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Sports Update by Chris Lines

Athletics, Squash, Rugby, Football and more

In the sport this month...

Sport in Sedgefield
Sports Updates by Chris Lines
Yet again, it has been a very busy start to the year for sport in Sedgefield and there is loads to report. We look forward to sharing news of more sporting endeavour and success during 2019.
Email club reports to Chris Lines: chrisjlines@aol.com
Youth teams - please call Tony Magee on 07837 114 271 if you would like him to report on your club or matches.
Athletics News
Sedgefield Harriers News Article
Junior Sedgefield Harriers have recently competed in the County Durham Athletics Network annual Sportshall competition, which involves standing long jump, standing triple jump, vertical jump, shot put, speed bounce and an indoor race. A small team of 5 Sedgefield Harriers (Ellie Spink, Katie Wilson, Eryn Upton, Abbie Walker and Thomas Rowe) took part in the combined under 13 and 15 event in Stanley. Despite being low on numbers (for once!) the Harriers claimed third place and 4 of the team have since been selected to represent County Durham in the regional championships in March.

A week later, Sedgefield Harriers hosted the under 11 competition at the community college, and 18 juniors were in the home team. Eight teams competed and Sedgefield again came third, not far behind joint winners, Derwentside A.C. and Durham City Harriers. Subsequently, 7 athletes from Sedgefield have been selected to join the County Durham team at the regional finals in March.

Both Sportshall events were only possible thanks to the contributions of people from the respective communities. As can be seen from the photograph, the children were really enthusiastic.

The senior Sedgefield Harriers have fielded some big teams in the men’s and women’s events in the Harrier League, a series of cross country races that take place over the winter. Conditions have generally been pretty benign this season, without too much mud. The most recent fixture was close to home at Thornley and a large contingent of 11 men and 7 women from Sedgefield took on a challenging course. Sedgefield’s women’s team finished 7th on the day in Division 3 of the league and now lie eighth overall. The men claimed sixth on the day in Division 2, a result that took them out of the relegation zone. The final fixture of the season will be in Alnwick on 2nd March, where the men will be aiming to secure their status in the division, while the women hope to make up a few more places with another strong performance.
Sedgefield Squash Club News
Sedgefield Squash Club News Sedgefield Squash Club continues to offer coaching to local youngsters. Saturday mornings during term time see 4 hour-long sessions with coaches providing a safe and fun environment for children to learn. There are currently slots available in the 12:00 session, – so if you have a youngster aged 5-8-years old, get in touch. On Sundays, there are free additional coaching sessions on a one-to-one or mini-group basis. Sign up via the club noticeboard.

Entries are open for the annual Club Championships: members can sign up on the noticeboard. The club runs its overall Closed Championships, along with veteran categories at over 40, 50 and 60 age groups, and junior categories from under 11 upwards. All matches lead towards the finals at the end of April.
As ever, membership enquiries should go to Sue Smith at curlietailz@aol.com.
Sedgefield Cricket Club News
Sedgefield Cricket Club News Sedgefield Cricket Club’s preparations have been boosted following the agreement of Ashley Thorp to provide specialised coaching to both seniors and juniors. Ash, an Australian, played for Western Australia at Under 17 and 19 level, before moving to the UK in 1997 where he played for Durham. Now a Level 3 coach, Ash will spend each coaching session working with a different team. The club used some funds to have the square ‘deep drilled’ which will allow better grass root growth, and lead to an ever better playing surface. Keep up to date by liking the club’s Facebook page or Twitter feed.
Email club membership enquiries to sccmemberships@outlook.com and keep up to date with everything going on by liking the Sedgefield Cricket Club’s Facebook page or follow @Sedgefield_CC on Twitter.
Football
Sedgefield St. Edmund’s kept their nerve to overcome a strong Witton Park side to win their rescheduled Durham County Sunday Cup quarter final tie in a closely contested game. St Edmund’s began the game impressively, going into a 2-0 lead with goals from Calum Johnson and Simon Ord. Witton, however, were not done and came back to level the scores at 2-2. Glen Donaldson looked to have won the game for St Edmund’s when he restored Sedgefield’s lead, only for them to be pegged back by a late Whitton equaliser to take the game to a penalty shoot-out. After such an exciting, roller coaster ride of a game Sedgefield kept their nerve to win the shoot-out 3-0 and progress to the semi-final. St Edmund’s opponents on Sunday March 17th will be Boldon Shack.

Peterlee Catholic Club had beaten Boldon Shack 4-1 in a penalty shoot out after the teams were level 2-2 after 90 minutes. However an appeal was lodged and Peterlee were removed from the competition, to be be replaced by Boldon. Meanwhile, at the time of writing, St. Edmund’s are in second place in the top flight of the Durham & District Sunday League.
Fishburn Bowls Club
With spring around the corner why not consider taking up a new sport? Fishburn Bowls Club invites you to attend its Spring Meeting to meet the 20 plus members who keep this Club going, 61 years after it was formed.

The club has members from Fishburn, Sedgefield, Trimdon Grange and Thorpe Larches and welcomes everyone who enjoys outdoor bowling. The annual membership fee provides access to the green and clubhouse every day of the week from the end of April to the beginning of September.

The 2018 season was notable for the fact that the club fielded full teams in every game, made possible by attracting new members and further strengthening the membership. And most importantly the Club maintained its reputation as “The Friendly Club”.

The start of the outdoor season is usually celebrated with an Opening Day where refreshments are available and the opportunity is there for all to try their hand at this intriguing game at no cost, with some friendly coaching thrown in.

Fishburn Bowls Club will hold its Spring Meeting on Tuesday 2nd April 2019 at 6.30pm (location to be announced). At the meeting members will be informed of the League Fixtures for the 2019 outdoor bowls season and they will be brought up to date with the news from the 3 leagues in which the Club participates.
Please contact George Robson, Secretary on 621328 or Terry Graham, Treasurer on 621627.
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