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Wilson Brewing Company's Josh Wilson and Rob Quayle.
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Do you know which competitive sport uses tactics called a hook, a top-roll and a press?

The sport is arm wrestling and Wilson Brewing Co is holding Albany’s first amateur arm wrestling tournament this month.

There is no experience required for those keen to test their strength, and those brave enough can even face Australian heavyweight No.1 Ryan Scott, known as The Milk Man.

Organiser and Wilson’s Brewing co-ordinator Josh Wilson said he started arm wrestling competitively 18 months ago and wanted to bring the sport to Albany.

“We started off with everyone having a go down at the local pub and I had the sorest arm, so I started looking on YouTube and down other rabbit holes about arm wrestling and eventually I started an Albany Arm Wrestling Association Facebook page,” he said.

“We are trying to get the word out there as much as possible in Albany to get new amateurs to come in, learn all the rules of the sport, and meet someone who actually does it professionally.

“It is a simple sport, but once you get into it there is a lot more to it. There are a lot of moves you can do to try to pin your opponent.”

Mr Scott will referee the tournament, which will be split into divisions based on sex, weight and whether you are right or left-handed.

The brewery will increase its capacity to 150 people for the night and install a stage and podium.

A plaque will bear the name of the overall champion.

The tournament will start at 4pm on Saturday, July 27.

To register, contact brewery@

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