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SWINDON SPORT TOP 100, 2013 - PART TWO: #60-31
5:30am Saturday 28th December 2013 in Sport
#60 Sam Bullas
The Swindon Wildcats player represented the England Students team in the World University Games and helped his side to a 12th place finish in the group stage before they lost to Ukraine in the knockout rounds. The forward was in good form for his club throughout the year and was Wildcats’ top performer in their short-lived play-off run at the end of the 2012/13 season where they lost out to Basingstoke.
#59 Dave Webb
The Swindon Supermarine manager took his side to the Southern League Division One South and West play-offs in his first season as manager before they lost on penalties to Merthyr Town. Former Highworth Town manager Webb has also put his side in the hunt for a play-off place this season despite losing a number of key players and having to rebuild his squad as the season has gone on.
#58 Hannah Miley
The Swindon-born Scottish swimmer has been far from her best form in 2013 but still was able to charge to fifth in the 400m individual medley at the World Championships in Barcelona. Miley was also able to win domestic gold in the same medley race and represented Europe in the Duel in the Pool event recently, with her team narrowly losing out to the United States.
#57 Louise Hunt
The Wanborough wheelchair tennis player has enjoyed a hugely productive 2013 which has seen her rise to a career-high 12th in the doubles rankings with her partner Sabine Ellerbrock. Hunt lost out in the semi-finals of the British Championships to fellow Brit Lucy Shuker but made amends in the doubles as she won a fifth national title along with Shuker.
#56 Elliot Hill
Hill was the captain of the all-conquering Purton Cricket Club side which won promotion to the WEPL as champions of Wiltshire League Division One. Hill delivered close to 500 runs with the bat throughout the season and led his troops superbly as he got the best out of paceman Tom Bowler and all-rounder Akki Gomel, who scored over 1,000 runs for the club.
#55 Anne Dunham
Broad Hinton para-dressage rider Anne Dunham enjoyed more medal success during 2013, most notably in the FEI European Championship where she picked up team gold with the Great Britain side as well as individual silver in the Grade 1A category in Denmark. The event also saw Dunham mount LTJ Lucas Normark in his first international tournament and was pleased with his progress.
#54 Josh Parsons
The pacey frontman proved to be a deadly marksman for Swindon Supermarine as the South Marston side made the Southern League Division One South & West play-offs where they ultimately lost to Merthyr. Parsons formed an impressive partnership with Ashley Edenborough which saw the duo score more than 50 goals between then during an eventful 2012/13 season.
#53 Ash Edenborough
The striker combined with teammate Josh Parsons for more than 50 goals as Swindon Supermarine made the Southern League Division One South & West play-offs, eventually losing on penalties to Merthyr Town. Both players left the club in the summer to sign for rivals Hungerford Town, but both soon returned and Edenborough has picked up where he left off this season.
#52 Keeleigh Chapman
The 18-year-old Swindon Harriers hurdler became the first female from her club to compete in an international when she represented Wales in the under 20s clash with England in March. Chapman also won the Welsh Indoor 60m hurdles junior title during an impressive campaign which saw her end the year by picking up her club’s achievement award.
#51 Sam Godfrey
After being recruited by Swindon Wildcats in the summer from Slough, Godfrey made a big impact at the Link Centre during the first half of the 2013/14 season. Godfrey was also selected to compete for Great Britain Under 20s in the World Championships (Division 1B), where the youngsters lost to Italy and Kazakhstan before beating France 5-4 to narrowly avoid relegation.
#50 Louise Clayton
The Swindon Dolphin head coach has once again overseen a memorable year for the Milton Road club which saw record numbers turn out for their club championship. Dolphin swimmers dominated a number of meetings, including the Britol Open Meet, while the likes of Lauren Matthews progressed through the system to swim in the ASA Nationals for the first time.
#49 Ollie Betteridge
Like his Swindon Wildcats teammate Sam Godfrey, Betteridge was part of the Great Britain Under 20s team at the World Championships (Division 1B) and scored a vital goal in his side’s 5-4 victory over France which helped them stay in the division. After joining on a two-way deal from Elite League side Nottingham, Betteridge has continued to be an important part of the Wildcats team.
#48 Dennis Smith
Having missed out on a place at the World Championship by just £100 in 2012, Swindon darts player Smith was out to make amends. The PDC veteran qualified for a succession of European Tour events, having struggled to make any tournaments last year, which saw him rise to 49th in the world rankings and earn a place at Alexandra Palace where he lost to Adrian Lewis.
#47 Alun Rossiter
The Swindon Robins team manager went into 2013 looking to retain his side’s Elite League title and, after keeping hold of four riders from the previous season, made a great start to the new campaign by beating Poole over two legs to win the Elite Shield. Rossiter kept his riders motivated despite them not being paid and narrowly missed out over two legs against Poole in the play-off semi-finals.
#46 Josh Townsend
As well as being a central figure for Swindon Flames Skater Hockey Club, Townsend captained Great Britain Juniors during 2013 and scored a host of vital goals. The Swindon player led his side at the European Championships in Dusseldorf where he contributed a host of goals and assists to help his country to the bronze medal with a victory over Denmark.
