In 2016 a band of warriors from DCASC took on the gargantuan task of dispatching fellow athletes form other local clubs. A contest was held and that contest was called the Junior League. A myth to some; the pinnacle of a years worth of hard training, planning and focus to others.
In the beginning there was a friendly. Fresh from the training pool DCASC took to the poolside of their very own Freemans Quay. The coaches tense, the swimmers ready and raring to go.
The Friendly - Freemans Quay
1st – Durham City Black (232 Points)
2nd – South Tyneside (213 Points)
3rd – North Tyneside (169 Points)
4th – Tynedale (154 Points)
5th – Derwentside (144 Points)
6th – Durham City Red (41 Points)
Coming away from the very first gala, even though a friendly one leaves us with a lovely taste for success but naturally somethings to look at. Back to the drawing board.
Heat 1 – Stanley
The first coach gala of the Junior League, how exciting. Pleasantly all the swimmers and all the coaches arrived on time and so far there has been no ‘glitches’.
From the chaos of the Louisa Center’s reception, the spectator gallery fills very quickly with parents eager to see DCASC do their thing. The poolside is awash with training bags, team sheets and of course swimmers from all six clubs.
After the warm up, which flies by, the tension starts to mount with the sound of that whistle, calling everyone to attention.
The competition was fierce; spectators on the edge of their seats and two coaches from Durham in the stands living and dying with every event.
Here arethe results.
1st – Durham City (206 Points)
2nd – Aquaforce Hartlepool (175 Points)
3rd – South Tyneside (174 Points)
4th – North Tyneside (155 Points)
5th – Tynedale (142 Points)
6th – Richmond Dales (141 Points)
Yes, they've done it again. Outstanding work, now lets get back to training.
Heat 2 – Durham
Thats two down. Here’s the third. Back at the infamous Freeman's Quay. Durham takes to the poolside with confidence once again. Surely they’ve got this one? Surely all that training has paid off. Surely there’s no stopping us now.
Here’s the results.
1st – Durham City (208 Points)
2nd – Richmond Dales (190 Points)
3rd – Aquaforce Hartlepool (183 Points)
4th – South Tyneside (167 Points)
5th – Tynedale (129 Points)
6th – North Tyneside (126 Points)
The training is working, but we mustn’t get complacent. Time for some fine-tuning. Everyone goes home happy and ready for some more work. This is just what we do now.
Heat 3 – Billingham
Straight to the results for this one.
1st – Aquaforce Hartlepool (219 Points)
2nd – Durham City (199 Points)
3rd – Richmond Dales (180 Points)
4th – South Tyneside (155 Points)
5th – Tynedale (121 Points)
6th – North Tyneside (114 Points)
The glitch from round one has finally caught up. But still DCASC remain confident. The diversion from perfection having left the team with a greater thirst for victory and a fear for anything but the number one spot spurs everyone into the pool on Monday (…Tuesday). There’s no messing around now, focused and serious, the drills are completed.
“Five off the wall”, “Two, Five, Three” ,“Open side take overs”, “Keep your head still!”, “KICK!”, “’marks; GO!, ‘marks; GO!, ‘marks: GO!”, “GO!”, “GO!”, “GO!”
The Final – Tynemouth
Here we are. The final. The feeling among the team is electric. They are eager. The coaches for the first time feel real nerves.
The first 12 events prove powerful and after that everyone relaxes into the groove. Pushing for the win in every event, charging the finishes, fighting for every point.
Here are the final results
1st – Durham City (234 Points)
2nd – South Tyneside (189 Points)
3rd – Aquaforce Hartlepool (182 Points)
4th – North Tyneside (152 Points)
5th – Richmond Dales (139 Points)
6th – Tynedale (122 Points)
A fantastic Junior League with some fantastic swims. Not only did DCASC win in their division they went on to win in the 10, 11, and 12 year age groups and the Cannon relay. Such an achievement, proof that hard work and commitment is the only way to get any where in this great sport.
Here’s to the 2016 DCASC Junior League Team; swimmers, coaches volunteers and parents all. Bring on division one.