The “Curried bull” Interceil team of Graham Bullock and Steve Curry beat fellow finalists Coyle Suspended Ceilings, who won last year, by two seconds in an incredibly close final at the NEC on Wednesday (March 14th).
Graham and Steve who had travelled from Northumberland with their MD Steve Jones and other colleagues for the occasion, each walked away with an Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean watch as well as the winner’s belt from the boxing-themed ceiling installation competition.
“Team Coyle” consisting of Kevin Coyle and Thomas Goodfellow who had travelled from Northern Ireland to defend their title, walked away with ringside tickets to the Haye versus Bellew grudge match.
Compered again by “The voice of boxing” Steve Bunce, this year’s competition attracted more than 10 teams from the Omega network who competed in pairs to install a Prelude 24mm grid and Ultima+ board edge tile system to create a 600 x 600 module grid in a space of 7.2m2 with a floor-to-ceiling height of 2m.
Interceil completed their installation in 06:00:37 in their qualifying round and then 05:14:80 (including 10 penalty seconds) in the final, all the more remarkable given these two do not usually work together.
Coyle did 5:39:34 (including 10 penalty seconds) in their first round and then 05:16:99 in the final.
Interceil’s Steve Curry was “totally over the moon,” to win. He said: “We would have been happy to win second place so that took the pressure off.”
“Can’t take it off. Brilliant prize. Thank you so much for the opportunity.”
His fellow installer Graham Bullock added: “We felt at the time we were doing better than in the first round.”
Their MD Steve Jones told organisers: “We at Interceil are so very proud to be involved in this amazing day and social media in the north east has gone crazy. For Armstrong Ceilings to provide a platform to achieve this for the lads who make our industry tick is both fantastic and very rare.”
Kevin Coyle added: “It’s great to be a part of it but obviously we are disappointed we didn’t win.”
“It was a pleasure to be part of such a well-run and prestigious event. Looking forward to next year’s #GridOff. Thanks again from team CSC.”