#45 Louis Thompson
The young Swindon Town midfielder has made huge strides during 2013 and is now a mainstay of the matchday squad. Thompson only managed one appearance during the final four months of the 2012/13 season but has added a further 17 this season in Mark Cooper’s new look side. He also received a call-up to the Welsh U21 side for their match with Moldova in March.
#44 Josh McCarthy
2013 has been another year of progress for the young darts player. The Stratton player won the warm-up event at the BDO England Classic before winning the main youth event the following day. The victory added to an already bulging trophy cabinet which also now included the Polish Open and Polish Masters titles, both won in 2013, meaning the future looks bright.
#43 Liam Tucker
The Swindon Cricket Club captain was the brains behind the County Ground club’s promotion from the Wiltshire Division, just a year after they were relegated from the Glos/Wilts Division. Tucker got the best out of the likes of Ardil Domingo and Jake Goodwin, as well as old stagers like Paul Paginton, and contributed with 442 runs from 18 innings, with a best of 96 not out.
#42 Tyrone Mings
After leaving Chippenham Town for the bright lights of the Championship with Ipswich Town, left-back Mings went on to make his professional football debut on the final day of last season away at Burnley. Mings has made seven more appearances for the Tractor Boys during the opening months of 2013/14 and has been tipped to have a bright future by manager Mick McCarthy.
#41 Liam McGuire
Swindon Flames netminder McGuire was a vital part of his side’s National Championship bid which saw them eventually finish third in Rotherham. His performances for his club saw him called up to the Great Britain side for the first time, where he impressed once again as he picked up his country’s player of the tournament award at the European Championship.
#40 Edward Kennett
The former Coventry rider arrived at the Robins for the start of the 2013 season, having won the league with Swindon boss Alun Rossiter with the Bees in 2010. Kennett made a flying start to life at Blunsdon and then looked in contention to reach the final heat of the British Final before just falling short. Kennett represented Great Britain in the first round of the World Cup at King’s Lynn.
#39 Lee Power
Power's financial contribution to Swindon Town this year cannot be understated. His money helped lift the club out of a transfer embargo back in March and he has since taken on the overall running of the club. An astute eye for a player and strong ties to Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood enabled Town to bring in a raft of talented youngsters during the summer transfer window and as a result, on a limited budget, the Robins are still challenging for a League One play-off place.
#38 Shona O'Dwyer
Not content with mixing with the country’s leading netball player in her age group, Lydiard Academy pupil O’Dwyer was selected to train with the best hockey players in the country at the Futures Cup during 2013. In netball, O’Dwyer was an integral part of the Hucclecote side which reached the national finals and appears to have a bright future in both of her sports.
#37 Giorgio Rigali
Seamer Rigali enjoyed another productive season with Goatacre which saw him take 31 wickets at an average of 25.29, with his best figures being 3/19. Rigali jetted Down Under for the winter to once again play for Stevens Reserve and while there took the prize scalp of England star Kevin Pietersen while working in the nets.
#36 Jordan O’Donoghue
The young Walcot boxer started the year in style with victory in the Golden Girls tournament in Sweden before winning a succession of impressive bouts after returning to home soil. The youngster completed an excellent season with a victory over schoolgirl champion Niamh McGukin on a Horseshow ABC event.
#35 James Phipps
Excalibur CEO James Phipps started 2013 as the main sponsor of Swindon Robins as well as being involved with Swindon Town, Swindon Wildcats and latterly Swindon Supermarine. When the Robins were experiencing cashflow issues Phipps stepped in alongside Dom Threlfall of Pedley Beach to make sure the Blunsdon club were able to finish the season.
#34 Laura Collett
The 24-year-old eventer enjoyed an eventful year which began with her working with racing legend Kauto Star in a bid to retrain him in dressage. Collett suffered a big fall at Tweseldown which left her in a coma and with serious damage to her lungs, but she was soon back in the saddle and was part of the GB side at the FEI Nations Cup in the Netherlands.
#33 Harry Scott
Walcot ABC chief coach Scott has been at the heart of all his young boxers have achieved during the year. The McDonagh brothers, Jimmy and Patrick, were his top performers with Jimmy winning the Three Nations Schoolboy Championship in June. Patrick also tasted success as he won the Youth Ambition Championships.
#32 Floyd Taylor
The Wildcats star captained Great Britain at the World Under 18 Championships where they narrowly missed out on the bronze medal. Taylor was included as a last minute selection for the World Under 20s Championhip, helping them survive relegation from Division 1B. With Wildcats, tenacious Taylor has been a consistent performer under Ryan Aldridge.
#31 Peter Kildemand
The Danish speedway star was once again the most exciting rider to watch round the Abbey Stadium, pushing the dimensions of the track to the limit in almost every meeting. Kildemand’s efforts saw his average rise to over eight points for the first time in his career, earning him the rider of the year award for the second year in succession. He will be back at the club in 2014 as number one.
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