10th Annual Jack Fletcher GM Memorial Tug-O-War
Bungendore Show 22 October 2023
If your Sporting, Social or Friends group is looking for a challenge and some exercise we recommend the 10th Annual Jack Fletcher GM Memorial Tug-O-War (TOW) at the Bungendore Show in 2023.
This event commemorates the life and community service of Lt COL Jack Fletcher GM. Jack served 31 years in the Army, the last eight in the Reserves. After leaving the Army, he became Chief Superintendent in the Commonwealth Police – the forerunner to the Australian Federal Police.
Jack settled in Bungendore and was a long time member of the Bungendore Show Society until his passing in November 2008. His widow, Margaret, approached the Bungendore Show Society with a proposal to run a tug-o-war competition at the 2009 Bungendore Show as a memorial to Jack.
The Tug-of-War Competition is a wonderful opportunity for community groups, sporting groups or groups of friends to participate in celebrating Jack’s life and in competing for the cash prize. The competition includes men’s and women’s (over 18’s) event and a juniors (under 18) competition also.
Thanks to the generous support of the Fletcher Family and Greg Simms of BRural, the prize money for the winner of the final best of three pull-offs in each of the Competition Groups in 2023 will be as follows:
The Prize Money should preferably be donated to a local charity or community cause of the winner’s choice.
- As ToW participants enter the showground area they will need to identify themselves to one of the entry control staff who will have a list of all participants. There will be no entry charge for participants but there will be for any non-participants accompanying them. A team representative, preferably the Coach, will be responsible for organising their team to be at the nominated TOW area at 9:45AM and to make themselves known to the coordinator of the competition.
- The draw for the first round of competition will be available on the day. Each team will consist of 6 members, preferably managed by a Coach.
- Gloves may be worn if desired.
- The rope we will use will be marked at the centre, 3m and 5m points.
- Each competition is the best of 3 pulls and teams will change ends after each pull.
- A coin toss will determine which team will be invited to select their first end.
- The rope will be placed on the ground with the centre marker on the rope being aligned with a mark in the ground.
- Teams will adopt their starting position by having the team line up to the rope, facing the opposition, with the first member standing at the 5m point from the centre.
- When teams are ready the controller will give the direction Take up the rope.
- Both teams will pick up the rope and adjust their positions without straining the rope.
- The next command will be Take the strain. Teams then strain the rope and may be required by the coordinator to move forward or back to position the centre mark on the rope in line with the ground marker.
- When the rope is in position, and both teams are steady, the command to Heave will be given.
- The pull will be decided when one of the 3m marks on the rope crosses the centre line on the ground.
- The coordinator’s decision, or that of a nominated judge, as to the winner of each contest will be final.
If your organisation or group would like to participate please contact Peter Hugonnet.
Mobile: 0418 676 827
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