Newcomer achieves unusual double

THE Grafton Services Swimming Club welcomed another new member and once again had instant success.

Matthew McSkimming, son of Rod and brother of Luke, had the rare experience of all the other swimmers in both his heat and final being disqualified.

This happened in the first final of the night being the 50m freestyle with Terry Barnes, Steve Donnelly, Bill Goddard, Geoff Simkus, Matt and Richard Green competing.

The fast water played havoc with most with Terry the Toolman leading the charge breaking his time by almost two seconds followed by Billy G, Chicko, Steve and Greeny. None had any excuses for the result with all breaking by a considerable margin. Matt Skimmo swam well outside his time and only had to finish to claim the prize.

The 30m freestyle final was for the Steve Donnelly Financial Services Explosive Cup for the month of March. Rod Skimmo, David Moon, Bill Goddard, Peter Grainger, Ian Goodman and Luke Skimmo were all fired up and desperate to win the Cup. Ian is progressing with his rehabilitation from hip surgery and is back down to his best times.

Unfortunately he improved too quickly and was disqualified along with fitness guru Peter resulting in another Skimmo, this time Luke, winning from Moony. Old Skimmo was again rounded up by his youngsters and Billy suffering from his second consecutive final.

The 30m formstroke final had The Toolman and Peter backing up from previous finals. This showed in the finish with neither in the judge’s range of vision.

Doug Ensbey recorded a time of 38.31 secs in his heat and 33.85 secs in the final. He was rubbed out and asked to provide a sample for drug testing in one of the biggest form reversals in the club’s history.

After the dust settled and the sledging subsided, Paul O’Connor was declared the winner, Dogga Durrington second, Mr Fitness third, Toolman fourth and Toni Ensbey next to finish.

With all the serious stuff over and done with, we adjourned to the GDSC for our monthly barbecue.

It is a very friendly social club and anyone who is a member of the GDSC will be made welcome at our swim nights.

Just turn up at the Olympic Pool about 5.45pm on Tuesday and enjoy the festivities.

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