2013 saw some great joy – and occasionally not a disappointment – for the many clubs and individuals on our patch.
Last week we covered the highs and lows from January to June. Here we look back at the second half of last year:
Crowborough Athletic FC are spared having to move to the Kent League after an appeal by the club and fellow Sussex outfit Rye United ... Heathfield’s Lars Thorkildsen is selected to play for the Norway U18 rugby side ... Lewes Golf Club crown Tom Hilton as their men’s club champion for 2013, while Mandy Hilton claims the ladies crown ... Darts Diarist Andy Relf signs off for the time being after deciding to have surgery on his long-term shoulder problem . .. Lewes Wanderers trio of Chris Martin, Paul Gibbons and Michael Turner set off on a huge cycle journey – from London to Edinburgh and back again.
AFC Uckfield are stunned to discover their appeal against relegation was turned down because nine seats in their main stand were not bolted down ... Lewes’ new era under Garry Wilson and Danny Bloor gets off to a flying start when Ade Olorunda scores the only goal in victory at AFC Hornchurch ... while Peacehaven’s first ever game in the Ryman League ends in a 2-2 draw at home to Walton & Hersham – but their second game (three days later) is a 4-0 away hammering of Sussex rivals Worthing ... Tom Glandfield rewrites the record books as he cycles an incredible 267.6 miles in 12 hours ...
Newick’s season-long attempt to catch East Sussex Cricket League championship rivals Rye ends in noble defeat when Rye clinch the Division 1 title with one game to spare ... it’s all change at Plumpton racecourse as course chiefs unveil more than £200,000 of developments to course facilities ... Lewes come from behind twice to beat Peacehaven 3-2 away in the two sides’ big FA Cup clash at the Sports Park ... Hailsham Cricket Club are crowned InterSport of Lewes Trophy winners for the first time in the club’s history... Jack Harris becomes only the fourth Under 13 in UK history to clear three metres in the pole vault ... Lewes set up a home tie with Sutton United in the next round of the FA Cup with a functional 1-0 win away to Chalfont St Peter in the cup’s second qualifying round.
Bjarne Pedersen (right) wins the Championship of Sussex title at Arlington Stadium ... and at the same venue Newhaven’s Darren Terry secures his first ever major championship when he wins the South Coast Hydraulics Banger League ... Lewes Bridgeview Junior FC’s David Amiet is recognised for his outstanding contribution to community soccer with an award presented by the FA ... and Lewes Athletics Club are named Development Club of the Year for the South East ... Eastbourne Eagles end a difficult season with an easy 60-33 win at home to Belle Vue in the speedway side’s last Elite League match of the season.
Lewes Hockey Club make it into the last 16 of the National Hockey Men’s Cup for only the third time in the club’s history with a dramatic penalty flicks win away to Litchfield ... the footballing community in Sussex joins forces to pay tribute to Peter Bentley who died this month ... England coach Craig Bryant causes a stir when he pays a visit to Lewes St Michael’s Table Tennis Club ... Peacehaven fly to the top of the Ryman South with a super 5-0 defeat of Walton Casuals.
England legend Lewis Moody pays a visit to Lewes as guest speaker at the town’s rugby club winter dinner ... Hailsham MI Club is treated to a magnificent 147 clearance by former World Champion Ken Doherty when he and fellow snooker star John Virgo entertain the locals ... Zofia Malewicz, who trains out of Heathfield, wins two silver medals at the ISKA World Kickboxing Championships ... Seaford Striders’ popular Mince Pie run is more successful than ever, with the 10-mile event announced a sell-out ... Newhaven reader Rob Lambert wins our competition held in conjunction with Brighton & Hove Albion, to win a half-season ticket at the Amex ... Lewes beat Heathfield in a bottom-of-the-table clash in rugby’s London 2 South East ... Hailsham Swimming Club’s top continues with a number of their swimmers excelling at the South East Winter Regional Junior and Open Championships held at Portsmouth.
Here’s to an even more successful 2014 to all our clubs and sporting individuals. Cheers!