Sports Update by Chris Lines

Athletics, Squash, Rugby, Football and more

In the sport this month...

Sport in Sedgefield
Sports Updates by Chris Lines
It’s a sure sign that summer is on its way when athletes unscrew their long cross country spikes to replace them with the shorter alternatives for the track, and when the sound of willow and leather colliding accompanies a stroll along Station Road. This also means that some traditional winter sports seasons are drawing to a close. Not all of the final results and league standings have been confirmed at the time of writing this update, but I will share details as they emerge over the next couple of months. Meanwhile…
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
No report this month but head on over here for the results from the Neptune Relays.
Sedgefield Squash Club News
Sedgefield Squash Club News Five junior girls from Sedgefield Squash Club recently represented Sedgefield Community College in the National Schools Squash Championships, and almost walked away as gold medal winners! It is the first time that the college has entered the competition, encouraged by the number of girls playing regularly at Sedgefield, and supported by the club’s coaching team. The club’s ladies’ champion, Jess Weatherspoon, was joined by ladies’ team regulars Jenny Walker and Lauren Prynn, plus Kate Wallace and Katelyn Craig, who completed the squad. Sedgefield Squash Club News With early round draws against frequent finalists - and champions - from Dame Allan’s and Gosforth Academy Schools in Newcastle, expectations were realistically low, but fighting performances and victories against the other opposition, saw the college’s team qualifying for the KS4 Plate Finals at Nottingham’s prestigious Squash & Rackets Club. After a comfortable quarter final victory against Moreton Hall from Shropshire, the girls faced another boarding school, Downe House, from Berkshire, in the semi-final.

In a close fought encounter, the school came within one point of making the final, agonisingly losing by the narrowest of margins against the team that went on to win gold comfortably. The girls overcame their disappointment to easily win their third-place play-off and bring home bronze medals.

This is not only a fantastic achievement for the girls and the community college, but also a great reflection on the current health of both girls’ and junior squash at the club. Sedgefield boasts a record number of girls entering club competitions this year, and with some of the juniors now moving into the senior team, the future is looking bright.

Junior coaching takes place from 9:00am-1:00pm every Saturday during term-time, from September to July. If anyone is interested in getting involved, please contact the club via its website or email info@sedgefieldsquashclub.co.uk.
As ever, membership enquiries should go to Sue Smith at curlietailz@aol.com.
Sedgefield Cricket Club News
Sedgefield Cricket Club News There’s still time to sign up for the EBC’s All Stars Cricket coaching scheme at Sedgefield Cricket Club, which will begin at 5:15pm on Friday 24 May and run for eight weeks. All Stars is open to girls and boys aged five to eight and every child who is registered at www.allstarscricket.co.uk will receive a well-equipped kit bag.

Parents who take their youngsters along to the sessions can also take the opportunity to pop into the recently refurbished bar, which also shows all of the latest televised sport (including events on Sky and BT Sport). The clubhouse is available for event hire and all money raised is ploughed back into the club. A key component of the club’s success is a membership system which provides reduced price drinks for its members and represents more investment back into a community facility. Annual social membership costs only £10.
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.
Youth Football
A couple of months ago I reported that Sedgefield St. Edmund’s FC had progressed to the semi-finals of the Durham County Cup competition. St. Edmund’s were drawn away to Boldon Shack and it proved to be a very closely fought game. The teams couldn’t be separated over 90 minutes and the final score was 1-1. It went straight to penalties and unfortunately, Boldon prevailed.

As the cliché goes, St. Edmund’s will now concentrate on the league and aim to finish as high as possible in the Premier Division of the Durham & District Sunday League. At the time of writing this, the team is sitting in fourth place.
Sedgefield Squash Club News
In the photo above is Katelyn Craig, who completed a 3.5 mile sponsored swim - that’s 224 lengths - and made it look easy! She has raised more money towards her Rangers International Camp in Canada. Congratulations!
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