All-conquering squad get a pat on the back
Capital’s number one club has trophy-packed night
Cups were won, records broken and swimmers competed at national level in a superb display of the sporting form which has made Hillingdon the number one swimming club in London and Hillingdon Council’s club of the year.
Saturday’s annual awards night, at Brunel University, was a chance to reward the hard work and for the 280-plus young swimmers who attended, to let their hair down.
Hillingdon boasts four Amateur EASTCOTE avoided an upset against struggling Staines seconds – but it was tougher than it should have been.
Both sides had chances but in the end it was the hosts who claimed the points to extend their recent winning streak. Alex Stobbart opened the scoring and David Cooper secured the points with a second goal after the restart.
The North London Graded League team of Élana Keiles, Julia Reid, Zara Hills, Anoushka Phillips, Irena Heppard, Richard Stokes and Jack Ortiz
Swimming Association (ASA) national champions: Brodie Judge won the 100m and 200m freestyle and 100m butterfly; George Taplin, in the 400m freestyle; Alfie Collins, in the 1500m freestyle; and Alex Kaye, in the 200m individual medley.
Nine Hillingdon swimmers were in the Top 10 at the ASA’s national age and youth competitions and the club were third in the national age groups.
Meanwhile, Eastcote’s seconds went top of their league thanks to a 2-1 win at Witney with goals from Fil de Costa and Isaac Hall.
With two games to go, just one win will guarantee promotion.
The thirds are in a similar position, with a last-minute penalty stroke ensuring a 3-2 win against Windsor. Andy Innes got two and Paul Wright hit the other.
Eastcote fourths, already crowned league champions, beat second-placed Reading University 3-1 with Jat Chana, Tim Fitzgerald and Conor Taylor scoring.
The fifths lost 5-1 to Wycombe
Hillingdon were also London Division One Arena League Champions.
Some 26 club records were set and 48 swimmers, aged seven to 18, were presented with trophies for being the fastest swimmers in 24 events. A further 20 trophies were awarded to novice swimmers who won at the club’s splash night.
Trophies for the most improved swimmers went to Aaron Morgan with a Jamie Nicholls consolation. The sixths gave their relegation battle a boost with a 4-0 win against Windsor with an Anil Seedher hat-trick and one from Chris Butler.
Eascote’s Old Boars captured some silverware with a 5-3 win at Bromley & Beckenham, thanks to a Mark Defanis hat-trick and goals from Phil Montgomery and Gareth Amos. The Past Masters’ poor recent run continued with a 3-0 loss at Old Loughtonians.
The Eastcote ladies side’s poor run of form came to an end on Saturday as they managed to and Adele Hall, with Emma Kaye and Dillon Chana taking the awards in the elite squad.
Further trophies, sponsored by Pertemps, included the coach’s awards for commitment, good skills and outstanding performances and two swimmers trophies, which went to Emily Heslop (youth) and Ruby Fraser (junior.)
Pertemps Special Recognition Awards for outstanding services to the club went to squad heads Debbie Wilson and Julie Stokes, and the President’s Trophy for outstanding contribution went to membership secretary Sue Dyer.
The Maurice Short Memorial Award was won by Hillingdon’s North London Graded League Team, managed by Trevor Hammond, and Collette Mead won the Emily Sadler Young Volunteer of the Year award for her work helping out with younger swimmers’ training sessions. secure a point against fellow relegation battlers Henley – but it was not enough to seal their relegation to the South Division Three.
There were losses for the seconds and thirds, however the fourths finished as undefeated champions, having beaten the club’s fifths on Saturday. Sophie Norman, Lesley Lavers, Emily Walker, Laura Shepherd and two from junior Georgie Cooper, got the job done.
Elsewhere, Old Uxonians signed off with a 4-0 defeat to Staines thirds despite strong showings from Wendy Davidson and Amanda Lobley. TIA Gayle and Jayani Samarakoon featured as Stars for the Future earned accolades at the British Weightlifting Championships in Birmingham.
Gayle, a Year 7 pupil at Queensmead School in South Ruislip, took gold after lifting the 45kg snatch and 53kg catchand-jerk and posted a personal best in the process.
Teammate Samarakoon, of Barnhill Community High School, in Hayes, earned bronze for his 23kg and 30kg – a personal best.
Stars for the Future teammates Sophyia Rana and Se Gavin also took gold.
Simran Brar, Yousif Vasquez, Imani Goodison and Hope Saunders also earned medals on a productive day for the west London Olympic Weightlifting club, part of the West London Academy supported by British Weight Lifting (BWL). COWLEY Youth posted back-to-back wins over Heathrow Club Youth this week.
The boys were 2-1 and 2-0 winners in a fixture double header.
Goals came from Lewis Jones, Frankie Major, Josh Worley, and Harvey Brown. Zack Rogers was man of the match.
Cowley Youth are seeking U12s (Year 7s) and anyone interested can contact Wayne on 07846 891468.
OKI 36 Breakaways 22. Blaze Thunder 37 Saints 21; Panthers 36 Pink Ladies Storm 38.
Teddington Thunder 29 Brentford Night Owls 56; Breezers 22 Blaze Lightning 23; Charville Black 32 St Joseph’s 30; Pink Ladies Lightning 26 KB7 22.
N7 31 Royal Troopers 35; Chasers 35 Hustlers 18; Falcons 29 Fusion Ladies 40.
Blaze Storm 33 LNC Cyan 15; Sunbury Leavers 46 Emeralds 7; Dark comets 28 Trophies 23; Pink Ladies Thunder 20 Southall Discount Tyre 20.
London Academy 7 Eastcote 2; London Academy 2nd 2 Maccabi 7; Vagabonds 4 Apollo 5; Vagabonds 3 Lowlands 6; Lowlands 4 London Academy 2nd 5.
Falcon 8 Oshwal NW 1; Oshwal NW 4 Sudbury Hill 2nd 5; Sudbury Hill 2nd 5 Lowlands 2nd 4; Eastcote 2nd 8 Falcon 1.
Falcon 2nd 6 Lowlands 4th 3; Headstone 4 Falcon 2nd 5; Lowlands 5th 3 Apollo 2nd 6; Lowlands 6th 6 Lowlands 4th 3.
Ifsport 2nd 9 Headstone 2nd 0; Sudbury Hill 4th 5 Lowlands 8th 4; Kenton 4th 8 Sudbury Hill 4th 1; Eastcote 4th 3 Maccabi 4th 6; Lowlands 8th 5 Eastcote 3rd 4.
Oshwal NW 2nd 5 Lowlands 9th 4; Maccabi 5th 8 Sudbury Hill 5th 1; Kenton 5th 1 Micrelease 8; Harrow CC 3 Vagabonds 3rd 6; Eastcote 5th 3 Maccabi 5th 6; Hillingdon 8 Vagabonds 3rd 1; Lowlands 9th 2 Hillingdon 7.