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11 December - Under 12s on top of the World!

Top of the League

Sutton & Cheam's Under 12 water polo team made it 8 out of 8 on Sunday to remain top of the Winter League table with just 4 games to go.

After their almost customary slow start against Watford, Sutton's young team initially made it difficult for themselves with some wayward shooting and went one behind with an against-the-run-of-play goal. However, the team never lost its composure, Tomas Gibson forcing the Watford keeper into a fine save and Michael Rees sending a shot over the bar before Michael grabbed the equaliser from a great pass from midfield general Tomas Gibson. Michael soon added his second with a great solo effort swimming the whole length of the pool before slotting it calmly past the keeper. At the other end, Luke Laidlaw in goal was kept busy before Kieran Rutter made it 3-1 on the stroke of half time. Early in the second half, Michael got his hat-trick with a great shot from a man-up which gave the Watford keeper no chance and Kieran Rutter made it 5-1 with a fine top corner goal, and very nearly added another with an attempted lob which went inches wide with the goalkeeper stranded. With the game won, a defensive error gave Watford a late consolation. Final score 5-2.

Sutton totally dominated in the second game against Beckenham, with Michael Rees, Dario Kan, Issie Mettan Ure and Kieran Rutter all getting on the score sheet by half time. The second half followed much the same pattern and unanswered goals from Michael Rees, Kieran Rutter and Elise Smith made the final score 7-0. Goalkeeper Josh Eves had very little to do in goal.

The score line was the same in the third game against Croydon. Michael Rees scrambled the first goal (they all count), before shooting over the bar with the goal at his mercy. Luke Laidlaw then made it 2-0 from a Dario Kan pass and Kieran Rutter added another. Superb team play led to the goal of the tournament with Michael Rees passing to Issie Mettan Ure whose first time shot made it 4-0 by half time. In the second half, it was one-way traffic with Issie Mettan Ure forcing Croydon's keeper into an excellent save and then hitting the cross bar again before Erin Andrew made it 5-0. Issie then scored her second from an Imogen Smith shot which rebounded off the cross bar to make it 6-0. Finally, penalty 'queen' Elise Smith made it 7-0 with a well-taken penalty which gave the Croydon keeper no chance.

The final game against second-in-the-table Hastings was always going to be tough. A defensive lapse gave Hastings an early lead and then followed a period of play in which Kieran Rutter hit the bar twice and a Dario Kan shot forced the Hastings keeper into a great save before Dario equalised to calm the nerves. Hasting's excellent keeper kept out another shot from Issie Mettan Ure and at half time it was 1-1 with Sutton wondering just what they had to do to get the ball in the net. Coach Dave Andrews half time team talk did the trick and a quick-thinking Kieran Rutter soon made it 2-1 with a well-taken goal from a narrow angle after yet another shot was parried by the Hastings keeper. Poor marking allowed Hastings to equalise before a superb goal from 6m out by Michael Rees direct from a man-up take gave the lead back to Sutton before Dario Kan put the game beyond doubt to make it 4-2. With Tomas Gibson a colossus in defence, Hastings were restricted to shooting from long range but Sutton's keeper Josh Eves was more than up to the task of keeping them out.

Coach Dave Andrews commented "with the players improving every game and a new training regime in place, the future looks good".

10 December - Superb Performance in National Arena League

As a result of the National Arena League (London) restructuring from 2 divisions of 24 teams to 3 divisions of 16 this year, Sutton & Cheam SC (Division 2 Champions in 2010), effectively leapfrogged the 9 teams above them and were therefore odds on favourites for the big drop back down to Division 2 this year. Instead, with the bottom two teams to be relegated, an under strength team performed heroics to finish 6th in the final round, just a handful of points behind 5th place.

This gave the team an overall position of 14th in the League; their highest placing in living memory, retaining their place in the top division for the 2012 campaign.

Excellent swims, especially by the juniors with April Hedges, Lois Martin, Michael Rees (2) and Tomas Gibson all gaining individual wins and Michael and Tomas being joined by Dario Kan and Kieran Rutter to win both the Under 12 relays.

Similarly, April and Lois were joined by Daisy Meffan and Erin Andrew to superb 3rd places in the Under 12 Freestyle and Medley Relays and Ace Taylor took an excellent 3rd place in the Men's Open Freestyle against top class opposition. However this outstanding performance was essentially down to superb team spirit where every swimmer contributed PB after PB to make it a memorable night for Sutton & Cheam.

Well done team: Aaron Prince, Ace Taylor, Alexander Wimbush, April Hedges, Athena Lewis Gkogka, Charlie Carr, Chris Carr, Daisy Meffan, Dario Kan, Erin Andrew, Jacob Tidy, Jake Meffan, James De Brunner, Joe Philpott Clark, Juliette Williamson, Kieran Rutter, Killian Courtney, Lois Martin, Michael Rees, Natalie Andrew, Nathan Eves, Nicole Barron, Olivia Taylor, Rosie Heape, Samuel Rees, Tomas Gibson, William Ward

17 November - 'Blast from the Past' at the Borough Championships

Harry Tate Relay Teams

Sutton & Cheam swimmers had a great night at the London Borough of Sutton's Annual Swimming Championships, winning 20 of the 26 Individual Borough Championship titles on offer, as well as both the girls and boys club relay titles.

Three swimmers became triple borough champions; Charlie Carr winning the individual medley, backstroke and breaststroke events in the girl's 12/13 age group; Aaron Prince following suit in winning the backstroke, freestyle events and individual medley events in the boys' 14/15 age group; whilst not to be outdone, Brooke Tafazolli equalled these achievement in winning the girls' breaststroke, butterfly and individual medley events at 16 & Over.

Athena Lewis Gkogka became double champion in winning both the 14/15 breast & freestyle events whilst Jacob Tidy was equally successful in the 16 & Over backstroke and freestyle. Joe Phillpott-Clark, Sam Rees, Nicole Barron, Eve Tidy, Ace Taylor, Nathan Eves and Juliette Williamson completed the set of Borough Champions.

In addition to the event winners, there were second places for William Ward (3), Rosie Heape (3), Killian Courtney (2), Jake Meffan (2), Shannen Betts (2), Athena Lewis Gkogka, Ian Rooke and Sam Rees, and third places for Chris Carr (2), Sam Rees, Katie Heape, Chris Creamore, Mollie Jordan, Jake Meffan, Joe Phillpott-Clark, Killian Courtney and Juliette Williamson.

To underline the club's dominance on the night, club swimmers made a clean sweep of the medals in 4 events whilst in the boys 14/15 breaststroke; club swimmers took the top 5 places.

The gala was also swum as a graded meet and Adam Smith, Alex Wimbush, Chris Creamore, Jack Short, Josie McGreevy, Louis Creamore and Mollie Jordan added further Grade 'B' and 'C' medals to the collection. In all 27 club swimmers, some competing in their first borough championships, returned with a well-earned haul of 62 medals between them.

Grade 'A'
Grade 'B'
Grade 'C'

In the club relays, the girls' team of April Hedges, Juliette Williamson, Daisy Meffan, Katie Heape, Lois Martin and Charlie Carr won the girls' 6x1 club relay with a superb display but the crowded gallery was treated to a 'blast from the past' in the last race of the evening, the 'Harry Tate' relay.

Girls' winning relay team

Sutton & Cheam's 'A' team of Jake Meffan, Ace Taylor, Chris Carr, Aaron Prince and Jacob Tidy duly took first place though a Sutton & Cheam 'Gold' team with a combined age of 214 (and a combined waistline not too far short of that!), of Jamie Pearson on backstroke, Dave Andrews on breaststroke, Leigh Parkes on freestyle, Tom Garrett on butterfly with Simon Tidy on the final freestyle leg won a magnificent silver medal. With the club's second team of Joe Phillpott-Clark, Killian Courtney, Alex Wimbush, Nathan Eves and Sam Rees taking the bronze medal, it was a very crowded podium for Sutton & Cheam.

To crown a fantastic evening for the club, Club President Fred Andrews was awarded the Gale Memorial Plate for his service both to the club and to the sport of swimming in Sutton over many years; and 16 year-old Brooke Tafazolli was awarded the Worsell Memorial bowl for her achievement in getting selected for the GB Junior Under 18 water polo team.

A big well done to everyone.

30 October - Good start for Under 12 team in Winter League

Under 12 Team back to winning ways

Sutton & Cheam Under 12s got the Winter League season off to a good start on Sunday winning three and losing one of their first round games.

Without a game for some months, the team were a little ring rusty in their first game against top team Basildon and allowed Basildon to race away to a 3-0 lead before Michael Rees pulled one back. However, poor marking and equally wayward shooting allowed Basildon a 5-1 win.

Coach Dave Andrews' team talk managed to get the defence working much better in the second game against Hastings and two goals from Michael Rees gave Sutton and Cheam an excellent start before Hastings pulled one back just before half time (2-1). It was more of the same in the second half with Issie Mettan Ure hitting the crossbar with a powerful shot before Michael Rees scored his third and Dario Kan added another to make it 4-1 at full time.

Sutton's youngsters saved their best performance for Croydon Amphibians, with Michael Rees racing to a hat trick (his second of the tournament) and Tomas Gibson adding a fourth to make it 4-0 at half time. It was one-way traffic after the break with Sutton players queuing up to shoot, with another from Michael Rees from a Tomas Gibson pinpoint pass, and debut goals from Imogen Smith, Erin Andrew (both aged 9) and Elise Smith; Elise's goal from a well-taken penalty. Croydon scored a consolation to make it 8-1 at full time.

The final game against Ealing followed much the same pattern with Sutton racing to a 4-0 lead with goals for Issie Mettan Ure, 2 from Josh Eves and yet another from the irrepressible Michael Rees. A defensive lapse gifted Ealing a consolation but it was too little, too late and Sutton added two more from Tomas Gibson and Michael Rees to make the final score 6-1.

Overall it was a great team performance with Michael Rees on top form. Dario Kan, Tomas Gibson, Josh Eves, Imogen Smith, Erin Andrew, Elise Smith, Issie Mettan Ure also contributed goals; with Luke Laidlaw, Josh Eves and Jack Fenner sharing goalkeeping duties. Newcomer Jack Fenner played his first tournament for the team making a solid start to his water polo career.

Most pleasing of all, the team improved in every game and had we played the top team Basildon last, we would have surely given them a much better run for their money. Altogether a pleasing start and plenty to work on to make it better in the future. Well done team!

08 October - Tough going at the National Arena League

Up against the might of National finalists Hatfield and Ealing, Sutton & Cheam's gala squad found the going tough in the first round of the National Arena League Division 1. Seeded to finish in 8th place following promotion to Division 1 last year, the team showed their spirit and determination by fighting through to a well-deserved 7th place overall and 14th place in the League, the highest placing in living memory.

Everyone contributed to a fantastic team performance though the club's youngsters did particularly well. Lois Martin took the club's only individual win of the night in the Under 12 50m Butterfly; a magnificent effort in this standard of competition with April Hedges and Michael Rees not far behind with second places in their respective Under 12 50m backstroke events.

Team: Aaron Prince, Ace Taylor, Alex Wimbush, April Hedges, Athena Gkogka, Brooke Tafazolli, Charlie Carr, Chris Carr, Daisy Meffan, Danielle Carbery, Dario Kan, Eve Tidy, Jacob Tidy, Jake Meffan, James De Brunner, Joe Phillpott Clark, Joe Philpott Clark, Josh Eves, Juliette Williamson, Killian Courtney, Lois Martin, Lucy Pearson, Michael Rees, Natalie Andrew, Nathan Eves, Nicole Barron, Rosie Heape, Samuel Rees, Tomas Gibson, William Ward

18 September - Mid table finish for Under 15 team in London League

Sutton & Cheam's Under 15 water polo team finished off the London League on a high note, winning two and drawing one of the final three games to finish mid table with the final record: Played 11, Won 5; Drawn 1, Lost 5; Goals for 45; Goals against 39.

With Natalie Andrews in goal, Alfie Brown got the team's first game against Hythe off to a great start with a fine goal from a pinpoint pass from Sam Rees. Joe Phillpott-Clark soon followed with a second solo effort and Sam Rees made it 3 shortly afterwards from a Nathan Eves pass, before Alfie Brown made it 4 just before half time with a duplicate of the first.

Hythe pulled one back early in the second half before Alfie Brown completed his hat trick from another great cross from Nathan Eves. Hythe scored a consolation late in the game from a defensive error but the game was already won. Final score 5-2.

With Joe Phillpott-Clark in goal, some great team play saw a superb early goal for Sutton in their second game against Mid Sussex with a series of passes from Ross James to Sam Rees to Adam Smith to Alfie Brown who slammed the ball home. Alfie then made it 2-0 from another great pass from playmaker Sam Rees before Ross James swam the whole length of the pool and despite a good opportunity to score, he unselfishly passed the ball into Alfie to give him his 3rd goal of the game. Mid Sussex then scored one on the break to reduce the deficit to 3-1 at half time.

The second half saw Isaac Tidy in goal and Mid Sussex throwing everything into attack. However some great defending by Sam Rees saw him win the ball and again pass it to Alfie Brown who put it home. Mid Sussex made further attempts on Sutton's goal but some superb goal keeping by Isaac Tidy kept them at bay, and Isaac helped create Sutton's 5th goal with a great pass to an unmarked Michael Rees who swam the length of the pool, rounded a defender to make it 5; before Alfie Brown added another after a cross from Nathan Eves to make the final score 6 - 1.

The final game of the day saw Sutton pitted against Ealing who had beaten us earlier in the season. Sutton got off to a promising start with another Sam Rees/Alfie Brown combination. However, defensive errors then saw Sutton concede two goals in quick succession before Alfie Brown evened it up once more from another cross from Nathan Eves. With Sutton in all-out attack, Ealing then scored a third on the break to make it 2-3 at half time.

Adam Smith took the No1 hat for the second half and was immediately in action making two great saves, which kept Ealing from adding to their tally. Finally, Ross James made a superb break before drawing the defender and passing to Alfie Brown who made no mistake, final score 3-3.

At face value, the team's overall performance over the season was perhaps disappointing with some naïve defending at times, combined with wayward shooting contributing to the defeats. However, two of the defeats were by a single goal; both team and individual play improved immensely over the course of the season and with all but three of the team eligible to play in the same age group next year, the team can look forward to next season with some optimism.

Team: Alfie Brown, Sam Rees, Isaac Tidy, Joe Phillpott-Clark, Ross James, Noah White, Adam Smith, Natalie Andrew, Michael Rees, Nathan Eves

17 September - Sutton & Cheams wins Rother League Division 2

Rother League Champions!

Sutton & Cheam Swimming Club swam their way to victory in the final round of the second division of the Hants & South Coast Rother League at the Basingstoke Aquadrome on Saturday, remaining unbeaten throughout the 3 rounds and gaining promotion to Division 1 for next season. On the night, the Club showed their strength in depth by winning the Junior Trophy, the Senior Trophy and the Overall League Trophy.

Between them the team finished in the top 2 in ¾ of the races; put in 23 individual personal best performances; only missed out on 1st or 2nd place in one of the 17 relay events, winning nine, and finished off the evening in style by winning the exciting squadron relay, involving a team of 8 swimmers from the club.

Full team: Aaron Prince; Ace Taylor; April Hedges; Athena Lewis Gkogka; Brooke Tazazolli; Charlie Carr; Chris Carr; Daisy Meffan; Danielle Carbery; Dario Kan; Eve Tidy; Jacob Tidy; Jake Meffan; James De Brunner; Joe Phillpott-Clark; Juliette Williamson; Kieran Rutter; Lois Martin; Michael Rees; Natalie Andrew; Nathan Eves; Nicole Barron; Rebecca Salter; Rosie Heape; Samuel Rees; Tomas Gibson; William Ward

15 September - Club Success at the London Region Awards

Sutton & Cheam Swimming Club was proud to learn that three club members have been honoured in the Annual London Region Aquaforce and London Swimming Awards, a virtual repeat of last year's achievement.

In the Aquaforce Volunteer Awards, Terry Bolton, who joined the club as a swimmer in 1961, was awarded the Long Service Award for his service to the club for over 50 years. Terry received his award from Mark Foster, 5-times Olympian and flag bearer for Britain at the Opening Ceremony of the Beijing Olympics.

Terry Bolton with Mark Foster (Terry's the short one!)

Sophie Taylor also picked up the Award for the 'Outstanding contribution by a young adult'. Sophie has made a big impression 'behind the scenes' at the club, being at various times gala captain, club captain, committee member and who was also instrumental in gaining sponsorship for the club through her company.

In the London Swimming Awards, Matt Holland picked up the award for Athlete of the year (Waterpolo) for the second successive year. Matt is goalkeeper to the senior national team, and is in the Squad that will form the basis for the team's selection for the London Olympics in 2012.

Well done Terry, Sophie and Matt.

11 September- Under 13 team win London League

Under 13 London League Champions

With 3 wins and a draw from the final four games of the season, Sutton & Cheam's Under 13 Water Polo team deservedly won the London League Under 13 Championships with the outstanding record Played 12, Won 8, Drawn 3, Lost 1, Goals for 53, Goals against 27.

With the team a little ring-rusty from the long layoff, despite an early goal from season's top scorer Michael Rees, it took them a while to find their feet in the opening game against Chelmsford. After conceding a breakaway goal which evened up the score, Sutton's young team then dominated the game but thanks to some great goalkeeping by Chelmsford's keeper and some wayward shooting, were unable to add to the scoreline until late in the first half, when Dario Kan slotted the second.

The second half started well with Natalie Andrew swimming straight through Chelmsford's defence to plant the ball firmly in the net. A second goal from Chelmsford made it 3-2 and with Sutton's keeper Kieran Rutter excelling in goal, the game was a tense affair until Natalie put it out of Chelmsford's reach with a second solo goal to make it 4-2 to Sutton.

In the second game against Croydon Adam Smith soon made it 1-0 putting home a superb pass from Tomas Gibson. Michael Rees followed with a second goal and added a third after a great pass by Adam Smith. Only the half time whistle prevented Natalie Andrew from adding a fourth when completely free on goal.

In the second half Croydon upped their game and great defending by Issy Mettan Ure, Georgina Bourley and Tomas Gibson was only broken down once resulting in Croydon's only goal of the game. A final charge by Sutton saw a great attempt by Natalie hitting the post but Luke Laidlaw promptly picked up the rebound and popped it over the keeper's head giving him his debut goal; making the final score 4 - 1 to Sutton.

The third game against Basildon was the game of the season with Sutton finding themselves 2-0 down at half time. A tactical change by coach Andrew 'Mole' Lawrence at half time did the trick and Sutton dominated the second half, with Adam Smith, Natalie Andrew and Michael Rees all going close before Natalie put away Sutton's first goal. With the game advancing and Adam Smith immense in defence, it looked like Sutton were heading for defeat until Michael Rees scooped up a rebound from a Tomas Gibson shot and calmly planted it in the net to make the final score 2-2, a fair result between the best two teams in the tournament.

In the final game against Watford, despite many attempts by numerous players, wayward shooting in the first half again restricted Sutton to just two goals from Michael Rees and Kieran Rutter, who for this game had relinquished his No1 hat to Luke Laidlaw. Unfortunately, a defensive error saw Sutton concede a goal just before the half time whistle making it 2 -1 to Sutton.

Early in the second half Adam Smith swam straight through Watford's defence to make it 3-1 and then 4-1 from a Michael Rees pass. Dario Kan then made it 5-1. With Sutton coasting, the score could have been even higher with sisters Imogen and Elise Smith both going close to adding to the tally. Final Score 5-2.

