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JC Dobb Trophy 2015 Spring League Round 1 Report

Wow!!! What a performance from everybody at the First Round of the JC Dobb Spring League with ISC winning the gala with an unbelieveable 200 POINTS!!!

To put what a huge achievement this is into perspective, I have trawled back through all the results I have since the Autumn League of 2010. Only 1 team has managed to get into the 200's at a gala in the 28 galas previous to this. The only time this happened was Round 1 of the Autumn League in 2012 however that particular gala only had 4 teams enter as both Sutton and ISC didnt attend so the winners only competed against 3 other teams. We were racing against 5 very fast and competitive teams but still managed to get one of the highest scores in Dobbs history.

Even more impressive is the fact that we had no less than 5 of our 25 swimmers making their competitive debut. Isabelle Riley, Amelia Faulks, Sophie Stone, Eleanor Higgins and Elliot Watson beat back the nerves and performed brilliantly on the night.

In total there were:

1 - Speeding Ticket

11 - 1st Places (10 in the last round)

15 - 2nd Places (16 in the last round)

8 - 3rd Places (5 in the last round)


This meant we finished in the top 2 in over half of the 48 races once again.

Some highlights of note from the night were:

Isabelle Riley competing as our youngest swimmer ever and bringing home a 3rd place in the 8/9yrs breaststroke relay.

Amelia Faulks leading the final Cannon to victory as well as contributing to a number of 3rd place relay finishes on her gala debut.

Sophie Stone getting a PB in the individual 25m breaststroke on her gala debut also.

Eleanor Higgins swimming up an age group to contribute to a 2nd place in the 14/u freestyle relay as well as being part of the 12/u free team which swum so fast they got the only speeding ticket of the night.

Elliot Watson as the anchor leg in the winning 10/u Medley relay team as well as getting a 5th place in the 25m Butterfly.

Lewis Brown and James Wright competing in 8 events each but giving their all each time.

All the seniors showing their maturity and setting a great example and tone for the night with your performances. You now look like a team that can do great things and if the first two competitive galas are anything to go by then 2015 should be amazing. The other teams are now looking at us as genuine competitors and that is a credit to the hard work you are all putting in.

There was 1st places for Emily Middleton, Elsie Vivian (x2), Leah Burgin-Rawson, Sophie King, Ben Newton, Jake Elson and Emily Reynolds. Also the 10/u Mixed Medley Relay, Boys 14/U Free Relay and a fantastic Cannon.

It was a great night as ever and we all owe a big thanks to all the parents and coaches for helping out and ensuring the night went ahead without a hitch.

Final Gala Standings:

1st Team Ilkeston - 200

2nd Sutton - 191

3rd Kimberley - 187

4th Radford - 160

5th Portland - 109

6th Hucknall - 103

Next Gala is the JC Dobb Spring League Round 2 on Saturday 7th March at Lammas Leisure Centre, Sutton-in-Ashfield.

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