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01-Feb - U18 Water Polo

Whilst the Under 14s were at Whitgift, the Under 18s played Enfield/Penguin at Queen Elizabeth School, Barnet in a repeat of the game the week before.

Sutton & Cheam water Polo Coach Dave Andrews managed the team and had a very busy day, taking the youngsters polo at L&G at 1:00 pm; on the poolside at Queen Elizabeth School Barnet with the Under 18 team from 5:00 pm, and then driving back to Whitgift in time to be there for the Under 14s final game. That's dedication!

The Enfield/Penguin game went in much the same way as before with Sutton a goal up at half time but succumbing in the second half to a far more experienced side, though it was only in the final period that the floodgates opened with the final score 15-8 to Enfield/Penguin.

For most of the game, the relatively inexperienced team performed above expectations and gained useful experience which can only help them improve.

Well done: Ali Wakeling, Joe Phillpott-Clark, Adam Smith, Spiros Gkogkas, Tomas Gibson, Jack Watt, Greg Jordan, Seb Deplessis, Josh Eves.

01-Feb - Under 14 Water Polo

Sunday saw the final round of the London Winter League Under 14 competition at Whitgift School.

With players unavailable and a very young team, Sutton & Cheam were always going to be up against it against RTC-based teams from Watford and Basildon.

Starting slowly in the first game against Croydon, Sutton had no fewer than 5 shots on the Croydon goal without converting, only for Croydon to take the lead against the run of play.with a well-taken penalty giving Archie Donald in Sutton's goal no chance. This merely spurred Sutton into action though it wasn't until late in the first half that Imogen Smith equalised.

In the second half, Sutton took control and Kieran scored a blinder from a Dario Kan pass and Luka Jojic quickly followed up with another to make it 3-1. Dario again controlled the midfield to break up a Croydon attack, whilst Kieran made it 4-1 at the other end. In the last minute, Croydon got a consolation but it was too little too late and Sutton finished up winners 4-2.

Game 2 against Basildon was always going to be tough, though Sutton took the lead with a great goal from Kieran Rutter. However, Basildon finished 8-1 winners. Sutton had chances but the following statistics says it all; S&C 9 shots on goal, scored 1; Basildon 11 shots on goal scored 8. We've got to sort out our shooting.

With no rest, the third game against RTC-based Watford was a real struggle and a tired Sutton soon found themselves 0-4 behind. Kieran Rutter pulled one back to make it 1-4 but the second half was a repeat of the first, Sutton going down 2-8, Kieran Rutter scoring Sutton's only goal of the half.

We are grateful to Tom Garrett, one of the club';'s first team players, who so ably stepped into the breach to run the team in Dave Andrews' absence (with the Under 18 team at QE Barnet),

Team: Kieran Rutter, Dario Kan, Luka Jojic, Archie Donald, Imogen Smith, Oliver Bayliss, Erin Andrew, Jack Wild, Jack Conroy, Toby Beer.

31 Jan 2015 - Presentation Night - Riddell Hall Walton-on-the-Hill

On Saturday, Sutton and Cheam Swimming Club held its Annual Presentation night and Disco at the Riddell Hall, Walton-On-The-Hill. It was a huge success and was well-attended by nearly 150 members and parents.

The night was not only a celebration of the swimmers' achievements during the previous year, it was also an opportunity for the swimmers and their families to socialise together. And they know how to socialise!

Presentations included our Club Championship winners and medallists, age group winners, our 'Volunteer of the Year" awards, discretionary awards by the President and acknowledgement of our Jack Petchey winners.

Presentations ran from 6:00 and after a brilliant 'all you can eat' buffet put on by Helen Andrews, Lorraine Smith, Anna Drzaic, Nikki Humphries and Sarah Lenihan (huge thank you to you all from everbody), the Disco followed at 8:30pm, finishing at 11pm. Members (and parents) took to the floor and had a great time. Some of them.were on the dance floor all night and it was great to see the youngsters, probably aged between 5 and 16, all dancing together. Don't know where they get the energy from.


Special thanks to Dave Andrews, our enthusiastic MC, Fred Andrews, for presenting the prizes, Catherine Lewis and Denise Eves for arranging the trophies and medals, and last but by no means least, to Jeffrey Adjei for 'calling' some of the dance moves.

What a great night. It was a fantastic fundraiser and a great excuse for a social. The photos say it all!

25-Jan - Cranleigh Open, Cranleigh

Sutton and Cheam Youth and Top Squad swimmers had a very early start on Sunday at the Cranleigh Open Meet, the final competition before the County Championships start next month. It was well worth it as they went home with 31 gold, 26 silver and 14 bronze medals plus numerous personal bests.

For their overall excellent performances Olivia Humphries (9), Kelly Bone (12), Alice Nicot (13) and Daisy Meffan (14) were all named "Top Girl" and Joseph Suggit (9) and Thomas Gibson (14) were named "Top Boy" in their respective age groups.

After this very successful meet our small club will be sending 43 swimmers to Surrey's County Championships due to be held in Guildford and Crystal Palace throughout February. Sutton and Cheam swimmers will swim across many different events and have high expectations as quite a few of them are highly ranked by ASA in their age groups.

Nubia Adjei; Erin Andrew; Joseph Bartley; Thomas Bartley; Toby Beer; Kelly Bone; Ivie Carter; George Croome; Andrej Drzaic; Tomas Gibson; Greg Gilbride; April Hedges; Olivia Humphries; Gabrielle Jimenez; Dario Kan; Nicole Lee; Lily Lenihan; Jake Maxwell; Lucy Medcalf; Daisy Meffan; Izzy Morris; Alice Nicot; Lucy Pearson; Hannah Rees; Michael Rees; Imogen Smith; Joseph Suggitt; Jack Wild;

24-Jan - U18 Water Polo

Sutton & Cheam's Under 18s were in action again at Hillingdon with Simon Tidy taking the team as Dave Andrews was on BWPL duty with the 'Super Fives' at Guildford. Of Sutton's team of 9 players, 2 were playing in their first ever competitive game of water polo, and another playing in only his second. Their only game was against Enfield/Penguin, a much more experienced outfit.

Sutton got off to a good start in the first quarter, Alasdair Wakeling converting a penalty to give Sutton the lead. Enfield/Penguin equalised quickly and both teams then traded shot for shot; an Alasdair Wakeling lob going just over the bar, Enfield hitting a post before Enfield struck twice in quick succession to make it 1-3 at the end of the first period.

Early in quarter 2, Sutton wasted a man-up with a weak shot though a great steal by Jack Watt, our new import from 'Down Under' led to a 5m foul from which Jack shot just inches over the bar. However, a bounced shot by Ali Wakeling from a Sutton man-up went straight into the corner of the net to make it 2-3. Great defence from Adam Smith and Greg Jordan won the ball for Sutton and another 5m foul resulted in Adam making it 3-3. Spiros Gkogkas was brought into action with another good save and it needed a good block by Ali Wakeling to keep them out. A solo effort by Alasdair Wakeling put Sutton ahead for the first time 4-3 and the score remained the same at half-time.

In the third quarter, Sutton were very unlucky to concede a dubious early penalty which was converted to even the score once more. Isaac Tidy then made it 5-4 only for another Enfield equaliser, before Enfield took the lead again 5-6. Again, some great defensive work won the ball in a goal mouth melee which launched another Sutton attack from which Jack Watt got his first for the club from a 5m foul to make it 6-6. I'm confident it will be the first of many! Unfortunately, Sutton then got caught napping with two Enfield quick goals to make it 6-8, going into the final period.

With Seb Duplessis in goal for the final quarter, Ali very quickly reduced the deficit to one direct from yet another 5m foul to make it 7-8. At the other end, Seb was brought into action to make a great save from a point blank shot though almost immediately, our star defender Adam Smith took an unfortunate kick and was unable to take a further part in the game. This was the turning point and down to 8 players, although Spiros Gkogkas got another goal for Sutton, the final score was 8-12.

Overall, this was another impressive performance by a team which included several complete novices, two of whom were playing in their first game. Enfield/Penguin were the better team and deserved the win but the loss of Adam Smith through injury in the final quarter, certainly made a difference to the final scoreline.

Well done team, great effort and a big welcome to Jack Watt, playing in his first Sutton game. A big thank you also to Simon Tidy for taking the team and to all the parents who were there cheering them on.

The team: Spiros Gkogkas, Alasdair Wakeling, Seb Duplessis, Isaac Tidy, Jack Watt, Adam Smith, Greg Jordan, Matthew Thornton, George Henning.

17-Jan - London Borough of Sutton Borough Championships, Westcroft Leisure

Swimmers from Cheam Marcuda, Kingston Royals and Sutton and Cheam attended the London Borough of Sutton Swimming Association (LBSSA) Annual Swimming Championship on Saturday the 17th of January 2015. The Worshipful the Mayor of the Sutton, Councillor Arthur Hookway and Fred Andrews (Sutton and Cheam Swimming President) awarded medals and trophies to young talented Sutton residents. For the first time, this year's Senior Borough Championships was run over two sessions and licenced to allow times to be used for County qualifying.

What a night! Over 70 Sutton & Cheam swimmers took part and were rewarded with a staggering 75 gold, 59 silver and 58 bronze grade 'A' medals, and 14 gold, 14 silver and 7 bronze grade 'B' medals. Furthermore 26 of the 28 Borough Championship Titles and trophies went to S&C swimmers.

Senior Squad with Borough Champs Trophies

Alice Nicot won four trophies and borough titles; the Collett Prince Challenge Cup for U15 100 freestyle, the Leigh Miller Cup for U15 100m breaststroke, the Pop Worsell Trophy for U15 100m IM and the Hughes Cup for U15 100m backstroke.

Kieran Rutter equalled Alice winning the Pop Worsell Trophy for U15 100m IM, the Russell/Brown Cup for U15 100m backstroke, the Aldred Trophy for U15 100 breaststroke and the The Tadworth Tyres Shield for U15 100m fly.

Daisy Meffan was close behind with three titles winning the Charter Cup for ladies 100 freestyle, the Cheam Ladies Challenge Trophy for ladies 100m IM and the F.G. Moore Trophy for ladies 100m breaststroke. Not to be outdone, John Wileman similarly won three titles with the Jubilee Cup for men 100m backstroke, the Charter Cup for mens 100m freestyle and the Sutton & Cheam Challenge Trophy for mens 100m IM.

Youth & Junior Squads with Borough Champs Trophies

The rest of the Individual Borough titles and Championship trophies were evenly spread.

For the girls, April Hedges won the L.B.S.S.A. Shield for U15 100m fly; Hannah Rees won the Kathleen Harper Cup for U13 100m backstroke; Lois Martin, the Salari Trophy for ladies 100m fly; Lucy Pearson, the Jubilee Cup for ladies 100m backstroke and Nubia Adjei, the Glegg Trophy for U13 100m freestyle.

More winners with coach Andy

For the boys, George Croome was successful in winning the Fred Andrews Cup for U13 100m backstroke; Jake Maxwell won the Sports Council Challenge Cup for U15 100m freestyle; Michael Rees, the F.G. Moore Trophy for mens 100m breaststroke, Spencer Creamore, the Glegg Trophy for U13 100m freestyle and last but by no means least, William Ward, the Ron Moore Trophy for mens 100m fly.

To crown a great night for Sutton & Cheam, the club also won both the club relays. The girls 6x50m Freestyle relay team of Kelly Bone, Nubia Adjei, Erin Andrew, Hannah Rees, Imogen Smith and Sasha Graham won the Oaks Trophy; and the Men's Medlay relay team of Kieran Rutter, William Ward, Greg Jordan, Greg Gilbridge and Nathan Eves won Harry Tate Medley Relay Trophy.

Crowded Podium - S&C Relay Winners with the Mayor of Sutton

After this very successful meet our small club will be sending 43 swimmers to Surrey's County Championships due to be held in Guildford and Crystal Palace throughout February. Sutton and Cheam swimmers will swim across many different events and have high expectations as quite a few of them are highly ranked by ASA in their age groups.

10 & 11 January Portsmouth Northsea New Year Level 1 Open Meet, Mountbatten Leisure Centre

Whilst their younger club mates were at Aldershot, our top squad was in Portsmouth at the Mountbatten Sports Centre for the Portsmouth New Year Level 1 Meet.

Fantastic performances from Joseph Lenihan in 100m and 200m backstroke as well as 100m and 200m freestyle, earned him 4 golds and 2 silvers. Joseph is now ranked 9th in England on ASA rankings for his 200m backstroke. Michael Rees also excelled in his 100m backstroke winning gold and bringing home further 3 silvers and a bronze, for the 200m IM, 200m back, 200m breast and 400m IM respectively. Jake Maxwell put in a fantastic performance to earn himself silver for his 100m freestyle.

The weekend's showing means the club goes into 2015 in confident mood.

Natalie Andrew; George Brown; Nathan Eves; Dario Kan; Joseph Lenihan; Lois Martin; Jake Maxwell; Daisy Meffan; Lucy Pearson; Joe Phillpott-Clark; Michael Rees; Jon Wileman and Alex Wimbush

10 & 11 January Sutton & Cheam swimmers Excel at Rushmoor Royals Open Meet

Sutton & Cheam Swimming Club was winning medals on two fronts at the weekend.

The club's Youth Squad was in action at the the Rushmoor Royals New Year L1 Open Meet at the Aldershot Garrison Pool.

S&C Junior Squad at Rushmoor Royals Open

They came away with a tally of 20 Golds, 15 Silvers and 11 Bronze medals and nearly 50 other top 8 finishes.

Andrej Drzaic, George Croome and Kelly Bone all weighed in with 4 gold and 2 silver medals.
Joseph Suggitt (3 gold, a silver), Alice Nicot (2 gold, silver), Nubia Adjei (gold, 2 silver, bronze), Poppy Phillips (gold, silver, bronze) and Nicole Lee (gold), finished top of the podium in at least one event.

Toby Beer (2 silver, 2 bronze), Greg Gilbride (silver), Hannah Rees, Izzabella Morris and Jack Wild (each with 2 bronze), Freya Bayliss and Liam Bitton (each with a bronze), completed the medal count.

However, the real icing on the cake was that 6 swimmers; Kelly Bone, Poppy Phillips, Nubia Adjei, George Croome, Andrej Drzaic and Joseph Suggitt, in addition to winning medals, achieved great personal bests and are now ranked within the top 5 swimmers in their age group in Surrey: Excellent performances:

Kelly Bone 3rd in Surrey 200 free (13 yr olds)
Poppy Phillips 5th in Surrey 100 back (10 yr olds)
Nubia Adjei 3rd in Surrey 50 free (12 yr olds)
George Croome 1st in Surrey 100 back (11 yr olds)
Andrej Drzaic 3rd in Surrey 50 breast (13 yr olds)
Joseph Suggit 1st in Surrey 100 + 200 free (10 yr olds)

Swimmers: Alice Nicot; Amy Scerri; Andrej Drzaic; Freya Bayliss; Gabrielle Jimenez; George Croome; Greg Gilbride; Hannah Rees; Izzabella Morris; Jack Conroy; Jack Wild; Jessie Harrington; Joseph Suggitt; Kacey Millen; Kelly Bone; Liam Bitton; Nicole Lee; Nubia Adjei; Oliver Bayliss; Olivia Humphries; Poppy Phillips; Sasha Graham; Toby Beer

04-Jan Under 14 Water Polo

Despite a depleted team with players missing, 2 wins out of three 3 on Sunday placed Sutton & Cheam Under 14s into 3rd spot in the Winter League table.

