British title goes to rower Johnson

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Competing in the British national event at the NEC in Birmingham yesterday he finished first in a time of 6 min 28 sec, two seconds ahead of his nearest rival and a personal best time.

Among the famous rowers who were also taking part in the nationals were Matthew Pinsent and James Cracknell.

n HALF-MARATHON: Frenchman Eric Renouard, of the Stade Rennais club, was a clear winner in the Jersey Spartan AC’s half-marathon yesterday morning.

Renouard finished in 1 hour 15.48 seconds with Artur Pires, representing Asas de Portugal, second in 1.20.06.

Spartans’ John Coote was third in 1.20.17.

Spartan runners also took the first three places in the ladies’ race through Melissa Messervy (1.29.32), Sue Le Gros (1.32.20) and Sarah Bruce (1.32.54).

The home club also won the men’s and ladies’ team trophies.TENPIN: Jersey won a host of sections to retain the Isles de la Manche Trophée in the annual inter-insular against Guernsey over the weekend.

They were led to their success by Matt Minier and Carolyne Rees who won the men’s and ladies’ singles competitions respectively.HOCKEY: Guernsey’s Colombians won the men’s Channel Islands Hockey championship at Les Quennevais yesterday after coming from behind to beat Evolution OV Convicts 5-4 in the final.

The semi-finals matched two Jersey and two Guernsey teams, with Convicts playing JHC Gobis whom they beat 3-2 on penalty flicks after the match finished at 2-2, and Colombians playing Tigers and beating them 4-0.

Meanwhile in Guernsey in the ladies’ competition, Jersey’s RWB retained their title after they beat Guernsey Panthers 1-0 in the final.

Jersey Ladies were beaten by RWB in the semi-final while Panthers beat Guernsey Cubs.SWIMMING: Jersey Swimming Club swimmers returned from the Hazelmere Open meeting over the weekend with one gold and two bronze medals.

Louise Barette, in the 15 years group, took gold in the 50m freestyle while there were bronze gongs for Peter Baudains (16 years) in the 50m backstroke and Antoin Le Fèvre in the 50m Open section.FOOTBALL: Victoria College defeated De La Salle College 2-0 on Saturday to win the Jersey Secondary Schools’ Year-7A tournament at the FB Fields.

Victoria’s goalscorers were Charlie Payn and Johnny Hickling.BOWLS: Gus McKinnon, Derek Boswell and Scott Ruderham beat Frank Bisson, Barbara Bisson and Dawn Wilkin 12-4 in the final of the Jersey Indoor Bowling Association’s Walter Adamson Charity Triples tournament yesterday at Grainville.

A total of 84 members took part and the two-day event raised £1,000 for Jersey Hospice.SWIMMING: John Liron swimming for, Dinan, won four gold medals and set three new club records at the Brittany Masters championships at Vannes yesterday.

Liron’s golds came in the 100m breast-stroke (1.21.15), the 50m free (27.39), the 50m breast-stroke (34.06) and the 4 x 50m medley relay.

Liron also collected silver in the 4 x 50m freestyle relay.SAILING: Gordon Burgis and Ken Snell won the A-Fleet section in the Royal Channel Islands Yacht Club’s Hobie Fleet Autumn Series, event three, held in St Aubin’s Bay yesterday morning.

Second and third places went to Grant Neale and Karen Larose and Don Thompson and Eddie Luce respectively.

B-Fleet winners were Mike Vautier and Yvonne Winspear.

Peter Scriven and Mike Winspear finished second and James Fullerton and Tim Sims third.CYCLING: The top three riders in the Caesarean Cycling Club’s Vittel Water under-12 winter mountain biking series races held yesterday morning at Les Platons, Trinity, were: 5 years and under, 1, Harry Garnham; 2, Sammy Kermin; 3, Michael Milner.

6 and 7-year-olds: 1, Adam Trotter; 2, Steffan Kermin; 3, Demri Mitchell.

8 and 9-year-olds: 1, Joshua O’Donaghue-Rowe; 2, Toby Luce; 3, Samuel Coutanche.

10 and 11-year-olds: 1, Stephan Haley; 2, James Gibaut; 3, Matthew Coote.VOLLEYBALL: Results of Insurance Corporation Jersey Volleyball Association matches played at St Michael’s School sportshall yesterday: JFSC beat Ernst & Young d’Oh 2-1 (15-25, 25-22, 15-11).

Pentagon Red Hot Tomatoes bt Highlands PGB 3-0 (25-9, 25-9, 25-6).

Insurance Corporation Jets bt Eastern I 3-0 (25-17, 25-18, 25-15).

KB Astros I bt Bank of Scotland Astros II 3-0 (25-23, 25-17, 25-14).SAILING: Final positions in the RCIYC’s Stewart Benest Frost Bite Series races held in St Aubin’s Bay yesterday morning were, Sportsboat class: 1, Allan Brown; 2, David Myatt; 3, Simon Benest.

IRC cruiser/racer class: 1, Peter Williams; 2, David Jones; 3, Nigel Guenier.

RCH cruiser class: 1, Geoff Stafford-Nelson; 2, Ken Walker; 3, Trevor Collenette.GOLF: Kenny Jaffray and Pat Creighton won Wheatlands’ men’s Pro-Quip and ladies’ Au Caprice Stableford points competitions respectively with scores of 39 and 32 respectively on Saturday.

Second places were gained by Dave Boucheré, 32 points, and Wendy Garnier, 27, respectively.SHOOTING: Paul Lister, who is now promoted to Class A, was high gun and Class B winner with a score of 41 ex-50 in the Crabbé Clay Pigeon’s Club’s 50-bird sporting competition held at Crabbé yesterday morning.

Mick Brown won Class A with 40 while a score of 35 gained Clive Green top spot in Class C.

Chris Settle (40), Dave Drummond (36) and Graham Le Cornu (35) were first, second and third respectively in an afternoon 50-bird competition.MOTOR SPORT: Class winners in the Jersey Classic and Modern Trials Club trial, held at Mont Rossignol yesterday afternoon, were: Mac du Feu (A-route); Graham du Feu (B-route); Chris Fox (C-route); Archie du Feu (Pre 65); Jon Noel (Twin shock); Adam Le Cheminant (Junior A); Daniel Jeanne (Junior B); Paul Lucken (Junior C) and Daniel Williams (Junior small wheel).SAILING: Heather Speller won both races on corrected time in the Royal Channel Islands YC’s Winter Dinghy Series event in St Aubin’s Bay on Saturday morning.

Second places went to Jeff Speller and David Carter in races three and four respectively in the series.GOLF: Royal Jersey GC won the Gaudin and Woodlands trophies in the annual inter-club match against St Clement yesterday.

Both fixtures took place at Grouville with the scores being 5-1 in the A-team fixture, for the Gaudin Trophy, 3.5-2.5 in the B-team fixture for the Woodlands Trophy.RUGBY UNION: Les Quennevais RFC are through to the quarter-finals of the Hampshire Plate after beating Guernsey’s St Jacques 86-7 at Les Quennevais yesterday.

In an Emeraude Lines League match, Wanderers defeated Jersey 2nds 41-23.GOLF: Ray Pearce, off 14 handicap, won the Demi Golf Society’s Petite Etoile Trophy with a score of six-up in the Bogey format competition held at St Clement on Saturday.

Peter Osment (14 handicap) was runner-up on three-up.

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