Sport review of the year 2008: Part I

HERE are just a few of the highs – and the lows – which were experienced by Huntingdonshire s sports men, women and children in 2008. More highlights will be posted on the website on Thursday, January 1. CHRISTIAN Roberts got his new year of to a flying

HERE are just a few of the highs - and the lows - which were experienced by Huntingdonshire's sports men, women and children in 2008.

More highlights will be posted on the website on Thursday, January 1.

CHRISTIAN Roberts got his new year of to a flying start at the North of England Indoor Athletic Championships. Roberts, 17, from Huntingdon AC, ran superbly to collect silver in the 60-metre hurdles finishing just a fifth of a second behind the North of England U20 champion James Wright.

THE FA Vase caused plenty of interest as St Ives marched towards Wembley. Ives overcame Bitton after falling two goals behind and set up a home game against Needham Market. A crowd of over 400 was expected for the next game with Wembley only three wins away. (Page 148, 30/01)

LOLA CARS unveiled their latest supercar for the Le Man's 24-hour race. The Lola Coupe B08/60 LMP1 can reach a maximum speed of 220 mph. (Page 144, 16/01)

FEBRUARY saw the St Ives Hockey Club marching towards promotion in the Men's NE14 East League. Saints visited Spalding and recorded their 14th straight win to leave them odds on for the title.

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IN the FA Vase St Ives were held to a draw by Needham Market and had the disappointment of losing the replay a few days later. (Page 150, 20/02)

PIDLEY woman Charlotte Edwards and her England ladies cricket team showed the whole country that the Aussies were beatable when they went down under and won the Ashes. Edwards led her team to victory in the test and became the first captain to win a test series in Australia for 73 years. She described it as "the greatest achievement of my career". Edwards hit the winning run despite carrying a knee injury. The England team moved to New Zealand and completed a great tour as Edwards led them to a one day series win against the Kiwis. (Page 145, 20/02)

LONGSANDS pupil Matthew Nicholson, 13, had only taken up running some six months earlier but he was on his way to Merseyside for the English Schools Cross Country Championship in March. Matthew, who runs for Huntingdon AC was one of eight Cambridgeshire athletes at the event.

A FORMER Hinchingbrooke School pupil was causing a storm in the world of horse racing. Jason Favell, 20, from Ellington, had already won four races as a National Hunt jockey. (Page 160, 19/03)

ST NEOTS and Stotfold footballers hit the headlines in March when a mass brawl involving the majority of the players and some of the club officials. It resulted in the game to be abandoned after 41 minutes by referee Dean Appleby who said; "It was the most violent mass brawl I have ever seen on a sports field." Both clubs were subsequently fined and warned about their future conduct.

A SAWTRY teenager was competing to become one of Britain's youngest swimmers at the Paralympics in Beijing. Lauren Steadman, 15, competed in freestyle and backstroke events. (Page 144, 02/04)

APRIL saw Amy Rae and her Hunts and Cambs Girls Golf team make fools of Norfolk County Girls at Thetford. The Lakeside Lodge star turned in a great performance as her team recorded a 6-0 win.

ST Neots Town FC won the Gayton Cup for the first time in over a decade. The Rowley Park side took the trophy home after beating Huntingdon Town 3-1 in April.

THE cricket season got underway and a large crowd went to Ramsey Cricket Club for the first annual triangular Fenland Calypso Trophy. The Twenty-20 style tournament saw Ramsey emerge as the victors. (Page 158, 30/04)

THERE were major celebrations at St Neots Rugby Club as their 3rd XV demolished Hitchin 34-15 in the final of the Deuxieme Plate. It was a double delight for the Saints as they had lifted the league title two weeks earlier.

ST NEOTS rowers were the talk of the town in May as they returned with medals from the Munich International Regatta. Top oarswoman was Natalie Bream who captured a Gold medal for Great Britain with partner Amelda Gare from Molesey. Club colleague Jo Fitzsimons lifted a silver and bronze which brought the total number of international medals at the St Neots club to 54.

DANIEL Keatings from the Huntingdon Olympic Gym Club had the honour of captaining Great Britain Junior Gymnasts at Lausanne. Keating led magnificently from the front talking five medals as the GB team took first place at the event in front of Russia and Germany. (Page 144, 14/05)

A SOMERSHAM businessman was on his way across the Atlantic to Vancouver, Canada, to compete in the World Triathlon Championships in June. Stephen Mavin, 32, made sure all his training was worthwhile as he took Bronze in his age group. (Page 132, 04/06)

AN 11-year-old motorcyclist from Somersham competed in senior Supermoto events. Jordan Holliday took part in the Donnington Park GP in June. (Page 132, 11/06)

THE long awaited official opening of St Neots Town FC's new stadium took place with former Aston Villa manager and England player John Gregory guest of honours. The Rowley Park Stadium in Kester Way was described by Gregory, whose late father had managed St Neots, as "absolutely amazing." (Page 144, 25/06)