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  • Swimming: National bid for Leicestershire

    By Leicester Mercury at 06:00 on 19/10/13
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    Leicestershire swimmers will take part in the British Gas ASA National County Team Championships at Ponds Forge tomorrow. A huge event with 40 teams from all over the UK taking part in two divisions, Leicestershire compete in Division Two, hoping for promotion. Leicestershire squad: Elliot Tointon, Harriet West, Jake Spicer, Joel Allen (all Braunstone), Daisy Platts, Milly Scotchbrook, Molly Hey, Tom Herbert (all Sharks), Jack...
  • Golf: O'Brien is living the dream after a thrilling hole-in-one

    By Leicester Mercury at 06:00 on 17/10/13
    flying the flag:  Jim O'Brien retrieves his ball after hitting a hole-in-one on the sixth at Hindhead
    Market Harborough blind golfer Jim O'Brien achieved "every player's dream" when he struck a hole-in-one. He was playing in the Peter Alliss Eye2Eye Charity Day at Hindhead, Surrey, for blind golfers in England and Wales. Each team was led by a professional and included one blind or partially-sighted golfer among three amateurs. O'Brien, a member of Kilworth Springs, was guided by a fellow member, John Grindal, who has...
  • Local rugby: Oakham pip rivals and climb to third

    By Leicester Mercury at 06:00 on 15/10/13
    attack:  Leicester Forest's Mitchell Lamb looks to kick-start a recovery for his side during the defeat against Leighton Buzzard
    There was an improvement in fortunes for sides at Midlands Two East level despite the wet weather that affected the region. Oakham moved up to third in the North division after beating Loughborough 19-10. There were only two tries in the game, Adam Varley scoring for Oakham and Andy Neville-Jones notching for the visitors. Melton Mowbray got off the mark for the season with a gritty 6-5 win at Stamford, while Belgrave returned to...
  • Local rugby: Duo keep up fine start to season

    By Leicester Mercury at 06:00 on 08/10/13
    on the ball:  Wade Wilson keeps possession for Aylestone St James during their defeat to West Bridgford in Three East (North)
    It was a difficult weekend for Leicestershire clubs in the Midlands divisions as there were only five wins from 17 fixtures. The most success came in Midlands Five East (North) as Birstall and Sileby Town maintained their 100 per cent starts. Birstall won 24-17 at Creswell Crusaders, as Rhys Chilvers and Josh Tooth scored braces and Tooth also chipped in with two conversions. Sileby scored seven tries as they thrashed Gainsborough...
  • Harborough through to next round after winning 80-point thriller

    By Leicester Mercury at 06:00 on 01/10/13
    MY BALL:   Birstall's Dan Knott, in green, goes for the ball with  Tupton's Sam Holmes during their cup game
    Market Harborough made it through to the second round of the RFU intermediate Cup after edging an 80-point thriller against Spalding. Spalding were 21-20 ahead at the break and also had the chance to take this absorbing game into extra time. A visiting try pulled the score back to 41-39 but a late conversion attempt drifted wide. Harborough's tries came from Ed Sumpter (2), Jonny Davies, Joe Blades and Harry Hurst. Joe...

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