U13s ease into de­but 11-a-side tour­na­ment

Girls take plate after com­plet­ing come­back against Ea­gles

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT - By Matt Lewis matt.lewis@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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 dulfc@live.co.uk 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

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