Take the strain
ANOTHER competition and another win to Woolgoolga's all-conquering tug of war team.
This time, the state titles in Tweed Heads where the squad powered home with victories in the catch weight and 560 kilo divisions following a second placing in the 480 kilo division.
Team member Kulwinder Singh said the lads will head to the Australian championships in Newcastle next March, full of confidence.
"We beat Dumaresq, the current national champions," he said.
"Every team we beat went down in two clean pulls and with that sort of record, we'll take some holding out."
Some of Woolgoolga's feats in the state titles were simply astonishing.
Tweed Bulldogs, opponents in the catch weights, weighed in on average at 140kg per member.
The Woolgoolga team averaged between 80 and 85kg per member, but Kulwinder said the wash up was the same.
"Two clean pulls and we had them," he declared.
Winning at tug of war has more to do with technique than weight advantage and this has kept the Woolgoolga crew in championship company for longer than most people can remember.
"We have never been conquered at the Indian Games," Kulwinder said proudly.
"The secret is in the technique we've developed, experience from competition and plenty of training sessions."
Even more remarkable, this current team has remained unchanged for more than a decade.
"Probably three faces have changed in the past ten years," Kulwinder noted.
"We benefit from having stability.
"It keeps us sharp and keen."