Burns sizzles in season opener

THE Grafton Services Swimming Club held the first swim of the winter season in the warmer surrounds of the South Grafton Indoor Pool complex.

It was encouraging to see the newer members compete with a good roll-up ensuring that the rivalry for prizes was intense.

The first final was the 25m freestyle and the finalists were those who adjusted best from the 30m distance contested during summer. Most will get down to a consistent time with regular competition.

Wilson Burns, fresh back from a visit to the Far East (apparently not a junket), won the race courtesy of the check timer and later claimed this was his first victory in three years.

Sounds like Wilson could be a little bit careless with the truth.

The rest of the field touched almost simultaneously with the judge relying on times to sort out the minor places.

Damien O’Mahoney was awarded second, Geoff Simkus third then Steve Donnelly and Toni Ensbey.

The 50m freestyle final was contested by Richard Green, Luke McSkimming, Bob Owen, David Moon and Anne Simkus.

Moony continued his outstanding summer form to win in a tight finish from Young Skimmo, Bob, Anne and Greeny.

Toni Ensbey, Young Skimmo, Bruce Durrington, Richard Sear and Anne lined up for the 25m formstroke final.

Although it was her second final, Toni managed to go too fast taking Richard with her to the land of oblivion leaving Durro first, Young Skimmo second and a tiring Anne third.

Durro later claimed that his victory was because he was the only honest swimmer in the race. Most members will dispute this claim.

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