Knights in shining armour conquer Lardner

The jousting championships were held at Lardner Park. Pictures - Rachel Flynn.

By Mitchell Clarke

Lardner Park was transformed into a medieval battleground over the weekend where revellers flocked to see Australian Sir Phillip Leitch crowned as the World Jousting Championship.

Despite some cold and damp weather, close to 10,000 spectators turned out to witness the unique event, enjoying the opportunity to sample simpler times of common folk, horses and knights.

Sir Phillip Leitch is the back to back world champion and said he feels “very fortunate to win”.

“This is the hardest session I have ever experienced in historical lance jousting. It was an outstanding display of solid lance jousts and the hits across the competition were heavy,” Sir Phillip said.

“It was wonderful to see the crowds attending this event. Jousting is something which Australians really enjoy as they appreciate horsemanship, the sportsmanship, and tough competition.”

Event producer Andrew McKinnon said the final was a spectacular display of skill performed by seasoned warriors who proved their exceptional horsemanship and bravery.

“The quality of the competition this weekend showcased the sport and its intensity, and the large crowds proved it is growing in popularity,” Andrew said.

“The Championship was contended by the absolute best and most skilled knights today. It is a brutal, medieval sport. The use of historical, solid wooden lances is a rare sight in modern jousting.

“Despite some wet weather and mud, the crowds turned out on both days and the mood around the arena was electric.”

Away from the fight, the event also boasted a range of activities including a medieval village fitted with traders, a grand parade, archery, an ancient tavern and a massive catapult.

Record numbers tuned into the live stream of the event through Epicentre.tv with the broadcast reaching people all over the world.

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