Unfortunately, a mix-up with start times resulted in the team arriving late which meant they had to play all three games, one after the other with no rest in between. This was a tough ask with only 8 players. However, to their credit they rose to the challenge admirably.

The first match against Croydon resulted in a comfortable 13-2 win which allowed the team to shake off the Christmas cobwebs. Beckenham led from the start in the second game, Sutton losing 3-7. Sutton had chances to decrease the deficit but Beckenham were always in charge and deserved the win.

The final game was Sutton's best beating Sussex, who had previously beaten them in an earlier round, 6-3; a great effort. Despite beating Sussex, Sutton finished below them in the table, the result of losing very close games by a single goal in an earlier tournament.

Overall, the team played well and thanks must go to Adam Smith who stepped in to manage the team at late notice and did an exceptional job.

Well done Adam and well done team: Kieran Rutter, Dario Kan, Archie Donald, Imogen Smith, Oliver Bayliss, Erin Andrew, Andrej Drzaic and Jack Wild.

14-Dec - Inter County Under 14s - Whitgift

Instead of playing against each other as usual, Sutton & Cheam joined forces with Croydon Amphibians at Whitgift School on Sunday to represent Surrey in the Under 14, Inter County Water Polo Championships. No fewer than 9 Sutton players were selected,

Surrey Under 14 Team

Essex, Herts, Kent, Middlesex and Sussex were also represented.

Surrey got off to a flyer with an opening 5-0 win over Sussex and it was clear after the first round of matches that Essex, Surrey and Middlesex were emerging as favourites for the title.

Surrey then beat Herts 7-1, joining Essex and Kent who also won their next games, Essex defeating Middlesex in a very close game and Kent beating Sussex by a single goal.

In round 3, Surrey lost 3-1 to Essex, Middlesex had a close win over Kent by a goal and Sussex had a comfortable win over Herts.

This put Essex, unbeaten, into position as firm favourites. Surrey then played perhaps their best game of the Championship in round 4 against the strong Middlesex side with an excellent 4-2 win in a closely fought game. Kent's win over Herts then made it all to play for in Surrey's final game against Kent.

Kent needed a win to take the silver medal away from Surrey, though all Surrey needed was a draw. After a tough, hard fought game in which defences were dominant, the final score was 2-2, and Surrey took home a hard-earned Silver medal, with Middlesex taking the bronze.

Essex who won all their 5 games and only conceded 2 goals finished deserved winners.

Championship Table:


Well played team, great result: Kieran Rutter (S&C), Dario Kan (S&C); Luka Jojic (S&C), Archie Donald (S&C), Imogen Smith (S&C), Erin Andrews (S&C), Andrej Drziac (S&C), Jack Wild (S&C), Jack Conroy (S&C), John Onal (Croydon, Amphibians), Kishan Patel (Croydon Amphibians)

13-Dec - Arena League Round 3 - Champions!

Sutton & Cheam swimmers had an early Christmas present at the final round of the National Arena League South Division 2 Gala on Sauturday night with a comfortable win to gain them promotion to Division 1 next year.

With the final round at the Dover Leisure Centre, the team, coaches, officials and parents travelled by coach and the team spirit it helped to generate was clear from the first event. Sutton & Cheam were already in the lead in the league competition from their performances in the earlier rounds, but no fewer than 32 first places and 10 second out of the 50 events resulted in a whopping 48 point win over local rivals South Croydon who took second place.

The gala win gave Sutton & Cheam the Division 2 title by a huge margin over South Croydon, Ashford, Larkfield, Petts Wood and Hastings Seagulls

There were far too many outstanding performances to pick swimmers out individually though through the unfortunate absence of some of the older swimmers for this gala, our Ladies Open team was entirely drawn from some of our younger swimmers and what a brilliant performance they put in.

It is also worth mentioning that our under 14 and under 16 boys won every single one of their events whilst the Men's open team won all but one. Similarly, our under 12, under 14 and under 16 girls weren't far behind them with 12 wins between them and never dropping below second place. It was also particularly pleasing that Sutton's swimmers won 11 out of the 14 relays, showing the club's strength in depth.

Well done to our Arena League team: April Hedges; Daisy Meffan; Dario Kan; Erin Andrew; George Brown; Hannah Rees; Izzabella Morris; Jake Maxwell; Jake Maxwell; Jonathan Wileman; Joseph Bartley; Joseph Lenihan; Joseph Bartley; Joseph Lenihan; Joseph Phillpott-Clark; Joseph Suggitt; Kelly Bone; Kieran Rutter; Liam Bitton; Lily Lenihan; Lois Martin; Lucy Pearson; Michael Rees; Natalie Andrew; Nathan Eves; Nubia Adjei; Toby Beer; Tomas Gibson; William Ward

6 & 07 Dec - Under 14 Inter Regional Water Polo Competiton - Walsall

Sutton & Cheam's Kieran Rutter and Luka Jojic were selected to represent London Region in the ASA Under 14 Inter Regional Championships held at Walsall over the weekend.

Under 14 London Region Team

London topped the table in the round robin with wins over Scotland (12-6), North West (6-2) and a 21-2 demolition of East Midlands.

Group A
North West Tigers
East Midlands

This put them into the semi-final against the North East and a 6-3 win put them into the final.

In the other half of the draw, the North West saw off the South West 4-3 to make it a London v North West final on the Sunday, a repeat of the game the day before in which London came out the winners.

Leading 6-5 with just seconds left on the clock and in possession of the ball, an error let in the North West in to equalise so it was 6-6 at full time. In water polo, extra time is not played and so it went straight to penalties, North West winning 4-2 to take the title. A bit disappointing for the boys but they returned home with a well-earned silver medal and a whole lot of valuable experience for the future.

South West Region beat the North East in the 3rd/4th play-off to take the bronze.

Kieran Rutter was one of London's outstanding players, scoring 10 goals over the course of the weekend including an outstanding 4 goals in the match against East Midlands. Luka Jojic also got on the score sheet and is improving with every game.

Well done to Kieran and Luka.

29 & 30 Nov - Christmas Cracker for Sutton & Cheam swimmers at the Horsham Open

The Horsham Christmas Cracker Open gala brought great cheer to Sutton & Cheam swimming club.

The club's Youth and Top squad swimmers, ranging from 9-15 years, were competing amongst 500 other swimmers. They all put in a lot of effort and swam well, bringing home 23 Golds, 26 silvers and 22 Bronze medals between them.

Star of the show was Olivia Humphries with 4 gold medals though Kieran Rutter (3 gold, silver and bronze); Joseph Suggitt (3 gold and silver); George Croome (3 gold, bronze); Greg Gilbride and Joseph Lenihan (both with 3 Gold) weren't very far behind. Erin Andrew weighed in with gold, 2 silver and a bronze; while big sister Natalie took gold, silver and 3 bronze medals.

Lois Martin (gold, silver); Lily Lenihan (gold); Kelly Bone (5 silver, 2 bronze); Alice Nicot (4 silver, 2 bronze); Daisy Meffan (3 silver, 2 bronze); George Brown (3 silver, 2 bronze); Hannah Rees (2 silver, bronze); Andrej Drzaic (silver, 2 bronze); Alex Wimbush (silver, bronze); Nubia Adjei (silver); April Hedges (2 bronze); Jack Wild and Toby Beer (both with bronze), completed the medallists.

Top Gun trophies were awarded to the girl and boy in each age group who had accumulated the highest number of points in the 50m events and our very own Lucy Pearson was awarded the Top Gun for 14 year old girls. Well done Lucy!

Sutton & Cheam swimmers swam 125 personal bests between them, a staggering total.

Mention must also be made of Joseph Suggitt ( 9) who won the Age 9 400m freestyle event by 54 seconds, beating his own personal best by 22 seconds in the process. This was a phenomenal swim. Joseph's time was just a few hundredths of a second slower than the winner of the age group above, and his time would have placed him 3rd in the Age 11 age group, and 7th in the Age 12. Well done Joseph!

To top it all, out of the 23 clubs competing, Sutton & Cheam were presented with the Pennington Trophy for the best visiting club, well above second-placed Leatherhead.

Well done to the following: Nubia Adjei; Erin Andrew; Natalie Andrew; Joseph Bartley; Freya Bayliss; Oliver Bayliss; Toby Beer; Kelly Bone; George Brown; Jack Conroy; George Croome; Andrej Drzaic; Greg Gilbride; Sasha Graham; April Hedges; Olivia Humphries; Rachel James; Gabrielle Jimenez; Nicole Lee; Joseph Lenihan; Lily Lenihan; Lois Martin; Daisy Meffan; Izzy Morris; Alice Nicot; Lucy Pearson; Poppy Phillips; Hannah Rees; Kieran Rutter; Imogen Smith; Joseph Suggitt; Jack Wild; Alex Wimbush

23-Nov - Beckenham Rising Stars Open

Rising Stars

Sutton and Cheam strike again. It was wet inside, but even wetter outside when the swimmers arrived for the Beckenham Rising Stars gala. Once again the young group of Sutton and Cheam swimmers (all under 14 years) acquitted themselves well, achieving several Surrey qualifying times, personal bests and a range of medals in the process.

We finished the gala with 26 medals:

10 gold: Olivia Humphries 4; Nubia Adjei 3; Andrej Drzaic 2; Hannah Rees 1
8 silver: Joseph Suggitt 3; Hannah Rees 1; Lucy Cammock 1; Jack Conroy 1; Andrej Drzaic 1; Amy Scerri 1
8 bronze: Jack Conroy 3; Joseph Suggitt 1; Lucy Cammock 1; Amy Scerri 1; Andrej Drzaic 1; Joseph Bartley 1

Surrey qualifying times were achieved by: Jack Wild 50 Back; Andrej Drzaic 50 Breast & 100 Breast; Freya Bayliss 100 back; Olivia Huphries 50 free; Joseph Suggitt 200 free & 100IM

Well done everyone.

22 & 23 Nov - Guildford City Open

Sutton & Cheam's top squad was in action over the weekend at the Guildford City Level 1 Open Meet. At the end of a very difficult competition against some tough opposition, they returned with 3 gold, 11 silver and 6 bronze medals together with over 40 top 8 finishes and a whole heap of personal bests and County qualifying times.

Gold medals went to Michael Rees (200m breaststroke, 50m backstroke) and to Kieran Rutter in the 200m backstroke.

Silver medals went to Kieran Rutter (50m backstroke, 100m backstroke); Michael Rees (100m backstroke, 100m breaststroke, 200m backstroke); Joe Phillpott-Clark (100m backstroke, 200m backstroke); Jake Maxwell (50m freestyle,100m freestyle); William Ward (100m breaststroke) and Joseph Lenihan (200m backstroke)

Bronze medals went to Michael Rees (200m IM, 400m IM); Tomas Gibson (50m Freestyle); Jake Maxwell (50m breaststroke); Nathan Eves (400m freestyle) and Joseph Lenihan (100m backstroke)

Nathan Eves, Jake Maxwell, Lois Martin, Joseph Lenihan, Kieran Rutter and Tomas Gibson all had near misses with 4th places.

Every single Sutton swimmer achieved a top 8 spot. Jake Maxwell (13); Kieran Rutter (13); Joseph Lenihan (12); Michael Rees (14); William Ward (15); Dario Kan (13); Lois Martin (14); Tomas Gibson (13); Joe Phillpott-Clark (16); Lloyd Smith (14); Nathan Eves (16)

16-Nov - U18 Water Polo

Under 18 Water Polo Team

Sutton & Cheam's Under 18 team were in action for the first time at Whitgift on Saturday in the first round of the London Winter League Junior (Under 18) Division 2. For some of the players players, it was literally the first time as Sutton's side was made up with several newcomers to the game, and some of our more experienced younger players.

Although Ali Wakeling, Adam Smith, Joe Phillpott-Clark and Tomas Gibson brought some experience to the side, some players were playing in their first ever competitive game of water polo.

And how well they played. Drawn against Chelmsford, the team defended heroically in the first period to the extent Spiros Gkogkas in goal had very little to do. The only goal in the first quarter came from a well-taken Ali Wakeling penalty, though Sutton players Seb Duplessis, Tomas Gibson, Adam Smith, Joe Phillpott-Clark and Alex Wimbush all had chances to increase the score. To be fair, Chelmsford's shooting was equally off target and the score at the end of the first period was 1-0 to Sutton.

In the second period, Chelmsford took the lead following defensive errors, though a great pass from Greg Jordan found Ali Wakeling free to equalise 2-2. Naïve defending allowed Chelmsford another goal only for Tomas Gibson to equalise once more to 3-3. Spiros Gkogkas was brought into action as half-time approached making a great save.

In quarter 3, Tomas Gibson gave Sutton the lead once more only for Chelmsford to strike back immediately 4-4. Ali Wakeling then scored a blinder straight from a 5m foul, and Tomas Gibson got another to make it 6-4 and after that, Sutton was always in the lead and had chances to extend it though a Sutton penalty was well-saved by the Chelmsford keeper, and Tomas Gibson hit a post. He seems to have an affinity for the woodwork!

Spiros Gkogkas came out of goal for the last quarter and made an immediate impact scoring from the 'pit' after a good ball in from Tomas Gibson. Score 7-4. Chelmsford pulled one back when a shot which was missing was deflected into the Sutton goal by a defensive block to make it 7-5, and then reduced the deficit to a single goal after another defensive error allowed a Chelmsford player through unmarked. 7-6. Ali Wakeling scored another with a replica shot from a 5m foul to make it 8-6 only for Chelmsford to get another tit-for-tat goal almost immediately. With the end of full-time approaching, Tomas scored again to make it 9-7 though Chelmsford weren't finished and only a great save from Seb Duplessis in goal in the last seconds kept the score the same at full time.

Overall, it was an entertaining game for the spectators, the lead changing hands and always close and it served as a great introduction to the game for newcomers Greg Jordan and Adrian Brown, who aquittwed themselves well. Ali Wakeling, Adam Smith and Joe Phillpott-Clark were immense in defence.

Team: Spiros Gkogkas, Alasdair Wakeling, Adrian Brown, Isaac Tidy, Joe Phillpott-Clark, Adam Smith, Greg Jordan, Seb Duplessis, Alex Wimbush, Tomas Gibson.

09-Nov - Inter County U16 Water Polo

Seven S&C water polo players (Adam Smith, Spiros Gkogkas, George Brown, Kieran Rutter, Dario Kan, Josh Eves and Luke Laidlaw) represented Surrey in the U16 Inter Counties tournament held at Whitgift School on Sunday.

