Three of the sport’s leading clubs met on Saturday to celebrate the memory of a man who represented with great pride both tug-of-war disciplines within the area.
Nigel Nesbitt’s passing in 2002 due to illness was felt across the sport but especially within the Ballyhegan and Richhill clubs.
Nesbitt represented Richhill at outdoor level for a number of years but also enjoyed his commitment to the indoor scene with Ballyhegan.
Country Club of County Fermanagh joined Ballyhegan and Richhill in Goodyear last weekend for the annual memorial tournament.
Ballyhegan defeated Country Club in the showpiece 640-kilos final.
“It is considered a very important event and the standard was high, as expected with pullers on show having previously won World Championship honours,” said Cathal McKeever, the Ballyhegan chairman. “Nigel was central to both clubs.”
Pullers from the three clubs will represent Northern Ireland later this month in Scotland at the United Kingdom Championships.