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Evening Mail Sport Review of the Year Part Three: July to September

THE Evening Mail sportsdesk team take a look back on the events of 2012 in the third installment of our four-part review of the year

JULY

RAIDERS start the second half of the year with a 30-17 win at London Skolars. Andy Ballard scores twice in a gritty victory after they were 11-0 down at half-time.

George Romney Aces win the Dean Marwood Trophy after an exciting junior tag rugby tournament at Craven Park.

Distance runner Chris Thompson is named as part of Team GB for London 2012. The Barrow-born ace will take part in the 10,000m, fulfilling a lifetime ambition.

Pennington Primary School break all the records on their way to a double relay success at the English Schools Championships in Sheffield.

Mark Day and Steve Mitchell win the Rotary Club Open at Barrow Golf Club by a three-point margin.

The Barrow and District Crib and Don League celebrate their 25th anniversary.

Barrow AFC beat a Furness Select XI 2-0 in their pre-season opener. They defeat Workington 3-0 three days later.

Askam Under-14s win the Cumbria RL Cup by beating Glasson Rangers 52-16 at Brisbane Park.

Emily Bolton stars on the table tennis table with victory in the British Secondary Schools Championship in Guernsey.

Alex Troup, Jack Grundy and John Cunningham are inducted into the Barrow RL Hall of Fame.

Middle-distance runner Dean Miller is named in the ParalympicsGB squad for London 2012. He will compete in the T37 1,500m. (GOOD PICTURE FROM UNI OF MILLER IN RED)

Windermere teenager Adam Chapman wins the 36-hole Southerness Challenge in Scotland, adding to his growing reputation.

Raiders fall to a 28-24 defeat to Championship One title rivals Doncaster at the Keepmoat, knocking them off top spot.

New signing Obi Anoruo scores as Barrow AFC lose 2-1 at AIrbus UK Broughton in pre-season.

Young goalkeeper Curtis Anderson is living the dream as Premier League champions Manchester City sign him for £15,000 from Blackpool.

Raiders become the first team to seal Championship One promotion as they beat Whitehaven 48-16 in front of the TV cameras at Craven Park.

On the same night, the Bluebirds defeat a young Burnley side 3-0 at Holker Street.

Former Ryder Cup winner Ronan Rafferty is a big hit as he visits Furness Golf Club, the Walney links celebrating its 140th anniversary. 

What A Steel makes history at Cartmel by winning the £28k totepool.com Cumbria Crystal Trophy Hurdle – the richest prize in the course’s history.

Ulverston teenager Fraser Minnican wins gold and silver in the pool at the National Youth Championships.

More than 100 anglers line up along Walney’s Irish Sea coastline to compete for the Walney Offshore Windfarm Open. England angler Ashley Sampson reels in the top prize.

As the Olympics get under way in London, Sellafield archer Alan Wills qualifies 42nd in the men’s singles event, but the Great Britain team lose their opener against Ukraine at Lord’s. Wills says it was still the ‘best experience ever’. 

Former Barrow Table Tennis player Paul Drinkhall wins his first and second-round matches in London, beating Commonwealth champion Yang Zi at the ExCel to reach the last 32. There, he bows out to number 10 seed Dimitrij Ovtcharov.

Barrow CC beat St Annes to hold top spot in the Northern League, but Furness still trail Cockermouth in the North Lancs and Cumbria Premier Division.

Cumbria Chloe Wilcox makes Olympic history as she becomes the first Great Britain women’s water polo player to touch the ball and score an outfield goal when they lose 7-6 to Russia.

Furness retain the South Cumbrian Twenty20 title with victory on home turf.

AUGUST

PRINCE William is in the stands to watch Cumbrian water polo ace Glen Robinson in action for Great Britain as they lose 21-7 to gold medal favourites Serbia at London 2012.

West Cumbrian archer Alan Wills bows out of the Olympics with a first-round defeat to Australian Taylor Worth at Lord’s.

Raiders defeat Oldham 42-16 at Craven Park, Ryan Shaw scoring four tires as the club take revenge for two losses on the road to the Roughyeds earlier in the campaign.

Chris Thompson fights through the pain of a back injury to finish the men’s 10,000m final at London 2012, won by Mo Farah. The Barrow-born runner is proud to have been part of a historic night at the Olympics, when Jess Ennis and Greg Rutherford also take gold for Team GB. 

Joe Jackson and Tom Anderson join Barrow AFC on loan from Burnley and winger Danny Rowe on a contract, but Matt Flynn and Alex-Ray Harvey will miss the start of the season with injury. They draw the opener 0-0 against Telford. A second scoreless game follows at Hyde.

Cumbrian water polo aces Chloe Wilcox and Alex Rutlidge bow out of the Olympics as Team GB finish eighth. Wilcox ends with seven goals in the competition.

Barrow Raiders lose a key Championship One title battle 48-34 at Workington Town – the West Cumbrians are now favourites for the crown.