Despite being understrength with the loss (at late notice) of Tomas Gibson (S&C), Joe Casey and Ethan Staunton (Croydon Amphibians), all on GB duty with the National Squad at Walsall, the team played excellently to win the the bronze medal.

Surrey was drawn in Group B alongside Middlesex and Hampshire and finished second in the group after losing a close game 7-5 to Middlesex, before winning 12-1 against Hants. Kent, Sussex and Essex were in the other part of the draw. Surrey was therefore matched against Essex who finished second in the other side of the draw to decide the 3rd/4th places.

After an exciting and closely fought match, Surrey went on to beat Essex 7-6 to takwe a well-earned bronze medal. Well done team; a great effort.

Team: Adam Smith, Spiros Gkogkas, George Brown, Luke Laidlaw, Joshua Eves,.Kieran Rutter, Dario Kan (all Sutton & Cheam); Toby Danielson, Josh Gooding, Ieuan Jones (Gk) (Croydon Amphibians)

08 & 09 Nov - Under 14 Girls Inter Regional Water Polo Competiton - Liverpool

Sutton & Cheam's Erin Andrew and Imogen Smith were both selected for the London Region team to compete in the Under 14 Girls Inter Regional Water Polo Competiton, held at the Liverpool Aquatic Centre over the weeklend.

A very young team, they were up against some stiff competition but played really well and were never overawed. None of the games were completely one sided, the team losing all three of their matches on the first day, 7-10 to the North West, 9-13 to the East Midlands, and 4-8 to eventual winners Eastern Region.

However, they had the consolation of a comfortable 10-0 win against Scotland on the Sunday.

They will have their day as many of the team will be able to play in the same age group competition next year.

08-Nov - National Arena Swimming League Round 2 - 08/11/2014 - Crook Log, Bexley

The boys and girls of Sutton & Cheam Swimming Club were victorious once more in the second round of the National Arena Swimming League Southern Division, taking a comfortable victory.

Sutton & Cheam led from the start, and with 35 first places, 13 second places and 1 third out of total of 50 events, the outcome was never in doubt. With so many wins between them, it is difficult to single anyone out but just a few amazing wins on that night:

Girls U13 freestyle relay (April Hedges, Alice Nicot, Emily Vandrau, Kelly Bone) 2:07.88; 19.72 faster than second placed
Girls U15 medley relay (Rachel James, Natalie Andrew, Lois Martin, Lucy Pearson) 2:22:13; 14.25 faster than second placed
Boys U13 medley relay (Kieran Rutter, Joseph Lenihan, Dario Kan, Jake Maxwell) 2:11.54; 13.64 faster than second placed
Boys U13 freestyle relay (Kieran Rutter, Joseph Lenihan, Dario Kan, Jake Maxwell) 2:00:75; 12.15 faster than second placed

Well done to the whole team and all our swimmers.(Alexander Wimbush, Alice Nicot, April Hedges, Charlotte Carr, Dario Kan, Emily Vandrau, George Croome, George Brown, Hannah Rees Izzabella Morris, Jake Maxwell, Jonathan Wileman, Joseph Phillpott-Clark, Joseph Bartley, Joseph Lenihan, Kelly Bone, Kieran Rutter, Liam Bitton, Lily Lenihan, Lois Martin, Lucy Pearson, Michael Rees, Natalie Andrew, Nathan Eves, Nubia Adjei, Rachel James, Toby Beer and William Ward).

25-Oct - National Age Groups Under 15 Water Polo

Several Sutton & Cheam players were part of the London Region team that took part in the ASA National Under 15 Water Polo Championships, held at the Manchester Aquatic centre over the weekend.

Although traditionally a club event, the ASA National Age Group Club Championships has become eroded to the degree that RTCs and umbrella clubs have entered the competition to the extent where it is now difficult for a single club team to be competitive without help from other clubs. The ASA has therefore encouraged clubs to amalgamate to form a single representative team under the banner of a single club. Sutton & Cheam was therefore approached by London Region to 'host' an Under 15 team for the National Age Group Championships. The result was a London Region-supported team drawn from some of the clubs in the London Region.

Nationals Team with Coach Csaba Rekasi

Up against Caledonia in the first game of the Round Robin tournament, Caledonia led 6-2 at half time; Sutton's two goals coming from Ethan Staunton. Whatever coach Csaba Rekasi (London Region) said at half time, it worked. Sutton & Cheam fought back brilliantly to level the scores with another goal from Ethan Staunton, and three from Tomas Gibson; and even had several chances to win the game in the dying minutes with Caledonia clinging on for the draw. In the end, Sutton & Cheam were unlucky not to win.

Game 2 was against the in-form and firm favourites Sedgefield. Two goals from Sam Roberts were not enough to prevent Sutton & Cheam going down 2-8, though the game was nowhere near as one-sided as the score suggests. Bizarre refereeing saw a goal-bound Sutton shot stopped by a Sedgefield defender with two hands, an obvious penalty which the whole crowd saw except the referee. The penalty was not given. Coach Csaba Rekasi protested the decision and was then red-carded for his trouble by the same referee. This together with off-target shooting, the Sedgefield woodwork getting in the way and some other strange decisions put the team off their game. Having said that, Sedgefield were the better team and fully deserved the win though the score was somewhat flattering.

Sutton & Cheam's third game against Cheltenham was a very one-sided affair. Superb defence marshalled by Kieran Rutter and Sam Nabli with William Jones in goal very nearly kept a clean sheet, while goals from George Brown (2) Tomas Gibson (3), Kierran Rutter (1), Sam Roberts (2), Toby Danielson (1), Ethan Staunton (1), Yalin Gulen( 3), Myles Venn (1) and Riccardo Alo (1) made the final score 15-1.
Sutton & Cheam then got off to a flyer in game 4 against Invicta leading 3-1at half time; all three goals coming from Ethan Staunton; but then proceeded to throw the game away in the second half. Hopeful shots and wayward passes gave the initiative to Invicta, who rapidly equalised to 4-4. Sutton & Cheam then threw defence to the winds and poured forwards to get the equaliser only to get caught twice 'on the break' to make the final score 4-6 to Invicta. This was a game that got away; Sutton could and should have won.

Unfortunately, the first game draw and the loss to Invicta placed Sutton & Cheam 4th in the group on goal difference to put them in the 5th-8th play off places. Sutton & Cheam was then drawn against Exeter, who finished 3rd on the other side of the draw. Sutton & Cheam shot to a 5-2 lead at half time with goals from George Brown, (2), Toby Danielson (1), Tomas Gibson (1) and Kieran Rutter, the latter scoring one of the goals of the tournament with a quick flick giving the Exeter keeper no chance.

Early in the second half, Tomas Gibson made it 6-2; Ethan Staunton made it 7-2 from a penalty and Kieran Rutter got another to make it 8-2 though Sutton & Cheam didn't have it all their own way and three good saves from keeper William Jones and an excellent block by Kieran Rutter kept the score under control. Exeter managed a consolation in the dying minutes when Sutton stopped defending with the game won. Final score 8-3.

This put Sutton & Cheam into the 5th/6th play-off against Invicta, whom they had already played in the earlier rounds. This was a tight, exciting affair with the lead changing hands throughout the first half. Kieran Rutter got Sutton's first only for Invicta to equalise almost immediately. Tomas Gibson had a shot saved and then received an elbow in the face which was not seen by the referee who allowed play to continue and an Invicta goal 1-2. Sam Roberts equalised only for Invicta to take the lead once more with a shot from long range which caught Sutton's keeper unawares. Ethan Staunton pulled it back to 3-3 once more, before Tomas Gibson scored a great goal from 'the pit' for Sutton to take the lead 4-3.

Sutton then had chances to put the game beyond reach but a great save from the Invicta keeper, the Invicta woodwork and wayward passing to the opposition, gave Invicta some respite and they equalised once more 4-4. Ethan Staunton made it 5, and Kieran Rutter got the ball into the net just as the first half buzzer went, but the 'goal' was disallowed.

Sutton then tried hard to lose the game showing a lack of patience in front of goal with hasty, hopeful shots when team members were better placed to score, and wasted man-ups, though Kieran Rutter's pinpoint pass from defence found Toby Danielson on a counter to put Sutton two ahead for the first time 6-4. Invicta pulled another back with another long range shot and Sutton had two other chances to score which weren't taken before Ethan Staunton made it 7-5. With not long left in the game, Invicta scored again but the game was won and Sutton had their revenge for the defeat in the earlier game, winning 7-6.

This placed the team in 5th place; a slightly disappointing result but the team performed above expectations, getting better every game. To finish 5th in the National Championships was a great introduction to competing with the best in the country and the experience will serve them well in the future. We'll do better next year!

Both Ethan Staunton and Tomas Gibson had the distinction of scoring in every game but for his superb defensive play; his ball distribution to turn defence into swift attack, as well as contributing goals at important moments, Kieran Rutter was made the team's Most Valuable Player (MVP). Well done to the team and to Kieran.

William Jones (Keeper); Daniyal Sachee; Ethan Staunton; George Brown; Joe Shine; Kieran Rutter; Myles Venn; Ricardo Alo; Samuel Nabli; Samuel Roberts; Toby Danielson; Thomas Gibson; Yalin Gulen. Coaches Csaba Rekasi & Dave Andrews.

Kieran Rutter MVP

19 October - Scenes from the Club Champs

Ready for the off
Close one!
On the start for the One Length Dash

12-Oct - Under 14 Water Polo

Sutton & Cheam's Under 14s opened their account on Sunday with the opening tournament of the London Winter League at Whitgift.

Unfortunately, with three players missing, the team was somewhat understength but even so, gave a good account of themselves, losing 3-4 to County side Sussex; and 2-4 to top club Beckenham, before getting some reward for their efforts with a comfortable 8-2 win over local rivals Croydon Amphibians.

A huge thank you to Adam Smith for looking after the team with Chief Water Polo Coach, Dave Andrews on Britsh Water Polo League duty at Portsmouth.

Team: Kieran Rutter, Dario Kan, Luka Jojic, Archie Donald, Imogen Smith, Oliver Bayliss, Erin Andrew, Andrej Drzaic, Jack Wild and Jack Conroy. Coach: Adam Smith.

11-Oct - National Arena Swimming League Round 1 - 11/10/2014 - Beckenham Spa

Arena Round  1 Team at Beckenham

New to the South Region of the National Arena League, Sutton & Cheam Swimming Club was placed in the 2nd Division. In the first of the three meets that make up the Arena League, Sutton & Cheam accredited themselves well and were never out of the top 3, winning 31 out of a total of 50 events, with six 2nd places and 12, 3rd places to achieve 264 points and a comfortable victory over Ashford Town, Larkfield, Petts Wood, Edenbridge and Lewes.

There were exceptional performances by Michael Rees who came first in Under 15's 100m backstroke and 100m breaststroke as well as the Men's Open 200m Individual Medley and by William Ward who won both the Under 15's 100m butterfly and the Men's Open 100m breaststroke.

Other race winners were Alice Nicot, April Hedges, Daisy Meffan, Dario Kan, Erin Andrew, Izzy Morris, Jake Maxwell, Jon Wileman, Joseph Lenihan, Kieran Rutter, Lois Martin, Nathan Eves, Nubia Adjei and Tomas Gibson.

Special mention should also go the the Under 16 boys team of Michael Rees, Tomas Gibson, George Brown and William Ward; and to the Under 14 boys team of Kieran Rutter, Dario Kan, Joseph Lenihan and Jake Maxwell, who won all of the evnts in their respective Age groups. The Men's Open team of Nathan Eves, William Ward, Alexander Wimbush, Jonathan Wileman and the Under 14 girls team of April Hedges, Alice Nicot, Erin Andrew and Kelly Bone won all but one of their's.

The team: Ace Taylor; Alex Wimbush; Alice Nicot; Andrez Drzaic; April Hedges; Athena Lewis Gkogka; Charlie Carr; Daisy Meffan; Dario Kan; Erin Andrew; Gabrielle Jimenez; George Brown; Greg Gilbride; Hannah Rees; Izzy Morris; Jack Wild; Jake Meffan; Joseph Bartley; Joseph Lenihan; Kelly Bone; Kieran Rutter; Lois Martin; Lucy Pearson; Michael Rees; Natalie Andrew; Nathan Eves; Nubia Adjei; Richard James; Tomas Gibson; William Ward

04-Oct - Junior Cup Waterlooville

Sutton & Cheam's juniors finished second in the Hants & South Coast Junior Cup behind Staines but ahead of Winchester A, Alton, Haslemere, Havant & Waterlooville and Hamble on Saturday night, a very pleasing result.

Sutton & Cheam were nip and tuck with 3rd placed Winchester all the way through the gala and only stole away in the final relay events, showing Sutton's strength in depth.

Great swimming from: Alice Nicot; April Hedges; Dario Kan; Erin Andrew; Gabrielle Jimenez; George Croome; Greg Gilbride; Hannah Rees; Imogen Smith; Izzabella Morris; Jack Conroy; Jack Wild; Jake Maxwell; Joseph Bartley; Joseph Lenihan; Joseph Suggitt; Kelly Bone; Kieran Rutter; Leo Canning; Nicole Lee; Nubia Adjei; Oliver Bayliss; Poppy Phillips; Thomas Bartley; Toby Beer; Tomas Gibson;

14-Sep - U13 water polo

Sutton & Cheam's Under 13s were in action at the final round of the London Under 13 Water Polo League on Sunday.

In the first game against Watford, Sutton came from behind twice to win 4-2 though they made it hard for themselves through poor defence and poor shooting. If shots had been on target and passes not gone astray, the scoreline would have been very different.

In game 2 against Ealing, defence was much better and it needed to be. Erin Andrew got the only goal in the first half for Sutton to lead 1-0. The second half was also very close. Shots were scarce and it wasn't until deep in the half that Sutton got their second, only for Ealing to reply almost immediately. Olly Bayliss got in a very important tackle to deny Ealing the chance top equalise and the final score was 2-1 to Sutton.

Game three against Croydon followed much the same pattern as the first game with Sutton coming from behind twice to win. Imogen Smith equalised from 0-1 behind and Olly Bayliss again from 1-2 behind. Olly also got the winner; final score Sutton & Cheam 3-2.

Sutton & Cheam shot to a 3-0 lead against Basildon in game 4 with goals from Toby Beer and Erin Andrew (2) but let Basildon back into the game with two late goals. Final score, Sutton & Cheam 3-2.

With no rest between the games, the final match against Beckenham was a game too far; Beckenham shooting to a 3-0 lead before Sutton hit back twice with goals from Andrej Drzaic and Erin Andrew to make it 3-2. A tiring Sutton then poured forwards in an attempt to equalise only to get caught on the break twice in the closing stages of the match. Finals score 6-2 to Beckenham. Beckenham were the better team and fully deserved the win but the score flattered.

Sutton &b Cheam finally fginished mid-table as they were unable to fulfil all their fixtures. Four games were missed during the season owing to conflicting swimming commitments.

Team: Joseph Bartley, Joseph Lenihan, Erin Andrew, Andrej Drzaic, Oliver Bayliss, Jack Wild, Imogen Smith, Toby Beer, Jack Conroy.