Over the whole season, 14 players represented the team with 8 players managing every game. Significantly, 10 of the 14 players made their water polo debuts during the season. To cap a fine team effort, all but three of the players are eligible to play in the same age group next year

Top scorers over the season were: Michael Rees (15), Natalie Andrew (12), George Brown (9, despite missing the final 4 games of the season with a broken foot), Adam Smith (8), Issie Mettan Ure (4), Dario Kan (2), Luke Laidlaw and Kieran Rutter. Kieran Rutter excelled in goal, taking the brunt of the goalkeeping, ably assisted by Tomas Gibson and Luke Laidlaw.

The whole performance was based on a sound team defensive display and a fantastic 'never say die' team spirit with every player defending as a team, attacking in force and playing for each other. Coach, Dave Andrews was delighted with the team's efforts, commenting, " the team improved in every game and the swimming strength of our players was key to their performance."

Well done to: Kieran Rutter, Adam Smith, Natalie Andrew, Georgina Bourley, Erin Andrew, Isabelle Mettan Ure, Michael Rees, Imogen Smith, George Brown, Elise Smith, Luke Laidlaw, Dario Kan, Josh Eves, Tomas Gibson,

17 July - S&C Junior Girls top of the League

Sutton & Cheam's junior ladies team kept their place at the top of the London League Under 21 Championship after a 5-5 draw with Beckenham, and a comfortable win over Mid Sussex on Sunday.

Goals from Mhairi Nurthen (2), Nicole Barron (1), Louise Bampton (1) and Alice Rogers (1) cancelled out Beckenham in a 5-5 draw. Sutton's young team had chances to win but were unable to convert them with Reanna Howells shooting high, Natalie Andrew hitting a post and Brooke Tafazolli forcing Beckenham's keeper into a fine save: though the ever more confident Ferne O'Brien in goal had to be alert at the other end as both teams put everything into attack. In the end, a draw was a fair result.

Sutton controlled the second game against Mid Sussex from the start and goals from Alice Rogers (2), Louise Bampton (1), Brooke Tafazolli (1), Eve Tidy (1) and Mhairi Nurthen (1), resulted in a comfortable 6-2 win.

Team: Ferne O'Brien, Nicole Barron, Louise Bampton, Alice Rogers, Natalie Andrew, Brooke Tafazolli, Eve Tidy, Reanna Howells, Mhairi Nurthen.

17July - Under 13 team still top the London League table

Two draws, a win and a loss on Sunday were still enough to keep Sutton & Cheam's Under 13 team at the top of the London League table.

A 2-2 draw against Basildon should surely have been won had shooting only been on target. The score was the same against Watford, thanks to a defensive error in the dying seconds of the game, which gifted Watford a 'silly' goal. An easy 5-2 win over Chelmsford followed in which coach Stephen Bayles played all the younger players for most of the game to give them invaluable experience.

The final game against Croydon was littered with errors, which turned a 3-1 lead into a 4-5 defeat. However, the team, with an average age of under 11, was competitive and defended well though showed a little inexperience in front of goal.

Scorers were George Brown (5), Michael Rees (4), Issie Mettan-Ure (2), Adam Smith (1), and Dario Kan (1). Kieran Rutter and Tomas Gibson did an excellent job sharing goal-keeping duties whilst Natalie Andrew contributed hugely in defence. Josh Eves and Luke Laidlaw played their first games for the club whilst Erin Andrew, Elise and Imogen Smith, played in only their second.

Team: Kieran Rutter, Erin Andrew, Imogen Smith, Natalie Andrew, Luke Laidlaw, Dario Kan, Issie Mettan Ure, Josh Eves, Adam Smith, George Brown, Tomas Gibson, Elise Smith, Michael Rees.

16 July - More medals at the Surrey Development Meet

On Saturday, Sutton & Cheam took part in the Surrey Development Meet at Guildford Spectrum. 35 winner's ribbons were won between the 13 S&C members. They included Athena Lewis Gkogka (2 first places), Daisy Meffan (1 fourth, 1 sixth, 1 eighth place), Rosie Heape (1 second, 1 third, 1 fourth place), Katie Heape (1 sixth place), Emily Vandrau (2 third, 1 fourth, 1 fifth place), Lucy Cammock (1 fifth, 1 sixth place), Joe Phillpott Clark (1 first, 1 second, 2 third, 1 fifth place), Aaron Prince (5 first places), Samuel Rees (2 first, 2 second, 1 third place), Kieran Rutter (1 second place), Joseph Lenihan (1 fifth place) and Dario Kan (2 second, 1 third place). Lucy Pearson narrowly missed out on a ribbon, finishing in eleventh place but achieving a personal best time.

Following what has been a very busy and successful season the club is now looking to the future and will continue to encourage the talents of its many members.

14 July - Sutton & Cheam wins 4 Awards at 'Sutton Celebrating Sports Awards'

Sutton and Cheam Swimming Club's contribution to sport in the borough was recognised at the 'Sutton 'Celebrating Sport Awards' at the Secombe Theatre on Thursday 14th July, winning 4 awards and being short listed in another 2 categories.

Sutton & Cheam's Award Winners

Junior Coach Helen Andrews won the 'Coach of the Year' Award for her impact on the performance of the young swimmers in her charge. The club's recent successes are due in no small part to Helen's coaching and her young swimmers are flourishing, both as individuals and as a team. Helen's award was received on her behalf by club President Fred Andrews.

Sutton & Cheam's first team water polo goalkeeper, Matt Holland won the 'Sportsperson of the Year' Award. Matt is also goalkeeper to the Great Britain's Men's Water Polo Team, which will be competing in the London Olympics in 2012, their first time since Melbourne in 1956, and Matt is in the Squad that will form the basis for the team's selection for the event.

Despite being only 15, Brooke Tafazolli won the 'Junior Sportsperson of the Year (U18)' Award. In 2009, Brooke became Sutton & Cheam Swimming Club's first female international, when she was selected for the Great Britain Women's Youth (Under 16) Squad. Earlier this year, Brooke's blossoming talent was recognised further and despite being still only 15, she was promoted to the GB Junior (Under 18 Team), with whom she now trains.

Due in part to the achievements outlined above, Sutton & Cheam Swimming Club also won the 'Club of the Year' Award. However, over the past year, the club has had many other successes at both individual and team levels; and at both swimming and water polo. In addition to Matt Holland's and Brooke Tafazolli's achievements outlined above, 17 players have represented Surrey County in the Inter County Water Polo Championships and 7 players have represented London Region in Regional water polo competitions. The club also has junior players in the Regional Training Centre and GB Development Squads.

At swimming, Sutton & Cheam swimmers currently hold 26 Borough titles between them at primary and senior levels. In the County Championships, 28 swimmers qualified and won 35 medals. In the London Region Championships held recently, club swimmers took two gold, two silver and three bronze medals. The club also has three swimmers April Hedges, Michael Rees and George Brown nationally ranked for their age groups in the top ten, with two other swimmers just outside.

To crown a great evening for Sutton & Cheam, the club's other nominations, April Hedges for the 'Junior Sportsperson of the Year (U11)' and Terry Bolton for 'Volunteer of the Year' were also short listed by the Judging Panel from a large number of very high quality nominations; April Hedges finishing as runner-up' in her category.

The Awards evening also celebrated Sutton's participation in the Balfour Beatty London Youth Games and many club members were re-presented with their Youth Games medals for swimming, water polo and 'aquathon'. London Borough of Sutton's Deputy Mayor, Councillor Hamish Pollock, presented the awards and medals on stage at the Secombe Theatre.

10 July - Disappointment for Under 15 side

At face value, Sutton & Cheam's Under 15 team had a disappointing tournament at Basildon on Sunday, losing all three games. However, all the games were close and to play three tough games, 2 of them consecutively with just 8 players, 6 of whom will remain in the same age group next year, was a tremendous effort, made even more so as two of the players, Natalie Andrew and Adam Smith, made the journey to Basildon straight from the Haslemere Open.

The first game against Ealing was a 2-3 defeat but the team should surely have won if only their shooting had been on target, scoring only 2 of 10 shots on goal. A 5-7 defeat by Basildon followed much the same plot and the loss was just as much to down to our own errors, as to the opposition's superiority. Finally a 4-7 loss to League leaders Watford, the only team in the Championship with a 100% record, was an honourable defeat.

Scorers for Sutton: Peter Gal (5), Alfie Brown (3), Joe Phillpott-Clark (2), Adam Smith (1).

The team: Noah White, Ross James, Natalie Andrew, Isaac Tidy, Joe Phillpott-Clark, Adam Smith, Alfie Brown, Peter Gal.

09 & 10 July - Medal Haul at the Haslemere Open

A total of 37 swimmers from Sutton & Cheam took part in the Haslemere Summer Open Meet at The Herons Leisure Centre over the weekend of 9th and 10th July. The club were extremely proud to end the weekend with a grand total of 65 medals (18 Gold, 28 Silver and 19 Bronze).

The medal winners were:

Nicole Barron (gold); George Brown (gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze); Harry Brown (silver); Chris Carr (bronze); James De Brunner (3 gold, 2 silver, bronze); Nathan Eves (gold, silver); Tomas Gibson (bronze); Rosie Heape (bronze); April Hedges (4 gold); Lois Martin (2 silver, bronze); Jake Meffan (2 silver, 3 bronze); Joe Phillpott-Clark (bronze); Aaron Prince (silver, bronze); Michael Rees (6 silver); Samuel Rees (gold, silver, 2 bronze); Adam Smith (gold); Brooke Tafazolli (silver, 2 bronze); Ace Taylor (3 gold, silver, bronze); Jacob Tidy (2 gold, 4 silver, bronze); William Ward (gold, 4 silver, bronze).

April Hedges and James De Brunner also won awards for the "Meet Best Swim" in their respective age groups.

Head Coach, Jim Walker, commented that he was very pleased with how the club had performed over the weekend and in particular with the 110 personal best performances.

Also swimming well at the meet were Natalie Andrew, Alfie Brown, Danielle Carbery, Charlotte Carr, Declan Courtney, Killian Courtney, Joshua Eves, Katie Heape, Dario Kan, Joseph Lenihan, Athena Lewis Gkogka, Daisy Meffan, Kieran Rutter, Elise Smith, Imogen Smith, Juliette Williamson and Pavel Zabarsky.

03 July - London League Title for Under 19 Boys

With no fewer than 5 players unavailable, Sutton & Cheam's Under 19 team still had the firepower to win back-to-back games over Watford and Croydon on Sunday, earning the London League Championship title with maximum points with the 100% record played 6; won 6; goals for 33; goals against 11. With half the team entering the senior ranks next year, this was a great end to their junior careers.

Receiving the trophy from League Secretary Chris Martin

The team didn't have it all its own way against Watford, winning 6-5 in a hard-fought game. However, after being 1-2 down mid way through the first half, Sutton's juniors always had the edge after tactical changes by coach Stephen Bayles at half time; and had chances to increase their lead though a missed penalty and some wayward shooting prevented it. At the other end, Dylan Smith in goal had to make a point blank save to keep Watford out and also showed great attacking qualities; putting a ball onto Jacob Tidy's hand across the whole length of the pool to create the opening goal. Watford had a chance to equalise in the last minute but an important 'steal' by Jacob Tidy proved decisive. Scorers for Sutton were Josh Miller (3), Jacob Tidy (2) and Jack Miller (1).

It was a similar story in the second game against Croydon with Sutton always in front, winning 7-5 though Croydon fought back strongly from 3-0 down to close the gap to 4-2 at half time. Peter Gal scored his debut goal for Sutton with Jacob Tidy (3), Josh Miller (2) and Jack Miller (1) contributing further goals.

Dylan Smith, Peter Gal and Tom Phillpott-Clark ably marshalled the defence, whilst Callum Donoghue was always a threat going close with several efforts. Both James McFarlane and Alfie Brown could also have found themselves on the score sheet if the woodwork hadn't got in the way.

Team: Dylan Smith; Callum Donoghue; Jack Miller; Josh Miller; Tom Phillpott-Clark; Jacob Tidy; James McFarlane; Alfie Brown; Peter Gal

3 July - Gold and Silver for Sutton swimmers in London Youth Games Aquathlon

James & Ross

Finally, on the Sunday, S&C swimmers were also part of the Sutton Team in the Aquathlon competition. Ross James beat 43 other competitors to win the gold medal in the boys year 7 competition after completing a swim of 200m and a 1km run. Also in year 7 Nathan Eves finished in 5th place.

For the year 8 boys Joe Phillpott-Clark finished in 26th at the same distances. For year 9 and year 10 the distance increased to a 250m swim and a 2km run and S&C swimmers shone again when Killian Courtney (year 9) finished 4th, missing the bronze by less than half a second; Rosie Heape (year 9) finished 13th and Jake Meffan (year 10) came home 4th. Finally, James De Brunner was not fazed by the 400m swim and 3km run for year 11 boys and finished in the silver medal position.

Overall, the Sutton Aquathlon team finished in a very credible 5th place out of the 30 London Boroughs that took part. This was an improvement of 6 places on last year.

2 July - London Youth Games, Crystal Palace

On the Saturday of the following weekend, 5 more S & C members were part of the swimming competition in the main Youth Games. Alfie Brown, Ross James, Killian Courtney, James De Brunner and Jacob Tidy swam for Sutton and were part of the boy's team that finished in 13th place, equal with last year, against some very strong competition.

30 June - Michael wins Gold in Balfour Beatty Mini Games

On the same day as their club mates won the silver medal in the mini polo event, Sutton & Cheam's younger swimmers made up 75% of the team selected to represent Sutton in the Balfour Beatty Mini Games swimming event, also held at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre on Thursday.

The team swam well against the other 31 London Boroughs and were in joint 4th place after the individual races. However, despite swimming their hearts out in the relays the team finished in 6th place with 444 points, with only 44 points separating the top 6 places.
The S & C swimmers finished within the top 12 in all the events with Michael Rees taking the gold medal in the 50m backstroke and 10th place in the 50m butterfly, George Brown finished 4th in the 50m freestyle (missing the bronze by just 5 hundredths of a second), and 12th in the 50m breaststroke.

In the freestyle and medley relays Michael and George were joined by Robert Nolan and achieved 4th and 7th places respectively. April Hedges, who can compete in the same competition next year, finished 6th in the 50m breaststroke and Lois Martin came 8th in the both the 50m butterfly and 50m backstroke events. In the freestyle and medley relays they were joined by Rebecca Salter and finished in 6th and 7th place respectively.

30 June - Silver for Sutton at the Balfour Beatty Mini Games Water Polo

Silver medallists with coach Stephen Bayles

With the youngest and smallest squad in the tournament, Sutton & Cheam's youngsters played superbly to win a thoroughly deserved silver medal for Sutton in the Balfour Beatty Mini Youth Games Mini Polo event, held on Thursday at Crystal Palace.

A fighting 4-4 draw with Islington; wins over Hackney (8-0), Barnet (8-4), Ealing (7-5) and Tower Hamlets (7-1), and a 9-2 loss to Brent were enough to put the team into the gold silver play-off, against Brent, the only unbeaten team in the tournament.

Sutton took a while to get going in the first game missing chance after chance, eventually having to settle for a 4-4 draw; a result that flattered Islington somewhat. Scorers for Sutton were Issy Mettan-Ure (2), Daisy Meffan (1) and Dario Kan (1).

In the next game against Hackney, Sutton had it all their own way; goals from Issy Mettan-Ure (4), Daisy Meffan,(3) and Dario Kan (1) contributing to an easy 8-0 win.

The game against Barnet was a seesaw affair, which saw Sutton go from 3-1 in front to 4 - all at half time. However, tactical changes after half time saw Sutton score 4 unanswered goals in the second half to secure an 8-4 win. Kieran Rutter (4), Issy Mettan-Ure (2) and Tomas Gibson were the scorers.

The game against Ealing was the game of the tournament, with Sutton soon finding themselves 4-1 behind. However, a goal from Issy Mettan-Ure just before half time put Sutton within reach at 2-4. A change of tactics at half time by coach Stephen Bayles made all the difference and a great fight back began with another goal from Issy Mettan-Ure, 2 from Daisy Meffan and 2 more from Dario Kan, giving Sutton the final victory 7-5.

Against Tower Hamlets, Sutton again had it all their own way, winning 7-1 with goals from Issy Mettan-Ure (5), Dario Kan (1) and Kieran Rutter (1).

By far the best water polo team in the tournament, Sutton's young team were unfortunately hindered by the rules of 'mini polo', which allow the game to be played in shallow water to the extent where the game could actually be played by non-swimmers. Brent exploited these rules to the full and took full advantage of Sutton's lack of height, and the final was a repeat of the earlier game, Sutton losing 8-2 in a game which resembled handball rather than water polo.

However, to win the silver medal in these circumstances was a superb performance. Daisy Meffan, Dario Kan and Tomas Gibson were playing in their first ever tournament, a fantastic start to their water polo careers, whilst Kieran Rutter, Issy Mettan-Ure and sisters Elise and Imogen Smith were playing in only their second. Kieran Rutter, Tomas Gibson and Elise Smith did a superb job sharing goal-keeping duties and Issy had the distinction of scoring in every game. It was only the woodwork and some great goalkeeping that prevented Elise and Imogen Smith from getting on the score sheet with their team mates but their chance will surely come as they can both play in the same event next year, and Imogen the year after that!).

A big well done to Issy Mettan-Ure, Daisy Meffan, Elise Smith, Imogen Smith, Tomas Gibson, Dario Kan and Kieran Rutter.

25 & 26 June - Boys (96 & Under) Inter Regional Championships, Basildon

Sutton & Cheam's Alfie Brown helped the London Region team to overall 6th place in the ASA Academy Boys (96 & Under) Inter Regional Championships, held at Basildon over the weekend.

The London team made a good start in their first game against the Eastern Region coming from 2-0 behind to win 5-2. A 1-5 loss to the North East and a 17-0 drubbing by eventual winners the North West was followed by a narrow 7-6 win over East Midlands, and a bruising 5-4 defeat by Ireland, placing the London team in 4th place in Group A in the Round Robin Tournament.

An excellent 2-1 win in the play-off game against North West 'B' put the team into the 5th/6th place play-off against Ireland, who repeated their earlier win (5-2) to place the London Region team in 6th place overall, a slightly disappointing performance. For Alfie, the youngest player in the team, this was an experience which will serve him well, as he will be able to play in the same competition next year.

18 & 19 June - Girls (96 & Under) Inter Regional Championships, Walsall

In what was a busy weekend for the club, at the same time as their club mates were performing at the Youth Games, Sutton & Cheam's Eve Tidy and Reanna Howells were in Walsall representing London in the Inter Regional Competition.

A loss to the North West (4-10) and wins over Ireland (5-1) and Wales (16-0) put both Eve (2) and Reanna (2) on the score sheet, and placed the London Team into the 3rd/4th play-off against North East Region.

By the end of the third quarter, the London team found themselves 2-6 down, due mainly to defensive errors. An amazing fight back then started with two goals from Eve Tidy putting the London team within reach at 5-6, only for the North East to score again, giving them a 2-goal 'cushion'. London then scored from a man up to make it 6-7 and then equalised with just 9 seconds of the game left, only to concede a man-down straight from the whistle, losing 7-8 and finishing in overall 4th position.

Sutton's Simon Tidy, managing the team was philosophical about the result, commenting "although we made some really bad mistakes in the first half which cost us 3 goals, the team looked really good; even the game against the eventual winners North West was much closer than the score line suggested"

18 June - Sutton take Gold in the Balfour Beatty Youth Games Water Polo

Youth Games Water Polo Gold Medallists

Players from Sutton & Cheam Swimming Club joined forces with Croydon Amphibians to represent the London Borough of Sutton in the Balfour Beatty London Youth Games, held at Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Coached by Sutton's Dave Andrews, the team played above themselves to claim victory after a gripping final against Southwark.

In the Round Robin stages of the competition, wins over Richmond (5-3), Ealing (6-1), Havering (5-0) and Hackney (6-2), placed Sutton's team into the final unbeaten, against the only other unbeaten side in the tournament Southwark.

