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Friday, 01 August 2014

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Down a sporting memory lane...

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High hopes for new boy: Haven director Ralph Calvin, left, has likened new signing Ben Karalius to Boxer Walker, pictured right

1922

CUMBERLAND Cup semi-finals: Whitehaven v Great Clifton.

Whitehaven succeeded on Saturday where many thought they would fail. A timely and judiciously kick dropped goal carried them into the final after a stern fight with Clifton.

In the first half the visitors did most of the attacking and frequently got possession from the scrums their tackling was very effective, any attempt by Whitehaven to break away was being promptly frustrated.

After crossing over, however, Whitehaven greatly improved form and reversed the position. Still it was anybody’s game until about 10 minutes from the end of the first half when an even score was changed into four points lead for Whitehaven as a result of a kick goal by Wilson.

There was great liveliness in the opening stages of the second half, play shifting rapidly from one end to the other.

Then Whitehaven got well away and Blaylock, having made an opening, the ball was cross kicked to Sewell who ran over and scored a try.

Whitehaven continued to press on but again the defence prevailed and as time went on it seemed likely that the game would be a draw.

Then Wilson completely changed the outlook by dropping a goal achievement for which he was warmly applauded. Result – Whitehaven 2, Great Clifton 1.

1968

WHITEHAVEN Borough Swim Club are holding a series of monthly swim contests with the Aegir club of Iceland by post.

The first encounter resulted in a win for Iceland, almost a constant interchange of figures and photographs are passing between Mr Alan Foster of Borough club committee and Mr Torifi Tomasson of Reykjavik.

“A difficulty unforeseen in the variation in lengths between 25 yards and 25 metres but now a set of tables provides easy calculation,” Mr Foster explained.

1970

VINE Hotel, the top team in Whitehaven Darts League became the first holders of the West Cumberland Hospital Cup when they beat Sun Inn.

Vine’s captain Joe Bennett received the new trophy from Mrs Sadie Clarke.

During the evening a cheque for £50, the proceeds of the competition was presented on behalf of the organising committee by Mr Walter Thomson, editor of the News.

1997

WHITEHAVEN School under-12s five-a-side team who finished runners-up in the ESFA Northern regional finals sponsored by Wagon Wheels.

Already district champions and county runners-up, Whitehaven travelled to Cramlington to battle against the best teams in Cleveland, Cumbria, Durham and Northumberland.

They were pipped at the post by Trinity School, of Carlisle, who qualified for the nationals in April.

Top scorer for Whitehaven was captain Steven Hewitt with nine goals, while Ryan Smith slotted six and John Gannon one.

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