U13s ease into debut 11-a-side tournament
Girls take plate after completing comeback against Eagles
HILLINGDON Swimming Club (HSC) members raked in the medals at the London Regional Youth and Age Group Championships.
The borough’s brightest talents shone in the pool as they scooped a total haul of 26 medals, including an impressive 10 golds.
HSC individual regional champions were Aarian Lally (1500m freestyle), Luke Spain (50m breaststroke), Alfie Collins DENHAM United U13s Girls played their first 11-a-side games at a tournament on Sunday – and took to it like ducks to water.
Playing in the Richmond Cup, they started out beating Kew Park Rangers 3-0, thanks to goals from Grace Nwoseh, Melissa Asavoaie and Kaitlan Brown, before Issy Gilham notched the only goal of the game against NPL Youth.
But another goal from Asavoaie could not prevent a 3-1 loss to a physical Barnes Eagles side which, followed by a 2-0 reverse to the host team, put Denham into the Plate, where they came up against NPL once more in the final.
They fell behind, but Asavoaie’s late leveller took the game to penalties, which Denham won 4-3 thanks to two superb saves from keeper Zara Butt to secure the silverware.
The U10s were competing in the Hertfordshire League Cup at (400m individual medley), Loulou Vos (200/400/800m free) and Jemima Hall (200m free and 400m individual medley).
In the relays, the girls achieved gold in both 4x100m medley (Ceara Barber, Kendra Laba, Yasmin Boff, and Hall) and the 4x100m free team (Barber, Hall, Rosie Joslin and Boff).
There has been plenty of action for younger swimmers in the club too this month as a team travelled Harlow, where they won six and drew one of their seven games, setting up a final against Tottenham on May 14, while the U14s and U15s were both in seventh heaven, winning 7-1 against Hemel Hempstead and Woking Cougars respectively.
Four goals from Kayleigh Curivan, who shared the player of the match award with Charlotte Parrett, plus one each from Jessica to Cambridge for another gala.
This meet was a last chance for swimmers to gain qualifying times and some good racing practice for the upcoming younger age groups’ London Regional Championships.
The meet ran short course (25m pool) and over three days and again HSC were in impressive form to secured 64 medals, Stickley, Alketa Rragami and Annie Walsh, was enough to see off the Cougars.
Alisha Bajwa led the way with a hat-trick against Hemel, while player of the match Amy Holdcroft came off the bench to bag a brace, and further strikes from Mia Stephenson and Naomi Hickey rounded off the scoring.
Alice Finnigan and Nicole Leys were also outstanding, while comprising 26 golds, 15 silvers and 23 bronzes.
HSC coach Matt Williams said: “It was a fast meet and swimmers executed race plans and were positive throughout. It was great preparation for the upcoming regionals.”
Fellow coach Gary Mohamed added: “We were certainly the biggest and most well supported team. Well done to all the swimmers.” manager Leigh Barlow said: “It was great to see the things that we have been working on in training brought to the game to ensure we played good attacking football.”
Meanwhile, the club’s summer tournament will take place on May 28 to 30. Call Jo Currivan on 07919 032 532 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details or to book a place.
Junior trials will also take place on Saturday June 4, noon to 2pm. HAREFIELD United U11s Whites (pictured) signed off for the season in style.
Harri Swan banged in three and there were also goals for Henry Hoare, Jamie O’Hara, Tommy Petch and Christian Henry in a 9-1 away victory.
Harry Ward was the hat-trick hero for Sandgate Youth U7s at the weekend.
Ward’s treble was added to by one each for Ollie Hunt, Charlie Side and Charlie Kilbain in a comfortable 6-1 win at CS Rangers.
Callum Pullen was also walking away with a match ball after scoring all three goals to seal a 3-2 victory for the U11s over Bedfont Eagles. The Colts drew 1-1 with Tigers.
West Drayton Explorers’ U12s suffered Sub Cup disappointment as they lost 2-0 in the final to Old Windsor Tigers.
The U15s were beaten 2-0 at Delaford Colts but are still nine points clear in their league standings with four games to go. BATH Road Cycling Club members were in top gear as the racing season got under way again earlier this month.
The Hayes-based club are ready for another busy campaign and got things started with their first event of the year at the Black Park and Pinewood circuit last Wednesday.
Graham Giggs led the way with a fine time of 24.48, finishing ahead of Colin Mann, who caught his brother Nick on the line, recording times of 30.36 and 31.36 respectively.
For more information on how you can get involved with the club, visit www. bathroadclub.co.uk RICHINGS Park Bowls Club made a slow start to the outdoor season as they were beaten by Ruislip’s Mill Bowls Club.
At halfway, Richings Park were six shots ahead but Mill had the better of the second half and went on to win 70-64.
Richings Park had two winning rinks as Cyril Dean, Sue Puttocks and John Newton won 26-10.
Athena Cawley, Jeff Jacobs and Bob Matthews were 19-11 winners over Pauline Puttocks’ Mill rink.
n GREAT START: Denham United Ladies U13s