07-Sep - U15 water polo win over Basildon

Sunday saw the final round of the London Water Polo League Division 1, with Sutton & Cheam playing their final game of the season against League leaders, Basildon.

Josh Eves in goal was in action first with an easy save before launching an attack with a pass to Tomas Gibson, whose first time pass found George Brown unmarked and George buried his shot to put Sutton one-up. The same combination provided Sutton's second goal after a goal-bound shot from Tomas Gibson was parried by the Basildon keeper straight George Brown in front of goal to make it 2-0. Basildon had the chance to pull one back but Josh Eves was up to the task, tipping the ball over the bar for a corner. Some great defending by Luke Laidlaw, Kieran Rutter and Dario Kan gave Sutton the ball after Basildon were unable to get a shot off within the 30 seconds possession and Tomas Gibson on the counter, made it 3-0, Basildon having no answer to the fast counter-attack. Just before the end of the first quarter, George made it 4-0 after a pin-point pass from Tomas.

With Kieran Rutter immense in defence, the second quarter proved similar to the first, with some excellent defensive play to regain possession before George Brown returned the favour to Tomas Gibson to make it 5-0. Dario Kan then 'stole' the ball in midfield and passed to Akos Balog whose shot hit the bar, before Kieran Rutter made it 6-0 with a solo goal which gave the Basildon keeper no chance. George Brown then made it 7-0 and Tomas Gibson 8-0 before half time with Sutton & Cheam cruising.

Although Tomas Gibson soon made it 9-0, Sutton rather lost the way in the second half and some poor marking and equally poor shooting saw Basildon get back into the game; Basildon clawing 2 goals back before Luka Jojic, from an Archie Donald pass, restored the difference, making it 10-2 just before the end of quarter 3.

The final period was much of the same Tomas making it 11-2 before Basildon scored again (11-3). A Tomas Gibson lob hit the post with the Basildon keeper stranded, and Dario had another shot saved which allowed Basildon to get another goal back (11-4). This merely stirred Sutton into action and three unanswered goals from Tomas Gibson, (2) and Dario Kan made it 14-4. In the dying seconds with the game well won, Basildon scored a consolation - final score 14-5.

Despite the comfortable win over the League leaders, the win was only enough to give Sutton and Cheam 3rd place in the table behind Basildon and Watford, the result of being unable to fulfil all the fixtures through conflicts with the swimming commitments of some of the players.

Well done team: Josh Eves, Luka Jojic, Kieran Rutter, Luke Laidlaw, Dario Kan, Akos Balog, Archie Donald, George Brown, Tomas Gibson.

06-Sep - Rother 3 William Ward back to Winning Ways

Ace, Athen, Charlie & Jake at the final round of the Rother League

The club sent its team to the final round of the 2014 Rother League at Woking Leisure Centre. The event featured a mixture of individual and team races against a number of strong competing teams. The Club ran out as runners up to a Woking team that featured a number of International swimmers.

Our U14 boys dominated the relay events in their age and ran out winners in both the Medley and Freestyle events, well done to Kieran Rutter, Joseph Lenihan, Dario Kan and Tomas Gibson.

Highlight of the evening was William Ward's return to form after a run of injuries that have seen him sidelined for most of the year. His victory in the U16 100m breaststroke against a quality field was his first competitive race in 2014 and delighted Head Coach Jim Walker who commented "it's great to see Will healthy and competing again".

Other great wins from Nubia Adjei, Andrej Drzaic, Alice Nicot, Kieran Rutter, Joseph Lenihan and Tomas Gibson, as well as the Boys Under 12 Medley relay team of Jack Wild, Andrej Drzaic, Greg Gilbride and Joseph Bartley cemented Sutton & Cheam's third place in the Hants & South Coast Rother League and guarantees Division 1 status next year.

We also say goodby to Athena Lewis Gkogka, Ace Taylor and Jake Meffan, shortly off to University and we wish them well!

The team: Ace Taylor; Alex Wimbush; Alice Nicot; Andrez Drzaic; April Hedges; Athena Lewis Gkogka; Charlie Carr; Daisy Meffan; Dario Kan; Erin Andrew; Gabrielle Jimenez; George Brown; Greg Gilbride; Hannah Rees; Izzy Morris; Jack Wild; Jake Meffan; Joseph Bartley; Joseph Lenihan; Kelly Bone; Kieran Rutter; Lois Martin; Lucy Pearson; Michael Rees; Natalie Andrew; Nathan Eves; Nubia Adjei; Richard James; Tomas Gibson; William Ward

30 August 2014 - You've seen the before - Here's the After - Charlie at the 'Nuts' Challenge

The photos say it all - Still Smiling!

Charlie at the Nuts Challenge 1
Charlie at the Nuts Challenge 2
Charlie at the Nuts Challenge 3
Charlie at the Nuts Challenge 4
  Charlie at the Nuts Challenge 5

30 August 2014 - Sutton & Cheam SC Supports Charlie Carr doing the 'Nuts' Challenge

Charlie - she won't look like this for long!

Sutton & Cheam SC is supporting Top Squad swimmer and Girls' Club Captain, Charlie Carr, who is taking part in 'The Nuts Challenge' on Saturday 30th August. Charlie will tackle a 7K military assault course with 100 obstacles and a lot of mud! Charlie (starting at number 1384), is one of over 3,700 competitors raising money for Charity.

We should add this event is well-named and we don't expect Charlie to be looking like this for very long!

Charlie is raising money in aid of The Studio (ADHD) Centre in Dorking which supports families and their children with ADHD. We all wish her luck completing the assault course and raising money for the centre.

If you would like to sponsor Charlie please read below how to donate to The Studio (ADHD) Centre.

To find out more about what Charlie is doing and why, please visit her Virgin Money Giving page where you can also sponsor her online.Please help make a difference by making a donation, any amount would make a huge difference to this charity.

No donation is too small, and if you could forward this on to anyone else you know (friends, family, co-workers etc.) who could donate even a small amount, theCharity (and Charlie) would be incredibly grateful.

Don't forget to tick the box to reclaim Gift Aid on your donation if you're a UK tax payer. Virgin Money Giving will pass this on in full to charity, making your donation go even further.

Thank You and watch this space for further details!

Well, Charlie finished the challenge in a time of 02:39:10 to finish 24 out of 46 in her category, and in an overall position of 1100 out of the 3.700 competitors. Charlie even said she loved it! Even the mud.

Well done Charlie and we wish you well with your fund-raising. You deserve it!

You've seen the before, here's the after.

16/17 Aug Spielplan Plauschturnier SC Frosch Ägeri

Sutton & Cheam in Zurich

Sutton & Cheam water polo players, Chris Evans, Stephen Bayles, Phil Lucas and Dave Craven joined forces once with ex Sutton & Cheam star (and ex Swiss captain) Mark "Choccy" Zumbüehl, and local ringers Stefan and Ralf Fluckiger in the Plauschtournier Frosch Aegeri 5-a-side Water Polo open water tournament held on the Aegerisee near Zurich. This year, the team went one better than last year's effort, finishing in second place after a hard fought and very close final.

Three wins against WC Ingolstadt, Chrott Zug (Switzerland), and Red-Fish; and a loss to TI-Rabin in the round robin tournament was enough to place the team second and into the semifinal against Ciulapegor, the winners from the opposite side of the draw.

A 9-4 victory in the semi-final then put the side into the final, against TI-Rabin, who they had played the day before. A much better performance in the final actually had Sutton & Cheam leading 4-3 at half time but in a nip-and-tuck second half, TI Rabin drew level; the teams trading goals until TI got the winner with just a few seconds remaining of the game.

The players retuned home after a great weekend with old friends in Zurich. See you next year.

30 July to 03 August ASA National Age Group Championships, Ponds Forge Sheffield

Michael with Head Coach Jim

Sutton & Cheam's Michael Rees (seen here with Sutton & Cheam's Head Coach Jim Walker at Sheffield), swam really well over his 3 days of competition at the National Age Group Championships held at Pond Forge, Sheffield.

Michael qualified for the 200m backstroke, 200m breastroke and 200m Individual medley events, to race against the fastest swimmers in the country.

30 July – 200m breaststroke : finished 22nd with a time of 2.39.40

31 July – 200IM : finished 23rd with a time of 2.21.51

1 August – 200m backstroke : finished 17th with a time of 2.18.03

Well done Michael.

19 & 20 July Portsmouth Northsea Open, Mountbatten Leisure Centre

More great swims at the Portsmouth Open over the weekend produced 25 medals (10 gold, 11 silver, 4 bronze) for Michael Rees (4 gold), Andrej Drzaic (2 gold, silver); Erin Andrew (3 gold, silver); Tomas Gibson (gold, 3 silver, bronze), Daisy Meffan ()2 silver); Nathan Eves (2 silver); April Hedges (silver); Lois Martin (silver, bronze); Ace Taylor (bronze) and Joseph Bartley (bronze).

There were also 44 other final places from Sam Rees, Nubia Adjei, Natalie Andrew, Kelly Bone, Jack Wild, Greg Gilbride and Drio Kan.

Swimmers: Ace Taylor; Alex Wimbush; Andrej Drzaic; April Hedges; Daisy Meffan; Dario Kan; Erin Andrew; Gabrielle Jiminez; George Croome; Greg Gilbride; Hannah Rees; Imogen Smith; Jack Wild; Joseph Bartley; Kelly Bone; Liam Bitton; Lois Martin; Michael Rees; Natalie Andrew; Nathan Eves; Nicole Lee; Nubia Adjei; Samuel Rees; Tomas Gibson

06-Jul Beckenham Summer Meet, Beckenham Spa

On Saturday, 33 swimmers from Sutton & Cheam descended on Beckenham Spa to compete in a total of 139 events. They ahd a fruitful day, 20 swimmers reaching 59 finals between them and bringing home 21 medals and a whole lot of personal bests, far too many to count, to delight their coaches.

Medal winners were Joseph Lenihan (2 gold); Andrej Drzaic, (gold, 2 silver and a bronze); Joseph Bartley, (gold, 2 silvers); Izzabella Morris and Jack wild, (both with gold); Nicole Lee, (silver and 2 bronze); Joseph Suggitt and Olivia Humphries (both with silvers); Erin Andrew and George Croome (both with 2 bronze) and Amine Tefki with another well-earned bronze.

Joseph Suggitt, Joseph Bartley; Jack Wild, Lily Lenihan; Erin Andrew, Nicole Lee and Spiros Gkogkas, all had close calls with 4th places. Amy Scerri, Charlie Hopkin, Emily Vandrau, Gabrielle Jimenez, Kacey Millen, Liam Bitton and Nubia Adjei also finished in top 8 places.

Well done to the whole team: Amy Scerri; Andrej Drzaic; Emily Vandrau; Erin Andrew; Gabrielle Jimenez; Genevieve Ten Have; Izzabella Morris; Jack Wild; Leo Canning; Liam Bitton; Nubia Adjei; Olivia Humphries; Spiros Gkogkas; Ewan Baumann; Joseph Bartley; Joseph Suggitt; Kacey Millen; Nicole Lee; George Croome; Freya Bayliss; Ivie Carter; Keely Scanlon; Marli Carter; Oliver Bayliss; Zachary ten Have; Amine Tefki; Charlie Hopkin; Joseph Lenihan; Lily Lenihan; Martha Peremyslov; Sasha Graham; Sophie Westwood and Thomas Emery.

06 Jul Balfour Beatty London Youth Games Aquathon, Crystal Palace

On Sunday, April Hedges, Tomas Gibson, Michael Rees and Nathan Eves were joined by Nathan's brother Josh Eves in the BBalfour Beatty Youth Games Aquathlon, an event combining swimming with running.

The year 8 event comprised a 200m swim followed by a 1 kilometre run. Competitors have to come out of the swim and put on their running gear; the 'transition' time taken being included in the overall time. Tomas Gibson finished an excellent 4th out of 37 competitors in a combined time of 05:58.30, Josh Eves finishing 19th in the same event. For the girls, April Hedges finished in 8th place (out of 45 competitors), in an overall time of 06:37.90, beating quite a few of the boys!

Michael Rees won an excellent bronze medal for Sutton in the Year 9 event which comprised a longer swim (250m) and a 2 kilometre run. Michael's overall time was 09:52.35. Nathan Eves finished 7th in the Boys Year 10 event with an overall time of 09:50.95. Nathan's run was one of the fastest but he was let down by a slow transition.

Overall, the team helped Sutton to 9th place out of the 33 London Boroughs.

05-Jul Balfour Beatty London Youth Games Swimming, Crystal Palace

Following the example of their younger clubmates, Sutton & Cheam swimmers were in action again representing the London Borough of Sutton at the weekend in the Balfour Beatty London Youth Games, again held at Crystal Palace.

In the junior events (school years 7-9), April Hedges; Daisy Meffan; Kieran Rutter; Lois Martin; Lucy Pearson; Michael Rees; Tomas Gibson all performed well against some of the top swimmers in London. Although Sutton was not in the medals, fourth places went to Kieran Rutter in the Boys 50m backstroke, Michael Rees in the Boys 50m breaststroke, and the Boys 4 x 50m medley relay team of Kieran Rutter, Michael Rees, Lloyd Smith and Tomas Gibson, who missed a medal by just 4/100ths of a second. It doesn't get much close than that. The same combination finished 7th in the freestyle relay. Tomas Gibson, also finished in the top 8 in the Boys 50m freestyle with Lois Martin just outside in 9th place in the the Girls 50m butterfly

Alex Wimbush, Josie McGreevy, Mollie Jordan, Nathan Eves and Sam Rees were also selected to represent Sutton in the senior events (school years 10-12). In the Senior Boys 4 x 50m freestyle relay, Nathan Eves Alex Wimbush Sam Rees were joined by Croydon's Jack Kavanagh to finish 8th.

Overall, the boys finished 7th of the 33 London Boroughs, the girls finishing in 13th place, a fantastic result, leaping 13 places from last year's 26th.

03-Jul Balfour Beatty London School Games Swimming, Crystal Palace

Joined by swimmers resident in Sutton from other surrounding clubs, Sutton & Cheam swimmers Nubia Adjei, Hannah Rees, Toby Beer, Andrej Drzaic, Greg Gilbride, Jack Wild and Joseph Bartley represented the London Borough of Sutton at the Balfour Beatty London School Games on Thursday, helping Sutton to a creditable 9th place overall out of the 33 London Boroughs (including the City of London).

Best performances were the boys and girls freestyle relay teams, the all-Sutton & Cheam boys team of Andrej Drzaic, Joseph Bartley, Jack Wild and Greg Gilbride finishing in 4th place, less than a second off a bronze, whilst the girls' team including Sutton's Hannah Rees finished 6th, an excellent result.

28-Jun Surrey Development Meet

Sutton & Cheam swimmers had another good day at the Surrey Development Meet held at the Guildford Spectrum.

In summary, 12 Sutton & Cheam swimmers qualified for 46 events, reached 27 finals between them and won 10 medals (6 gold, 1silver, 3 bronze) in the process. What's more, almost every swimmer achieved a personal best.

