2013 has seen some great joy – and occasionally not a little disappointment – for the many clubs and sporting individuals on our patch this year.
Here we take a look back at some of the highs and lows of the past 12 months:
Bede’s student and cricket star Callum Jackson jets off to South Africa to join England U19s’ tour ... Eastbourne Lifestyle Eagles speedway team complete their 2013 line-up by naming Timo Lahti and Simon Gustafsson as riders to join Cameron Woodward, Lukas Dryml, Denis Gizatullin, Bjarne Pedersen and Adam Shields at Arlington Stadium.
Lewes Hockey Club stay top of the Men’s South Premier League Division 2 with a 4-2 win at Woking ... Peacehaven and Newhaven do both themselves and the county league proud in narrow defeats to Hastings United and Crawley Town respectively in the Sussex Senior Cup ... Lewes FC’s difficult season is made even worse by a serious knee injury suffered by centre half Callum Donaghey in a 3-0 home defeat to Concord Rangers.
Priory School student Jack Bartholomew gears up for another busy season in karting when he joins Cole Racing, one of the top kart racing teams in the country, as lead junior driver ... Lewes Athletics Club add the Brooks Sussex Saturday League Div 2 title to their East Sussex Sunday Cross Country League win ... Nick Brown says he is proud of his Lewes FC U18s side that beat Burgess Hill to lift the Sussex County Youth Cup ... Lewes Hockey Men’s 1s win promotion with a 4-1 win over Maidstone, while the Ladies’ 1s seal second place in the South Division 3b with a 4-1 win over Worthing ... there’s glory for Seaford Town FC as they beat Littlehampton Town 2-0 to win the Division Two Challenge Cup on Good Friday ... but Lewes Ladies are just edged out 2-0 in the the Sussex Women’s Challenge Cup Final.
Lewes captain Steve Robinson targets the last few games of the season in his long-awaited return from knee injury ... Jack Graves, 19, hits the first ever hole-in-one at the par 4 13th hole at Lewes Golf Club ... a fourth defeat in a row sees Lewes Rugby Club finish their London 2 South East season in a disappointing fifth place ... our man Andy Relf takes the first leg in defeat against three-time world darts champ John Part in a PDC event at Wigan ... Newhaven seal their return to the county league top flight – and back-to-back promotions – with a 3-2 win at Bexhill ... Steve Robinson inspires Lewes to a vital 2-0 league win at Harrow Borough in his return to the starting line-up ... Lewes runner Mike Ellicock sets a new world record by running the London Marathon in 3hr 25min 21sec with a 40lb backpack on his back ... Crowborough beat Heathfield 42-12 in the final to win rugby’s Sussex Bob Rogers Cup ... Lewes narrowly avoid relegation to the Ryman South but boss Simon Wormull pays for a disappointing season with his job ... Lewes Wanderers are honoured to have British Olympic cycling hero Joanna Rowsell ride with them at a 25-mile TT at Addiscombe.
There’s more glory for Lewes Hockey Men’s 1s as they lift the English Hockey National Trophy with a golden goal win over Guernsey in the final ... Hailsham Town FC part company with long-time boss Kenny McCreadie ... Lewes Ladies round off a debut season in the FA Women’s Premier League Southern Division with a 3-0 win over West Ham ... Peacehaven earn the point that wins them the county league title with a goalless draw at Horsham YMCA – and add cup success to league glory by winning the John O’Hara Cup days later ... a huge crowd of 5,000 packs into Arlington Stadium to watch the Bank Holiday banger racing action ... Lewes receive an impressive 29 job applications for the vacant manager’s post at the Dripping Pan ... and after that is whittled down to a shortlist of six, the Rooks announce Garry Wilson as their new boss.
Danny Bloor declares Lewes as potentially the county’s third biggest club when he, Garry Wilson, Dean Lightwood and Matt Crabb are unveiled as the Rooks new management team ... Ringmer FC say they got the man they wanted all along when announcing Jason Hopkinson as the new manager at the Caburn ... a new basketball team is announced as Lewes Warriors are formed ... the Eastbourne Eagles’ long search to find a replacement for Adam Shields ends as Kim Nilsson (above) is signed from Lakeside ... Lewes AC runner Rob Mullett is selected to represent GB in the European Team event at Gateshead.
Later this week: July to December.