Mel Giddings wins September trophy at Dubbo Ducks

Mel Giddings got the month off to a great start when he took out the Morrison’s Family Eye Centre trophy for September.

Mel, who swam -0.26 off his time just outswam second placegetter Ian Henderson (0.29).

Henry Willcockson was back in the winner’s circle after a long holiday, beating the field in the final of the 25m freestyle. It was a close race with Henry coming in just 0.18 off his time ahead of Norm Bahr (0.45) and Tom Gray (0.50). Roger Mackay and Greg Jankowski were a little off the pace.

LUCKY DUCK: Roger Mackay won the monthly medal for both July and August at Dubbo Ducks. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

LUCKY DUCK: Roger Mackay won the monthly medal for both July and August at Dubbo Ducks. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

There was the usual competition in the final of the brace relay and Craig Schloeffel and Greg Salmon were declared the winners after Ian Henderson and Greg Jankowski were pushed to breaking time. John Wherritt and Henry Willcockson; and Mel Giddings and Tom Gray completed the field.

Nicole Johnstone was very unlucky in the final of the 50m freestyle when she broke her time by -0.44. Judy Walsh was more than happy to take the win after she swam a very slow 1.33 off her time. Ian Henderson, Greg Salmon and Greg Jankowski who made up the minor placings were also off their times.

On September 11, Craig Schloeffel emerged as the winner of the Tom Flynn Ironman Trophy for the season. The Ironman trophy is contested by each swimmer swimming a lap each of the four swimming strokes.

Craig finished the event on 31 points, just ahead of Greg Jankowski on 29 points. Peter Smith was in third place on 25 points.

Andrew Schloeffel teamed with his in-form brother Craig in the final of the brace relay to have a good win over second placegetters Gary Giddings and Glen Smith.

Last Sunday 22 ducks flocked to the duck pond and Ron Soden was very unlucky when firstly, he broke his time by a meagre -0.21 in the final of the 25m freestyle. Nichole Johnstone, who is swimming well, also broke by -0.03 seconds. Rob Rich who came in third place was awarded the win ahead of Tom Gray and Mark Scullard.

The final of the 2x2 m backstroke/freestyle brace relay made for very entertaining viewing when all teams pulled out all the tricks of the trade to get the win. However, the first three teams came unstuck after they tried to outsmart the table.

Ron Soden couldn’t believe he had been caught out with his partner John Wherritt and was disqualified for an apparent misdemeanour, particularly after they had put in the hard yards.

Second placegetters Greg Salmon and Ron Everett also got the chop after they went too fast as did Bill Greenwood and John McLean. Tom Gray and Reg Ferguson were happy to collect first place.

The breakers continued when Ian Henderson had a very good swim in the 50 metre Breaststroke final and found himself at the wrath of the table boss David Sparkes for going under his time.

Brian Schloeffel stepped up to the podium ahead of backmarker Mark Scullard.

Roger Mackay was again the winner of the monthly point score. Roger took out the July point score on 54 points and was a runaway winner for August on 40.

Lucky numbers for September were Mel Giddings, Greg Jankowski, Ron Soden, Garry Giddings, Mark Scullard and Reg Ferguson.

Ron E is keen to have names of those swimmers who intend on going to the interclub visit to Harbord in November.

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