Star of the show was Dario Kan who won gold medals in the Boys Age 13 100m backstroke, 100m breaststroke and 200m freestyle events. He followed this up with silver in the 100m freestyle and bronze in the 50m backstroke. Olivia Humphries and Josh Eves weren't far behind, Olivia with two golds in the Girls Age 9 50m freestyle and 50m breaststroke events; Josh with gold in the Age 13 100m Individual Medley and bronze in both the 50m freestyle and 50m breaststroke events. Amy Scerri, Gabrielle Jimenez, Kelly Bone, Nubia Adjei, Rachel James and Thomas Emery also reached finals.

Qualifiers: Amy Scerri; Dario Kan; Gabrielle Jimenez; Joshua Eves; Kacey Millen; Kelly Bone; Lucy Cammock; Nubia Adjei; Olivia Humphries; Rachel James; Sasha Graham; Thomas Emery

21-Jun Hants & South Coast Premier League 1, Guildford Spectrum

Sutton & Cheam's young team finished a fighting 3rd behind Rushmoor Royals and Staines on Saturday at the Hants & South Coast League Premier Gala, well ahead of Haslemere, Woking, Winchester, Cranleigh and Worthing.

First places went to Joseph Lenihan (3), George Croome, Greg Gilbride, Andrej Drzaic and 2nd places to Erin Andrews, Nicole Lee, Lliy Lenihan, Joseph Bartley and Kieran Rutter. It was also very encouraging to see the Mixed Under 12 Freestyle relay team of Erin Andrew, Nubia Adjei, Greg Gilbride and Andrej Drzaic; and the U10 Medley team of George Croome, Nicole Lee, Lliy Lenihan and Zach ten Have finish in very close 2nd places.
After a great battle with Haslemere, top 4 places in the majority of races were enough to place Sutton & Cheam in a comfortable 3rd place; Sutton & Cheam easing away in the second half of the gala.

The team: George Croome; Kelly Bone; Andrej Drzaic; April Hedges; Erin Andrew; Joseph Bartley; Joseph Lenihan; Dario Kan; Greg Gilbride; Hannah Rees; Lily Lenihan; Gabby Jiminez; Imogen Smith; Kieran Rutter; Nicole Lee; Nubia Adjei; Zach ten Have

14 & 15 June London Region BAGCATS Championships, Crystal Palace


Sutton & Cheam swimmers were in action again over the weekend at the London Aquatic Centre, the scene of the London 2012 Olympic Aquatic events. Ten club swimmers qualified in 30 events, with Erin Andrew, Joseph Lenihan, Kieran Rutter and Michael Rees reaching 9 finals between them.

Michael Rees and Joseph Lenihan both returned with bronze medals; Michael in the Boys 14 years 100m backstroke and Joseph Lenihan in the Under 12 Age group. Despite his medal, it wasn't Michael's day. He qualified in first place in the 200m Individual Medlay heats but was unfortunate to be disqualified in the final. To add insult to injury, he also just missed the podium in the gruelling 400m Individual Medlay, gaining the dreaded 4th place.

Huge well done to all our Regional Qualifiers: Alice Nicot, Lucy Pearson, April Hedges, Erin Andrew, Joseph Lenihan, Kieran Rutter, Lois Martin, Michael Rees, Tomas Gibson, George Brown

Some of our swimmers on poolside at LAC
Medallists with Jim & Helen, Top & Youth Squad Coaches
Kieran, Michael, George & Gibson - there's always one!

14-Jun Hants & South Coast Rother League Round 2, Cranleigh

Saturday saw the second, relay round of Hants & South Coast Rother League at Cranleigh. Against some very tough opposition, Sutton & Cheam swimmers battled to a very creditable 3rd place behind Woking and Guildford City, well ahead of teams from Alton, Cranleigh and Staines.

First places went to William Ward and Nathan Eves in the Boys Under 16 butterfly; Dario Kan and Josh Eves in the Boys Under 14 Freestyle; Greg Gilbride and Jack Wild in the Boys Under 12 Backstroke and Nubia Adjei and Hannah Rees in the Under 12 Girls Backstroke. Joseph Bartley, Jack Wild, Andrej Drzaic and Greg Gilbride also swam exceptionally to take first place in both the Under 12 Freestyle and Medley relays. With top 3 places in 60% of the races, this was a great team effort and it was great to see every swimmer cheering on their club mates.

Well done team, a superb result: Ace Taylor; Adam Smith; Alex Wimbush; Alice Nicot; Andrej Drzaic; Athena Lewis Gkogka; Daisy Meffan; Dario Kan; Emily Vandrau; Gabby Jiminez; Greg Gilbride; Hannah Rees; Imogen Smith; Izzy Morris; Jack Wild; Jake Meffan; Joseph Bartley; Josh Eves; Lucy Pearson; Natalie Andrew; Nathan Eves; Nubia Adjei; Oliver Bayliss; Rachael James; Richard James; Spiros Gkogkas; William Ward

08 June 2014 3 out of 3 for Under 13 team!

Under 13 Water Polo team

A depleted Under 13 team competed at the London League tournament on Sunday and put in an outstanding performance, winning 3 games out of 3.

Despite only having 7 players, Sutton's young team weren't in the least daunted and got stuck in right from the off in the first match against 'top of the table' Croydon Amphibians. Goals from Imogen Smith (3), Toby Beer and Jack Wild giving them a 5-1 win.

Game 2 against Beckenham was always going to be close and Sutton went in 3-2 up at half time. A goal early in the second hald from Beckenham evened the score but Sutton again took the lead and with the clock ticking away, always looked the more likely to score again. Sutton won the tie 4-3 with goals from ImogenSmith (2), Jack Conroy and Erin Andrew.

The final game against Watford was more of the same, Sutton racing to 3-0 by half-time and adding another in the second half to make it 4-0. This doesn't tell the full story of Sutton's dominance as the Watford woodwork got in the way of shots from Erin Andrew, Jack Wild and Andrez Drzaic, who hit a post from a penalty. Jack Wild (2), Imogen Smith and Andrej Drzaic got the goals, Andrej's first for the team. Goalkeeper Joseph Bartley kept a clean sheet though he was called into action late on with an excellent save at point-blank range from a goal-mouth melee but by then, the game was won.

This was an excellent team performance based on sound defence and superb, unselfish team work, and it was great to see the team playing for each other to the extent where apart from goalkeeper Joseph Bartley, every team member got on the score sheet.

Joseph Bartley in goal, with Andrej Drzaic, Toby Beer and Jack Conroy totally dominated the defence, quickly turning defence into attack; whilst Imogen Smith, Erin Andrew and Jack Wild always looked threatening in attack.

Well done team; great effort!

07 & 08 June 2014 - London Region Age Group Championships

Sutton & Cheam swimmers were in action at the London Region Age Group Championships at the weekend, reaching 7 finals.

Michael Rees returned with two silvers to add to his collection; in the process bettering his Boys 14 Yrs 200m backstroke National Qualifying Time and achieving another NQT for the 200m Breaststroke.

Joseph Lenihan (10) finished 10th in the Boys 12 Yrs 100m Freestyle, and a well-deserved 5th in the Boys 12Yrs 200m Backstroke. Kieran Rutter finished an excellent 6th in the Boys 13 Yrs 200m Backstroke, whilst Erin Andrew (10) earned 10th place in the Girls 10/11 Yrs 100m Freestyle.

Finally, Michael REES, Tomas GIBSON and Kieran RUTTER were joined by George BROWN to finish an excellent 6th place in the Mens 11/14 Yrs 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay.

Well done to all our Regional Qualifiers: April Hedges, Erin Andrew, Joseph Lenihan, Kieran Rutter, Lois Martin, Michael Rees, Tomas Gibson, George Brown

18 May - Woking Octopus B/C Gala, Woking Pool in the Park

28 swimmers visited Woking on Sunday and had a very successful meet. There were just too many superb performances to name them all individually but suffice it to say that 25 of the 28 swimmers visited the podium, taking 76 Podium pl;aces between them.

The gala was run as a B/C Graded Gala and Sutton Swimmers took 26 first places, 18 second places and 15 third places in the 'B' Grade; and 5 first, 4 second and 8 third in the 'C' Grade for a very successful day.

Almost all the swimmers bettered their entry times substantially, some by double figures, and all enjoyed the day, gaining valuable experience for the future.

Well done to: Alice Nicot, Amy Scerri, Andrej Drzaic, Dario Kan, Emily Vandrau, Freya Bayliss, Gabrielle Jiminez, Genevieve Ten Have, George Croome, Hannah Rees, Harry Morris, Izzy Morris, Jack Conroy, Jack Wild, Joseph Bartley, Joseph Suggitt, Kacey Millen, Kelly Bone, Liam Bitton, Lily Lenihan, Lucy Cammock, Lucy Pearson, Nicole Lee, Nubia Adjei, Oliver Bayliss, Spiros Gkogkas, Thomas Emery, Toby Beer

Woking Trophy

10 & 11 May - Beckenham Open, Crystal Palace

Beckenham Open produced some excellent swims and the usual crop of medals for Sutton & Cheam Swimmers over the weekend.

Jake MEFFAN took an excellent 1st place in the Boys Open 200m Backstroke and 3rd in the 100m Backstroke event.

Kieran Rutter finished 2nd in the both the 100m and 200m Backstroke events; Michael Rees 2nd in the 200m Backstroke and 3rd in both the 100m Backstroke and 400m Individual Medley. Lois Martin also took an excellent 2nd in the 50m butterfly.

Tomas Gibson, Kelly Bone, April Hedges, George Brown, Erin Andrew, Imogen Smith, Joseph Lenihan and Erin Andrew all achieved top 8 places and many swimmers rey=turned with PBs.

Great day!

Dario Kan, Kieran Rutter, April Hedges, Erin Andrew, Lois Martin, George Brown, Imogen Smith, Michael Rees, Greg Gilbride, Jack Wild, Joseph Lenihan, Kelly Bone, Lucy Pearson, Tomas Gibson, Daisy Meffan, Jake Meffan, Nathan Eves

10 May - Hants & South Coast Rother League Round 1, Woking Pool in the Park

Rother Team on poolside

Sutton & Cheam competed in the first round of the Hants & South Coast Rother League on Saturday with an understrength team, the result of its conflicting with the Beckenham International Open.

Despite a very tough gala, the team battled magnificently and put in some exceptional swims to finish in overall 5th place, ahead of Cranleigh and only a few points behind 4th-placed Staines.

Individual first places went to 11 years old Izzy Morris and 10 year old Jospeh Bartley; second places went to Hannah Rees, Alice Nicot, Richard James, Ace Taylor and the Girls Under 11 3 x 25m Medlay Team of Freya Bayliss, Nicole Lee, Hannah Rees and Izzy Morris.

Andrej Drzaic, Athena Lewis Gkogka and Ace Taylor all took third spot in their respective races.

Well done team, an excellent result: Ace Taylor, Alice Nicot, Amine Tefki, Andrej Drzaic, Athena Lewis Gkogka, Brooke Tafazolli, Charlie Carr, Emily Vandrau, Ewan Baumann, Freya Bayliss, Gabby Jiminez, George Brown, Hannah Rees, Izzy Morris, Joseph Bartley, Joseph Suggitt, Josh Eves, Liam Bitton, Lucy Pearson, Natalie Andrew, Nicole Lee, Nubia Adjei, Oliver Bayliss, Richard James, Spiros Gkogkas, Toby Beer

03, 04 & 05 May - London Region Youth Championships - London Aquatic Centre (Olympic Pool)

Olympic Pool

Nine swimmers from Sutton & Cheam made the journey to the London Aquatic Centre (The London 2012 Olympic Pool) over the Bank Holiday weekend at the beginning of May to take part in the London Region Youth Championships.

Spurred on by the sight of Tom Daley practicing off the high board in the background all the swimmers produced some excellent swims over the weekend.

Jake with Silver

Jake Meffan and Athena Lewis Gkogka led the field, both winning fantastic silver medals. Jake's medal came first in the 17 years and over 200m backstroke on day 1 with a time of 2.17.31 and Athena's in the 17 years and over 400m Individual Medley on day 2 with a time of 5.32.07.

Athena with Silver

Some of the club's Regional Qualifiers
Charlie on the blocks

Jake also finished 4th in the final of the 17 years and over 100m backstroke. Athena was 7th in the 17 years and over 200m breaststroke, 5th in the 17 years and over 200m butterfly and 6th in the 17 years and over 200m Individual Medley.

Nathan Eves finished 10th in the 15/ 16 years 200m freestyle, 5th in 15/16 years 400m freestyle and 4th in the 15/16 years 1500m freestyle event. Ace Taylor achieved 7th in the 17 years and over 100m breaststroke final.

Natalie Andrew came 6th in the 15/16 years 800m freestyle event. This high level event at the Olympic Pool also brought out the best in Charlie Carr, Joe Phillpott Clark, Samuel Rees and Alex Wimbush who achieved outstanding times but just missed out on top 10 places.

26 & 27 April - Bexley Open

Once again, the Bexley Open held at Crystal Palace over the weekend proved a happy hunting ground for Sutton & Cheam swimmers who retuned with a hatful of medals and a wealth of personal best times

Michael Rees took the honours with 2 golds and a silver, Jake Meffan , Gold and Bronze, Erin Andrew 2 Silvers, Kelly Bone 2 Silvers whilst Kieran Rutter, Joseph Lenihan, Joe Phillpott-Clark and Daisy Meffan all took bronze medals. 13 swimmers reached 36 finals between them, many clocking new PBs in the process.

Well done to: Alice Nicot, Andrej Drzaic, Charlie Carr, Daisy Meffan, Dario Kan, Erin Andrew, Gabrielle Jiminez, Jack Wild, Jake Meffan, Joe Phillpott-Clark, Joseph Lenihan, Kelly Bone, Kieran Rutter, Lily Lenihan, Lois Martin, Lucy Pearson, Michael Rees, Nathan Eves, Tomas Gibson

13 April - Haslemere Open

Haslemere Open Team

17 swimmers competed at the Haslemere Open over the weekend and had a very successful meet; 13 reaching 47 finals between them and 9 returning with medals (8 Gold, 6 Silver, 6 Bronze).

Golds went to Joseph Suggitt (4) Nicole Lee (2), Andrez Drzaic, and Jack Wild; silvers to Josh Eves (3), Nicole Lee (2) and Toby Beer; and bronze to Gabby Jiminez (2), Josh Eves (2), Oliver Bayliss and Spiros Gkogkas.

Congratulations to: Amy Scerri, Andrea Rodrigues, Andrej Drzaic, Freya Bayliss, Gabrielle Jiminez, Genevieve ten Have, Jack Conroy, Jack Wild, Joseph Suggitt, Joshua Eves, Kacey Millen, Melanie Rodrigues, Nicole Lee, Nubia Adjei, Oliver Bayliss, Spiros Gkogkas, Toby Beer
Haslemere Open Team

13 April - Sutton & Cheam Swimmers at the London Secondary School Championships

Kieran, Lois, Michael

Michael Rees (representing Overton Grange School), Kieran Rutter (representing Wilson's) and Lois Martin (representing Cheam High), all competed at the London Secondary Schools gala.