Scorers in the early rounds were Dylan Nurse (8), Alfie Brown (7), Jack Kavanagh (3), Kane Nurse (2), Ross James (1) and Joe Phillpott-Clark (1); though the performance of the team was based on a sound defence helped by Adam Smith, Noah White and Thomas Webster, with Mofe Wilkey an absolute 'rock' in goal.

And so to the 'nail-biter' of a final, which more than lived up to the expectations of the Youth games with neither side giving an inch.

Despite hitting the crossbar early in the game, Sutton soon found themselves a goal behind but levelled the score to 1-1 by half time due to a well taken goal by Alfie Brown. In what was a repeat of the first half, Sutton's young team again conceded a goal early in the second half, only to battle back for Alfie Brown to level the score once more just before full time (2-2). With the score tied, the game went down to sudden death and the 'golden goal' but Sutton held their nerve to clinch the title thanks to Alfie Brown's completing his hat-trick. Sutton's supporters could be heard in Sutton!

Both sides had their chances to win the game in normal time with Sutton hitting both bar and post as well as missing a penalty; though at the other end, Mofe Wilkey in goal performed heroics making save after save to keep Southwark out.

Dave Andrews was delighted with his team commenting "it was a very mature performance by the team; they showed a lot of character coming from behind twice"

With all but three of the players able to play in the same competition next year, it's looking good for the future.

The Team: Mofe Wilkey, Jack Kavanagh, Ross James, Noah White, Dylan Nurse, Kane Nurse, Adam Smith, Alfie Brown, Joe Phillpott-Clark, Thomas Webster.

11 & 12 June - More medals in the London Region Bagcats

April again!
Sutton & Cheam Swimming Club gained another set of medals in the second half of the Regional Championships held at Crystal Palace over the weekend. April Hedges added to her medal haul by gaining another gold, this time in the Girls 10 Year old 100m Breaststroke and a silver in the Girls 10 Year old 100m Backstroke whilst George Brown earned another bronze medal in the Boys 11 Year old 100m Backstroke event. The Club also had finalists in 4 other individual 11 year old events with George Brown finishing in 4th place in the 400m individual medley and 5th in the 200m Freestyle and William Ward finishing 4th in the 100m backstroke and 6th in the 100m breaststroke.

At the end of the competition George Brown finished a very impressive 4th in the overall rankings for 11-year-old boys.

Some of our regional qualifiers!

Showing their consistency, the boys' 10/12-year-old relay team of George Brown, Nathan Eves, Ross James and William Ward finished 7th in both the 200m medley and freestyle relays. The girls 10/12 year old relay team of Natalie Andrew, Danielle Carbery, April Hedges and Lois Martin finished 11th in both their relays.

Qualifiers: April HEDGES, Charlotte CARR, George BROWN, Lois MARTIN, Ross JAMES, William WARD - Michael REES qualified but was unable to compete through injury.

11 June - Sutton & Cheam win Rother League Round 2, Basingstoke

The club took first place in the second round of the Rother League at Basingstoke on Saturday, with a 51-point advantage over second placed Cranleigh. The Club's 31 swimmers took 19 first places, 17 second places and 12 third places at the gala. The swimmers finished in first or second place in 70% of the races and in first, second or third place in all but three of the 51 events.

The Under 12 girls (Rebecca Salter, Lois Martin, Katie Heape and Daisy Meffan) did particularly well with 5 first and 1 second place in their 6 events. In addition, the club won 9 relays including the Open Squadron.

Sutton & Cheam currently lead the Hants & South Coast Rother League Division 2 unbeaten and are in a great position to be promoted to Division 1 next year with just one round to go in September.

Full team: Aaron Prince; Ace Taylor; Alfie Brown; Athena Lewis Gkogka; Brooke Tazazolli; Charlie Carr; Chris Carr; Daisy Meffan; Danielle Carbery; Dario Kan; Eve Tidy; Harry Brown; Jacob Tidy; James De Brunner; Joe Phillpott-Clark; Josh Eves; Juliette Williamson; Katie Heape; Killian Courtney; Lois Martin; Natalie Andrew; Nathan Eves; Nicole Barron; Pavel Zabarsky; Reanna Howells; Rebecca Salter; Rosie Heape; Ross James; Sam Rees; Tomas Gibson; William Ward

04 & 05 June - April wins Regional Championships in record time.

Our new Regional Record Holder!

10 year-old April Hedges stormed to victory in the Girls Age 10 200m backstroke in the Regional Championships held at Crystal Palace over the weekend. The fastest qualifier in the heats, April really pulled the stops out in the final to go 5 seconds quicker, winning the event by winning by 6 seconds and setting a new Regional Record time in the process.

April's time was so good; she would have finished a very close 4th in the age group above.

Not content with that, April then went on to complete a full set of medals adding silver in the 200m breaststroke, and bronze in the 200m individual medley; and also reached the final of the 100m freestyle. A good weekend's work!

Immediately after her backstroke event April ran down the poolside to give her coach Helen Andrews a well-deserved hug and share an emotional moment! Helen was overjoyed with April's swim stating "it was an incredibly mature performance for a ten-year old".

George Brown added another bronze medal in the Boys Age 11 200m individual medley and just missed out on a medal in the 400m freestyle event finishing in 4th place by an agonising quarter of a second. George also reached the final of the 200m breaststroke.

Although April and George took the plaudits, six other Sutton & Cheam swimmers also qualified for the Regional Championships: Charlie Carr, Lois Martin, Rosie Heape, George Brown, Ross James and William Ward, who took 5th place in the Boys Age 11 200m individual medley and 200m breaststroke events.

Sympathies have to go out to Michael Rees (11), who was seeded first in the 200m backstroke but unable to do himself justice through an arm injury. Lets hope he recovers quickly.

22-May - Natalie Nets Nine!

Winning Under 13 team

With no fewer than six players making their water polo debuts, Sutton & Cheam's Under 13 team stormed to victory with 4 wins out of 4 on Sunday to top the London League table.

The team's mature performance was made even more remarkable with Erin Andrew and Imogen Smith (both aged 8), having the distinction of becoming the youngest players ever to represent Sutton & Cheam in a water polo event. It was also the first time the club has ever put out a team with three players from the same family, Adam, Elise and Imogen Smith.

Overall, Natalie Andrew top-scored with 9 goals, followed by Michael Rees (6), George Brown (4), Adam Smith (4), and Issie Mettan Ure (2).

Kieran Rutter excelled in goal and the team's defence was particularly pleasing with Adam Smith, Georgina Bourley, George Brown, Natalie Andrew and Issie Mettan Ure breaking up attack after attack. However, the whole performance was based on a sound team display and fantastic team spirit with every player defending as a team, attacking in force and playing for each other. The team improved in every game and to cap a fine team effort, all but three of the players are eligible to play in the same age group next year.

In the opening game against Croydon, goals from Natalie Andrew put Sutton & Cheam 2-0 ahead but Croydon came surging back to lead 3-2 early in the second half. However, after Michael Rees levelled the scores, further goals from Natalie Andrew, George Brown, Michael Rees and Adam Smith put the game beyond Croydon's reach, Sutton winning 7-4.

Against Chelmsford, Sutton shot to a 4-0 lead thanks to 2 goals each from Natalie Andrew and George Brown. Adam Smith and Michael Rees added to the score before Chelmsford scored a late consolation, Sutton winning 6-1.

Despite conceding an early goal against Watford, Sutton's young team put it behind them, and playing a very mature game scored 6 unanswered goals from Michael Rees (3), Natalie Andrew (2) and Adam Smith to net another 6-1 win.

In the final game against Basildon, 2 debut goals from Issie Mettan Ure, with further goals from Natalie Andrew (2), Adam Smith and George Brown more than cancelled out Basildon's 3 long-range efforts, Sutton winning 6-3.

Coach, Dave Andrews, commented "the swimming strength of our players was key together with a great team spirit"

A big well done to: Kieran Rutter, Adam Smith, Natalie Andrew, Georgina Bourley, Erin Andrew, Issie Mettan Ure, Michael Rees, Imogen Smith, George Brown, Elise Smith.

22-May - Woking Swimming Club, Octopus B/C Grade Open

22 swimmers from Sutton & Cheam Swimming Club descended on the Woking 'Pool in the Park' for the Octopus B/C Grade Open Meet and had a highly successful meet.

In all, 16 swimmers won 35 'B' Division and 22 'C' Division Trophies between them, though just as pleasing was the fact that every single swimmer reached the top 8 in at least one event, and most swimmers returned with personal bests.

Trophy Winners were: Adam Smith; Daisy Meffan; Danielle Carbery; Dario Kan; Declan Courtney; Elise Smith; Emily Vandrau; Joseph Lenihan; Juliette Williamson; Kieran Rutter; Killian Courtney; Noah White; Rebecca Salter; Ross James; Samuel Rees; Tomas Gibson

There were also near misses for Lucy Cammock, Ollie Griffiths, Katie Heape, Richard Jarvis, Charlotte O'Sullivan and Lucy Pearson.

Finally, a big thank you to Woking Swimming Club for a great event and a very well run gala.

We'll be back next year!

21-May Sutton & Cheam win Rother League Round 1

Sutton & Cheam turned up in force at Cranleigh Leisure Centre on Saturday for the first round of the Hants & South Coast Rother League and went away with an outstanding win against Division 1 opposition.

It was a battle royal with Haslemere with no more than a handful of points separating the teams most of the evening. It was only in the last round of relays that the club eased away for the victory with the Sutton parents shouting the swimmers on. If there had been a prize for the most supportive (and loud) parents we would have won that one as well!

Club swimmers finished in the top 2 places in 2/3 of the races and well over half the relays, which was particularly pleasing.

There were individual wins for April Hedges (3), Josh Eves, Dario Kan, Tomas Gibson, Michael Rees, Ross James, Rosie Heape, Athena Lewis Gkogka, Jacob Tidy and Rob Mason; and close calls for Aaron Prince, Alfie Brown, Emily Vandrau, Erin Andrew, Eve Tidy, Jodie Fraser, Killian Courtney, Natalie Andrew and Samuel Rees.

The Under 11 Boys team of Dario Kan, Joseph Lenihan, Josh Eves and Tomas Gibson took the Under 11 freestyle relay and with Pavel Zabarsky on board, added the medley relay as well. Similarly, the Boys Under 13 team of Michael Rees, George Brown, Ross James and Nathan Eves won both relays whilst the Girls Under 15 team of Charlie Carr, Danielle Carbery, Juliette Willliamson, Lois Martin and Rosie Heape did a repeat performance. The Open Men's Medley team of Jacob Tidy, Ace Taylor, Rob Mason and Chris Carr won their event and in the last event of the evening, the club took the blue riband event, the squadron relay with a superb performance from April Hedges, Tomas Gibson, Danielle Carbery, Ross James, Rosie Heape, Aaron Prince, Brooke Tafazolli and Jacob Tidy.

A big welcome to Aaron Prince, Athena Lewis Gkogka, Erin Andrew and Jodie Fraser who were competing in their first event for the club and did brilliantly.

Coaches Jim walker and Helen Andrews were well pleased with their team who cheered each other on throughout the night to an impressive win to which every single swimmer contributed.

13-May Inter County Primary Schools Championships, Sevenoaks

Sutton & Cheam Swimming Club's April Hedges, Lois Martin, George Brown and Michael Rees helped take the Surrey Schools team to victory in the annual Surrey vs. Kent Primary Schools Inter County Championships on Friday night at Sevenoaks Leisure Centre.

S&C swimmers with the  Inter County Primary Schools trophy

Michael Rees took first place in the boys 50m backstroke, Lois Martin gained third place in the girls 50m butterfly, April Hedges also took third in the girls 50m backstroke and George Brown finished joint third in the boys 50m freestyle race.

08-May - Silver Medal in National Biathlon Finals

On Sunday, twelve club members showed off their extra skills when they swam and ran in the British Biathlon Championships in Birmingham. Having qualified at the Regional competition in March, Sutton & Cheam had a strong presence at the National competition.

In the Youth B section Chris Carr came 8th, James De Brunner 11th, Jake Meffan 12th and Harry Brown 20th. The combined scores of Carr, De Brunner and Meffan gave them the silver medal in the team competition.

Dario in action

In the Youth C section Rosie Heape came 26th. In the Youth D section Adam Smith came 13th, Michael Rees 24th and Tomas Gibson 31st. As a team their combined score placed them in 6th position. Lois Martin came 31st, Natalie Andrew 37th and Katie Heape 44th which gave them a team position of 8th. In the youngest category, Youth E, Dario Kan earned a very impressive 4th place.

07 & 08 May - Beckenham International Open

Thirteen swimmers from the club took part in the two day Beckenham 2011 International Open Meet at Crystal Palace Sports Centre. During the weekend George Brown, 11, gained a gold medal in the 400m freestyle event and bronze medals in the 100m breaststroke, 200m freestyle and 200m backstroke races and April Hedges, 10, earned a gold medal in the 200m backstroke event. Ross James, Charlie Carr, Samuel Rees, Lois Martin, Killian Courtney, George Brown, Joe Phillpott-Clark, Alfie Brown & April Hedges finished in the top 10 in one or more of their events. There were also strong performances from Natalie Andrew, Chris Carr, Adam Smith and Nathan Eves.

George Brown, Ross James, Lois Martin and Nathan Eves all gained Regional Qualifying times.

Adam Smith; Alfie Brown; April Hedges; Charlotte Carr; Christopher Carr; George Brown; Joseph Phillpott-Clark; Killian Courtney; Lois Martin; Natalie Andrew; Nathan Eves; Ross James; Samuel Rees

07-May - S&C win Premier League

It was a very busy weekend for Sutton & Cheam Swimming Club with swimmers taking part in 3 separate events.

Team captains Sam Rees and Rosie Heape with the Premier League Trophy

Saturday evening saw the club winning the Hants and South Coast Premier League. The team took first, second or third place in 41 of the 51 races and finished a fantastic 32 ½ points ahead of the second place team, Worthing.

Performances in the relays were particularly pleasing, the club taking first place in 6 of the 10 relay events, and all 4 of the Under 11 relays, a good sign for the future.

Winning Team!

Youth Coach, Helen Andrews, said that "she was extremely proud of the whole team".

Congratulations to Josh & Nathan Eves, Pavel Zabarsky, Lucy Cammock and Joseph Lenihan; all representing the club in a team gala for the first time; and all taking top spot in at least one individual or relay event.

Team: Emily Vandrau, Lucy Cammock, Joseph Lenihan, Pavel Zabarsky, April Hedges, Daisy Meffan, Dario Kan, Tomas Gibson, Joshua Eves, Katie Heape, Rebecca Salter, Adam Smith, Joe Phillpott-Clark, Danielle Carbery, Georgina Bourley, Nathan Eves, Samuel Rees, Charlie Carr and Rosie Heape.

10-Apr - Under 21 Girls top the London League table

Sutton & Cheam's Junior Girls got the London League season off to a winning start, emulating the performance of the boys.

In the first game against Mid Sussex, Sutton & Cheam shot to a 4-0 lead before taking the foot off the pedal winning 5-2 with goals from Louise Bampton (3), Alice Rogers (1) and Brooke Tafazolli (1).

With only 8 players, it was always going to be tough against Beckenham and Sutton & Cheam soon found themselves 0-3 down. However, a tremendous fight back and goals from Brooke Tafazolli and Eve Tidy reduced the score to 2-4 by half time. Two goals from Alice Rogers then levelled the score early in the second half before Sutton went into the lead for the first time with a screamer from Brooke Tafazolli from long range. The teams then traded goals Beckenham levelling to 5-5, another Brooke Tafazolli goal to make it 6-5, yet another from Beckenham to level it at 6-6 until the final two minutes when Sutton & Cheam's superior fitness finally began to show through with goals from Eve Tidy and Alice Rogers to make it an 8-6 win for Sutton & Cheam. A tremendous performance which was a credit to both teams.

Ferne O'Brien played a 'blinder' in goal and Nicole Barron, Reanna Howells and Sophie Ovens contributing to a solid defensive performance, ably marshalled by Brooke Tazazolli. It was also great to see Sophie Ovens back from uni, fortunately enabling her to play.

The team: Nicole Barron, Louise Bampton, Alice Rogers, Brooke Tafazolli, Eve Tidy, Reanna Howells, Ferne O'Brien, Sophie Ovens.

09 & 10 April - Bexley Open

14 swimmers qualified for the Bexley Open on Saturday and returned from Crystal Palace with 2 medals, a lot of near misses and a hatful of Regional Qualifying times.

George Brown took first place in the Boys Age 11 400m Freestyle, with Michael Rees taking the silver in the Boys Age 10 200m Backstroke.

George and Michael just missed out on medals in the 200m IM, 200m Freestyle, 400m IM and 100m Freestyle, finishing in 4th place.

Waiting for the start!
S&C swimmers between races
More importantly however, Charlie Carr; George Brown, Harry Brown, Lois Martin, Michael Rees, Rosie Heape and Nathan Eves made 16 Regional Qualifying times between them, whilst Natalie Andrew, Charlie Carr and Danielle Carbery only narrowly missed out.

Swimmers: Alfie Brown; Charlotte Carr; Christopher Carr; Daisy Meffan; Danielle Carbery; George Brown; Harry Brown; Joseph Phillpott-Clark; Katie Heape; Lois Martin; Michael Rees; Natalie Andrew; Nathan Eves; Rosie Heape.

03-Apr - Junior Boys unbeaten

Sutton & Cheam's Junior Boys team got the League season underway with 2 wins and a draw at Whitgift on Sunday.

The first match against Watford ended in a 5-5 draw with 4 goals from Joe Worland and another from Jacob Tidy though the game may have to be replayed for technical reasons.
Sutton & Cheam made no mistake in the second game beating Sussex 5-0 with Josh Miller (2), Tom Phillpott-Clark (1), Jack Miller (1) and Jacob Tidy (1) getting the goals.

In the third game against Basingstoke, Jacob Tidy (3), Jack Miller (2), Josh Miller (2) and Callum Donoghue (2) contributed the goals in a 9-4 victory.

Dylan Smith performed his usual heroics in goal and James De Brunner used his swimming speed to great effect in quick counters and covering breaks. The club also used the game to give some of their younger players the experience of playing against better opposition and Alfie Brown, Sam Rees and Lloyd Nielsen all came through with flying colours

At the end of the first round Sutton & Cheam top the table.

Team: Dylan Smith; Sam Rees; Jacob Tidy; Lloyd Nielsen; Jack Miller; Tom Phillpott-Clark; Josh Miller; Joe Worland; Callum Donoghue; James De Brunner; Alfie Brown

02-Apr Inter Counties Under 16 Girls Water Polo

In the Under 16 Girls competition, with only 7 players and no reserves, Surrey's Under 16 girls team including Sutton's Brooke Tafazolli, Nicole Barron, Eve Tidy and Ferne O'Brien, was always going to be up against it.

The first game against a strong full-strength Sussex side was always going to be the decider and Surrey did well to hang on until conceding the winning goal in the final minute of the game as they ran out of steam, Sussex winning 4-3.

In the final game against Hampshire, Surrey ran out easy winners 12-1, easily enough to give them second place in the Championships.

Special congratulations are due to Ferne O'Brien on gaining her first county 'cap'.

02-Apr Inter Counties Under 14 Water Polo

Sutton & Cheam's Alfie Brown was on top form for Surrey County in the Inter Counties Under 14 Water Polo competition, held at Whitgift School on Saturday.

However, despite Alfie top-scoring for Surrey with 7 goals in their 12-5 win over Hampshire and a fighting 5-5 draw with Sussex, Surrey only managed to finish overall second on goal difference to Sussex.

Matt in Squad for 2012

Matt Holland

Sutton and Cheam's Matt Holland has been given the opportunity to fulfill his ambition and represent Great Britain at the London Olympics in 2012.

