The AOBC UK English Country Backswording Finals 2014
Over the weekend on the 13th and 14th of September for the first time in 150 years
the ancient country sport of Backswording returned to Norfolk. 2014 marks the 8th
year the Aisle O’var Backswording Clubbe has staged the UK English Country Backswording
finals and this year we were especially honoured to be holding the finals at The
Sandringham Game and Country Fair on the Royal Sandringham Estate. Over the two days
the UK’s top cudgel players competed for the coveted AOBC UK English Country Backswording
Champions Cup and the title of the UK English Country Backswording Champion 2014.
Thousands of spectators attended the show and throughout both days we had the pleasure
to introduce the king of country sports to huge audiences during each round.
Spectators of this most prestigious event were witness to the finest displays of
traditional English stick fighting over the course of the weekend starting with the
quarter finals on the Saturday and culminating with the semi finals and climactic
grand final on Sunday.
After a fabulous weekend of championship bouts it all came down to the Grand Final
on the Sunday. The final started off with the bout for the Bronze medal between Mark
Sains of Hertfordshire and Jed 'Joker' Pascoe the defending 2013 ECB Champion 2013
representing South Wales. After a long and hard fought battle Mark Sains took the
The Grand Final was between Keith 'Wolverine' Deans and Zak 'Wylde' Holland. The
crowed was enthralled by the speed and stamina of both fighters. The bout swung this
way and that and stood at 2 Bloods each when with a lightning fast strike Zak struck
home to take the third and winning Blood.
Kieth 'Wolverine' Deans was awarded the Silver Medal
Zak 'Wylde' Holland was then awarded the Gold Medal and champions cup and is now
the AOBC UK English Country Backswording Champion 2014.
The ECBA UK English Country Backswording Finals 2017 will be held on the 9th and
10th of September at the Sandringham Games and Country Show , Royal Sandringham Estate,