Matt Walton Cup result
Semi-final at Caythorpe
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Mom – Dannie Hessom
Matt Walton Cup result
Semi-final at Caythorpe
Nobody Inn 3-1 Rippingale
Mom – Dannie Hessom
Starlet seals prizes following competition in Grantham
Former Grantham College student and table tennis ace Joshua Stacey has come home from the sport’s national championship with three titles.
Joshua, 19, took the prize in the class 9 division, as well as the Open Standing singles and doubles crowns, at the British Para Table Tennis nationals in Grantham.
Having left the college last year, Joshua has spent his time since training full-time at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield.
Joshua said of the tournament: “I played some of my best stuff throughout the weekend and just to have won my class singles would have been satisfying. I would have been content with the weekend.
“Then me and Billy Shilton managed to win the doubles against two pairings that were stronger on paper. I played my best table tennis.”
Joshua studied Sport at Grantham College for two years alongside his training. He represented Wales at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in Australia, securing the bronze medal in his division.
Gavin Evans, who trained Joshua in his time at Grantham College, was delighted with his former student’s progress.
He said: “Joshua has faced adversity and fought through his disability, which has made him an even stronger player.”
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Grantham swimmer Callum Melville is celebrating after being crowned Scottish National Champion three times for his age group.
The 13 year old, who is a member of Grantham Swim Club but is registered as Scottish, travelled up to Glasgow last week to take part in eight events at Scotland’s National Age Group Championships.
Callum stormed to victory in the 200m breaststroke breaking a Lincolnshire county record in the process and topping British Swimming’s rankings for his age.
The Priory Belvoir student then claimed silver in the 50m breaststroke and another gold in the 100m breast. The teenager, who lives in Morton near Bourne, isn’t just a breaststroke specialist though, and was also crowned Scotland’s national champion for the 400IM and runner-up in the 200IM.
Five intense days of competition saw him return home victorious with five medals in total. Callum is now back in the pool at the Meres in Grantham six days a week, training hard with his sights firmly set on the British Summer Championships at the end of July.
Seventeen students from Charles Read Academy travelled to the Leicestershire Countryside to compete in the annual DRET Cross Country Cup, held at Neville Holt.
The gruelling course presented a difficult challenge for the young runners who had to adapt to a number of tough terrains and demanding gradients which were both physically and mentally demanding.
Not only did the students have to display excellent physical levels of fitness they had to demonstrate high levels of determination and mental toughness to overcome the course.
Throughout the event, each and every runner who represented CRA displayed the academy’s core values of resilience and courage when playing their part for the team. Following a fantastic team effort and a number of excellent individual performances Charles Read Academy finished the event with 53 more points than they managed in 2018, evidence of the progress students continue to make here at CRA.
There were many highlights from the competition that saw a number of runners finish in the top 5 places, including a 1st & 3rd finish in the year 10 girls race.
A gold for Amy Crook and Bronze for Chloe Hudson saw CRA run out year 10 girls overall champions, seeing off competition from 10 other secondary academies.
Year 7: Kai Pacey, Alex Pridmore, Lola Williams, Evie Barker
Year 8: Harrison Kay-Wright, Connor Green, Chloe Morrisroe, Emily Warren
Year 9: Cameron McClelland, Jamie Murphy, Erin Crook, Poppy Wilson
Year 10: Harvey Marlow, Ashton Pycroft, Owen Warre, Amy Crook, Chloe Hudson
King’s attended the County Rugby 7’s Championships with high expectations having won 2 of the 3 age groups last year.
All three teams had highly successful 15-a-side seasons and were hoping this form would translate into the 7’s season.
The U14 team, led by captain Ben Taylor, had the challenge of defending their title from last year and were the team everyone wanted to beat. They did so successfully playing some fantastic offloading, attacking rugby and whilst remaining resolute and watertight in defence.
The U13 team were out for revenge having been unsuccessful in reaching the final last year. The team were determined to make sure they earned some silverware this year, rarely giving their opponents even a sniff of victory.
Playmaker Ethan Blackmore orchestrated the attacking play beautifully, putting his team mates into space and organising the defence well. The final against Bourne was a display of total dominance resulting in a 50-0 win. It was all new for the U12 team who were competing in their first 7’s tournament.