Great Britains entry to the Water Polo competition has been confirmed and Matt is in the Squad that will form the basis for the teams selection for the event.

Matt is currently training in Eindhoven but will be back in May to train with his Sutton team mates before heading abroad again in August to continue his preparations for the London Games.

If selected, Matt will be the latest in a long line of Sutton and Cheam Olympians stretching back over the Club's 60+ years of competing.

Saturday 2nd April - Inter District Primary School Championships

Following the club's highly successful raid on the London Borough of Sutton Primary School Swimming Championships back in February which resulted in club swimmers taking 12 of the 14 borough titles on offer, 10 Sutton & Cheam swimmers were subsequently selected to represent Sutton Schools in the Surrey Schools Primary Inter District Championships held on Saturday at Guildford.

April Hedges, Lois Martin, George Brown, Michael Rees, Dario Kan and Rebecca Salter all returned with medals.

Between events at Guildford

April Hedges won gold in the Girls Under 10 breaststroke. Silver Medals went to Lois Martin (Girls Under 111 Butterfly); George Brown, (Boys Under 11 freestyle); Michael Rees, (Boys Under 11 backstroke), whilst Dario Kan won a well-earned bronze medal in the Boys Under 10 backstroke.

To crown a great day, the girls Under 11 Medley Relay Team containing Rebecca Salter, April Hedges and Lois Martin took another excellent bronze in a close fought race. The Under 11 boys Medley Relay team with George Brown, Michael Rees and Robert Nolan on board, just missed out on a medal finishing in 4th place.

The Sutton Team were invited to a Civic Reception in their honour at the London Borough of Sutton Civic Offices.

Sutton & Cheam swimmers with Mayor of Sutton, Councillor Margaret Court

Michael Rees, George Brown, April Hedges and Lois Martin have all been selected to represent Surrey Schools in the annual Surrey vs Kent Primary Schools Championships in Sevenoaks on May 13th.

Team: April Hedges, Lois Martin, Rebecca Salter, Katie Heape, Charlotte O'Sullivan, George Brown, Michael Rees, Dario Kan, Robert Noland, and Joshua Eves.

01-Apr Inter District Seconday Schools Gala Surrey v Kent

Following their excellent performances in the Secondary School Individual Championships earlier in the year, five Sutton & Cheam swimmers were subsequently selected to represent Surrey Schools in the annual Inter County Division Eleven Secondary Schools Championships, held in Sevenoaks on Friday.

Many congratulations to Brooke Tafazolli, Ace Taylor, Jacob Tidy and James De Brunner, who helped Surrey Schools to a comfortable victory over Kent Schools.

26 March 2011 - Surrey Relay Silvers for Sutton & Cheam Swimmers

Relay races are always a good measure of a club's strength in depth and Sutton & Cheam's swimmers ended the Surrey Age Group Championships on a high note in the Surrey Relays winning two silver medals, the first since 2005, and the best performance in over a decade. With a further 5 teams finishing in top 8 places, coaches can be well pleased with the swimmers' progress.

The Boys 9-11 4x50m team of Michael Rees, Adam Smith, William Ward and George Brown took silver in both the freestyle and medley relays; a superb performance particularly as Michael got off his sickbed to help his team and contemplate what might have been had Michael been anything like his usual self, the boys missing out on the gold spot by less that half a second in the freestyle relay and 1 second in the medley.
GO! Silver medal winning team in action
Girls 9-11 'A'Team
The Girls 9-11 team of Lois Martin, April Hedges, Natalie Andrew and Danielle Carbery also swam beyond themselves to earn 5th place in the Medley Relay and 6th place in the Freestyle Relay, both within just 3 seconds of a place on the podium; a great effort.
In the Girls 9-11 4x50m Medley Relay, Sutton & Cheam's second team of Rebecca Salter, Katie Heape, Daisy Meffan and Charlotte O'Sullivan, swam incredibly to finish ahead of 8 'A' Teams from other Surrey clubs, gaining invaluable experience.
Girls 9-11 'B' Team
Boys 9-11 'B'Team
Similarly, the Boys 9-11 4x50m Freestyle Relay second team of Tomas Gibson, Declan Courtney, Joseph Lenihan and Dario Kan, beat 5 club 'A' teams in the process; made all the more remarkable as they were all swimming in their first Surrey Championships.

There were further top 8 places for the Girls Under 16 4x100m Medley Relay Team of Nicole Barron, Charlie Carr, Brooke Tafazolli and Rosie Heape, finishing 7th; the Boys 16 & Over 4x100m Medley Relay Team of Chris Carr, Rob Mason, Jacob Tidy and Elliot Kimber, finishing 8th; whilst James DeBrunner, Elliott Kimber, Rob Mason and Jacob Tidy took a well-earned 6th place in the Boys 4x200m Freestyle Relay Team.

Chief Coach Jim with Girls Under 16 Team
Boys 12-13 Team

Although finishing in 10th spot, the club's Boys 12-13 4x50m Freestyle Relay team of Alfie Brown, Joe Phillpott-Clark, Sam Rees and Ross James showed just how competitive the racing is, finishing just 3 seconds off a medal place.

The Boys Under 16 4x100 Relay team of Jake Meffan, Killian Courtney, James DeBrunner and Harry Brown just missed out on top 8 placing finishing 9th and 10th respectively in the Medley and Freestyle events, whilst the Girls Under 16 girls with Eve Tidy on board for the 4x100m Freestyle Relay finished a commendable 11th.

Overall, the club's finished the Surrey Age Group Championships in 9th place in the Medals Table with 35 medals (6 Gold, 17 Silver and 12 Bronze) and 9th place in the Points Trophy.

25 March - Golden Hat Trick for Isaac Tidy

Representing Sutton Grammar School, Sutton & Cheam's Isaac Tidy swam brilliantly to earn himself a hat trick of gold medals in the Inter Borough Schools Disability gala, held at Westcroft Leisure Centre on Friday.

Isaac won the Year 7/8 66.6 m Freestyle, Backstroke and Breaststroke event, all by fairly comfortable margins.

Well done Isaac!

19 & 20 March - Record Medal Total for Sutton & Cheam

Sutton & Cheam's swimmers finished off the Surrey Age Group Individual Championships over the weekend, adding 9 further medals (5 silver, 4 bronze) to the 24 already won.

Nine year-old April Hedges took two silver medals in the 200m Freestyle and Individual Medley events; a feat duplicated by 10 year-old Michael Rees in the same events. George Brown (11) added another silver in the 200m Individual Medley and bronze in the 200m Freestyle; and James Debrunner (15) added three more bronze medals in the 200m Individual medley, 200m Freestyle and 100m Backstroke events.

This brought the overall medal tally in the Surrey Championships to 33, the highest annual total of individual medals since records began, showing the huge strides the club has made under coaches Jim Walker and Helen Andrews.

It was this big!

There were also close calls for Ross James and Brooke Tafazolli, both finishing 4th in the 100m Freestyle and Butterfly respectively and an excellent 5th place for Lois Martin (11), also in the 100m Butterfly.

Sutton's swimmers totalled 22 finals between them with a further 7 reserve finalists. Finishing in 10th spot in the qualifying round, 19 year-old Rob Mason took real advantage of this when two swimmers above him in qualification dropped out of the final, where Rob knocked well over a second off his qualifying time to place him overall 6th; a great effort.

In the overall BAGCAT Awards; April Hedges and Michael Rees both finished in a superb 2nd place in the Girls Age 9 and Boys Age 10 categories with George Brown (11) not far behind in 3rd. 12 year-old Ross James finished in an excellent 6th place with Daisy Meffan, Adam Smith, William Ward and Alfie Brown just missing out on top 10 places.

Some of our BAGCAT stars!

Overall, the club sits in 9th place in the medals table with 6 Gold, 15 Silver and 12 Bronze Medals. In the points trophy, which gives an indication of the overall strength of the club by assigning points to top 8 swimmers in each event, the club also sits in an excellent 9th place, one up from last year's 10th.


Natalie Andrew, Nicole Barron, Alfie Brown, George Brown, Harry Brown, Danielle Carbery, Charlie Carr, Chris Carr, James DeBrunner, Rosie Heape, April Hedges, Reanna Howells, Ross James, Elliot Kimber, Lois Martin, Rob Mason, Daisy Meffan, Jake Meffan, Joe Phillpott-Clark, Michael Rees, Adam Smith, Brooke Tafazolli, Ace Taylor, Jacob Tidy, William Ward.

Now for the Relays!

13 March - Sutton & Cheam at the South East Biathlon Championships

Our young Biathlon Stars!

21 Sutton & Cheam Swimmers proved they have extra talents at the weekend when they took part in the South East Biathlon Championships at Medway Park Leisure Centre in Gillingham. The regional event not only required a strong swimming ability but also tested out the swimmers on the running track.

Lots to smile about!

At the end of the day the club emerged with eleven top 6 places. Of the eleven, the nine older members can now go forward to represent the club at National Level at the British Biathlon Championships in Birmingham in May.

Dario Kan took 1st place and Emily Vandrau took 4th place in the Youth E category for 10 year olds. Adam Smith was 4th and Michael Rees 5th in the Youth D section for 11/ 12 year olds. Ross James was 3rd and Rosie Heape 4th in the Youth C section for 13/14 year olds and Chris Carr was 3rd, Jake Meffan 4th and James De Brunner 5th in the Youth B section for 15/16 year olds.

Keep Going!

Imogen Smith took 2nd place and Erin Andrew 3rd place in the minimus category for the youngest competitors but will have to wait until next year to be old enough to compete at National Level.

Three of Sutton & Cheam's teams also won the right to compete at the National Competition. The Youth B team of Chris Carr, James De Brunner and Jake Meffan took the top spot in their category, the Youth D team of Tomas Gibson, Michael Rees and Adam Smith came second in their section and the Youth D team of Natalie Andrew, Katie Heape and Lois Martin finished in 3rd place.

The 3 Biathloneers!

Other competitors were Natalie Andrew (14th), Harry Brown (11th), Georgina Bourley (34th), Charlie Carr (9th), Tomas Gibson (13th), Katie Heape (18th), Lois Martin (10th), Daisy Meffan (23rd), Samuel Rees (11th), and Elise Smith (27th).

6 March - April stars in the Surrey Sprints

Over 20 Sutton & Cheam swimmers descended on Crystal Palace on Sunday for the Surrey County Age Group Sprint Championships and added another 7 medals to the club's 2011 collection.

There were 7 Sutton & Cheam swimmers, sitting on the wall!

Star of the show was 9 year-old April Hedges with two gold medals in the 50m backstroke and butterfly, a silver in the breaststroke and another bronze in the freestyle. William Ward took another silver in the Boys age 11, 50m breaststroke; whilst 10 year-old Michael Rees added two more bronze medals in the 50m butterfly and backstroke events.

... and if 5 Sutton & Cheam swimmers should accidentally fall!
A Happy Michael!

However, that wasn't the full story as Michael Rees, Nicole Barron and Joe Phillpott-Clark all had very near misses finishing in 4th spot, whilst Ross James, Adam Smith, George Brown, Natalie Andrew, Lois Martin, Brooke Tafazolli and Rosie Heape all reached finals. With a whole hatful of personal bests and Regional qualifying times, coaches were well pleased with the day's efforts.

Come on Sutton & Cheam!

Five swimmers remain in top 10 places in the BAGCAT Awards: April Hedges (2), Michael Rees (2), George Brown (3), Ross James (4) and William Ward (9); with Natalie Andrew (12), Joe Phillpott-Clark (12), Alfie Brown (13), Daisy Meffan (14) and Adam Smith (15) not far behind.

Isn't it amazing how the same people always get in the photo!

With 24 medals in total (6 gold, 10 silver and 8 bronze), the club remains in 9th place in the overall table and has already overtaken last year's 22 medal haul with two weekends still to go.

Qualifiers: Ace Taylor, Adam Smith, Alfie Brown, April Hedges, Brooke Tafazolli, Daisy Meffan, Danielle Carbery, Elliot Kimber, Eve Tidy, George Brown, Jacob Tidy, Joe Phillpott-Clark, Lois Martin, Michael Rees, Natalie Andrew, Nicole Barron, Rebecca Salter, Rob Mason, Rosie Heape, Ross James, Samuel Rees, William Ward.

5 March - Sutton's Junior Boys miss out on National Water Polo Finals

With only two teams to go through to the finals; with two of the top seeds in their round robin clash and with players missing, Sutton & Cheam's Junior Boys water polo team were always up against it in the National Championships qualifying competition at Liverpool Aquatic Centre on Saturday. However, the team did all that was asked of them in finishing in 3rd place.

In the first game against Welsh Wanderers, Sutton & Cheam were 3-0 up at half time thanks to goals by Josh Miller, Jack Miller and Jacob Tidy, and cruised to a 5-2 victory at full time, with a goal from William Jackson and another from Jacob Tidy. Alex Sutton played a blinder in goal.

In the second game against top seeds Lancaster, Sutton were 1-4 down by half time, though Sutton played a lot better than the score suggests, squandering their own chances with Josh Miller skimming the left post and Jacob Tidy hitting the cross bar. However, despite three well-taken goals by William Jackson in the second half, Lancaster went further ahead; the final score 9-4 to Lancaster who fully deserved their top seed billing. Alex Sutton again excelled in goal with tremendous defensive performances by Joe Worland and Tom Phillpott-Clark in particular.

In the third game against third seeds Dunfermline, Sutton again found themselves 3-6 behind at half time, with goals from William Jackson, and two from Jack Miller, who unfortunately conceded his third major foul early in the second half and played no further part in the game. However, Ace Taylor, James McFarlane and James Debrunner (who are all eligible to play in the same age group next year), admirably filled the gap with a superb defensive display, which limited Dunfermline to only 2 second half goals. Dunfermline finally ran out winners 8-4, a scoreline which slightly flattered, as Sutton never got 'the rub of the green".

With only pride left to play for, Sutton raced to a 6-2 half-time lead in their final game against Exeter with goals from Josh Miller (2) and 4 long-range shots from brother Jack. The score could have been even higher as Jack hit the post with a lob, William Jackson forced the Exeter keeper into a fine save and Jacob Tidy narrowly missed from close range. In the second half however, Sutton's team lost its way and some naïve defending allowed Exeter back into the game with three unanswered goals to put the scoreline 6-5 to Sutton. With momentum lost, this could have been even worse as Alex Sutton was forced into a string of great saves. Jacob Tidy then stole an excellent goal to make it 7-5 but Exeter struck back almost immediately to make it 7-6. Sutton had enough chances to increase the score with off-target efforts from Jacob Tidy, Ace Taylor and Jack Miller but with only seconds remaining, Sutton conceded a penalty which was converted to make it 7-7 at full-time.

Although slightly disappointing, the team played a very spirited game and gained valuable experience which will serve them well in the future. Coach Dave Andrews classed the performance "an honourable defeat".

The Team: Alex Sutton, William Jackson, Jacob Tidy, James McFarlane, Jack Miller, Tom Phillpott-Clark, Josh Miller, Joe Worland, James DeBrunner, Ace Taylor

26 & 27 February - More Medals in the Surrey Championships

At the second weekend of the Surrey Age Group Championships, Sutton & Cheam swimmers added a spectacular total of 14 more medals to the gold, silver and bronze won at the long distance events during the first weekend.

With a huge display of its strength in depth EIGHT of the Clubs swimmers have already won medals at this year's Championships and its only weekend Two!

On Saturday, April Hedges swam superbly to win gold in the 9 year old 200m backstroke and silver in the 100m Individual Medley. Excellent performances by James DeBrunner gave him gold in the 15 year old 200m butterfly and bronze in the 400m freestyle; Michael Rees took silver in the 10 year old 400m Freestyle and bronze in the 200m breaststroke; William Ward won silver in the 11 year old 200m breaststroke and George Brown gained bronze in the 11 year old 400m freestyle.


On Sunday, Michael Rees excelled to take gold in the 200m backstroke, together with a silver in the 100m Individual Medley; James DeBrunner added two more silver medals in the 400m Individual Medley and 200m backstroke; April Hedges won silver in the 200m breaststroke and George Brown bronze in the 200m backstroke.

Overall, the club had eighteen swimmers who had earned the right to compete at the Championships last weekend. As well as the above were Natalie Andrew, Alfie Brown, Harry Brown, Charlie Carr, Ross James, Lois Martin, Daisy Meffan, Jake Meffan, Joe Phillpott-Clark, Adam Smith, Ace Taylor, Eve Tidy and Jacob Tidy.


Almost all the swimmers beat their entry times by substantial margins which was particularly pleasing to coaches Jim Walker and Helen Andrews. Thirteen of the swimmers finished in a top 8 position in one or more of their events and most of the swimmers achieved Regional Qualification times.

Some of the swimmers on poolside  with coaches Helen and Jim

Six swimmers are currently in top 10 places in the BAGCAT Awards: Michael Rees (2nd), April Hedges (2nd), George Brown (3rd), Ross James (6th), Natalie Andrew (9th) and William Ward (10th).

The club stands 7th in the Team Points combined score and 8th in the Overall medals table. With 17 medals in the bag so far, the club is well on the way to overhauling last year's total medal haul of 22.

19 & 20 February - Great Start to the Surrey Championships

Gold Medallist!
Sutton & Cheam's Ross James opened his account in spectacular style at the Surrey Age Group Championships over the weekend to take the gold medal in the Boys 12 years 800 Metre Freestyle event. Ross swam a very mature race, 7seconds behind the leader at the halfway stage; he swam the second 400m faster than the first to take over the gold medal spot in the last 100m of this gruelling event.

Not to be outdone, his teammates James DeBrunner and Harry Brown soon joined him on the podium with silver and bronze medals respectively in the 15-year Age Group, with Alfie Brown just missing out on the medals finishing in 4th place in the 13 years event.

Harry & James on the podium
Natalie Andrew, swimming in only her second 800 metres race, finished in a creditable 6th place. Natalie showed her potential by swimming the second half 4 seconds faster than the first, beating her PB by an impressive 20 seconds.In the 1500m event, Ross James, Alfie Brown and James DeBrunner just missed out on the medals finishing 4th whilst Harry Brown finished 6th.

4 of our swimmers - Sorry Natalie! Where were you?

With 3 medals and 9 top 8 places after the first weekend, the club is currently lying in 7th place in the team points competition and 9th place in the overall medals table.

A great start to the Surreys!

12 & 13 February - Sutton players in Inter Region Youth Girls Win

Winning London Region Team

Three of Sutton's junior girls teamed up with players from Beckenham and Croydon over the weekend to help London Region to victory in Division 2 of the ASA Inter-Regional Championships held at Walsall; gaining promotion for next year.

In the first game against the team from the Eastern Region, the London Team, coached by Sutton & Cheam parent Simon Tidy, controlled the game from the outset and the result never looked in doubt. Sutton's Brooke Tafazolli picked up her 3rd major right at the beginning of the final quarter and the team struggled a little with no subs. However, Sutton teammate Reanna Howells scored with 5 lobs in the last quarter and the team went on to win 22-12, with 16 of the goals coming from Sutton's Reanna Howells (6), Brooke Tafazolli (5) and Eve Tidy (5).

The second round against Wales was totally one-sided with London finishing up 39-4 winners. Eve Tidy weighed in with 6 goals, while Brooke and Reanna added another 7 between them. This could probably have been more but Brooke and Eve also shared goalkeeping duties with Croydon's Mhairi Nurthen.

The strength of Sutton's juniors showed in their final game against West Midlands. London started poorly and the team was 2-0 down in the first couple of minutes. A strong fight back narrowed the score to 2-3 at the end of the first quarter and London took the lead for the first time in the second quarter, which ended 6-5 at half time.