Michael finished in first place in the 400m Individual Medley, the 100m backstroke and joint first (to the 1/100th of a second) in the 200m Individual Medley. He also finished in 5th place in the 200m backstroke.

Kieran Rutter had a very busy and successful day finishing 1st in both the 50m and 200m backstroke, 2nd in the 100m backstroke, 3rd in the 50m breaststroke, and in 4th place in both the 50m freestyle and 50m butterfly events, showing his versatility.

Lois Martin took an excellent 2nd place in the 50m butterfly, 5th in the 200m Individual Medlay and 6th place in both the 100m butterfly and 200m freestyle events. Very well done to Lois Michael and Kieran.

06 April -British Schools' Modern Biathlon Championships, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Congratulations to Daniel Bennett, who qualified for The British Schools' Modern Biathlon Championships which was held on 6th April at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Daniel learnt to swim at his school and attended all the swimming club lessons and class lesson until the end of Year 3 after which he joined Sutton & Cheam Swimming Club where he vastly improved on his technique and stamina.

Before coming into the competition Daniel was ranked 105 nation-wide. On the day however, Daniel's improvement was such that although competing against very strong swimmers mainly from private schools, Daniel finished in a highly encouraging 80th position out of 122 in his (Under 10) age group.

Daniel ran the 800m in 2:58.24 (on a cold and wet morning) and despite nearly losing his goggles on the dive in, swam the 50m in 55:58, an improvement from 3:01.88 and 1:03.56, respectively.

Daniel's next challenge is the Surrey Youth Games which starts in May representing Epsom & Ewell.

Well done Daniel!

05 - 12 April - Matt Holland at the Commonwealth Water Polo Championships

Matt with Commonwealth Medal

The XX Commonwealth Games, due to be held from 13 July to 3 August in Glasgow does not include the sport of water polo.

When the Commonwealth Games was last held in this country, Manchester 2002, a Commonwealth Water Polo Championships was therefore introduced as a separate but associated event for the first time. This continued in 2006 in Perth Australia but was not played in India in 2010.

After an 8 year gap, the Commonwealth Water Polo Champiohsips was reinstituted this year, and held at the Aberdeen Sports Village Aquatic Centre from 5th to 12th April.

Seven Men's teams entered with every team playing each other in a 'Round Robin' phase, the top 2 then playing off for the Gold Silver medal; 3rd and 4th playing off for the Bronze medal etc.

Sutton & Cheam's Matt Holland was in the England side which went through the tournament unbeaten; beating South Africa 14-10, New Zealand 10-5, Wales 11-3, Scotland 17-4, Singapore 20-1 and Malta 10-3 to take top place in the table, with Malta in second place.

Goals +;
Goals -
Goal Diff
South Africa
New Zealand

This meant a rematch between England and Malta for the Gold Medal, England winning 16-9 to take the victory.

Scotland took the bronze medal from South Africa, winning a very close game 6-5.

England also took Gold in the Women's Championships, beating Canada 10-9 in another close game.

30 March - S&C Under 12s 3rd in WWPL

Sutton & Cheam Under 12s clowning around!

Sutton & Cheam Under 12s brought the Winter League season to an end with 2 wins and a loss at the weekend to finish overall third in the table, a remarkable result when taking into account that the team were unable to fulfil three fixtures through conflicting swimming commitments, resulting in no points.

Overall the team lost 3 games by a total of just 4 goals to the first and second placed teams, and lead in two of those games until the dying seconds.

Sutton & Cheam
Croydon Amphibians

The first game against Watford started well with Imogen Smith shooting just wide and Jack Wild hitting a post before netting with his second attempt to make it 1-0. Sutton then showed naiveté in defence by letting a man swim through to be completely free in front of goal, allowing Watford to equalise. Sutton came right back and were denied a second when the 30 second buzzer went with Joseph Lenihan in the act of shooting, though a well-taken goal by Toby Beer soon afterwards made it 2-1 at half time.

Again the second half started well with Joseph Lenihan winning the swim-off and hitting a post from the return pass. Another apparent 'goal' was not given, not sure why, and Watford then equalised straight from a 5m foul giving 'keeper Joseph Bartley no chance, to make it 2-2. Sutton then streaked away with two unanswered goals from Imogen Smith and another from Erin Andrew, who nearly made it 6, shooting on the final whistle. Final score 5-2.

Game 2 against Beckenham was a much tougher game against well-drilled opposition. On form, there was very little between the sides though Beckenham shaded it winning 3-1, Sutton's only goal coming from an unstoppable shot from Joseph Lenihan though Erin Andrew had the ball in the net only to be reversed for straying into 2m. Joseph Lenihan had another goal-bound shot blocked by a defender, though at the other end, Andrej Drzaic in goal, playing his first game, made a great save to keep them out.

Ultimately, Sutton paid the price for poor marking, wayward shooting and getting caught in possession; both teams having 4 shots on goal, Sutton scoring 1 of the 4, Beckenham 3 of the 4.

Sutton made it hard for themselves in the final game against Croydon, going 2-0 behind, the first from a misdirected pass which found an opposition player free in front of goal; the second from a man-down after a major foul. The fightback started with Joseph Lenihan hitting the cross bar and Erin Andrew scoring from the rebound. Jack Conroy, buzzing around in midfield found Joseph Lenihan unmarked with an excellent pass, Joseph making no mistake to even the score, 2-2 by half time.

I don't know what coach Dave Andrews told the team at half-time but whatever it was it worked. After an Erin Andrew shot over the bar, an excellent 'steal' by Oliver Bayliss, ever busy in midfield, broke up a Croydon attack and he found Erin unopposed to make it 3-2. Almost immediately Imogen Smith made it 4-2 with a shot into the top corner, Erin added another to make it 5, Imogen made it 6 and Jack Wild added another from a Jack Conroy pass to make the final score 7-2 with the opposition shell-shocked. Croydon had the last shot of the game but keeper Joseph Barley was up to it with a fine save, tipping it over the bar with his fingertips as the final whistle went.

When taking into account half the team had only started playing this season and Andrej Drzaic was playing in his first ever game, it was hugely encouraging. The team played with exceptional maturity, and never lost their composure, even when behind as in their final game, coming from 2 goals behind to a comfortable win.

Well done to: Jack Wild, Joseph Lenihan, Erin Andrew, Jack Conroy, Joseph Bartley, Andrej Drzaic, Toby Beer, Imogen Smith and Oliver Bayliss.

29 March - Silvers for S&C at the Surrey Age Group Championships, Relays, Crystal Palace

Sutton & Cheam's 12-13 Boys relay team comprising Michael Rees (13), Kieran Rutter (13), Joseph Lenihan (12) and Tomas Gibson (13), finished the 'Surreys' off with a bang on Saturday winning silver medals in both the 4x50m freestyle and medley relays.

Relay silver medallists with the coaches who got them there - Helen & Jim

Despite being seeded outside the medal places, the boys swam above themselves to knock a full 5 seconds off their entry time for the freestyle relay silver, and another 3 seconds to take their second silver in the medley event. A great performance.

The Boys Under 16 4x100m relay team of Joe Phillpott-Clark (15), Michael Rees (13), Alex Wimbush (15) and Nathan Eves (15), swam superbly but just missed out on medals finishing 4th and 5th in the freestyle and medley events respectively.

The Girls 9-11 4x50m Medley Relay team of Kelly Bone (11), Izzy Morris (10), Imogen Smith (11), and Erin Andrew (11) also had a well-earned top 8 finish, and with Hannah Rees on board, finished in 11th place in the freestyle relay, just a second outside the top 8.

To show how tight the racing was, the Girls 12-13 4x50m Medley Relay team of Lucy Pearson (13), Daisy Meffan (13), April Hedges (12) and Alice Nicot (12); although finishing in 10th place were less than a second outside the top 8 and only 4 seconds off a medal. With Emily Vandrau on board, the team also finished 12th in the freestyle relay.

Similarly, the boys 9-11 Medley team of Jack Wild (11), Andrej Drzaic (11), Greg Gilbride (11) and Joseph Bartley (9) were just outside the top 8 in both their relays.

The club also entered second teams in the Boys and Girls 9-11 freestyle and medley relays and they were by no means out of their depth, beating several 'A' teams from other clubs and gaining very valuable experience in the process. Well done to George Croome (9), Toby Beer (10), Liam Bitton (10), Jack Conroy (11), Oliver Bayliss (11), Nubia Adjei (11), Freya Bayliss (9), Lily Lenihan (9), Izzy Morris (10) and Hannah Rees (10).

Overall, club swimmers won 21 medals; 3 Gold, 12 Silver and 6 Bronze; the club finishing in 8th place in the Points competition and 9th in the Medal Table. With injuries to key swimmers like William Ward and April Hedges, the club didn't win as many medals as last year. However, 42 individual swimmers represented the club in the Surreys in individual and relay events - which must be something of a record for the club.

In the BAGCATS, 5 swimmers were in the top 10 for their age group, Michael Rees in a close 2nd place just 30 points behind the winner. In the same age group, Tomas Gibson and Kieran Rutter were joined at the hip as usual, Tomas finishing 6th and Kieran 7th just 8 points behind. Joseph Lenihan and April Hedges both finished in 10th place though Erin Andrew (12th) and George Brown (13th) weren't far behind.

Our relay swimmers: Alex Wimbush, Alice Nicot, Andrej Drzaic, April Hedges, Daisy Meffan, Emily Vandrau, Erin Andrew, Freya Bayliss, George Croome, Greg Gilbride, Hannah Rees, Imogen Smith, Izzy Morris, Jack Conroy, Jack Wild, Joe Phillpott-Clark, Joseph Bartley, Joseph Lenihan, Kelly Bone, Kieran Rutter, Liam Bitton, Lily Lenihan, Lucy Pearson, Michael Rees, Nathan Eves, Nubia Adjei, Oliver Bayliss, Toby Beer, Tomas Gibson

26 March - Ali selected for GB Squad

Ali Wakeling - selected for the GB squad

Following trials in Cardiff, Sutton & Cheam's Alasdair Wakeling (16) has been selected into the GB Under 19 water polo squad. The trials were designed to assess swimming ability, speed, fitness, 'core' skills and game awareness and Ali excelled in every aspect to gain selection to the squad which has now been honed down to a core of just 30 players.

The squad will attend Cardiff or Manchester once a month until June 2014 to undergo further assessments. Ultimately, the squad will be whittled down to the final team.

It is envisaged the squad will be working towards competing in European competitions as Under 19s in 2017.


22 & 23 March - Surrey Age Group Championships, Guildford Spectrum

Sutton and Cheam swimmers had another highly successful weekend at the Surrey Age Group Championships, adding another 9 medals.

As usual, Michael Rees (13) led the charge with gold in the Boys 50m Backstroke and two silvers in the 100m Freestyle and 200m Breaststroke. April Hedges (12), back swimming after injury, was back to winning ways taking a well-earned silver in the 50m backstroke and Athena Lewis Gkogka (17), grabbed another silver in the Girls 16 & Over 200m Breaststroke.

Athena & Michael
It's tough being a coach - Helen & Jim between sessions!

Joseph Bartley (9), going faster every time he gets in the water, had a great weekend with a hat-trick of bronze medals for the 100m Individual Medley, 50m Butterfly and 50m Freestyle, with Ace Taylor (10) taking another bronze in the 16 & Over 50m Breaststroke.

Joseph - with one of his three medals!
April - back to winning ways
Ace with bronze in the 50m breaststroke

The 9 medals boosted the club's total to 19, placing Sutton & Cheam in 9th place in the medals table, though with more medals than 7th placed Leander and 8th placed Croydon by dint of 1 fewer gold medal.

S&C swimmers on poolside at Crystal Palace
More of the S&C team at Crystal Palace

Importantly, Imogen Smith, Izzy Morris, Jake Meffan, Joe Phillpott-Clark, Joseph Lenihan, Kieran Rutter, Lois Martin, Tomas Gibson also reached finals gaining ribbons and boosting the points tally to place the club in 8th place in the points competition.

Individually, Michael Rees (13) finished a very close 2nd in the Individual BAGCAT rankings for his age group, with Tomas Gibson (13) 6th, Kieran Rutter (13) 7th, Joseph Lenihan (12) 10th, April Hedges (12) 10th and Erin Andrews (11) just outside the top 10 in 12th place.

Andrej Drzaic, Freya Bayliss, George Croome, Izzy Morris, Jack Wild, Joseph Bartley, Joseph Suggitt, Kelly Bone, Lily Lenihan and Nicole Lee all qualified for the Surreys for the first time, testament to their coach, Helen Andrews.

A big well done also to Joseph Bartley and Erin Andrew, both first time medallists, Joseph, first time out. We look forwards to many more.

Well done to all our qualifiers: Ace Taylor, Alex Wimbush, Alice Nicot, Andrej Drzaic, April Hedges, Athena Lewis Gkogka, Charlie Carr, Daisy Meffan, Dario Kan, Erin Andrew, Freya Bayliss, George Croome, Greg Gilbride, Hannah Rees, Imogen Smith, Izzy Morris, Jack Wild, Jake Meffan, Joe Phillpott-Clark, Joseph Bartley, Joseph Lenihan, Joseph Suggitt, Joshua Eves, Kelly Bone, Kieran Rutter, Lily Lenihan, Lois Martin, Lucy Pearson, Michael Rees, Natalie Andrew, Nathan Eves, Nicole Lee, Samuel Rees, Toby Beer, Tomas Gibson.

Finally, the best of luck to all our swimmers for the Surrey relays this coming weekend!

16 March - Charlie Thurley Memorial Knockout Tournament

The top six water polo teams in London came together at Whitgift on Sunday to take part in the Charlie Thurley Memorial knockout, an annual competition to commemorate the life of Sutton & Cheam's water polo legend, Charlie Thurley, who died last year.

With guest Mark 'Boris' Pepper in goal, Sutton & Cheam was drawn against Croydon Amphibians in the first round and found it tough with only 7 players, going down 2-3 with Sutton guilty of wasting chances, though 'Boris' in goal made some important saves. Scorers for Sutton were Stephen Bayles and Chris Evans.

Reinforced for the second game against Beckenham, Sutton performed much better, winning 10-5. With Croydon also beating Beckenham by the odd goal, Sutton was placed second in the Round Robin which placed them in the 3rd/4th play-off against West London Penguin.

Before the play-offs, the crowd was treated to an entertaining match involving former Sutton & Cheam and Welsh International players. After Charlie Thurley had finished his own water polo playing career, he went on to become coach to the Welsh National team and to commemorate this, the inaugural tournament also brought together former Sutton & Cheam players and former Welsh Internationals in a 'friendly' match which resulted in a real ding-dong battle; the players showing they have lost none of their passion and enthusiasm for the sport.

