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Pershore edge rivals Evesham in junior league
8:00am Sunday 10th March 2013 in Sport
PERSHORE pipped neighbours Evesham to the post in the Ross PGL Junior League first round at Droitwich Spa Leisure Centre.
They claimed 23 first places and 15 seconds to win with 125 points overall followed by Evesham (124), the hosts (120) and Haden Hill (113).
The competition is for swimmers aged between nine and 14 in individual and team relays over 60 events.
League rules state competitors who achieve a particularly fast time are handed a speeding ticket and no points. Pershore received nine and Evesham three.
Pershore head coach Tom Naughton said: “I’m delighted with the way the whole team performed.
"The PGL is an important format as it enables us to give our up-and-coming talent the opportunity for real competition.
"It was a close match with local clubs, fought in the right spirit, and we were thrilled to take the victory.”
Pershore were one of the strongest relay clubs, enjoying numerous first and second places before finishing with a 10x25-metre boys' cannon success.
The next league round is on Saturday, March 23.
FIRST PLACES - PERSHORE
Nine year boys: Hamish Cross 25m butterfly; 10 and under girls: Katie Sanderson 25m butterfly, Izzie Cumming 25m freestyle, Ellen Cope 25m backstroke, Holly Winkley 25m breaststroke; 11 and under girls: Mia Du Toit 25m breaststroke, Daisy Tolley 25m freestyle; boys: William Clarke 25m freestyle; 12 and under girls: Casarena Ferriera 50m breaststroke; boys: Josh Sharratt 50m backstroke, Callum Sanderson 50m butterfly; 13/14 girls: Lizzie Vizard 50m butterfly, Tessa Carr 50m freestyle; boys: Drew Jones 50m backstroke, Owen Leeks 50m freestyle;
Nine year girls: Sophie Pettite 25m backstroke, Macey French 25m breaststroke, Holly Langston 25m freestyle; boys: Jacob Goodall 25m breaststroke and 25m backstroke; mixed: medley relay Holly Langston, Kieran Cooper, Oliver Foster and French; 10 and under girls: medley and freestyle relay Imogen Harper, Kate Dufty, Brodie Mabbett and Heather Castle; boys: James Carlsberg 25 butterfly, Jack Moss 25m backstroke, Kieran Cooper 25m breaststroke; 11 and under girls: Rebecca Brown 25m butterfly; boys: Alistair Witheford 25m butterfly; 12 and under girls: Emily Carlsberg 50m butterfly, freestyle relay Lydia Castle, Eleanor Tarring, Emily Carlsberg and Martha Bailey; boys: Jacob Tustin 50m backstroke; 13/14 boys: Jorden Brown 50m butterfly; nine to 14 year group cannon relay: Rachel Egan, French, Mabbett, Harper, Brown, Rosie Denning, Emily Carlsberg, Bailey, Amy Cooper and Emelia Lambert.
- Five Evesham members attended the Luke Jeffrey memorial training day at Coventry.
Chloe Mabbett, Beth Carter, Amy Cooper, Luke Perry and James Carlsberg were all selected for their hard work and commitment to the club.
The day was set up by the 15-year-old's parents Melanie and Mark after he suffered from a shallow water blackout while training seven years ago and died.
The youngsters were coached by former Olympian Joanne Deakins, an Evesham club member, and Coventry head coach Adam Ruckwood.
Evesham head coach Jill Biddle also helped out and the swimmers were presented with certificates and badges.
More details are available at shallowwaterblackout.