Quarter 3 was a very tight affair, taking 6 minutes before anybody scored. However, with London pressing the opposition tightly, West Midlands were restricted to a single shot on goal though unfortunately, London's shooting was wayward and several good chances were squandered, the quarter finishing 7-6.

In the final quarter, the London team's superior strength, speed and fitness showed through. With the London's team's continuing tactic of pressing the opposition hard without fouling, the West Midland's attack was completely stifled and after 3 fairly tense quarters, London went right away in the final quarter to win 13-7, with Sutton's players contributing 10 of the 13 goals (Brooke 4, Eve 4, Reanna 2).

Overall, the London Team was the team of the tournament and grew in confidence over the weekend. Eve, Reanna and Brooke all finished on the 'hot shot' list and Brooke was made MVP for the London Region Team, not only for her goal-scoring contribution but also for her play-making performance and solid defence, breaking up attack after attack.

Amazingly all of the girls can play again next year, and some for several more years. Coach Simon Tidy was delighted with the girls' performance and is already looking forward to next year in Division 1.

The team: Brooke Tafazolli, Eve Tidy, Reanna Howells (Sutton & Cheam); Emily Grant, Juliet Edey, Matilda Williams (Beckenham), Mhairi Nurthen, Jai-Ping Lee, Jai-Mei Lee (Croydon Amphibians)

10 February - Sutton & Cheam at the Surrey Schools Championships

Sutton & Cheam swimmers, representing their Secondary Schools, continued the Club's successful 2011 run when they competed at the Surrey Schools Individual Championships held on 27 January (girls) and 10 February (boys) at Trinity School, Croydon. Between them the swimmers bagged an impressive 8 Surrey Schools medals.

The two stars of the show were Ross James who won gold in the lower junior 100m breaststroke and Ace Taylor who took the gold medal in the senior 100m breaststroke.
William Ward (lower junior 100m breaststroke) swam superbly to claim silver, whilst Natalie Andrew (lower junior 100m breaststroke), Nicole Barron (intermediate 100m backstroke), Danielle Carbery (lower junior 100m individual medley), James De Brunner (intermediate 100m butterfly) and Jacob Tidy (intermediate 100m backstroke) all claimed well deserved bronze medals.

Ellie James, Eve Tidy, Rosie Heape and Adam Smith all had near misses and it was good to see ex club member Matt Amis back in action taking silver to Ace Taylor's gold.

The swimmers are now waiting to hear if they will be selected to represent Surrey Schools at the Inter County Gala in early April.

08 February - Record entry for the Surrey Age Group Championships

Surrey Age Group Championships

The Club has just finalised its entries for the 2011 Surrey County Championships and can report that we have swimmers entered in a record number of 166 events.

Well done to all the swimmers concerned, to Top Squad Coach Jim Walker and Youth Squad Coach Helen Andrews for all their hard work.

The Championships start at the end of February (26th / 27th) with events at the Guildford Spectrum.

Qualifying Swimmers:

Alfie Brown George Brown
Harry Brown Chris Carr
James Debrunner Ross James
Elliot Kimber Rob Mason
Jake Meffan Joe Phillpott-Clark
Michael Rees Sam Rees
Adam Smith Ace Taylor
Jacob Tidy William Ward
Natalie Andrew Nicole Barron
Danielle Carbery Charly Carr
Rosie Heape April Hedges
Reanna Howells Lois Martin
Daisy Meffan Rebecca Salter
Brooke Tafazolli Eve Tidy

05 February - Sutton & Cheam's juniors take the Borough Championships by storm


Saturday saw another highly successful evening for Sutton & Cheam Swimming Club. Club swimmers, representing their schools, turned up in force for the London Borough of Sutton Primary School Swimming Championships held at Cheam Leisure Centre and won an impressive 12 of the 14 Borough titles to be decided. With the Senior Borough Championships held in November last year, this means club swimmers currently hold 26 Borough titles between them.

The Borough Champions are April Hedges who won the girls year 4/5 freestyle, breaststroke and backstroke events; Lois Martin who won the girls year 6 freestyle and backstroke events along with the year 4/5/6 butterfly; Michael Rees who won the boys year 6 freestyle, breaststroke and the year 4/5/6 butterfly; George Brown who won the boys year 6 backstroke event; Katie Heape who took the girls year 6 breaststroke and Dario Kan who won the boys year 4/5 freestyle.

The Championship was also run as a graded meet and not content with 12 borough titles, Sutton & Cheam are also proud of their other medallists. Grade 1 silver medals went to Daisy Meffan (2), April Hedges, Rebecca Salter, George Brown (3), Joseph Lenihan and Michael Rees, with bronze medals for Katie Heape, Rebecca Salter and Robert Nolan.

Grade 2 golds medals went to Dario Kan, Erin Andrew, Imogen Smith, Oliver Griffiths, Rachel Goodsell, Rebecca Salter and Robert Nolan; Grade 2 silver medals for Dario Kan, Emily Vandrau, Isabelle Mettan Ure, Joseph Lenihan, Lucy Pearson(2) and Rebecca Salter with Grade 2 bronze medals for Isabelle Mettan Ure, John Sawyers, Kieran Rutter and Lucy Cammock.

Similarly Elise Smith, Kieran Rutter, Luke Laidlaw, Dario Kan, Oliver Griffiths all won Grade 3 gold medals with silvers for Charlotte O'Sullivan, Declan Courtney, Melanie Rodrigues, Rachel Goodsell, Richard Jarvis and Robert Nolan; and bronze medals for Declan Courtney, Isabelle Mettan Ure, John Sawyers, Joseph Lenihan and Luke Laidlaw (2).

In all 26 swimmers took 59 medals though there were also some very near misses for Charlotte O'Sullivan, Daisy Meffan Robert Nolan, Lauren O'Sullivan, Emily Vandrau, sisters Imogen and Elise Smith, Katie Heape, Lucy Pearson and Abigail Fraser, who all achieved Grade 1 times but unfortunately finishing just out of the top 3, were just too fast to win Grade 2 medals.

Particularly pleasing were the Girls Year 6 freestyle and backstroke events with club swimmers taking 7 of the top 9 places; and the Boys year 4/5 breaststroke and backstroke events, with club swimmers taking 7 of the top 10 places, again showing the improving 'strength in depth' of the club.

A great night for Sutton & Cheam!

22 January - Club Presentation Night!

Sutton & Cheam Swimming Club held their annual presentation evening at the weekend to recognise the outstanding achievements of their members in 2010.

Fred Andrews, a club member for over 40 years and President for the past 16, was awarded the prestigious London Region Aquaforce Award for Long Service. Alice Rogers, Junior Swimming Squad & Water Polo coach, gained the London Region Aquaforce Award for an outstanding contribution by an 18 to 25 year old. Matt Holland gained the London Region Aquaforce Award for the Athlete of the year for his considerable achievements in Water Polo.

Terry Bolton, Honorary Life Member, was presented with a club tie to mark his contribution to the club over the past 50 years.

Ron Moore, Fred Andrews & Terry Bolton

The trophies were presented by the Club President, Fred Andrews (Centre), and Ron Moore (left), Honorary Life Vice President, himself a member for 68 years. Terry (right) is also shown proudly wearing his new tie. This trio between them have served the Club for over 150 years and is testament to the Club’s stability and success.

The Club Championships, held between October and December 2010, involved swimmers competing in up to 18 events.

The age group winners were:

Declan Courtney & April Hedges (Under 10), George Brown/ William Ward & Natalie Andrew (Under 12), Alfie Brown & Charlie Carr (Under 14) and James De Brunner & Eve Tidy (Under 16).

The Club Championship Trophy winners were:

Natalie Andrew (U12 100m IM, U12 1 length breaststroke), Nicole Barron (Open 800m freestyle, Open 400m freestyle, Open 200m backstroke, U16 100m backstroke), Alfie Brown (U14 100m freestyle, U14 100m backstroke, U14 100m breaststroke, U14 100m IM), George Brown (U12 1 length freestyle), Harry Brown (U16 100m IM), Danielle Carbery (U12 1 length freestyle, U12 1 length fly), Charlie Carr (U14 100m backstroke, U14 100m breaststroke), Chris Carr (U16 100m freestyle), Declan Courtney (U10 100m IM), James De Brunner (Open 1500m freestyle, Open 800m freestyle, Open 400IM, open 200m fly, U16 100m backstroke, U16 100m fly), Rosie Heape (U14 100m freestyle, U14 100m IM), April Hedges (U10 100m IM, U10 1 length freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke & fly), Rebecca Hedges (Open 200m fly, Open 100m backstroke, Open 100m fly), Reanna Howells (U16 100m freestyle), Joseph Lenihan (U10 I length freestyle, U10 1 length fly), Lois Martin (U12 1 length backstroke), Rob Mason (Open 100m fly), Jake Meffan (U16 100m breaststroke), Kieran Rutter (U10 1 length backstroke, U10 1 length breaststroke), Brooke Tafazolli (Open 400IM, Open 200m freestyle), Ace Taylor (Open 200m breaststroke, Open 100m breaststroke), Eve Tidy (Open 1500m freestyle, open 200IM, Open 200m breaststroke, U16 100m breaststroke, U16 100m IM), Jacob Tidy (Open 400m freestyle, Open 200IM, Open 200m freestyle, Open 200m backstroke, Open 100m freestyle, Open 100m backstroke, Open 100m IM), William Ward (U12 100m IM, U12 1 length backstroke, breaststroke & fly)

The Club Championship medal winners were:

Erin Andrew, Natalie Andrew, Nicole Barron, Charlie Carr, Danielle Carbery, Clara Gibson, Rosie Heape, April Hedges, Rebecca Hedges, Reanna Howells, Ellie James, Maddison Kameta, Lois Martin, Terri Martin, Daisy Meffan, Charlotte O’Sullivan, Rebecca Salter, Imogen Smith, Brooke Tafazolli, Olivia Taylor, Eve Tidy, Emily Vandrau, Juliette Williamson

Alfie Brown, George Brown, Harry Brown, Chris Carr, Declan Courtney, Killian Courtney, James De Brunner, Ross James, Elliot Kimber, Joseph Lenihan, Rob Mason, Jake Meffan, Louis Meffan, Joe Phillpott-Clark, Michael Rees, Samuel Rees, Ian Rooke, Kieran Rutter, Adam Smith, Ace Taylor, Jacob Tidy, William Ward

On the boy’s side, the Merit trophy for outstanding achievement in 2010 was awarded to Michael Rees and the Endeavour trophy for outstanding effort to Jake Meffan. For the girls, Brooke Tafazolli was awarded the Merit trophy and Juliette Williamson the Endeavour trophy. The Mick Helps trophy for achievement beyond the club was awarded to George Brown.

The evening was a great success and showed the strength of the club during 2010. The members are now looking forward to 2011 and already have a record number of entries for the upcoming Surrey county championships.

16-Jan - Superb Performance by Junior Girls

With an average age of just 16, Sutton & Cheam's junior girls performed very creditably against Senior British Water Polo League opposition in the recent London League Women's Senior Division.

A slow start in the opening game, gave Mid Sussex a 5-0 lead but far from giving way under pressure, the youngsters fought back strongly in the second half to close the gap to 3-6 with goals from Alice Rogers, Brooke Tafazolli and Joann Simpson.

Against Beckenham, the juniors ran out comfortable 5-2 winners thanks to a hat-trick from Alice Rogers, and further goals from Eve Tidy and Louise Bampton.

In the final game against BWPL's 'Penguin, the team played above themselves to hold Penguin to 2-1 at half time but Penguin's superior strength and experience proved too much in the second half with 4 unanswered goals to win 6-1. Sutton had scoring chances but their shooting was off target, hitting the crossbar twice. However, the team played well and the 6-1 score line was not truly reflective of the performance.

It was a similar story in the second tournament with Beckenham racing to a 3-1 half time lead before Sutton took control in the second half with 5 goals to win 6-5.

In the final game the team again played above themselves with Brooke Tafazollli, Ferne O'Brien, Nicole Barron and Reanna Howells putting up a spirited defence and the team was just 2-3 down at half time. However, two more goals in the second half gave Mid Sussex a 5-2 victory.

Overall, the team showed great spirit and was never overawed by older and more experienced opposition. To finish their first venture into senior polo with the match statistics Played 6, Won 3, Lost 3, was testament to their spirit and fitness, and above all, a great team effort.

15 & 16 January - More Success at the Brighton Open

Sutton & Cheam swimmers got 2011 off to a great start at the Brighton Open with 25 medals (9 gold, 11 silver and 5 bronze) and 50 top 8 placings over the weekend.

Top of the tree was Michael Rees with 3, gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals followed closely by April Hedges with 3 gold and 2 silver, and George Brown with 2 gold, 3 silver and a bronze. Lois Martin took gold and 2 silvers; Natalie Andrew, 2 silver and Ace Taylor and Alfie Brown each taking a bronze.

There were further final placings for Adam Smith, Charlie Carr, James DeBrunner, Joe Phillpott-Clark, Killian Courtney, Robert Mason and Rosie Heape, and yet more PBs for Chris Carr, Harry Brown, Katie Heape and Sam Rees.

All in all, a good start to the new year and excellent preparation for the Surrey Age Group Championships starting next month.

08 & 09 January - Sutton at the Basingtoke Junior Open

Some of Sutton's juniors attended the Basingstoke Junior Graded Open and returned with first places for Rebecca Salter (2), Ross James (2) and Killian Courtney, who also added a second and two third places to his collection. Not to be outdone, brother Declan also gained a podium place for the Boys Age 9 50m breaststroke.

Further excellent performances by Charlotte O'Sullivan, Elise Smith, Emily Vandrau, Georgina Bourley, Katie Heape, Killian Courtney, Lucy Cammock, Richard Jarvis, Rosie Heape, Terri Martin and Tomas Gibson, with a whole hatful of personal bests made it a day to remember.

02-Jan - Under 18 team go top of the table

Sutton & Cheam's Under 18 team lie jointly on top of the Winter League table after the first tournament of the season.

A comfortable 7-1 win over Sussex was followed by a fighting 4-4 draw with Croydon Amphibians after a terrific fight back from 3-1 down. In the third game, the team raced to a 4-1 lead before taking the foot off the pedal in the second half, eventually winning 4-3. In the final game, the team threw away a 4-2 lead to draw 4-4, repeating the result of the first game.

The team showed great character in coming from behind in 3 of the 4 games but less pleasing was the fact that they were behind in the first place. Overall, the team missed chance after chance through their wayward shooting and they will need to do a lot better in the National Championships in March.

Top scorers were Jacob Tidy with 8 and Josh Miller with 7. Jow Worland (2), Janmes DeBrunner and Ace Taylor also found themselves on the scoresheet and Tom Phillpott-Clark and Alex Sutton shared goalkeeping duties.

15-Dec Brooke in Hungary with GB Junior Girls Team

Sutton & Cheam's Brooke Tafazolli helped the GB Junior Women's Water Polo team to an excellent 3rd place (on goal difference), gaining vital experience in the process.

As one of the 13-strong squad, Brooke travelled to Dunaújvárosi, Hungary, with their first match scheduled against the home nation, one of the top water polo playing nations.

The team started well with the scores being a close 7-6 to the opposition at half time. However, the tough first half and the travelling the day before began to take its toll on the British girls, and the Hungarian team took the opportunity to steal the game, running out victors 16 - 6.
The 2nd game against the Czech Republic was a close, bruising battle. The game started with a breakaway attack from the Czech number 7 who swiftly put them into the lead, but Britain had pulled the score back to level the score 4-4 at half time. The third quarter proved hard with the Czech team going 9-6 in front but again GB battled back to level the score at 9-9 with only five minutes remaining. In the final minute, the GB girls gained a penalty, which was converted to secure a well-deserved 10-9 win.

The next game against Slovakia resulted in a comfortable 14-3 win with Brooke scoring her debut international goal. The fourth and final match of the tournament for Britain was against Honved, a Hungarian club side. With a strong start, the girls took an early lead and with Brooke very impressive in defending 'the pit' which restricted the opposition to just 4 scoring shots, the GB team ran out worthy winners 22-4.

GB took third place on goal difference, in their first performance together as a team, a very promising result.

11 December - National Arena League Champions!

Arena Champions!

Sutton & Cheam Swimming Club crowned a tremendous 2010 by completing their hat-trick of National Arena League wins at Harlow on Saturday; remaining unbeaten and regaining promotion to Division 1 at their first attempt.

Having won both galas in the two previous rounds, Sutton & Cheam battled it out with clubs from St Paul's Barnes, Halstead, City of St Albans, Hitchin, Haringey Borough, Enfield and Cheshunt for the 'winner takes all' promotion.

There were outstanding individual wins by William Ward, George Brown, Rosie Heape, Jake Meffan, James DeBrunner, and Jacob Tidy, but the fantastic spirit from the whole team, which resulted in top 3 places in over 2/3 of the races, were the foundation for the victory.

Sutton & Cheam will now compete with the top 16 clubs from as far afield as Norwich, Ipswich and Colchester in Division 1 next year.

Well done to all who took part: Ace Taylor, Adam Smith, Alfie Brown, Alice Rogers, April Hedges, Brooke Tafazolli, Charlie Carr, Danielle Carbery, Ellie James, Elliot Kimber, George Brown, Harry Brown, Jacob Tidy, Jake Meffan, James DeBrunner, Joe Phillpott-Clark, Juliette Williamson, Lois Martin, Michael Rees, Natalie Andrew, Nicole Barron, Rebecca Hedges, Rosie Heape, Ross James, Sam Rees, William Ward

27 & 28 November - Guildford City Open Meet

With 28 medals, 69 finalists, a whole host of PBs and County Qualifying times as well as top 10 BAGCAT placings for Daisy Meffan, Natalie Andrew, George Brown, Michael Rees, William Ward, Joe Phillpott-Clark, Alfie Brown and Jake Meffan, Guildford proved a happy hunting ground for Sutton & Cheam swimmers over the weekend.

Nicole Barron (gold), George Brown (3 gold, 5 silver, 2 bronze), Michael Rees (gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze), Alfie Brown (gold, 2 bronze), William Ward (3 silver, 3 bronze), Lois Martin (2 silver, 1bronze) and James DeBrunner (bronze) took home the medals but this didn't tell the whole story.

Further top 8 placings for Natalie Andrew, Charlie Carr, Rosie Heape, Reanna Howells, Lois Martin, Elise Smith, Eve Tidy, Harry Brown, Chris Carr, Louis Meffan, Joe,Phillpott-Clark and Adam Smith placed the club in 7th place overall, a tremendous effort by all concerned.

14 November - Inter Counties Under 16 Polo Championship Victory

Sutton & Cheam Swimming Club's James DeBrunner, James McFarlane and Brooke Tafazolli joined forces with Croydon Amphibians to take the Under 16 Inter Counties Water Polo title over the weekend.

The tournament started with a close game between Middlesex and Sussex and then a surprise, but well deserved, 6-5 win for Hampshire over Surrey. Surrey then found their form against Sussex with a 7-0 victory, before Middlesex used their superior strength to defeat Hampshire. The competition was then all down to the result in the last game between Surrey and Middlesex with Surrey needing to win by 3 or more goals. With the score 6 -6 at half time, Middlesex looked title favourites but supported by a very loud and excited crowd, Surrey grabbed the title on goal difference with 4 unanswered goals in the second half, running out 10-6 winners. A great afternoon with some excellent water polo. Well done to all teams.

13 November Arena Round 2 Swimming - Still on Track

Despite being slightly under strength due to conflicting water polo commitments, another resounding win in the second round of the National Arena League has placed Sutton & Cheam in prime position for a quick return to Division 1.

With an outright win in well over half the races, Sutton and Cheam left teams from St Pauls Barnes, Cheshunt A, Bethnal Green, Bushey, Verulam and Ware trailing in their wake.

There were too many outstanding performances to single anyone out for special mention but yet again the junior boys and girls showed their teammates how to do it with 8 wins and 4 second placed from their 12 swims.

