All-con­quer­ing squad get a pat on the back

Cap­i­tal’s num­ber one club has tro­phy-packed night

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT -

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.

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