Swimming: West impresses in Open Water champs

SEVEN swimmers from Thurrock competed at this year’s East Region Open Water Championships. The day was really nice up to the last event (5km) when the lightning struck and heavens opened. Tilly Geggus swam in a tough race and finished 2nd in Essex and 4th in the Region – missing 1st and 3rd by 0.3 secs in a 3k swim

Cricket: Thurrock outclass Little Baddow

THURROCK won a thrilling match at home to Little Baddow by 11 runs. The hosts batted first on a humid day at Blackshots and gained two batting points in their total of 178. Number nine Clarke Wren came to the crease and smashed his way to a crucial 39 which included three maximums. Ross Fullbrook (28) Umaad Sultan (26) and Matt Hills (22) also added some valuable runs.

Football: Westcarr the star as Fleet sunk by Pompey

THE highly anticipated friendly encounter between Thurrock and Portsmouth produced a memorable night at Ship Lane. A double from Pompey’s new striker, Craig Westcarr, gave the visitors the win but it was the valiant Thurrock defending that shone throughout the game.

Football: Clear out continues at Grays Athletic

IT looks like there is no room for sentiment in Grays Athletic’s new boss, Jody Brown’s regime as a number of players, old and new have been shown the door. The former captain and assistant manager, Lee Flynn, is one of several players released by the club this week

Speedway: Kent Kings are coming to Lakeside

IT IS true local derby action this Friday, 25th July, at the Arena Essex Raceway as the Vortex Hammers take on the Kent Kings in National League action.

Cricket: Belhus buckle in the heat

BELHUS won the toss and elected to bat first on a sweltering afternoon in North Stifford. The wicket offered significant assistance to the fives bowlers during the first hour of play and the home side made a steady but sedate start to their innings. However wickets soon began to fall at regular intervals and none of the Belhus batters could impose themselves on the game.

Speedway: Lightning strikes for the Hammers

AGAINST a back drop of lightning strikes around the Arena Essex Raceway on Friday evening the Vortex Hammer dug deep to snatch a 47-43 point victory with a dramatic comeback over an Eastbourne team who were six points in the lead after ten heats.

Football: Dockers start off their pre-season

ON a warm afternoon at Lodge Avenue, Tilbury started there pre season with a 1-1 draw against an experienced Barking side. Two first half goals saw the sides share the Peter Webster Trophy for the second successive year.

Cricket: Stanford pipped by West Essex

STANFORD played host to West Essex this week and despite a creditable batting performance were left to rue a string of dropped catches as the visitors blasted their way to a seven wicket victory.

Arena Essex: Caravans of chaos hit the arena

Arena Essex’s annual Caravan race took place on Sunday with its usual brand of all out chaos erupting as soon as the green flag was waved. Ian Phillips was the first to lose his caravan as Sophie Unwin and John Golden combined to spin him on the first bend. A huge smash then ensued with […]

Thurrock athletes continue to impress at home and abroad.

THURROCK athletes have been putting in a number of impressive performances both at home and abroad. Former Grays Convent student, Jessica Judd once again went under 2 mins in a high class 800 metres at Monaco in the Diamond League. Jessica was initially disappointed with her position but once she discovered she had got under 2 mins again (1.59.92) she was delighted.

Cricket: Stanford see off Leigh

AFTER winning a crucial toss, skipper Drew Robinson invited Leigh to have a bat on a damp wicket after the recent heavy rains leading up to the game the previous week. The decision proved to be a good one as they reduced Leigh to 2 for 2 off the first 5 overs. Leigh eventually recovered to set a modest target of 162-8 off their allotted 52 overs thanks mainly to Al Lawrence (29) and Joshal Patel (37). Stanford’s bowlers were able to keep things generally tight and wickets were shared around with Adam Knight (3-36) Jack Carter (2-36) and Greg Cohen (2-68) bowling well in a staggering 26 over spell.

Speedway: Hammers looking forward to clash with Eagles

THE Vortex Hammers return to action at the Arena Essex Raceway this Friday, 18th July, with a local derby clash with the Eastbourne Eagles. The meeting will see the season’s debut of Hammers young Swede Kim Nilsson and Promoter Jon Cook is relishing the prospect of another tough meeting.