The 15th annual Hoops Eurocamp is a big success, with basketball players from across the globe heading to Barrow.

Dalton CC win the Melville Cup, man-of-the-match Dave Mansergh hitting 89 not out to help beat Furness.

Liam Campbell misses Barrow Raiders’ 24-18 defeat at Rochdale Hornets as they fail to retake top spot in Championship One.

Kyle Brown cleans up in the Monday Night Snooker Handicap, beating Harry Bateman in the final.

The Bluebirds lose 3-1 at Woking, Garry Hunter scoring their first goal of the season as they continue to seek a maiden win.

Runners splash over a wet course for the Ulverston Summer 10k, Tom Cornthwaite, of Salford Harriers, first home.

Cumberland miss out on glory in the Minor Counties title race – rain scuppering their chances – but they triumph over Wiltshire in the a weather-delayed MCCA Trophy final to lift some silverware.

There is controversy in the Barton-Townley Cup as Millom’s match against Ulverston is abandoned by a referee fearing for his safety, and Walney Central are judged to have beaten Barrow Island when referee Mark Laing fails to enforce the golden-point rule and allows Cents through. Walney are booted out by the league committee, only for Barrow Island to withdraw.

Barrow AFC remain winless as they lose 3-1 to Alfreton and 2-0 at Macclesfield over the bank holiday weekend.

Ben Harrison wins a third Challenge Cup final with Warrington, as they defeat Leeds 35-18 at Wembley.

Dalton man Charlie Walker makes his Paralympic debut as Great Britain are beaten by reigning bronze medallists Russia in the sitting volleyball at London’s ExCel. The former army bomb disposal expert, who lost both his legs below the knees to meningitis, hails the incredible atmosphere. 

SEPTEMBER

BARROW Raiders win their final game of the Championship One season, 34-22 against South Wales Scorpions, but miss out on the title to Doncaster.

AFC miss a host of chances as they draw 1-1 with fellow strugglers Kidderminster Harriers, Richie Baker netting their equaliser.

Holker Old Boys fall at the first hurdle in the FA Vase, beaten 2-1 at home by Hebburn Town.

Dean Miller finishes seventh on his Paralympic debut, the Barrow runner vowing to use London 2012 as a springboard to success after he competes in front of 80,000 people in the T37 1,500m.

The Bluebirds are still seeking a first win of the season as they draw 2-2 with Grimsby and sit third-bottom of the Conference.

Barrow CC’s second team win the John Scott Trophy with victory over Workington in the final. The first team suffer defeat to the same opposition in the Blue Fin County Cup final.

Dalton’s Charlie Walker is part of the Team GB sitting volleyball team knocked out of the Paralympics in the quarter-finals by defending champions Iran.

Barrow AFC finally end their wait for victory as they defeat Tamworth 3-1 – Adam Boyes netting twice at the Lamb Ground.

Raiders forward Andy Bracek announces he is joining Halifax for the 2013 season, while David Sharpe becomes the new club chairman.

Furness CC miss out on a fourth successive North Lancs Premier Division title to Cockermouth – by a single point.

Cumbria’s golfers finish second in the Northern Counties Championship, behind Lancashire, after beating Yorkshire in their final match at Ulverston.

The North-Western Senior Football League – for many years a fixture of Furness Sundays – folds due to a lack of teams. Former players reminisce for months to come.

Raiders sign on Whitehaven pair Max Wiper and Matthew Haggarty among 10 players for the 2013 Championship season, while AFC land former Stockport player Sean McConville. Darren Holt’s team beat Doncaster 22-20 in South Yorkshire to reach the Championship One Grand Final, James Dandy’s second-half try proving crucial. (GOOD PICTURE OF DANDY TRY)

AFC are beaten 3-0 at home by Newport County and Barrow CC miss out on the Northern League title to Fleetwood.

Askam fall to a 32-16 defeat by Widnes West Bank, despite a fine try from Ben Lewney. (GREAT PICTURE OF LEWNEY TRY)

Andy Ballard reveals he will be leaving Barrow Raiders, but he wants to go out with a bang in the Grand Final.

Barrow CC ace Liam Livingstone will spend five months Down Under with the Darren Lehman Cricket Academy.

Richie Baker nets a hat-trick as Barrow AFC beat Ebbsfleet United 4-2 at Stonebridge Road.

Former Salford Super League winger Adam Clay is the latest signing at Barrow Raiders, who have Andy Ballard, Liam Campbell, Liam Harrison and Dan Toal named in the Championship One All-Stars team. Hawcoat Park edge a tough rugby union derby against rivals Furness 7-5.

Four Barrow Thorns girls – Milly Knowles, Emily Duerden, Ella Brocklebank and Emily Cox – are picked for the North West.

Ulverston Cons end the Furness and District Women’s Bowling League season unbeaten to lift the title.

Raiders lose the Championship One Grand Final 16-12 to Doncaster at Warrington, in front of thousands of supporters.

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