Friends and former clubmates of Charlie Thurley

The Welsh shot to a 2-0 lead before Mark Bayliss caught the Welsh keeper unawares with a goal straight from the centre with a shot from his own half. Chris Evans then levelled the score, only for the Welsh to score twice in quick succession to make it 4-2. Chris Evans brought one back but a man-down restored the two goal advantage to the Welsh. Mark Hamilton for Sutton hit the Welsh crossbar with a lob and then Sutton had a penalty saved before Chris Evans got his hat trick from a man-up to make it 4-5, only for the Welsh to get another to make it 4-6. With the seconds ticking away, Sutton put everything into attack, Greg Dodds hitting a post before Dave Craven made it 5-6, the final result, just before the whistle. However, the game was not about the result, it was all about the occasion and it was great to see so many of Charlie's former 'friends and foes' back in the pool together.

In the 3rd/4th play-off, Sutton raced to a 3-0 lead with goals from Neil Coles, Stephen Bayles & Panos Logothetis. However, wayward shooting and wasted man-ups let Penguin back into the game and at half time, the score was 3-2. Unfortunately, after Stephen Bayles received his 3rd major early in the second half , Penguin went on to win 7-4, to place them 3rd and Sutton 4th.

The 5th/6th play-off between Beckenham and London Otter resulted in a 6-6 draw.

The tournament was won by Polytechnic in a very close hard-fought final against Croydon Amphibians and the new Trophy, donated by Charlie's 'Friends and Foes' was presented to the winning team by Charlie's widow, Anne Thurley.

Charlie Thurley Memorial Knockout   winners Polytechnic with Annw Thurley

Sutton & Cheam: Stephen Bayles, Mark 'Boris' Pepper, Chris Evans, Neil Coles, Rob Worland, Leigh Parkes, Phil Lucas joined by: Dave Craven, Panos Logothetis, Dave Evans and Adam Smith.

Former S&C Players: Mick Helps, Colin King, Mark Pepper, Dave Evans, Chris Evans, Mark Hamilton, Nigel Gornall, Dave Craven, Paul Philpott, Greg Dodds, Mark Bayliss. Non-playing supporters: John Salter, Nick Furneaux, Graham Bernard, Brian Flook, Andy Hamilton.

Former Welsh Interationals: Neil May, Dave Edwards, Ian Spooner, Jonathan Griffith, Dave Leach, Barry Danielson (guest), Leigh Parkes (guest).

15 & 16 March - Surrey Age Group Championships, Guildford Spectrum

The team

Sutton & Cheam swimmers added six more medals to their tally at the Surrey Age Group Championships over the weekend. Michael Rees was Sutton & Cheam's star of the show at Guildford Spectrum with two golds in the Boys Age 13 Year 100m and 200m Backstroke, a silver in the 200m Individual Medley and a bronze in the 100m Butterfly, all in personal bests.

Michael on top of the podium
Jake Meffan added another excellent silver medal in the Boys 16 & Over 200 SC Meter Backstroke and Erin Andrew added a superb surprise bronze in the Girls 11 Year Olds 100 SC Meter Butterfly. Erin's performance was quite remarkable. Seeded 10th, Erin swam a 4 second personal best in the Preliminaries to qualify for the final in 6th place, and then swam another 4 second PB in the final to take the Bronze medal.

Kieran Rutter, Joe Phillpott-Clark (2) and Joseph Lenihan all had close calls finishing in 4th place, missing medals by less than half a second.

Similarly, Jake Meffan had a great swim in the 16 & Over 100 SC Meter Backstroke, going under the minute for the first time to reach the final, but just missing out on a medal spot in 4th place.

Joseph Bartley, in his first 'Surreys' did another whopping PB, beating his entry time by over 23 seconds to finish 5th in the Boys Age 9 Year Olds 200 SC Meter IM, just a second outside a medal.

Six medals and 23 top 8 finishes from April Hedges, Charlie Carr, George Brown, Joseph Bartley, Lois Martin, Erin Andrew, Joe Phillpott-Clark, Joseph Lenihan, Kieran Rutter, Athena Lewis Gkogka, Jake Meffan and Michael Rees, has shot Sutton & Cheam up to 7th place in the club competition, leap-frogging several other teams.

All in all, a great weekend for the club.

Well done to all our qualifiers:

Alex Wimbush, Alice Nicot, April Hedges, Athena Lewis Gkogka, Charlie Carr, Daisy Meffan, Erin Andrew, Freya Bayliss, George Brown, Hannah Rees, Imogen Smith, Jack Wild, Jake Meffan, Joe Phillpott-Clark, Joseph Bartley, Joseph Lenihan, Kieran Rutter, Killian Courtney, Lois Martin, Lucy Pearson, Michael Rees, Natalie Andrew, Nathan Eves, Tomas Gibson.

08 March - Surrey Age Group Championships, Guildford Spectrum

Michael Rees added two more silver medals to his collection on Saturday for the Boys Age 13 200m freestyle and 100m breaststroke events. In the latter, Michael beat his own PB to reach the final and then beat it again in the final, taking nearly 2 seconds off his entry time, an excellent swim.

Athena Lewis Gkogka and Nathan Eves just missed out on medals, both finishing 4th in the Girls 16 & Over 100m Breaststroke and Boys Age 15 200m freestyle respectively, whilst April Hedges, Ace Taylor and Kieran Rutter also had top 8 finishes. It was nice to see April back in action after recovering from a broken wrist.

Lily Lenihan (9), swimming in her first ever 'Surreys' event, pulled off one of the performances of the day. Seeded last of the 27 qualifiers in the Girls 9 Year Olds 200 SC Meter Freestyle, Lily swam a huge PB to finish in 11th place, only a second off the top 8 and within 4 seconds of the bronze medal.

Michael Rees

Qualifiers: Ace Taylor, Alex Wimbush, April Hedges, Athena Lewis Gkogka, Charlie Carr, Daisy Meffan, Erin Andrew, George Brown, Greg Gilbride, Imogen Smith, Jake Meffan, Joe Phillpott-Clark, Joseph Lenihan, Kieran Rutter, Lily Lenihan, Lois Martin, Michael Rees, Natalie Andrew, Nathan Eves.

Tomas Gibson also qualified though was unable to swim due to GB Junior Water Polo commitments in Cardiff.

07 March - London Borough of Sutton Primary School Championships

Sutton & Cheam swimmers had a very successful evening at this year's Borough Primary School Championships held at Westcroft Leisure Centre on Friday evening; 36 swimmers winning 54 medals between them, and in the process winning 11 of the 14 Borough Titles on offer.

Borough Champions!
More Borough Champions

Borough Titles and Grade 1 gold medals went to Joseph Bartley in winning the Boys Year 4/5 Freestyle, Breaststroke and Backstroke events as well as taking the bronze in the Boys Years 4/5/6 Butterfly. Hannah Rees won the Years 4/5 Freestyle and backstroke; took the bronze in the breaststroke and just missed out on another medal in the Girls Years 4/5/6 Butterfly, finishing 4th.

Similarly, Andrej Drzaic won the Boys Year 6 Freestyle and Breaststroke; Nubia Adjei won the Girls Year 6 Backstroke and the Girls Years 4/5/6 Butterfly, Greg Gilbride won the Boys Years 4/5/6 Butterfly whilst Jack Wild took the Boys Year 6 backstroke.

Jack Wild was particularly unlucky, missing out on the gold in the Boys Year 6 freestyle by just 1/00 of a second and finishing second in the Year 4/5/6 Butterfly in the same time as the winner! Happily, both events were won by his team mates from Sutton & Cheam!

Some of Friday night's medallists

Grade 1 silver medals went to Greg Gilbride (2), Izzabella Morris, Gabrielle Jiminez, George Croome and Jack Wild and grade 1 bronze medals to Hannah Rees, Jack Wild, Freya Bayliss, Toby Beer, Joseph Bartley and Izzabella Morris

The Borough Primary School Championships was also run as a graded event and graded medals went to Joseph Suggitt (3), Thomas Emery (3), Alice Cammock (2), George Croome (2), Jack Conroy (2), Marli Carter (2), Martha Peremyslov (2), Olivia Humphries (2), Amy Scerri, Andrej Drzaic, Chloe Doyle, Emma Van Domselaar, Frances Spicer, Gabrielle Jiminez, Greg Gilbride, Jack Wild, Kacey Millen, Keely Scanlon, Nicole Lee, Nubia Adjei and Spencer Creamore.

Overall Medal Table:

Grade 1
Grade 2
Grade 3

Sutton & Cheam took a clean sweep of gold, silver and bronze in 2 events but went even better taking the top 4 places in the Boys Year 6 freestyle, the top 5 places in the Boys Year 6 backstroke and the top 6 places in the Boys Year 6 Breaststroke and the Boys Year 4/5/6 Butterfly.

Well done to: Alice Cammock, Amy Scerri, Ana-Maria Sewell, Andrej Drzaic, Benjamin Keene, Chloe Doyle, Elisha Wright, Emma Van Domselaar, Frances Spicer, Freya Bayliss, Gabrielle Jiminez, George Croome, Greg Gilbride, Hannah Rees, Isobel Dann, Ivie Mae Carter, Izzabella Morris, Jack Conroy, Jack Cook, Jack Wild, Joseph Bartley, Joseph Suggitt, Kacey Millen, Keely Scanlon, Maddison Lang, Marli Carter, Martha Peremyslov, Mia Chadwick, Nick Amer, Nicole Lee, Nubia Adjei, Olivia Humphries, Sienna Fowler, Spencer Creamore, Thomas Emery, Toby Beer

01 & 02 March 2014 - Surrey Age Group Championships, Surrey Sports Park

Nathan Eves

Nathan Eves and Michael Rees got the club off to a flying start over the weekend with excellent Silver Medals at the Surrey Age Group Championships, held at Surrey Sports Park in Guildford.

Nathan's medal came from the Boys Age 15 1500m freestyle, which he completed in a time of 17:45.34, well ahead of the third placed swimmer. Michael's silver came in the Boys Age 13 400m Individual medley. Nathan so nearly added a bronze in finishing in 4th place in the 400m freestyle just 0.21 seconds behind third.

Tomas Gibson, Kieran Rutter, George Brown, Athena Lewis Gkogka all finished in top 8 positions though missed out on the medals. These combined to place the club overall 9th in the table so far. There's a long way to go.

Qualifiers for the first weekend: Daisy Meffan (2), Erin Andrew (2), George Brown (2), Imogen Smith (2), Joseph Lenihan (2), Kieran Rutter (2), Natalie Andrew (2), Nathan Eves (2), Samuel Rees (2), Alex Wimbush, Athena Lewis Gkogka, Charlie Carr, Joe Phillpott-Clark, Michael Rees, Toby Beer, Tomas Gibson.

23-Feb Under 12 Team first time out.

Under 12 team

Having missed the first two tournaments through conflicting events, Sutton & Cheam's Under 12 side took to the water for the first time this season and performed with great credit.

Despite having only 8 players and with 4 of the side playing their first ever competitive game, Sutton took on league leaders, Beckenham in the first game, gave them a 4 goal lead and then came out fighting to such an extent that ultimately, Beckenham were lucky to hang on to a 5-4 win. Sutton's goals came from Erin Andrew (3) and Imogen Smith but after settling down, the whole defence with Joseph Bartley in goal, Joseph Lenihan in mid-field and Freya Bayliss, Oliver Bayliss, Jack Wild and Jack Conroy performed admirably.

Game 2 against Basildon was the complete reverse, Sutton racing quickly to a 4-1 lead then having no answer to a Basildon player who scored 8 from long range, Sutton ultimately going down 7-8. Sutton's goals came from Erin Andrew (2), Joseph Leihan (2), Imogen Smith (2) and Jack Conroy. Erin Andrew had the chance to equalise on the stroke of time but put the ball over the bar and the chance was gone. For much of the game, Sutton played the better polo but lost the game ultimately to naive marking.

Coach Dave Andrews team talk did the trick and in the 3rd game against Croydon, Sutton came out battling and raced to a 5-0 lead by half-time with goals from Erin Andrew, Jack Conroy, Imogen Smith, Joseph Lenihan and a bizarre own goal when Croydon's keeper unfortunately took the ball into her own net.

Goals from Imogen Smith and Joseph Lenihan made it 7-0 before Croydon got their first after a defensive error left a Croydon attacker free on goal. Croydon then had their best period of the game putting Sutton's defence under pressure and Sutton conceded a penalty, which Croydon converted to make it 7-2 though Joseph Bartley in goal got a hand to it. Jack Conroy and Joseph Lenihan then added further goals to make the final score 9-2.

Sutton's final game against Ealing started badly, Sutton conceding an early goal which merely stirred the team into action.Erin Andrew soon equalised with a great lob over the keeper and Jack Conroy (2) and Imogen Smith (1) made it 4-1 by half-time.

The second half was a lot more even; Ealing getting one back soon after the interval before Sutton made it 5-2 with another from Imogen Smith. The two teams then swapped goals, Ealing scoring from long range to make it 5-3, Erin Andrew restoring the balance to make it 6-3 though Jack Wild in Sutton's goal made a great save whilst Erin Andrew again went close at the other end. A defensive lapse gave Ealing their 4th though Erin Andrew was then awarded a penalty which she converted herself to make it 7-4, the final score, though not before Jack Wild pulled out another good save in the dying seconds.

This places Sutton in 4th place in the league only 2 points behind Watford despite playing two fewer games.

Whilst at face value disappointing, Sutton's young side improved every game; lost two games they could quite easily have won and gave league leaders Beckenham and second-placed Basildon one heck of a scare. They will only get better.

Well done team: Jack Wild, Joseph Lenihan, Freya Bayliss, Erin Andrew, Oliver Bayliss, Imogen Smith, Jack Conroy, Joseph Bartley.

22 Feb - Kieran braves the sharks again!

Sutton & Cheam's Kieran Bayles was in action again at the weekend competing in Western Australia's "Rottnest Channel swim", a 20km open water race from Cottesloe Beach to Rottnest Island. Competing in a team of 4, Kieran got the call up just 2 weeks before the event when one of the other swimmers dropped out.

Conditions in the Indian Ocean were perfect for the race; flat calm, gentle breeze pushing the swimmers in the right direction, surface water temperature a nice 24 degrees (not far short of Cheam Baths).

Starting in the last wave of swimmers from Cottesloe Beach at 7:45 in the morning, Kieran's team, made up of players from his Perth water polo club, overtook other teams all the way to complete the swim in the fast time of 4:44.55, finishing in 15th spot overall out of 396 teams.

14-Feb Tomas in GB Squad

Tomas Gibson - our latest member of the GB Squad

Following intensive trials held at a National Talent Camp held in Cardiff for boys and girls U14s (born 2001); Tomas Gibson has been selected into the GB squad to undergo further intensive training.

All squads will attend Cardiff on a monthly basis from February to June 2014 and selected players will then be invited during July and August to attend Millfield National Academy and/or travel abroad for an 'end of season' training camp. It is envisaged that the squads will undertake international tours, working towards competing in European competitions as U17s in 2017.

We wish Tomas well and anticipate it won't be long before some of his clubmates will be joining him, as the club has a wealth of water polo talent just 'waiting in the wings'.