11-Nov Annual Borough Champs Swimming

Sutton & Cheam's swimmers returned from the London Borough of Sutton's Annual Swimming Championships with 14 Borough Titles and 42 medals to add to their growing list of successes.

For the girls, Charlie Carr took the 12/13 back and breast events; Rebecca Hedges the 15+ Fly; Nicole Barron the 15/16 back; Rosie Heape the 12/13 Free and Brooke Tafazolli the 15+ IM.

For the boys, Rob Mason won the 15+ fly and 16+ freestyle events; Alfie Brown took the 12/13 backstroke and freestyle; James DeBrunner took the 14/15 back and freestyle events; Ross James the 12/13 Breast and Killian Courtney the 14/15 breaststroke.

There were further Grade 1 Silver medals for Eve Tidy, Ross James and Brooke Tafazolli, whilst Ellie James and Harry Brown took bronze medals.

The Annual Championships was also run as a graded meet and Charlie Carr (2), Killian Courtney (2), Ross James (2), Ellie James, Rosie Heape and Sam Rees all took Grade 2 Gold medals; Ellie James, Joe Phillpott-Clark (2), Killian Courtney, Louis Meffan and Rosie Heape added silver; while Charlie Carr added another bronze. Noah White, Isaac Tidy and Sam Rees contributed further Grade 3 medals.

Sympathies must go out to Jake Meffan, Reanna Howells and Eve Tidy who all swam Grade 1 times but unfortunately finishing just outside the top 3, were just too fast for Grade 2 awards.

The highlights of the night were the club relays. With 5 of the team still eligible next year, Sutton & Cheam's girls' relay squad of Lois Martin, Juliette Williamson, April Hedges, Danielle Carbery, Charlie Carr and Rosie Heape made sure of their event beating local rivals Cheam Marcuda into 2nd place.

The boys' team of Chris Carr, Ace Taylor, Rob Mason, James DeBrunner and Jacob Tidy repeated the girls result to win the boys relay, again beating Cheam Marcuda into 2nd place by a whopping 30 seconds.

01 November Disability Water Polo Taster Session

Sutton and Cheam Swimming Club's water polo coach, Dave Andrews, recently ran a water polo taster session for the London Borough of Sutton's disability swimming squad members

.Helped by Andrew "The Mole" Lawrence, Alice Rogers, Tom Phillpott-Clark and team manager Andy Bayles the lads were put through a tough 45 minute session finishing with a shooting competition.

Water Polo Taster 1

Water Polo Taster 2

The lads all enjoyed the session and it is hoped to repeat it soon.

30 & 31 October Rushmoor Royals Autumn Open Meet Swimming

Club swimmers attending the Rushmoor Royals Autumn Open at Aldershot returned home with a 17-medal haul over the weekend. George Brown excelled himself with 5 gold, silver and a bronze; Michael Rees won gold, silver and 2 bronze and April Hedges a full set of gold, silver and bronze. Brooke Tafazolli, Lois Martin and Harry Brown added to the medal tally.

More importantly however, the swimmers came back with a stack of personal bests and County Qualifying Times which hopefully means we will have another bumper year at the County Championships next February.

09 October Arena Round 1 Swimming

Sutton & Cheam's swimmers opened their account in the first round of the National Arena Swimming League with an emphatic victory at Clissold Leisure Centre on Saturday.
With 30 wins out of a possible 50, the club opened up a huge 90-point margin over second-placed team Haringey.

The Under 16 boys team of James DeBrunner, Jake Meffan, Chris Carr and Harry Brown made a clean sweep of their events, winning every individual event and both relays. However, it is the junior swimmers who most demonstrate a club's potential and with the boys and girls Under 12 teams gaining 8 wins and 3 second places out of 12, the club's future is assured. Chief Coach Jim Walker and Junior Coach Helen Andrews were delighted with the team's efforts.

The win opens up the possibility of regaining promotion to Division 1, after a year in the 2nd Division.

Team: Ace Taylor, Adam Smith, Alfie Brown, Alice Rogers, April Hedges, Brooke tafazolli, Charlie Carr, Chris Carr, Danielle Carbery, Ellie James, Elliot Kimber, Eve Tidy, George Brown, Harry Brown, Jacob Tidy, Jake Meffan, James DeBrunner, Joe Philpott-Clark, Juliette Williamson, Lois Martin, Michael Rees, Natalie Andrew, Nicole Barron, Reamnna Howells, Rebecca Hedges, Rob Mason, Ross James, Sam Rees, William Ward.

27 September AQUAFORCE & LONDON SWIMMING Volunteer Awards 2010

When the London Region Aquaforce Awards were announced on Monday, Sutton & Cheam Swimming Club were delighted to learn that three of their members had received prestigious Regional awards.

Long Service Award (25 years or more) (Aquaforce) - Fred Andrews

Fred has been a club member for 40 years. During his years at the club, Fred has been Coach, Competition Secretary, Secretary, Treasurer, Committee Member (since 1971) and latterly President for the past 15 years.

Known by every member of the club, Fred is the club's figurehead and biggest supporter. He is still on poolside twice a week helping with the coaching of the younger swimmers, and (for more years than anyone else in the club can care to remember), for supplying 'Pick and Mix' for the younger members and their parents on club nights.

Outstanding contribution by an 18 to 25 year old (Aquaforce)- Alice Rogers

Alice Rogers has been a club member since 2005 but has made a substantial impact in that time. Just 18, Alice is a real all-rounder. A competitive swimmer, Alice turned to water polo becoming an excellent player and the mainstay of the club's Junior Ladies teams. Always willing to help, Alice still turns out at swimming events.

This background has proved invaluable to the club as Alice now coaches both swimming and water polo. Now UKCC qualified, Alice is an excellent and popular coach. Alice has now gone further to become a qualified gala and water polo table official, and also officiates at club galas, and at the club senior teams' home water polo matches.

Athlete of the year (London Swimming) Water Polo - Matthew Holland

Matt Holland has been a member of the club since the early 1990's, learning to swim there. In the early days, Matt was a talented swimmer before turning his attention to water polo. Since then Matt has accelerated through the ranks with County and Regional representation, before selection as goalkeeper for the GB National Youth team, representing GB at many International tournaments, culminating in the European Junior Water Polo Championships in 2008. Matt is now first-string goalkeeper to the senior national team, aiming at London 2012 selection and is currently gaining experience in Holland, playing for PSV Eindhoven.

On the way to his success, Matt has helped the club to numerous League junior titles, and to National Youth and Junior medals. An integral member of Sutton & Cheam's first team since he was 14, Matt has been the mainstay of the team that put Sutton & Cheam back into the top flight of British Water Polo after a 10 year absence.

25 September Diddy Gala Win for Sutton & Cheam's Juniors

Diddy Winners

Sutton and Cheam's junior swimmers, many competing in their first gala, returned home on Saturday with the Bracknell Diddy Trophy to add to the club trophy cabinet, delighting junior coach Helen Andrews.

Despite taking 1st or 2nd in over ¾ of the races, it was all square with Rushmoor Royals going into the last event but with the crowd going mad, Sutton took the final squadron relay to take home the Diddy Trophy by a single point.

The team: Adam Smith, April Hedges, Charlotte, Daisy Meffan, Danielle Carbery, Declan Courtney, Emily Vandrau, Erin Andrew, George Brown, Harry Crook, Harry Morris, Harry Walter, Imogen Smith, Joe Phillpott-Clark, Juliette Williamson, Katie Heape, Lois Martin, Louis Meffan, Natalie Andrew, Rebecca Salter, Richard Jarvis, Robert Nolan, Ross James, Tomas Gibson, William Ward

09 September Brooke GB Selection

As a result of a recent trial in Liverpool, Brooke Tafazolli has been picked for the GB Junior Girls Water Polo Squad. This squad will form the basis of the GB team that will compete in next years European Junior Championships.

Brooke swim trains regularly with Head Coach Jim Walker and his Top Squad and this swimming fitness provides a strong base for her water polo career. Brooke has played for the Club's all conquering Ladies U/21 team, which has won the London title for the past 3 seasons.

The Club is very hopeful that Jacob Tidy will follow in Brooke's steps and be selected for the corresponding Boys team. Jacob is attending a series of training weekends up to Christmas and we are hoping this will lead to his selection. Jacob is also playing for the Club's first team in the top division of the British Water Polo League where he managed to score in his debut match.

03 September Quiz Night Social

Quiz Night Winners!

The Club held its second quiz evening last Friday with 10 teams and well over 100 Club members, parents and friends attending. Our grateful thanks go once again to Rob Parker and the Epsom & Ewell Boxing Club for hosting our evening, and for arranging a Boxing Club team to take part in the quiz.

Thanks are also due to Lucy Brown, Helen Andrews, Myrna Ward, Danielle Lawrence and Dawn Andrew for arranging the evening and for providing the magnificent buffet.

Once more, Jamie, Lynn & Sophie Robinson were our superb quiz masters and with topics from General Knowledge and Science & Nature, to Harry Potter and Children's TV, the quiz got the whole family involved.

The competition was keenly fought with the lead changing hands depending on who had played their 'joker'. This year's winning team was the Water Polo WAGS, with last year's winners the 'A' Team just 2 points behind in second and the club coaches in 3rd place.
As well as having a great evening, the event raised funds towards the cost of medals and engraving for the forthcoming Club Championships.

25th July 2010 - Sutton & Cheam win Tom Dwyer Memorial Trophy

Tom Dwyer Winners

Sunday saw Sutton & Cheam's first team at Whitgift School for the final of the "TOM DWYER" MEMORIAL TROPHY, a handicap knockout competition open to all first and second teams of clubs affiliated to the Surrey County Water Polo Association. In the final, Sutton were up against Avondale 2, who were given an 8-goal start on handicap.

The first quarter ended 8-2 in Sutton's favour to bring the score to within 2 goals on handicap (8-10). Avondale then fought back strongly in the second quarter to restrict Sutton to just 3 goals to 2 against, and at the end of the 2nd quarter, Sutton trailed by just a single goal (11-12) on handicap score.

However Sutton took the lead early in the third quarter and accelerated away with 7 unanswered goals, which put the game beyond Avondale's reach (18-12). A further 6 goals in quarter 4 gave Sutton a convincing 24-13 win.

With just seven players, Sutton had to be careful but a well-organised defence with Mike Smith immense in defending the 'pit' gave them victory. Matt and Olly Holland shared goal-keeping duties and both got their names on the score sheet. Scorers for Sutton were Stephen Bayles (6), Ed Freeman (5), Neil Coles (5), Andy 'Mole' Lawrence (3), Matt Holland (3) Olly Holland (2).

Team: Mike Smith, Stephen Bayles, Ed Freeman, Neil Coles, Andy 'Mole' Lawrence, Olly Holland, Matt Holland

21 July - English Channel Relay Swim

Three members of Sutton and Cheam (past and present) were part of a relay team that completed their English Channel swim last week'

Still smiling!

Mick Helps, Greg Dodds and Dave Kimber were joined by three others to form a six man team. On a day where conditions were far from perfect and when all other swimmers were withdrawn from their Channel attempt the lads bravely decided to proceed.

In action mid channel
Inaction mid channel!

Each of the six team members swam two one hour slots and after Mick (on his third slot) brought the team within sight of the French Coast it was left to Dave Kimber to complete the swim (closely followed by his team mates to join him En France!).

En France!

The team completed the swim in less than 14 hours which was all the more remarkable given the tough conditions. Well done to all the team and in particular the "Sutton Boys".

This is the latest "expedition" for Mick and was organised to raise funds for the Children's Medical research charity Sparks.

17 & 18 July - Fareham Open

Nearly 30 Sutton & Cheam swimmers descended on the Fareham Nomads Open Summer Meet at the Quays, Southampton and returned with 18 Medals and a whole basketful of PBs and County Qualifying times, as well as a ranking of 8th best club of the 30 clubs entered; to delight Chief Coach, Jim Walker.

George Brown won 1 Gold, 4 silver and a bronze; and Michael Rees; 3 gold and 2 bronze to place them 2nd & 3rd places respectively in the Top Male 10 Years age group. Not far behind In the BAGCAT competition were Lois Martin and Katie Heape, 8th and 10th respectively in the Top Female 10 Years age group; and Ross James and William Ward 6th & 10th respectively in the Top Male age 11 years.

April Hedges took 2 gold, silver and a bronze to give her overall 2nd place in the Top Female 9 Years age group. This could have been one better had April not false started in the 200m Individual Medley.

More medals came from Nicole Barron with gold in the Girls Age 14, 100m back; Rosie Heape with silver in the Girls Age 12, 50m freestyle and sister Katie, a fantastic bronze in the Girls Age 10, 50m Breast.

On top of that there were close calls for Michael Rees, Brooke Tafazolli, Chris Carr, George Brown, Jake Meffan And William Ward, all taking 4th place in their respective races.

Swimmers: Adam Smith, Alfie Brown, April Hedges, Ashley Castle, Brooke Tafazolli, Charlotte Carr, Christopher Carr, Daisy Meffan, Danielle Carbery, Declan Courtney, Ellie James, Elliot Kimber, Eve Tidy, George Brown, Harry Brown, Jake Meffan, Katie Heape, Killan Courtney, Lois Martin, Louis Meffan, Michael Rees, Natalie Andrew, Nicole Barron, Noah White, Reanna Howells, Rosie Heape, Ross James, Samuel Rees, William Ward

18-Jul Hat-trick of League Titles for Sutton & Cheam's Under 21 Ladies

A dominant 6-1 win over Beckenham (putting their earlier 3-3 draw into perspective); and a 5-2 win over Croydon gave Sutton & Cheam's Ladies Under 21 team their third London League Championship Title in three years.

Although there were some great individual performances, above all it was the superb team spirit that was the foundation of the team's success. This was evident even before the games started with some of the team coming from Hailsham, others racing from an Open Gala in Southampton, and Ellie Quin racing straight off the plane at Gatwick to be on poolside with just minutes to spare before the first game. It was even more evident during the game with an impressive defensive display, which allowed the opposition very few shots on goal.

In the opening game against Beckenham, Brooke Tafazolli scored the opener with a fine shot from a pin-point pass from Ellie Quin, and scored again with a solo effort before Louise Bampton made it 3 from close range. Alice Rogers soon made it 4 and Louise Bampton got her second from an excellent unselfish pass from Rebecca Hedges; and then made it 6 for her hat-trick after a counter and a long pass from goal-keeper Amy Styles. It could have been more if the woodwork hadn't got in the way of shots from Eve Tidy and Alice Rogers.

In their second game against 2nd - placed Croydon Amphibians, Sutton didn't have it all their own way and Amy Styles in goal had to make a great save early in the game, which took the wind out of Croydon's sails. Sutton then raced to a 4-1 half time lead before taking their foot off the pedal and cruising to a 5-2 win. Alice Rogers got the first from a man-up, and the second from a great pass by Brooke. Sutton were then awarded a penalty, which Georgina Pashler smashed against the bar but showing great reactions, then scored from the rebound with the keeper stranded. Alice Rogers then converted her hat-trick with a rocket to make it 4-1 before Reanna Howells got the goal of the game mid way through the second half, curving a long range shot Beckham like into the top left corner from fully 10 metres. Croydon scored a consolation goal in the last minutes of the game to make it 5-2 but the game and the League Championship title, were already won.

The Team: Rebecca Hedges, Ellie Quin, Louise Bampton, Alice Rogers, Georgina Pashler, Brooke Tafazolli, Eve Tidy, Reanna Howells, Amy Styles (G/K)

17 July - Serbia trip for young water polo players

Good luck to Jack Miller, Josh Miller, Jacob Tidy, and James DeBrunner and who are currently training in Serbia with the London Region Junior Water Polo squad.

04 July - National Biathlon Finals - George takes Silver

George Brown took the silver medal in the Youth 'E' Boys Category, and Rosie finished a highly creditable 27th in the Youth 'C' Girls in the National Biathlon Finals held at Liverpool on Sunday.

George's time of 33.42 in the 50m swim put him 2nd; which together with his 11th place in the 1000m run with a time of 3:50.26, placed him overall second with 2160 points just 12 behind the winner.

George's run beat his run in the qualifiers by 4 seconds.

Rosie's PB of 1:10.33 in the 100m swim, placing her 19th in the swim and a 3:44.87 run (placing her 31st) gave her an overall placing of 27th with a total of 1816 points.

Well done George and Rosie.

04 July - Sutton take the bronze in the Youth Games Water Polo

Youth Games Mini Polo Team with coach Stephen Bayles

8 Sutton & Cheam players were joined by Mhairi Nurthen (Croydon Amphibians) and Dylan and Kane Nurse (South Croydon), to represent the London Borough of Sutton in the Youth Games water polo event, held at Crystal Palace on Sunday.

A loss to Croydon 3-6 in the Group Stages didn't truly reflect the closeness of the game, which was 3-4 with only 2 minutes left. With the multi-talented Mhairi Nurthen, Dylan Nurse and brother Kane Nurse also competing for Sutton in the Biathlon event, Sutton were three players down for the second round against Ealing but a dominant 11-1 victory was more than enough to place Sutton into the semi-finals.

In the semi-final against City of London (an all boys team despite the 'mixed' entry criteria), Sutton played out of their skins to remain 0-0 at half time. However, a goal from City of London in the opening seconds of the second half put Sutton on the defensive and in pushing forwards for an equaliser, conceded another. Unfortunately, Sutton were unable to convert their chances into goals and City of London eventually ran out 4-0 winners as Sutton's young team tired.

Back to full strength, Sutton saved their best for the bronze medal match against Hackney, winning 15-1 with most of the Sutton Team getting onto the score sheet. Top scorer for Sutton was Brooke Tafazolli with 9, with further goals from Eve Tidy (4), Reanna Howells (4), Nicole Barron (4), Mhairi Nurthen (3), Sam Rees (2), Alfie Brown, Joe Phillpott-Clark and Mofe Wilkey, who was at his usual shot-stopping best in goal and even found himself on the score sheet, lobbing the opposition goalkeeper from 25 metres.

On the podium!

Excellent defensive work all round contributed to a well-earned bronze. With 8 of the team still able to play in the same age group in 2011, and 5 of them in 2012, we hope to better our bronze next year.

03July - Dorking ZNA 'B' Gala

Under the eye of Development Coach Ian Rooke, Sutton & Cheam sent a team drawn largely from the Development and County Squad members to the Dorking ZNA 'B' Gala on Saturday and they didn't let him down.

This event enabled some of the younger swimmers the chance to gain experience of competition, and allowed the coaches to spot any hidden talent from swimmers who do not compete regularly.

There were some excellent swims from the whole team and although finishing 4th of the 6 teams, this was largely the result of several swimmers receiving 'Speeding Tickets' for swimming too quickly!

Well done to: Adam Smith, Chantelle Keung Freeman, Daisy Meffan, Declan Courtney, Elise Smith, Ellie James, Georgina Bourley, Jake Meffan, James Lowrie, Joe Bolger, Katie Heape, Kieran Castle, Killian Courtney, Louis Meffan, Maddison Kameta, Mollie Jordan, Olivia Taylor, Rebecca Salter, Robert Nolan, Roisin Bowden, Ross James, Thomas Salter, Tomas Gibson; and a big welcome to James Lowrie and Joe Bolger who were representing the club for the first time.

03 July - Youth Games Swimming

In the Balfour Beatty Youth Games swimming events held at Crystal Palace on Saturday, Sutton & Cheam swimmers Jacob Tidy, James DeBrunner, Chris Carr, Elliott Kimber, Jake Meffan, Harry Brown, Rosie Heape and Eve Tidy were selected to represent the London Borough of Sutton.

01July - Sutton & Cheam Swimmers selected for Mini Games

London Mini Games Team

Sutton & Cheam Swimming Club accounted for 7 swimmers out of a team of 10 representing the London Borough of Sutton in the Balfour Beatty London Mini Games Swimming event at Crystal Palace on Thursday.

