Team roped in for national title shot
TEAM work – mixed with brute strength – is the key to a good tug of war team according to the man who plans on guiding the national champions.
Andrew Morris and his six Grafton Gorillas teammates will travel to Hobart on February 26 for the Australasian Police and Emergency Services Games.
The team is comprised of prison officers and will attempt to defend the gold medal they won in Coffs Harbour in 2008.
Since joining the Australian Tug of War Association, the squad is determined to start its own club in Grafton.
“We decided just over two years ago that the Australasian Police Games were on at Coffs Harbour and we wanted to enter a team,” Morris said.
“We ended up winning it and decided to do it seriously.
“When we started off we just grabbed the rope and pulled like buggery.
“But we learnt it’s all about team work. We have been in competitions where a team of jockeys have beaten a team of giants.”
The team prepared for the Australasian Titles – and July’s nationals – with a training run against rugby league club the Grafton Rhinos last week.
“We had three pulls against the Rhinos and we won the first two but they eventually beat us.”
“We didn’t go there to beat them. We were happy with the form.”
The squad trains several times each week and is quietly confident of pulling their team across the line on February 26.
“We hope to be at the sharp end but you never know," he said. “It’s a test of your mental strength as much as your physical.
“We won it last time and we didn’t really know what we were doing.”
The team is sponsored by Douse Fire of Yamba, Power Results Insulation, Bali Undah and Clarence Earthmoving.