
represented with the McGeoghegan brothers and the MacDonald
clan. Pat McGeoghegan led the day with a first in the
left and second right, while his younger and lighter
(176lbs) brother Jim, took a 4th and 5th. However one of the
giant killers was Brett MacDonald who finished 8th
with both arms. Brett tipped the scales at 155lbs. Brett is
getting better each tournament will be be a force to be
reckoned with in the future.
Battle of the Atlantic XIV
Battle of the Atlantic XIV had plenty of excitement and a
few upsets. The upsets started with the heavyweight class
when Digby's Phil Carty took out champion Mark MacPhail in 3
straight. In the Ladies' division Angela Hall was too much
for Jessica King. Angela went on to win the belts in both
left and right hand . In the middleweight class a missing
Randy Bayers left the class wide open and Jim McGeoghegan
took advantage and won both belts.
In the lightweight class Ryan Purdy held onto his right
hand belt and picked up the left hand as well.
In the triple
elimination there was plenty of excitement and some new
challengers for the belts. Team PEI looked great as they
will be taking part in 6 of the 8 belt matches in January
Nova Scotia Captures Canadian
With a 16 Gold medal performance, Nova Scotia captured the
Team trophy at the 2014 Canadian Championships in
Shawn Ross led the way with 3 Gold, followed by 2 Gold
performances by Chris Scott, Phil Carty Gary Kell, and Mark
MacPhail. Gold Medals were also won by Ben Best, Melissa
Louvelle, Will Sarty, Wayde Graves, Rob MacNamara.
For all the
Atlantic Canadian Championships
Jeremie Hachey was the talk
of the Atlantic Canadian Championships. In the left hand
middleweight class he beat out perennial favourite Randy
Bayers in convincing fashion. In the triple elimination
tournament Randy only mustered one win against Jeremie.
In other classes Jon Thompson took the left heavyweight
while Shawn Ross won the right heavyweight. Sylvio
Bourque easily won the left lightweight as did Randy Bayers
with the right 198. The lighter classes saw Will Sarty take
the 154 and 165 right. Jeff McBride dropped down to the 176
and won that with ease.
Jessica King crushed the competition in both the ladies
right and left hand classes.
For all the
Nova Scotia Championships
The 2014 Provincial
Championships were a success with a good turnout of pullers
and plenty of exciting action on the table. Triple
elimination proved beneficial to some and disaster to others
as fatigue wore many down.
The Bayers brothers proved yet again that they are the ones
to beat winning 3 of the 4 classes they entered. Only the
"Over 198lb" class proved to be their undoing as Shawn Ross
took the large class and Mark MacPhail finished second
For all the
Battle of the Atlantic XIII
The Heavyweight division
had 11 right and 9 left and had several exciting matchups along the way.
Charlie McGeoghegan captured the Left hand Belt, while Mark MacPhail held
onto the right. In the triple elimination Shawn Ross cruised to victory in
the right and Jonathan Thompson top rolled his way to victory in the left.
The Ladies division was the biggest in 25 years with 7 women. Jessica King
returned to the sport after several years off and took a first and a second.
Angela Hall won the right and was second to Jessica in the left. The
ladies showed they could put on a show as well when newcomer Melissa
Louvelle and Paula O'Connell battled it out in a very exciting match.
Sarty Bronze at Worlds
Will Sarty was the only Canadian to hit the
podium in the last 2 days of competition, taking a Bronze in the 55kg right
hand class. He also took a 7th with his left arm.
In the Masters classes Sylvio Bourque took a Silver and Bronze in the 75kg
Grand Masters Left and Right hand classes respectively.
In the 110kg Masters class Wayde Graves of
Bedford. finished 13th with his left hand and 23 with his right hand.
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