Ross James won the individual bronze medal in the 50m free, whilst Ross, George Brown & Michael Rees were part of the silver medal winning freestyle relay team.

William Ward finished a close 5th in the 50m breast with club mates Adam Smith (10th in the 50m backstroke), April Hedges (16th in the 50m breaststroke) and George Brown (16th in 50m butterfly). William, Adam & George then teamed up with Nathan Eves to finish 7th in the medley relay team and both April Hedges and Daisy Meffan helped the girls relay teams to 17th place (freestyle relay) and 14th place (medley relay).

Out of the 33 London Boroughs taking part, Sutton finished in an encouraging 8th overall.

Mini Games Team: William Ward, Adam Smith, George Brown, Ross James, Michael Rees, April Hedges, Daisy Meffan, Nathan Eves & Aislinn Flatley (Cheam Marcuda), Jennifer Nicholson.

26June - Guildford Fun Night a complete sell-out

After a complete sell-out of tickets, Saturday saw Sutton & Cheam Swimming club descend en masse for an exclusive night of fun at the Guildford Spectrum leisure pool. The evening was a spectacular success (the photos say it all!). A big thank you to Lucy Brown for arranging it all.
More Fun!

Spectrum Fun Night

20 June - Under 21 Ladies still top of the table

Despite an unwarranted 3-3 draw with bottom club Beckenham, (after which the Beckenham coach agreed the S&C Under 21 Ladies team were 'robbed' as a result of some bizarre refereeing), a 3-1 win over Croydon saw Sutton & Cheam's girls do enough to remain top of the table and undefeated with just one weekend to go in the league.

Team: Amy Styles, Ellie Quin, Louise Bampton, Sophie Ovens, Alice Rogers, Georgina Pashler, Brooke Tafazolli, Eve Tidy, Sophie Burke, Ferne O'Brien, Nicole Barron.

19 June - Rother Junior Trophy Gala, Woking

Team Despite taking a depleted team to the Division 1 Rother Junior Trophy Gala at the weekend, Sutton & Cheam finished a fighting 3rd place behind Woking and Elmbridge, beating teams from Worthing, Farnham and Fareham.

The battle against Worthing was particularly close from start to finish. With just the squadron relay left, Worthing led by a single point only for Sutton's relay team to finish a place higher in the relay to level the points; Sutton taking 3rd place on count back of 1st places.

Ready for the Start!

In the individual events, April Hedges took a hat trick of first places in the Girls 9 years Back, Fly and Free whilst Michael Rees and George Brown both scored two wins each in the Boys Under 11 Back and Breast; and the Boys Under 11 Fly and Free respectively. Ross James also won the Boys under 12 Free in a fast time.

In the relays, Declan Courtney, Issy Mettan-Ure and Tomas Gibson joined April to take first place in the 9 years relay, whilst Katie Heape and Lois Martin joined George and Michael to win the Under 11 Medley Relay by a comfortable margin.

A whole heap of PBs from the entire team contributed to a great result.

The Team: Alfie Brown, April Hedges, Danielle Carbery, Declan Courtney, Ellie James, George Brown, Issy Mettan Ure, Juliette Williamson, Katie Heape, Killian Courtney, Lois Martin, Louis Meffan, Michael Rees, Natalie Andrew, Rosie Heape, Ross James, Sam Rees, Tomas Gibson, William Ward

12 & 13 June - More medals for Sutton & Cheam at the Regionals


Sutton & Cheam sent its strongest contingent to the London Region Age Group Championships for many years and returned from the final weekend with a further 3 medals to add to the 3 already won.

George Brown (aged 10) took silver in 100m Free with teammate Michael Rees not far behind. William Ward (10) added another bronze in the 100m Breast, whilst James DeBrunner took another well-earned bronze in the 1500m free in a super fast time beating his PB by nearly 40 seconds.

There were further top 8 placings for James DeBrunner in the 200m fly (5th) and 800m free (6th) whilst William Ward had another close call in the 100m back, finishing 4th by just a few hundredths of a second.

Regional Relay Teams

In the relays, the Girls 10/12 team took 12th place in the medley and 13th place in the freestyle, whilst the boys 10/12 entered two teams, finishing 14th & 17th in the medley relay and 14th & 16th in the freestyle relay respectively. With most of the swimmers available in the same age group next year, we'll be looking for greater things in 2011.

Regional Age Group Qualifiers: Charlotte Carr, Natalie Andrew, Reanna Howells, Ashley Castle, George Brown, Harry Brown, James DeBrunner, Michael Rees, Ross James, William Ward

5 & 6 June - More Success at the London Regionals

James, Ross, George, Michael, Ashley and William.

There was yet more success at the London Regional Championships for the Club with six of our swimmers competing in individual events. This section of the competition (BAGCATS) features swimmers up to the age of 14. The event was held at Crystal Palace over weekend of the 5th / 6th June and features a number of the Countries top clubs and their swimmers. To even qualify swimmers are required to attain very strict entry times and to be there competing is quite an achievement in its own right.

On Day 1 we had a total of 4 finalist / top 8 finishes: James DeBrunner (200 Back), Michael “Muscles” Rees (100 Free), William Ward (200Back) and George Brown (200 Back) but the outstanding swim of the day was by George who won a silver in the 100 Free with a fantastic personal best.

Day 2 saw our swimmers reach another 5 finals: James DeBrunner (400 Free), William Ward (200 IM), George Brown (200 IM), George again in the 400 Free where he finished 4th but only 0.05 seconds behind the bronze medal position. William Ward competed in the 200 Breaststroke final and was leading by a fingertip at the halfway stage only to be overhauled by the eventual winner (they make them big in North London) down the last length – William hung on well and returned home with a well deserved silver medal.

George with his silver medal

This gives the Club a total of three medals so far with Club Swimming Captain , Ace Taylor, winning a superb Bronze in the senior event last month.

28 May - Jacob Tidy Gets GB Water Polo Squad Call Up

Jacob Tidy has just received a call up for the next GB Junior water polo squad session. Jacob has improved enormously over the past year and is now a regular fixture in the Club's London League first team.

Jacob swims with Jim Walker in the Club's Top Squad and it is, in no small part, his swimming speed and endurance that has contributed to his selection.

Jacob will make his British Water Polo League debut this year with the Club team as it competes in Division 1 for the first time in a decade.

23 May - Sutton and Cheam Under 13s Dominate the London League

Sutton and Cheam's Victorious Under 13 team

Sutton and Cheam's under 13 team swept all opposition aside at the London League tournament last Sunday. Held at Whitgift School the team won all four matches beating Watford 5-1, Croydon 4-3, Ealing 7-0 and Sussex 6-2 with a combination of great teamwork and superb individual performances.

Particularly pleasing was Sutton's never-say-die attitude and mature play for such a young team, which allowed them to come from behind to win two of their matches after conceding early goals.

The stand out player for the Sutton team was Adam Smith whose defensive performances contributed to the team only conceding six goals across the four matches. Adam was supported in this role with great performances by the wily James Maynard.

Ross James was, without doubt, the keeper of the tournament and pulled off a series of fantastic saves against chief rivals Croydon Amphibians.

The team's goal scoring was led by George Brown, Ashley Castle and Matt Helps.

The team used its strong swimming ability to break strongly from defence with mid bath dominance secured by Michael "Muscles" Rees, Joe Phillpott-Clark and Noah White who are all member of the club's hugely successful junior swimming squad. Our only girl team member, Natalie "Pinky" Andrew, more than held her own and again used her superior swimming pace to great effect breaking out of defence.

The S&C parents were all in good voice and gave the team great support from the poolside viewing area and also learned comment on some of the refereeing decisions.

In total the team scored 22 goals and only conceded 6!

Suttons Team : Ashley Castle, Matt Helps, Joe Phillpott-Clark, Noah White, Adam Smith, James Maynard, Michael Rees, Natalie Andrew, George Brown and Ross James.

23 May - Woking Swimming Club, Octopus B/C Grade Open Meet

Sutton and Cheam sent a team to the Woking Open last month under the watchful eyes of both Ian Rooke and Helen Andrews. The team comprised swimmers from the Development and Junior Squads but was primarily entered by County Squads members. The event was designed to give younger swimmers an extra chance to compete and gain experience and some of our 12-14 year old who do not compete that regularly to get a time on the board.

The meet is classified as level 3 and gives swimmers the chance register licensed times.

Over 40 medals and well over 20 other top 6 placings all contributed to Sutton & Cheam being placed 5th top club in the overall competition. The final points total are shown below:

Club Points
1 Woking Swimming Club 1002
2 Saint Pauls Barnes SC 438.5
3 Leander Swimming Club 398.5
4 Rushmoor Royals 327.5
5 Sutton & Cheam SC 265
6 Haslemere Swimming Club 244.5
7 Godalming 243
8 Box Hill 142
9 Staines Swimming Club 139
10 Leatherhead Swimming Club 138.5
11 Maidenhead Marlins 130.5
12 Cheam Marcuda Swimming 121
13 Wey Valley Swimming Club 119
14 Teddington Swimming Club 97
15 Hart SC 25
16 Eltham Stingrays 22

The points table does not tell the full story as our swimmers racked up an impressive haul of medals (glass trophies in reality):


Star of the show for Sutton and Cheam was 13 year old Kieran Castle with an impressive four golds to his name with Daisy Meffan, Ellie James, Robert Nolan and Adam Smith each winning two each. Katie Heape, Rosie Heape, Roisin Bowden, Thomas Salter, Jake Meffan, Danielle Carberry and Lois Martin also took golds to complete the list.

Other Sutton medal winners included Ross James, Sam Rees, Ashley Castle, Matt Helps, Juliette Williamson and Declan Courtney. Mollie Jordan swam well and narrowly missed out on a medal position.

The event also gave the first taste of real competition to some of our very young swimmers including Elise Smith, Georgina Bourley, Issy Methan Ure, Charlotte O'Sullivan and Abigail Fraser

Medal haul aside the swimmers all enjoyed the experience and achieved a huge number of PBs.

County Squad Coach,Ian Rooke, was justifiably pleased with his swimmers and confirms the standing the County Squad now has within the Club. It is a stand alone group with a senior coach and a group of swimmers who are looking to progress.

Thanks to Woking Swimming Club for organising the event, which was enjoyed by all the swimmers and parents alike.

22 May - Superb Victory in Rother League

The Club has just competed in the latest Rother League event held at The Guildford Spectrum on Saturday 22nd May.

Up against teams that have beaten us consistently over recent years our team swam beyond themselves to record a fantastic victory.

The event covered age groups from Under 11 up to Open and is a real test of a club's strength in depth.

Sutton and Cheam and chief rivals Elmbridge Phoenix exchanged the lead a number of times during the 51 race event and the points were tied at 175 a piece as the gala entered the final series of 8 relay events.

This is where the Club showed the depth of quality and strong team spirit it now has and opened an eleven-point gap by the end of the gala.

Over the 51 events swum Sutton and Cheam recorded an amazing fifteen victories and a total of 31 top 3 finishes. The Under 11 boys deserve special mention for their performance in winning 5 of the 6 races they swam with a single second place standing between them and a 100% record.

15 May - Superb 2nd Place for Sutton & Cheam's Juniors in Premier League

Saturday saw the final round of the Hants & South Coast Premier League at Basingstoke, where the club juniors finished a hard-fought second place behind Locks Heath Swimming Club, well ahead of Basingstoke, Alton, Fareham and Wey Valley.

With Sutton's swimmers in the top 3 places for well over half the events, there was never more than just a few points separating the top two teams with Sutton's parents making themselves heard from the balcony. In the end, Locks Heath just got there and well done to them. We'll be back next year!

Alfie Brown, April Hedges, Ashley Castle, Charlie Carr, Daisy Meffan, Danielle Carbery, Declan Courtney, Ellie James, George Brown, Joe Phillpott-Clark, Killian Courtney, Lois Martin, Louis Meffan, Natalie Andrew, Reanna Howells, Rebecca Salter, Rosie Heape, Ross James, Tomas Gibson, William Ward

9 May - SE Region Biathlon - Off to the Nationals

To complete a very busy weekend for the club, at the South East Region Championships held at the ACS International School Cobham on Sunday, two members of Sutton and Cheam Swimming Club's juniors, Rosie Heape and George Brown, have qualified with flying colours for the National Biathlon Championships being held in Liverpool this July.
Rosie & George

George (age 10) won his category for the second year running by well over 100 points, completing his 50m swim in a very fast 32.61 seconds and the 1000m run in 3:54.08.

Rosie (age 12) who also belongs to Sutton & District Athletics Club came 3rd in her category despite being one of the youngest, again completing her 100m swim in 1:10.74, and the 1000m run in an excellent 3:42.51.

Well done and fingers crossed for July!

9 May - London Water Polo League, Under 19 Boys

With the entire team eligible to play in the same age group next season and with several key players missing through injury and other commitments, the London League Under 19 tournament wasn't going to be easy but 2 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss out of the 4 games played was at face value disappointing.

However, a 5-3 win over Basingstoke reversed the defeat by the same team earlier in the season. This was followed by a well-deserved 6-3 win over Watford. In the third game, a 6-3 defeat by Croydon Amphibians didn't truly reflect the closeness of the game, which could have been much closer had we enjoyed the rub of the green. The final game was particularly frustrating with the team squandering a 4-1 lead to draw 4-4.

To their credit, the team were never overawed and showed their competitiveness, which bodes well for next season. Top scorer was Jacob Tidy with 9, followed by Jack Miller (5), Joe Worland (2) and Ace Taylor.

The team: Alex Sutton (G/K), J McFarlane, J.Tidy, J.Jefferys, Jack Miller, T.Phillpott-Clark, J.Worland, T. Fraser, A.Taylor.

8/9 May - Beckenham Open

A large contingent of Sutton & Cheam's top swimmers attended the Beckenham Open held at Crystal Palace over the weekend. With many of the region's top swimmers there, it was never going to be easy. Nevertheless, the team returned with some excellent times under their belts and the invaluable experience of competing against the best, which will stand them in good stead in the approaching London Region BAGCAT Championships, early in June.

8 May - Sutton & Cheam swimmers dominate the Borough Primary School Championships

Almost 50 Sutton & Cheam Swimmers competed in the London Borough of Sutton Primary School Championships representing their various Primary Schools, and had a field day, taking 10 of the 14 Borough Championship Titles on offer.

This year, for the first time, the Borough Primary School Championships was held as a Graded Meet and club swimmers took full advantage, taking 27 of the 42 Grade 'A' Medals, as well as 5 Grade 'B' and 14 Grade 'C' Medals.

Club swimmers made a clean sweep of all three medals in the Girls Year 4/5 Breast; Girls Year 4/5 Back; Boys Year 6 Breast; Boys Year 4/5/6 Fly and the Boys Year 6 Back; and went even further taking the top 5 places in the Girls Year 4/5 Breast, and 6 of the top 7 places in the Boys Year 4/5/6 Butterfly. In total, club swimmers took 46 medals, not bad for an evenings work!

Grade A  
Gold Lois Martin (2), April Hedges, George Brown (2), Michael Rees (2), William Ward (2), Ross James
Silver April Hedges, Daisy Meffan, Natalie Andrew, George Brown (2), Adam Smith, Michael Rees, Ross James, William Ward
Bronze April Hedges (2), Daisy Meffan, Katie Heape, Ross James (2), Noah White, William Ward
Grade B  
Gold Lauren Fisher, Lois Martin, Adam Smith (2)
Bronze Lois Martin
Grade C  
Gold Sophie Naidoo, James Skelton, Robert Nolan, Thomas Gibson
Silver Jade Biddulph, Declan Courtney (2), Oliver Sagrott (2), Harry Crook
Bronze Lauren Fisher, Joshua Roche (2), James Skelton

1/2 May - London Region Youth Champs Medal for Ace Taylor

Sutton and Cheam's top swimmers qualified for 31 events in the London Region Youth Championships and returned with the best showing the club has had at regional level for many years.

Fourth in the heats, Ace Taylor pulled out all the stops in the final to go one better, taking the bronze medal in a very fast time. There were 6 further top 8 finishes for Nicole Barron, Jacob Tidy, and Ace Taylor.

Regional Youth Qualifiers: Ace Taylor, Rebecca Hedges, Nicole Barron, Jason Foo Kune, Jacob Tidy, Eve Tidy, Elliott Kimber, Chris Carr, Brooke Tafazolli

25 April - Littlehampton Swimming Club Open Meet, Felpham

Sutton's squad swimmers returned from the Littlehampton Open at the Arun Leisure Centre over the weekend with 9 Gold, 5 Silver and 5 Bronze medals, nearly 50 top 8 places, and a whole hatful of personal bests and regional qualifying times, delighting coaches Jim Walker and Helen Andrews.

Gold medals from George Brown (4), Jacob Tidy (2), Ross James (2) and James Debrunner; Silvers from April Hedges (5), Eve Tidy and Adam Smith, and Bronze medals from Adam Smith, Eve Tidy, Noah White, Joe Phillpott-Clark and April Hedges added to the silverware but further excellent swims from Killian Courtney, Natalie Andrew, Rosie Heape, Alfie and Harry Brown, Daisy, Jake and Louis Meffan (a real family affair), made it a weekend to remember.

18 April - Under 21 Ladies off to a winning start in the London League

Sunday saw the start of the London League for the club's Under 21 Ladies side who got the season off to a winning start with 2 wins out of 2.

In the first game of the season, the team was a little 'ring rusty' and the 2-1 win over Croydon Amphibians in the first game didn't truly reflect Sutton's dominance.

With the Croydon goalkeeper in superb form, despite peppering the opposition goal with shots from every angle, Sutton's scoring was restricted to a well-taken penalty from Georgina Pasher in the first half, and an excellent goal from Alice Rogers in the second with Croydon getting a consolation goal in the dying seconds. Sutton's fine defence with Brooke Tazazolli, Rebecca Hedges, Sophie Ovens, Eve Tidy, Reanna Howells, Ferne O'Brien and Nicole Barron, ably organised by Amy Styles in goal, restricting Croydon to just 2 shots on goal.

The second game against Beckenham showed a much-improved shooting performance and goals from Louise Bampton, Georgina Pashler, Ellie Quin and Brooke Tafazolli contributing to a 6-1 win. A great start to the 2010 campaign.

17 April - Hants & South Coast Premier League, Round 1

Saturday saw Sutton & Cheam's juniors in action once more at the Hants & South Coast Premier League Round 1Gala at Aldershot, where they finished in an excellent 3rd place behind Woking and Rushmoor, beating teams from Alton, Eastleigh, Farnham and Havant & Waterlooville.

With some of the swimmers competing in their first gala, this was a great team effort to which every swimmer contributed.

Finally, a big thanks to all the parents for ferrying the swimmers to Aldershot and for vociferous encouragement of the team throughout the gala.

The team: Adam Smith, Alfie Brown, April Hedges, Ashley Castle, Charlie Carr, Daisy Meffan, Danielle Carbery, Declan Courtney, Ellie James, Joe Phillpott-Clark, Juliette Williamson, Killian Courtney, Lois Martin, Louis Meffan, Michael Rees, Natalie Andrew, Reanna Howells, Rebecca Salter, Richard, Ross James, Sam Rees

28 March - Success at the Surrey Championships for Sutton and Cheam

Jacob, Ace, Nicole, James, William, George and Michael with their medals

Sutton and Cheam swimmers have just completed a hugely successful campaign at the recent Surrey County Championships, placing the club 9th in the medals table.

Run over four weekends and eight gruelling days the Sutton and Cheam squad achieved a total of 22 medals, including 10 Golds, and a total of 49 other finalists / top 8 ribbons. In addition, club swimmers had some very near misses with 12 swimmers finishing in 4th place, some by just a few hundredths of a second. No less than 36 S&C swimmers represented the club in individual events and relays, all performed well with the vast majority swimming personal bests.

