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Hilling­don’s first vic­tory SWIM­MING

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT -

HILLING­DON Swim­ming Club se­cured their first win in the Pre­mier Divi­sion af­ter last sea­son’s tri­umphant cam­paign in the first divi­sion.

They tri­umphed in the first round of the Lon­don Re­gion Pre­mier Divi­sion of the Arena Na­tional Swim­ming League, held in Har­low on Oc­to­ber 10.

Hilling­don came first with 303 points, 13 points ahead of Hat­field, the cur­rent Lon­don Re­gion Pre­mier Divi­sion cham­pi­ons, who came in sec­ond. Other tough op­po­si­tion at the event in­cluded Ted­ding­ton and Basil­don Phoenix swim­ming clubs.

A good turnout of swim­mers aged from nine to adults, coaches and sup­port­ers from Hilling­don were very vo­cal through­out the meet pro­vid­ing a fan­tas­tic team at­mos­phere that helped ev­ery­one step up and swim fast.

The club won both of the ‘blue rib­bon’ open 6x50m freestyle re­lays at the end of the night to se­cure a to­tal of 16 first places, eight sec­ond places and nine third places.

Head coach John Adye said af­ter the suc­cess: “Tonight’s team per­for­mance was no sur­prise. This sea­son’s train­ing could not have started any bet­ter and Hilling­don SC has a his­tory of great team spirit.

“Hav­ing said that, we did not ex­pect to fin­ish first in this round and we must con­tinue to work hard if we are to main­tain that stan­dard. I am look­ing for­ward to the sec­ond round.” DAVID Cooper’s brace saw East­cote in­flict a first de­feat of the sea­son on MBBO Re­gional One pro­mo­tion ri­vals Ox­ford.

The 2-0 vic­tory sent the Boars two points clear of sec­ond-placed Ash­ford, whom they meet at Kings Col­lege Road on Satur­day, at the top of the ta­ble,

Mean­while, a sec­ond win in a row moved East­cote Ladies up to sev­enth with a com­fort­able win at Ted­ding­ton thanks to a hat-trick from Claire Dev­ereaux.

New coach Taj Dogra is bring­ing in youth play­ers to the squad this sea­son, but it was a vin­tage per­for­mance from the ex­pe­ri­enced Dev­ereaux who grabbed the glory. JUDGE Heath gym­nasts en­joyed a suc­cess­ful day at the Mil­ton Keynes UK com­pe­ti­tion pick­ing up six medals in the process.

Ni­cole-Paige Rob­son, 11, picked up gold for her per­for­mance on the floor and a sil­ver on the vault.

Joann Howard Har­ring­ton also picked up gold and sil­ver in the floor and vault re­spec­tively.

Leah Wynn’s per­for­mance on the vault was good enough for sil­ver, while Hannah also medalled. HAR­LING­TON NET­BALL LEAGUE RE­SULTS

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