Cricket: Low score at High Roding for Thurrock

THE visitors batted first but were bowled out for only 132 from 38 overs. Top scorer Daniel Laird (39) and Danny Crow (22) were the only batsman to score anything of note. High Roding bowled very well as a unit as Travis Hussain bowled an excellent 4-33 from his 12 over spell while Mel Hussain picked up two wickets from nine overs and conceding only 10 runs.

Football: Grays Athletic thumped by impressive Chelmsford

ERRATIC goal-keeping by George Kamarusi set Chelmsford City on their way as they thumped Grays Ath 5-1 at the Melbourne Stadium. These are early days and Grays are trialling and testing a lot of players, so very little can be read into results such as this.

Athletics: Dedicated twelve impress in Southern League

A VERY depleted team of 12 athletes in total battled their way to 3rd
place in the 4th match of the Southern Athletics League Series. With 76
events to cover the 12 athletes had to work very hard indeed.

Thurrock teenager set to sign for Luton

LUTON TOWN manager John Still is reportedly closing in on signing Thurrock teenager, Mark Onyemah. Mark Onyemah one of two potential targets came through the ranks at Thurrock and the talented left back made his debut aged just 16 back in the 2012/13 season.

Football: Grays first friendly sees win against Abbey

THE Academy in Loughton played host to Jody Brown’s first game in charge of a Blues side today and with 23 players to look at, and 3 more missing for various reasons, this was a game that was never going to be about the result or the overall performance. Waltham Abbey also brought a large squad and both managers were able to get the most out of the game as Blues were able to field a different side in each half and the visitors opted for rolling substitutions. In hindsight, given the surprising sweltering conditions, it turned out to be the best possible arrangement for the players who, to a man, worked very hard in the heat.

Swimming: Thurrock shone at Inter-County champs

THREE members of Thurrock Swimming Club proudly represented the county of Essex at the recent ASA East Region Inter-County Gala held at Basildon. Martine Tran, Andrew Martindale and Jamie Speers were members of the Essex squad who competed in the long-course meet against the counties of Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.

Football: Grays chief exec offered role at Hereford United

GRAYS ATHLETIC chief executive Joel Nathan has been assisting the board of Hereford United in a voluntary advisory role as the club re-organises after it’s expulsion from the football conference.

Thurrock Sports Council: July report

THE July meeting of Thurrock Sports council began with an EGM to elect the officers for the next year and to agree changes to the constitution. The regular meeting was held following the EGM. There were no grants given at the meeting although 2 applications required further information before grants could be given. New members were welcomed to the committee and it is now felt that the Sports Council can continue and promote sport in Thurrock. The group now meets quarterly on the first Monday of the months January, April, July and October.

Swimming: Thurrock swimmers shine at Essex Champs

IN the 9-10 age group Mide Olajide, Jaheim Konteh, Harrison Jarvis and Jimmy Taylor showed they are one of the strongest 9-10 teams around by winning the 4×50 medley and 4×50 free. Not to be out done, Jenson Hurrell, Harrison Dessoy, Daniel Ajetunmobi and Lukas Antanaitis also made the finals and finished 8th in both events. The 9-10 year old girls also produced some brilliant swimming. Teni Ogunlesi, Lillian Tagg, Freya Bole and Eden Parkin finished 4th in the 4×50 free and 4th in the 4×50 medley team.

Athletics: Mighty Khai selected for World Junior Champs

THURROCK hurdles star, Khai Riley-Borde has been selected for the British team for the World Junior Champs later this month. Khai who competes in the 110 metre hurdles for Haringey and Enfield has continued to impress in the event this year.

Athletics: Lawless medals in 15 mile champs

THE first ever National Vets off-road 15 mile championship took place in Bewl, Sussex on Sunday. Pat Dobbs took a rare defeat in the V75 age group but managed a silver medal. On a very hilly woodland course he recorded 2h27m. Don Lawless, in the V45 age group, took a bronze medal with an excellent time of 1h44m45s – a sign that he is in great form.

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