Sports Review 2005 - August
GOLF: Heydon Grange clinched victory in their first appearance in the final of the Grace Norman Trophy. In an exciting end to the match, they kept their heads to sink a birdie putt on the first extra hole to triumph over a strong Abbotsley side. The semi-
GOLF: Heydon Grange clinched victory in their first appearance in the final of the Grace Norman Trophy. In an exciting end to the match, they kept their heads to sink a birdie putt on the first extra hole to triumph over a strong Abbotsley side.
The semi-finals and final took place at Bourn Golf Club. In the first semi-final, Heydon Grange secured a 2-0 victory over Saffron Walden, with one match unfinished. In the second semi-final, Abbotsley gained a 2-1 victory over The Links.
DIVING: Sharnia Mockford impressed when she travelled to the Barcelona Diving Pool where the 1992 Olympics where held and the World Championships in 2002.
It was the first time the 11-year-old had dived in an outdoor event and in an open international/European event - the International Diving Meeting "Ciutat de Barcelona" 2005. She had to compete in an age group above, in Group C, 13 years and younger, but still returned home with a pair of sixth-place finishes.
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SWIMMING: Royston were pipped at the post in the North Herts Peanuts League.
With seven first places, seven silver medals and nine third-place finishes, Royston put up a good performance.
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The club were also boosted with 19 personal best times. There were fantastic swims by Laura Lewis, who won golds in the 25m front crawl and butterfly.
Joe Graves also took gold, winning the breaststroke in a time of 26.62 seconds.
There were two wins for the nine-year-old relay squad of Joe Graves, Miles Jackson, Harry Stafford, Matthew Brennan, Shaun Dreyer and William Smith.
BOWLS: Malcolm Chapman lifted the Champion of Champions Trophy in a thrilling tie-break.
The Meldreth Bowling Club member lifted the biggest trophy of his six-year career after edging out Cyril Scotcher after the two players had split the two-set final.
MOTOR RACING: Ian King was thwarted in his attempts to increase the gap between him and the chasing pack on the final leg of the Nordic tour.
However, bad weather meant an early end to the competition, and little change in the leading positions.
King had a plum semi-final against Roel Koedam, and a chance to extend his lead with a win over the Dutchman lying second in the points.
However, persistent rain delays saw the meeting end before the next round could be run.
FOOTBALL: There were mixed results for Royston and Buntingford Town.
The Crows opened the season with a 1-0 loss at Oxford City, but bounced back to hammer Langford 3-0.
But they embarrassingly lost 2-1 at home to struggling Clacton Town in the FA Cup and then slipped to a 2-0 loss at Biggleswade United.
Buntingford drew their first two matches before hammering London Lions 5-1, but finished the month with a 1-0 loss at Hatfield Town.