09-Feb Under 14 Team win 3 out of 3

Under 14s in fine form

With only George Brown unavailable, Sutton & Cheam's Under 14 team showed what they were really capable of with a near full-strength team on Sunday with 3 wins out of 3 at Whitgift. With Archie Donald in goal, they made a great start in the first game against Enfield, winning comfortably 6-2 with goals from Luka Jojic, Kieran Rutter (2), Michael Rees and Tomas Gibson (2).

Josh Eves took the goalkeeper's slot in game 2 against Beckenham and was almost immediately in action with a great save from point blank range. However, that merely spurred Sutton into action with Michael Rees grabbing 3 goals and Tomas Gibson 4, the only response from Beckenham a goal in each half to make the final score 7-2. Sutton could probably have made it more but took the foot off the pedal during the second half. To put this win into perspective, the previous game against the same team resulted in a 3-3 draw.

In the final game against Basildon who had beaten Sutton earlier in the season, Sutton redressed the balance with a stunning 5-1 win with goals from Tomas Gibson (4) and Michael Rees to reverse the 1-3 defeat by the same team earlier in the season. Josh Eves had a great game in goal.

The performance lifted the team into second place in the league with the record: Played 12, Won 7, Drawn 2, Lost 3 Goals for 51, Goals against 35. This placed them level on points with Basildon but Sutton & Cheam took second place by virtue of the aggregate score between the two teams. However, Sutton were left wondering what might have been if they had been at full strength the whole season.

Luka Jojic, Akos Balog, Luke Laidlaw, Archie Donald, Elise Smith, Tomas Gibson, Kieran Rutter, Josh Eves, Joseph Lenihan, Michael Rees, Dario Kan.

08-Feb - Surrey Schools Secondary Schools Gala

Athena with the Surrey Schools Senior Girls Championship Trophy

Some of the club's swimmers, representing their respective schools, competed in the Surrey Schools Secondary Schools Gala on Saturday at Guildford:

Athena Lewis Gkogka took gold in the Senior Girls 100m Breaststroke, representing Raynes Park High and was awarded the Senior Girls Individual Schools Championship Trophy for her school.

Michael Rees also won gold in the Junior Boys 100m Freestyle Backstroke representing Overton Grange, whilst brother Sam took the bronze medal in the Intermediate Boys 100m Freestyle representing Sutton Grammar School.

Daisy Meffan and Alice Nicot both won silver medals in the Junior Girls 100m Freestyle and Lower Junior Girls 100m Backstroke respectively, representing Nonsuch High School. Sisters Elise and Imogen Smith represented Wallington High School in the Junior Girls 100m backstroke and Butterfly respectively, Imogen finishing 5th.

Oliver Bayliss (6th), Leo Canning (8th) and Luke Laidlaw all represented Glyn in the Lower Junior Boys 100m Backstroke, Lower Junior Boys 100m Freestyle and Junior Boys 100m Backstroke events respectively, with Dario Kan (9th) and Alex Wimbush (7th) both representing Sutton Grammar School in the .Junior Boys 100m Breastroke and Intermediate Boys 100m Butterfly. Spiros Gkogkas represented Raynes Park High finished 7th in the Junior Boys 100m freestyle.

08-Feb Moyce Cup (B/C grade) Gala, Dorking

Sutton & Cheam's youngsters competed in the Moyce Cup (B/C) Grade Gala at Dorking on Saturday. Although the team finished in 4th spot, only 12 points behind 2nd, if it hadn't been for everyone swimming some surprisingly big PBs; getting a few speeding tickets (for swimming too quickly) by the smallest of margins and getting more DQ's than the coaches would like to think about, it could have been a completely different story.

However, all the swimmers enjoyed it and it was great experience for some of them who were competing in their first gala for the club and will shortly be doing the Surreys. Better DQs now than then!

Team: Amine Tefki, Andrea Rodrigues, Andrej Drzaic, Elise Smith, Emily Vandrau, Ewan Baumann, Freya Bayliss, Gabrielle Jiminez, George Croome, Harry Morris, Ive Mai Carter, Izzy Morris, Jack Wild, Joseph Bartley, Joseph Suggitt, Josh Eves, Kacey Millen, Keely Scanlon, Liam Bitton, Lucy Cammock, Marli Carter, Martha Peremyslov, Nicole Lee

07-Feb Presentation Night - Riddell Hall Tadworth

Sutton & Cheam's presentation night was held at the Riddell Memorial Hall Tadworth.

Club Championships Age Group Winners

Club Age Group Winners

Under 10: Chloe Burkill & Joseph Suggitt

Under 12: Imogen Smith & Joseph Lenihan

Under 14: April Hedges & Michael Rees

Under 16: Charlie Carr & Nathan Eves

Some of the Jack Petchey winners of 2013.
Jack Petchey Winners
Ian Rooke with President Fred Andrews
Andy Bayles with President Fred Andrews
Club President Fred Andrews presented Ian Rooke with a club tie for his outstanding service to the club, both as swimmer and coach. Andy Bayles was presnted with the Doug Gale Memorial Plate awarded by the London Borough of Sutton Swimming Association for Services to Swimming in Sutton.
Merit Winners, National Championships Relay Team

Merit Award - Awarded to the Relay team that reached the National Finals in July., Michael Rees, Nathan Eves, William Ward and Tomas Gibson

26-Jan Brooke Tafazolli wins British Water Polo League (BWPL) Premier Division Championships with Otter

Winning Otter Team with Brooke Tafazolli

Sutton & Cheam's Brooke Tafazolli, representing Otter Water Polo Club, helped them to their first-ever British League title by defeating reigning champions City of Manchester 16-14 in a pulsating Super 5s decider at the Surrey University pool, Guildford on 26th January.

Well done Brooke and Otter!

26 January 2014 - Ron Moore

The Club suffered a great loss on Sunday when its longest serving member passed away after a short illness. Ron Moore joined the club 65 years ago in 1948 and has been a loyal servant in and out of the pool ever since. He will be sorely missed and our condolences go out to Ron's family.

Ron excelled as both a swimmer and water polo player but it was behind the scenes he proved hugely valuable to the Club. Ron was a qualified swimming timekeeper, judge and referee and served the sport over many years from grass root local galas through to elite competitions. He contributed to many committees over the years in support of both the athletes and Sutton and Cheam, these included the London and Surrey executive Committees, the Sutton Sports Council and the London Borough of Sutton Swimming Association. He was President of Surrey County as far back as 1970 and was later awarded Honorary Life Presidency of the County in recognition of his services.

His services were recognised by the Club when he was awarded the highest honour of Honorary Life Vice Presidency in 2006, prior to this he was an Honorary member.
Ron Moore

26-Jan Under 16 team in action at Barnet

Under 16s with coach Ollie Holland

Sutton & Cheam's Under 16 team were at Barnet on Sunday for the final tournament of the Winter League season. Unable to field a team at two of the League tournaments due to conflicting events, the League arranged for the team to play their league fixtures over two tournaments, resulting in the team having 5 games in a single afternoon.

The first game against Beckenham is best forgotten, the team wasting chance after chance in the first half shooting over the bar; straight at the keeper, hitting the bar and having a blatant penalty denied. Things then went from bad to worse when Joe Phillpott-Clark, the team's most experienced player suffered his 3rd major before the interval (don't know what the referee saw), resulting in him playing no further part in the game. It's enough to say the team lost 1-8, the only goal coming from a Nathan Eves steal in midfield and a solo effort which gave the keeper no chance. Beckenham were the better team but things just didn't go Sutton's way.

Game 2 against Enfield was a much better performance, Sutton racing to a 3 goal lead by half time with goals from Joe Phillpott-Clark, Seb Duplessis and Spiros Gkogkas though Kieran Rutter in Sutton's goal was bought into action early with a fine save. Spiros added another early in the second half after a good interchange with Adam Smith; before Sutton conceded a first after a 'ball under' was given the wrong way. With the game won, Sutton conceded a second but were unlucky not to increase their tally after Adam Smith hit a post and Nathan Eves had a goal-bound shot just saved by the Enfield Keeper. Final score 4-2.
The third game against league leaders Sussex, a County side, was Sutton's best game. With Kieran Rutter in goal, Sutton conceded two early goals before Joe Phillpott-Clark pulled one back, though Spiros Gkogkas Immediately conceded a major foul from which Sussex scored their third to make it 1-3. Sutton's defence was brought into action defending a man-down when Alex Wimbush was penalised and then Sutton got their second on the stroke of half-time when Joe scored from a long range shot which dipped under the post. Early in the second half, with Adam Smith, Natalie Andrew and Tomas Gibson immense in defence, Joe Phillpott-Clark scored his third to even the score before Sutton were denied yet another penalty. Joe nearly got his fourth but shot just wide and the score remained at 3-3 until the final 90 seconds when Sutton were unlucky to concede another. In pressing forwards for the equaliser, the team then conceded a fifth goal with the final result 3-5, though for much of the game, Sutton were the better team.

Game 4 was more or less a repeat of the second with Sutton conceding an early goal before Joe Phillpott-Clark pulled it back to level from a wide angle. With both defences dominant, the score remained the same until well into the second half when Watford scored their second after a defensive mix-up. Sutton had numerous chances to win the game shooting just wide from a man-up; hitting a post and failing to control the ball when completely clear in front of goal but the whistle went with the final score 1-2. A draw would have been a fair result.

Unable to field a full team, Croydon Amphibians conceded the final game to Sutton.

Team: Spiros Gkogkas, Adam Smith, Alex Wimbush, Natalie Andrew, Kieran Rutter, Sebastian Duplessis, Joe OPhillpott-Clark, Nathan Eves, Luka Jojic, Tomas Gibson.

24-Jan Swim21 Confirmation received

Sutton & Cheam today received notification that their Swim21 Reaccreditation submission was successful, the club becoming one of the first London-based clubs to achieve accreditation under Swim21 Club Essential.

Swim21 is the ASA's aquatic quality mark, recognised across the industry, for the development of effective, ethical and sustainable ASA affiliated clubs. In May 2013, swim21 changed to a three-module system for recognising quality in aquatic clubs. Rather than accredit separately for the different aquatic disciplines as in the past, swim21 club Essential ensures that is it pan discipline and relevant for all ASA affiliated clubs.

Swim21 club Essential is a key module which supports clubs to grow membership, develop volunteers and ensure the sustainability of activity in line with the objectives of the club. This meant that the club was required to reaccredit from scratch and was assessed against 21 separate elements, covering every aspect of a club's operation and management as well as the welfare, health & safety, conduct and development of its members and staff.

As part of the Swim21 Reaccreditation, the club was also awarded the coveted 'ClubMark' status, the universally acknowledged cross sport quality accreditation scheme for community sports clubs, which signifies the Club's commitment to being a safe, effective and child-friendly club ensuring the welfare of its members.

18-Jan Rushmoor Royals New Year L1 Open Meet, K2, Crawley

Sutton & Cheam swimmers had another successful day at the Rushmoor Royals Level 1 Open Meet at K2 Crawley on Saturday.

Dario Kan had a particularly successful meet taking home 3 silvers and a bronze with George Brown and Imogen Smith having near misses in 4th place and 10 other top 8 places. More importantly, most swimmers produced Long Course PBs and some gained County qualifying times.

Andrej Drzaic, Daisy Meffan, Dario Kan, Emily Vandrau, Freya Bayliss, Gabrielle Jimenez, George Brown, George Croome, Greg Gilbride, Imogen Smith, Izzabella Morris, Jack Conroy, Jack Wild, Jadie Munro, Joshua Eves, Kelly Bone, Lily Lenihan, Lucy Pearson, Nicole Lee, Nubia Adjei, Oliver Bayliss

11 & 12 January Killerwhales Open, Blackshots Pool, Thurrock

In what turned out to be a very busy weekend, while their clubmates went south, the rest of the club went in the opposite to attend the Killerwhales Level 3 Open at the Blackshots Pool, Thurrock.

25 swimmers returned with 45 medals (6 Gold, 22 Silver, 17 bronze); another 67 top 8 finishes and yet more County Times to add to the club's list of qualifiers for the Surrey Age Group Championships. Particularly pleasing to the coaches was the fact that every single swimmer reached at least the top 8.

Dario Kan (1 gold, 4 silver, 1 bronze) topped the club table with Imogen Smith and Izabella Morris (both with 1 gold, 2 silver), Lucy Pearson (1 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze); Hannah Rees (1 gold, 1 silver) and Josh Eves (1 gold) completing the list of gold medal winners.

Jack Wild (3 silver), Jadie Munro (2 Silver, 3 bronze), Lily Lenihan (2 Silver, 1 bronze), Greg Gilbride (2 silver, 1 bronze), Andrej Drzaic (1 silver, 1 bronze), Nubia Adeji and Toby Beer (each with a silver), Alice Nicot(5 bronze), Oliver Bayliss (2 bronze) and Gabrielle Jiminez (1 bronze) completed the medal winners.

Killerwhales Open Team: Toby Beer, Oliver Bayliss, Nubia Adeji, Nicole Lee, Lucy Pearson, Lucy Cammock, Lily Lenihan, Liam Bitton, Josh Eves, Jadie Munro, Jack Wild, Jack Conroy, Izabella Morris, Imogen Smith, Harry Morris, Hannah Rees, Greg Gilbride, Genevieve ten Have, Gabrielle Jiminez, Freya Bayliss, Emily Vandrau, Dario Kan, Andrej Drzaic, Alice Nicot, Adam Smith.

11 & 12 January Portsmouth Northsea New Year Level 1 Open Meet

Sutton & Cheam swimmers attended the Portsmouth Northsea Level 1 Open at the Mountbatten Sports Centre over the weekend in search of County Qualifying times.They weren't disappointed, 13 swimmers returning with 14 medals (5 gold, 5 silver and 4 bronze), 21 other top 8 finishes; a hatful of PBs and several coveted Qualifying times into the bargain.

Joseph Lenihan topped the club medallists with 2 Gold, 1 silver, and a bronze with Kieran Rutter (1 Gold, 3 Silver), Ace Taylor (1 Gold, 1 Silver), Michael Rees (1 Gold, 2 Bronze) and William Ward (bronze), to add to their ever-growing collections and to raise hopes of another highly successful 'Surreys'.

Portsmouth Northsea team: Erin Andrew, Nathan Eves, Tomas Gibson, April Hedges, Joseph Lenihan, Lois Martin, Daisy Meffan, Jake Meffan, Joe Phillpott-Clark, Michael Rees, Kieran Rutter, Ace Taylor, William Ward.

05-Jan Under 14 WWPL

Sutton & Cheam's Under 14 side blew the Christmas cobwebs away at Whitgift on Sunday but had a mixed bag, drawing 4-4 with Croydon Amphibians and losing 1-3 to Watford before a 6-2 victory over Ealing.

This leaves the team in mid table with the record P9, W4, D2, L3 Goals For 33, Goals Against 30.

Team: Michael Rees, George Brown, Tomas Gibson, Kieran Rutter, Dario Kan, Josh Eves, Elise Smith, Akos Balog, Harry Morris, Luke Laidlaw, Archie Donald, Joseph Lenihan.


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