The team got off to a shaky start, losing one of their first group stage games to St. Hugh’s, but still qualified for the top Cup competition as group runners up. This meant King’s had a rematch with St Hugh’s in the next group stage where King’s got their revenge and won comfortably.
The final against Spalding was a tightly contested affair with King’s running out as 12-5 winners.
This concluded an incredibly successful and rewarding day for King’s with three County Championship trophies to add to the trophy cabinet.
Joe Down, from Grantham College’s Football Centre of Excellence has been invited to a trial with League One club Coventry City.
The player has spent four sessions with the club and has since had his trial extended after he impressed the League One club during his first sessions.
Head Coach at Football Centre of Excellence; Alex Cross has said, “The College and Coventry City are working together to give Joe the best possible pathway for his development.”
“He has tremendous amounts of ability with a couple of areas that we are working together to develop which will then give Joe the best possible chance in his quest to play at the highest level.”
“It’s great to have Coventry City recognising our programme, they have really looked after Joe giving him kit, lunch and continuous feedback. This is evidence of the fantastic opportunities that we can give our footballers at Grantham College!”
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Grantham College’s Table Tennis academy are rejoicing in a well-deserved win in the Junior British League. Having competed for 17 years and winning silver 4 times, this year the boys team had a taste of victory as they claimed the title.
Head coach, Gavin Evans travelled with both the boys’ and girls’ team to the Velodrome in Derby where the competition takes place every year, hand-picking 4 of the top players for the boys’ team to compete and 5 of the top players for the girls’ team.
The academy is currently in the premier division for Table Tennis where the most prestigious teams play and out of the 400 players who competed in the Junior British League on the 26/27th January and 2/3rd February they also came out on top.
Our girls team also competed against 49 other teams and came out 5thoverall. Playing for the girls’ team were Mollie Patterson, Danielle Kelly, Raquel Sao Pedro, Lydia John and Sophie Barlow. This was the biggest competition that they’d competed at within the team and are all really proud of their achievements.
Gavin Evans said of the triumph: “they live and train here every day, it’s such an achievement as they are all home grown and they are competing against teams who’ve bought in some of the most prestigious and skilled players from across the world.
“We started the final day a point behind, it was so nice to see them come together as a team and end up ahead on the final day. We’ve waited a long time for this so it’s a fantastic achievement.”
Boys team player, Shayan Siraj has been playing table tennis for 8 years now and is the England Junior Number 1 boy since the start of this season. Shayan studies business at Grantham College and has been playing for the academy for 1 and a half years. He said of the victory: “it was a tough event and it was very close but we came out on top.
“I’d like to take a year out next year to travel to Germany or Sweden to compete in Table Tennis competitions and then eventually go to University to study business.”
Joining Shayan on the boys’ team were Will Dobinson, Luc Miller and Hippolyte Levy. Hippolyte has joined the table tennis academy from France and is attending for a year after hearing about it from a previous player at the academy.
The next steps for the boys will be to compete in the individual competitions of the junior and senior nationals. Congratulations to all that competed for us; we’re very proud of their achievements!
Photo credit: Chris Raynor
Grantham Pegasus’s Invicta Shield trial at Stainby on Sunday turned out to be a trial of two halves.
Conditions in the early laps were tricky due to the heavy overnight frost but these soon changed as the sun brought the frost out of the ground.
Held over five laps of eight sections the main award went to Stuart Walker on his Montesa 4rt. His total of 53 was just four better than runner up Martyn Rushbrook.
Arguably the ride of the day was put in on the middle route by Over 40 winner Mick Thurman.
Mick completed the trial for the loss of 15 marks and then kindly shared his birthday cake with fellow competitors and officials, thanks Mick. Next best on the route was regular front runner Andy Butt. Best Novice was Lee Wilson on his Sherco.
On the white route comeback king Gary Skipworth completed the event for the loss of 4 marks on his four stroke Beta. Next best was Mike Sanderson who as usual rode well on his Pre 65 Triumph Cub dropping just 10 marks.
Best Youth Beginner was Tyler Atkinson on his Beta 80.