NT Championships Results
The Australian Armwrestling Federation (AAF) hosted its first official Northern Territory state armwrestling championships in Darwin on 5th April 2014, organised by AAF NT Director Jamie Carle. The event sparked a media frenzy, building up for several weeks to the event and received televised ABC nationwide news coverage on the day of the event.
Special thanks to major sponsors 'Bulk Nutrients' and 'Volvo skid steer loaders' for their ongoing nationwide support of armwrestling in Australia and to the NT businesses for their outstanding local support as event sponsors 'Praescius financial consultants'; 'Timeout fitness’; 'Tomazo Group'; and 'the Vic Hotel'. And lastly, a special thanks to Murray (Man Mountain) Mckay (WA State Director) for MC'ing (and competing in) the event.
The event kicked off at midday with interstate competitors rocking up from QLD, VIC and WA to give the local NT competitors an abrupt wake-up call; with several interstate competitors taking the podium!
LEFT ARM CLASSES
The left arm <80kg class got the show started with Jesse (The Milky Bar Kid) Johnson (VIC) and Chris (All Guns) Brindley (QLD) dominating the class to eventually lock arms in what was a brutal finale – with Jesse taking the left arm <80kg championship title.
Next up on the left arm was the <95kg class with Andrew (Death Stare) Lea (VIC) and Jamie (The Umpire) Carle (NT) stampeding through the <95kg class. Despite Kurtis (Rugby Head) Fickling’s (NT) strong dragging hook (to take third place), Andrew proved too much for the local NT rep by kart-wheeling into a ninja press to meet archrival, Jamie (undefeated), in the final. False starts, elbow fouls and un-adjudicated calls from Jamie against Andrew, elevated everyone's blood pressure to beyond boiling point. Profuse language was exchanged, fingers were pointed and shirts were torn off as Andrew (Death Stare) Lea and Jamie (The Umpire) Carle circled the table like two feverish great-white sharks over the sniff of blood. Off the ‘GO’ Andrew dived into his kart-wheel-press but Jamie secured a deep hook and pulled Andrew’s hand away from the danger zone, finishing him in a hook to take gold. No love was lost between these two as they stormed off the stage.
The heavyweights took to the stage like a horde of stampeding elephants with Brett (The Boss) Couttes (VIC) and Shaun (Confidence) Hennessey (QLD) causing a trail of destruction towards the final. Timo (The German) Strehlow (NT) took third place, with Brett and Shaun fighting it out for first and second. Off the ‘GO’ Shaun took control of Brett’s hand and top rolled out into his fingers – but Brett’s bottom end holding strength proved too much for Shaun’s outside move – resulting in what was an unbelievable recovery by Brett to secure hand control and finish Shaun off to take gold.
RIGHT ARM CLASSES
There was a number of upsets in the under 80kg class, right arm! With Paul (The Militant) Burgan (NT) taking Joe (The Narrator) Hudec (VIC) down (twice) with top rolls, placing Paul in third place. Jesse (The Milky Bar Kid) Johnson (VIC) pummeled through the 80kg class until crashing into a stop sign against Chris (All Guns) Brindley (QLD) who's cupping strength was too much for Jesse's top roll; placing Chris first and Jesse runner-up.
New rivalries were forged in the semi finals of the 95 kg class between Kurtis (Rugby Head) Fickling’s (NT) and Andrew (Death Stare) Lea (VIC) as Kurtis made Andrew work overtime in a hook, with Kurtis taking third place. Andrew went through to the finals to face off against the undefeated Jamie (The Umpire) Carle in the straps, where Jamie hooked Andrew's two failed press attempts; placing Jamie first and Andrew runner-up.
In the heavyweight class, local rep Timo (The German) Strehlow (NT) showcased his developing talent by taking control of Brett (The Boss) Couttes hand with a top roll that had everyone on the edge of their seats!! But, as usual, Brett's bottom end holding strength kept him alive in the match and forced an elbow foul on Timo. Brett continued on a path of destruction to make the final undefeated. Murray (Man Mountain) McKay (NT), despite being unwell at the competition, caused a massive upset by convincingly pinning Shaun (Confidence) Hennessey (QLD) in the semi finals (Shaun took third place). Murray went onto the final to verse off against Brett, where there match drew out for more than 30 seconds resulting in Brett taking gold and Murray silver.
SENIOR MEN - 80KG
2. Chris Brindley
3. Joe Hudec
2. Jesse Johnson
3. Paul Burgan
SENIOR MEN - 95KG
2. Andrew Lea
3. Kurtis Fickling
2. Andrew Lea
3. Kurtis Fickling
SENIOR MEN - 95KG PLUS
2. Shaun Hennessey
3. Timo Strehlow
2. Murray McKay
3. Shaun Hennessey