The strength of our up and coming youngsters was shown in the BAGCAT competitions in which Michael Rees took top spot in the Boys aged 9 years; George Brown second spot in the 10 year old competition with William Ward just behind him in 4th place and Adam Smith also within touching distance. In the Girls competition, Natalie Andrew finished a brilliant overall 6th in the 10 year-old girls. In the older age groups, James DeBrunner took a well-earned overall 5th in the Boys age 14 category.

The results represent the reward to all the club swimmers competing at the County Championships for all their hard work in training over the past year.

Head Coach, Jim Walker and Junior Squad Coach, Helen Andrews are both very proud of all their swimmers and are now looking forward to the London Regional Championships beginning in May.

27 & 28 March - Surrey Age Group, Guildford Spectrum

Sutton & Cheam swimmers finished off the Surrey Age Group Championships in style over the weekend, with 2 further gold medals from Michael Rees, 2 silvers from George Brown and bronze medals from Nicole Barron, William Ward and James DeBrunner.

14 March - Surrey Age Group Relays, Crystal Palace

Sutton & Cheam entered 16 teams into the Surrey Relays at Crystal Palace, and although there were no further medals, the overall results were very pleasing.

Pride of place went to the Boys 9-11 Freestyle relay team of Michael Rees, Noah White, George Brown and Joe Phillpott-Clark, who finished a very close 5th place despite 3 of the team qualifying for the same age group next year. With William Ward on board for Boys 9-11 Medlay Relay, the team again reached the final, finishing in an excellent 8th place. Even more pleasing was the fact that the second team wasn't far behind finishing in front of several 'A' teams.

Not to be outdone, the Boys' Under 26 Team of Ace Taylor, Chris Carr, James DeBrunner and Jacob Tidy finished in an excellent 6th place in both the Freestyle and Medley Relays and the Girls Under 16 Medley Relay of Nicole Barron, Eve Tidy, Rebecca Hedges and Brooke Tafazolli, also attained a top 8 finish.

Team Spirit!

Team spirit over the weekend was superb with our younger boys all in good form but our girls adopting a somewhat more dignified pose. The whole squad behaved well and was a credit to the Club.


Finally, a big thank you to all our parents:

Our Supporters!

The Team: Natalie Andrew, Sam Baker, Nicole Barron, Alfie Brown, George Brown, Danielle Carbery, Charlie Carr, Chris Carr, Ashley Castle, Killian Courtney, James DeBrunner, Jason Foo-Kune, Katie Heape, Rosie Heape, Rebecca Hedges, Reanna Howells, Ellie James, Ross James, Maddison Kameta, Chantelle Keung-Freeman, Elliot Kimber, Lois Martin, Rob Mason, Louis Meffan, Robert Nolan, Joe Phillpott-Clark, Michael Rees, Samuel Rees, Adam Smith, Brooke Tafazolli, Ace Taylor, Eve Tidy, Jacob Tidy, William Ward, Noah White

13 March - More Medals for Sutton & Cheam at the Surrey Sprints

William, Michael & George - Surrey Sprint Medallists

The Club sent another strong squad to the latest weekend event of this years County Championship. This weekend's event was at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre and included both 50m sprint and relay events.

Star of the weekend for the Club was Michael "Muscles" Rees again winning 2Golds (50m Free and Back) and Silver in the 50m Breaststroke. William Ward added to his impressive collection of Golds with his victory in the 50m Breastroke and George Brown picked up a bronze in his 50m Freestyle. That is not where the success finished, there were medal near misses with 4th place finishes from Nicole Barron (50m Back), Ace Taylor (50m Breast), Jacob Tidy (50m Butterfly) and William again (50m Back). We also recorded a total of 21 top 8 ribbons over the weekend. This is turning into the most successful Surreys the club has had for many years, testament to the coaching of Head Coach Jim Walker and Junior Coach, Helen Andrews.

27/28 February - More Success for Sutton and Cheam at the Surreys

Last weekend saw more success for our swimmers at the Surrey Championships. This time it was at Aldershot where the long distance events were being held.

We had swimmers competing in both the 800m and the gruelling 1500m events. There were great swims from both Harry "Big H" Brown and brother Alfie in the 800m events. Both recorded massive Long Course personal bests with Alfie narrowly missing out on a "top 8" ribbon.

James DeBrunner and Jacob Tidy both competed in the two events with each being awarded ribbons for both swims; James finishing 5th in each and Jacob managing a 5th and a 6th.
As a result of the events to date (now half way through the Championships) we have a number of swimmers competing for age group points awards (BAGCATS).

Jacob & James

Top of the list is 9 year old Michael "Muscles" Rees who leads his age groups points total, George Brown (victim of an unfortunate birth date), is running 4th in the 10 year old boys and James DeBrunner is currently 3rd in the 14 year group.

The Club as a whole stands 7th in the medal table with a total of 10 medals and 30 "top 8" ribbons.

27 February - Moyce Cup Gala at Dorking

The Club sent many of its younger up and coming swimmers from our Development and County squads to compete as a team in the Annual Moyce Cup event held at Dorking. All our swimmers were given Club Shirts to wear.

Well done to our Moyce Cup Team!

The event is designed to allow Clubs to give some of their younger and less experienced swimmers the chance to compete.

Some of the Sutton and Cheam Swimmers in their new Builders Conference Sponsored shirts

The team performed beyond expectations and in many cases swam quicker than the event criteria allow, getting no less than 7 "Speeding Tickets" for swimming too fast. The team finished 4th behind strong teams from as far afield as Tonbridge, Wey Valley and Godalming. Head Coach, Jim Walker, Junior Squad Coach, Helen Andrews and County Coach, Ian Rooke were there to cheer on the swimmers and to try and spot future talents.

On the poolside at Dorking

Team Captains Josie McGreevy and Kieran Castle led by example with strong swims and also rallied the swimmers in cheering their team mates on.

The Team: Abigail Fraser, Adam Smith, Charlotte O'Sullivan, Connor Bowden, Declan Courtney, Elise Smith, Elizabeth Newman, Ellie Fisher, Georgina Bourley, Hamish Macrae, Issy Mettan-Ure, Jack Short, Josie McGreevy, Kieran Castle, Lauren Fisher, Louis Creamore, Molly Jordan, Nathan Cater, Oliver Sagrott, Rebecca Salter, Richard Jarvis, Robert Nolan, Roisin Bowden, Terri Martin, Thomas Salter, Tom Fisher.

Finally a big thank you to Dorking Swimming Club for their hospitality!

20/21 February - Super Surrey’s Start for Sutton & Cheam Swimmers

Sutton and Cheam Swimming Club have made their best start to the Surrey Age Group swimming championship winning 5 Gold, 3 Silver and 2 Bronze medals over the first weekend of competition.

Surrey Championships 200m Breaststroke Medal Winners
Nine year old Michael Rees, in his debut championships, took the first honours in the 200 metre Breaststroke in a personal best of 3mins.27.86 secs. Minutes later William Ward cruised home to win the 10 years group in another personal best time of 3mins 16.41 secs, finishing an astonishing 14 secs ahead of the second place swimmer. Team Captain Ace Taylor (15) then contributed a silver medal in his age group in the same event.

In the evening Jacob Tidy (15) and James DeBrunner(14) took Silver and Bronze respectively in the toughest event of the day, the 200m Butterfly.

Jacob & James
William, Michael & George

On Sunday Michael Rees swam into the limelight once again as he won 2 more Gold Medals in the 200m Backstroke and the 100m Individual Medley in the 9 yrs age group. William Ward picked up another Gold medal in the 10 yr group in the same event with George Brown fighting his way through the field to claim late Silver as well.

With personal bests being broken in most races Sutton’s swimmers can’t wait for the 50m sprint events to start in 3 weeks time at Crystal Palace.

In all, Sutton and Cheam have 32 swimmers entered in a record 175 events over the course of the Championships which run over several weekends until March 28th. With several genuine gold medal hopes across the age groups and with 10 medals won already it will be the club’s best showing in the Championships for many years, showing the huge strides made under coaches Jim Walker and Helen Andrews.

07 February - Sutton & Cheam Girls retain League Title

An outstanding display by Sutton & Cheam's Junior (Under 18) Ladies Team on Sunday resulted in wins over Worthing (5-1), Croydon (3-1) and Beckenham (4-1), and a runaway Winter League Title for the third time in three years. Ladies Junior Champions 2010

The win over Beckenham was particularly pleasing, reversing the result of an earlier round of the competition back in January, when the team lost 1-0, their only defeat of the season.

The game against Worthing was particularly noteworthy for a spectacular goal by goalkeeper, Amy Styles who, noting the opposition keeper off her line, lobbed her from her own goal line, 25 metres away! Amy's still smiling!

With two of the team's experienced players unavailable through conflicting commitments, Brooke Tafazolli 5), Alice Rogers (3), Rebecca Hedges (2), Eve Tidy (1) and Amy Styles (1) scored the goals but this was a performance based on superior swimming ability, fitness and teamwork, particularly in defence, in which every member stuck rigidly to the game plan, allowing the opposition very few shots on goal, mainly from long range.

Over the course of the season, the team had the enviable record Played 9, Won 8, Lost 1, Goals for 34, Goals against 7. To concede only 7 goals in 9 games was a magnificent achievement in itself, emphasising the team's highly organised defence, in which the whole team played a part.

The Team: Amy Styles, Rebecca Hedges, Ellie Quin, Sophie Ovens, Alice Rogers, Nicole Barron, Brooke Tafazolli, Eve Tidy, Reanna Howells and Ferne O'Brien.

06 February - Sutton's Under 12 Team pay the price for inconsistency

Under 12 Team

In the closest fought Under 12 Winter League competition ever, Sutton & Cheam's Under 12 team finally finished 4th with the record Played 12, Won 5, Drawn 3, Lost 4, when the League ended at Gurnell, Ealing on Saturday.

Defeats by Croydon (2-1) and West London/Ealing (also 2-1) and a good win over Watford (5-3) completed the season with Ashley Castle (4), Matthew Helps (2) and Michael Rees scoring the goals, whilst Ross James and Joe Phillpott-Clark shared goal-keeping duties at the other end.

Any one of 4 teams could have clinched the title right up until the last weekend of the season. However, Sutton paid the price for inconsistency; losing 3 games by a single goal during the season, as well as drawing three games they could just as easily have won if numerous missed chances had only been taken. However, Sutton's young team improved throughout the competition and showed their competitiveness with a hard-fought 3-3 draw with eventual Winter League winners, Beckenham; and a comfortable 4-2 win over second placed Hythe, during the course of the season.

This was particularly pleasing to coach Dave Andrews since 5 of the team will remain in the Under 12 age group next season.

The team was Natalie Andrew, George Brown, Ashley Castle, Matthew Helps, Ross James, James Maynard, Joe Phillpott-Clark, Michael Rees, Adam Smith.

24 January - Ladies Junior Team still top of the League

Sutton & Cheam's Junior Ladies Team maintained their position at the top of the Winter League table after the second round of matches at Whitgift. However defeat in the third of their matches means its still all to play for for the overall championship title.

In the first of their games Sutton's power eventually wore down a resolute Croydon side coming out 3-1 winners with 2 goals from Louise Bampton and 1 from Georgina Pashler. Suttons Eve Tidy had a couple of great chances deprived by the goalie in the first instance and then the post.

Ironically the second match finished 5-1 to Sutton against arguably their strongest opponents, Worthing. For much of the game little separated the two sides as Sutton failed to capitalize on some good chances with Reanna Howells testing the woodwork for Sutton and both Louise Bampton & Alice Rogers going close.

Eventually Sophie Ovens put Louise Bampton through to fire into the corner to open the scoring for Sutton. In the second half defensive frailties led to a Worthing equalizer but Sutton then broke down their opponents with a fine breakaway goal from the restart scored by Pashler. Alice Rogers then added to the score as Sutton finished on top.

The final game against Beckenham was a low key affair as Sutton wasted a number of chances and paid for the mistakes with a sucker blow whilst a player down. Sutton probably deserved something out of the game and with time ticking down, goalie Amy Styles produced a lovely pass to Rebecca Hedges who had lost her marker. Unfortunately 1 on 1 with the goalkeeper Rebecca skied the shot. A disappointing end to what had otherwise been a good days work.

The team was: Amy Styles, Rebecca Hedges, Ellie Quin, Louise Bampton, Sophie Ovens, Alice Rogers, Georgina Pashler, Brooke Tafazolli, Eve Tidy, Reanna Howells and Ferne O'Brien.

24 January - Great Performance by Under 12 Team at Watford

Under 12 Team Sunday saw the Under 12 team at Watford Woodside Leisure Centre for the penultimate tournament of the Winter League. A below par 1-1 draw with home side Watford, followed by a 3-3 draw with Croydon set the team up nicely for a spirited 4-2 victory over Ealing in the last game of the day.

The game against Croydon was the game of the tournament with both sides in front at some stage in the game; Sutton leading 3-2 with only seconds left in the game,only for Croydon to equalise at the last gasp, with the capacity crowd on its feet. A fair result with neither deserving to lose.

Ashley Castle (5), Matthew Helps (2) and a debut goal from James Maynard contributed to the scores with excellent defensive displays by Natalie Andrew, Ross James, Michael Rees, Joe Philpott-Clark, George Brown and Adam Smith. Natalie, Ross, Joe and Adam showed their versatility by taking turns in goal.

Coach Stephen Bayles was delighted with the performance and it's all to play for in two weeks time with any one of 4 teams in the running to take the title.

The team: Natalie Andrew, Ross James, Michael Rees, Matthew Helps, Ashley Castle, Joe Philpott-Clark, George Brown, James Maynard and Adam Smith.

23/24 January - Sutton boys help London Region to victory

Five of our highly successful 1993/94 club team were selected to play for the London Region Youth team at the recent National Inter-District event in Birmingham. The Sutton boys were Joe Worland, Jacob Tidy, Callum Donoghue, Jack and Josh Miller. To add to this Tom Phillpott-Clark was selected as non-travelling reserve. Sutton & Cheam's Alex Sutton, (London Region's first choice keeper) was unfortunately unavailable for selection due to a prior family commitment in Ireland.

London were placed in the "B" group competing against Regional teams from the South West, the West Midlands, the East and Wales.

The London team kicked off with a tightly fought match against the South West eventually running out 9-8 winners. The second match on Day 1 resulted in a runaway victory for London with a 25-3 victory over the West Midlands. On the Sunday London triumphed 9-4 over the East Region and finished the tournament with a comfortable 7-3 win over Wales.

All five of our lads contributed to the success, which will see London compete in the "A" group in 2011.

As a result of their play, both Jack and Jacob were picked as members of the tournaments combined 1st Seven "Dream Team".

23 January Presentation Evening

Presentation evening winners!

Over 200 members and parents were present at Saturday's annual Presentation Evening to see the Club Championship medallists, Age Group winners, 2010 Team Captains and "Jack Petchey Award " winners receive their awards and trophies from Matt Holland, Sutton and Cheam and GB goalkeeper.

The "Jack Petchey" Awards are presented to club members for outstanding achievement, or for exceptional contribution to the club.

Matt therefore presented the monthly Jack Petchey Award winners to Ashley Castle, Sam Baker, Isaac Tidy, Reanna Howells, Killian Courtney, Alfie Brown, Brooke Tafazolli and Kieran Bayles; and the Jack Petchey "Leader Award" to Andy Bayles, for his contribution to the club over many years. October's winner, Jack Miller, was unable to be there as he was competing for London Region at the Inter Region Youth Water Polo Championships in Walsall.

17 January - Under 16 Team finish 3rd

Sutton & Cheam's Under 16 team finished the Winter League in a disappointing 3rd Place on Sunday, largely the result of the unavailability of key players at various times throughout the season. The play-off games were no exception and with 2 players unavailable, the team was always going to be up against it. A 4-2 win in the first game against Beckenham raised expectations though this was followed by a 6-2 defeat by eventual League winners Watford, who fully deserved their win.

This left it all to play for in the second/third place decider against Croydon, with Sutton & Cheam shooting into a well-deserved 3-1 lead before Brooke Tafazolli was excluded by a dubious decision by the referee. This allowed Croydon back into the game, eventually winning 6-4. Jacob Tidy (7) and Ace Taylor (3) shared the goals between them.

Despite this, when at full strength, the team played well enough to deserve better, and with all but 3 of the team remaining Under 16 next year, it augurs well for the future.

The team was Mofe Wilkey, Jacob Tidy, James McFarlane, Luke Mason, Brooke Tafazolli, Eve Tidy, Reanna Howells, Michael Mason, and Ace Taylor.

16 & 17 January Tigersharks Swindon

Sutton & Cheam Swimmers returned from a great weekend at the Tigersharks Open in Swindon with 8 golds, 13 silver and 17 bronze medals, and not to mention a staggering 85 top 8 placings and 56 personal best swims. Coaches Jim Walker and Helen Andrews were over the moon with the results, which are great preparation for the Surrey County Championships, starting next month.

To cap a great weekend, Sutton & Cheam's parents won the 'prize' for the best supporters.

There were Gold Medals for James DeBrunner (4), Ace Taylor (2), Chris Carr & George Brown

Silvers for Jacob Tidy (2), James DeBrunner (2), William Ward (2), Natalie Andrew, Nicole Barron, Rosie Heape, Adam Smith, Ashley Castle, Chris Carr & George Brown

Bronzes for Chris Carr (2), George Brown (2), James DeBrunner (2), Rebecca Hedges (2), Adam Smith, Alfie Brown, Ashley Castle, Brooke Tafazolli, Elliot Kimber, Jacob Tidy, Michael Rees , Natalie Andrew & Nicole Barron

Close calls for Harry Brown, Ashley Castle, George Brown, Chris Carr, Louis Meffan, Jake Meffan, Ashley Castle, Elliot Kimber, Natalie Andrew, Rebecca Hedges & Brooke Tafazolli

The Team: Ace Taylor, Adam Smith, Alfie Brown, Ashley Castle, Brooke Tafazolli, Charlie Carr, Chris Carr, Daisy Meffan, Danielle Carbery, Elliot Kimber, Eve Tidy, George Brown, Harry Brown, Jacob Tidy, Jake Meffan, James De Brunner, Joe Phillpott-Clark, Katie Heape , Killian Courtney, Lois Martin , Louis Meffan, Michael Rees, Natalie Andrew, Nicole Barron, Rebecca Hedges, Rosie Heape , Ross James, Samuel Rees, William Ward

03/01/2010 - Great Start to the New Year!

Sutton & Cheam's Junior LadiesTeam got the New Year off to a flying start with 3 wins out of 3 on Sunday, placing them at the top of the Winter League table.

Winning Team

Victories over Worthing (5-1), Croydon (5-0) and Beckenham (4-0) were in fact somewhat tougher than the scorelines suggest; since in each game, there was only a single goal in it at half time. However the team's superior teamwork opened up the scoring during the second half of each game.

Particularly pleasing to coach Dave Andrews was the team's outstanding defence, ably marshalled by Brooke Tafazolli, which limited the opposition to very few scoring chances; the team only conceding a single goal over all three games.

Louise Bampton top-scored with 6 followed by Alice Rogers (4), Georgina Pashler (2), Brooke Tafazolli (1), and Eve Tidy (1). Both Ellie Quin and Rebecca Hedges had further excellent chances to increase the scoreline but for the woodwork; whilst Amy Styles was her usual immaculate self in goal.

The team was: Amy Styles, Rebecca Hedges, Ellie Quin, Louise Bampton, Sophie Ovens, Alice Rogers, Georgina Pashler, Brooke Tafazolli, Eve Tidy, Reanna Howells, and Ferne O'Brien.

© Sutton & Cheam Swimming Club, 2015