Captain Paul resigns position

AFTER eight years at the helm, Grafton Services Club swimming captain Paul O’Connor has resigned his position.

Before his announcement Paul gave a glowing report of the club’s achievements over the past 12 months and the success of the individual swimmers at zone and inter-zone carnivals.

The monthly point score winners were: October, Steve Donnelly, November and February Paul O’Connor, December Bruce Durrington, January and March, David Moon.

The award for the most disqualifications went to Richard Sear.

Age divisions: Damien O’Mahony 35-39, Jackie Rogan 40-45, David Moon 45-49, Geoff Simkus 50-54, Steve Donnelly 55-59 and 60-plus John Kelleher.

David Moon won the Hugh Miller Memorial Trophy for the highest overall point score winner and Paul O’Connor was runner-up.

Toni Ensbey was presented with The Maurice Chapman Memorial Shield for Application and Consistency and the Gary Grantham Memorial Trophy for Club Person of the year went to a speechless Bob Owen.

Club President, John Kelleher announced that, beginning on the May 11, all members will be competing for a new trophy – The Neville “Chopper” Hackett Memorial Trophy, awarded to the swimmer who has won the 50m freestyle most often for the 12-month period.

The swim on Tuesday saw Rod McSkimming and his son back in action after a long break – the surfing season has obviously ended.

Numbers are growing week by week and making the final of the 25m freestyle event were Geoff Simkus, Bill Goddard, Terry Marsh, Wendy Parmenter, Richard Sear and David Hill.

Only eight seconds handicap separated the swimmers at the start. Bill appeared to be holding the lead but a fast finishing “Hilly” hit the wall with a time that was spot on. Bill came in .09 behind him and Geoff took third place.

The next event, and the first enabling swimmers to earn points towards the Neville Hackett Trophy saw Geoff Simkus, John Kelleher, Alan Lollback, Bruce Durrington, Wilson Burns and Doug Ensbey lining up.

At 25 metres the bunch began to close up and as the finish drew near there was a great wash of water as hands reached for the tiles. Geoff, Alan, Bruce and Wilson were all disqualified, giving Doug first place with John second.

Bob Owen, Bruce Durrington, Max Kroehnert, Bill Goddard, David Hill and Geoff Simkus were the finalists in the 25m B B & B.

Bill led the field from go to woe with a blinding pace. However the judge then disqualified Bill, Max, Bruce and David.

Bob was announced the winner and took possession of the winning voucher. This victory was short lived as the judge called “hold it” – I’ve made a mistake. Bob was then also disqualified, leaving Geoff to take the spoils, and they were well earned – three finals for the night.

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