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Get fit and have fun To find out more about the wide range of healthy and enjoyable events and activities available at the borough’s leisure centres go to your local centre or visit... www.gll.org Sitting pretty Tower Hamlets FC are sitting at the top of the Essex Senior League after a comfortable 3-0 win over Ilford. see below Sport Westcombe in a different league Millwall put on a good show but opponents prove too strong BY PETER FAULKNER MILLWALL Rugby Club’s first team gave a good account of themselves, despite going down 22-8 in a friendly against a team from three leagues above. Millwall held their own for large parts of the clash but could not quite live with Westcombe Park seconds. The game also saw the return of last year’s team manager Tom Ronanye, who from the whistle showed he had lost none of the flare he showed last year. Millwall’s second team had an easier time, winning 45-35 in a home game at Hackney Marshes against Billericay. They got off to a dream start with Ed Rice going over for the first try within 30 seconds. Scott Vinnicome, Millwall’s youth and ladies coach, scored the first of his 15-point haul to get the conversion. It was a high tempo game that saw five more tries and a 100 per cent conversion rate for Vinnicombe. Tries: Ed Rice, Alessandro Penna, 2, Dave Osborne, 2, Tendai Horton. Conversions: Scott Vinnicombe, 6. Penalty kicks: Scott Vinnicombe. The third team had the toughest result going down in a brave 5-50 away loss to Pegasus with only ten men. ■ Millwall Rugby Club has signed a sponsorship deal with a taxi firm and the funding will enable the club to develop, and offer facilities for training, playing, coaching, refereeing and supporting rugby. Sophie Morris, club communications Sport in brief Hamlets leave it late TOWER Hamlets are leading the Essex Senior League after this 3-0 win over Ilford at Cricklefield Stadium. All the goals came in the last 15 minutes to give Ajibola Olatunbosun’s side victory and put them in control for the title charge. Ilford had the better of the chances in the first half but Tower Hamlets, who have won their last three matches, struck in the 78th minute when Joe Killingback finished well. Luke With doubled the score a minute from time and Stephen Demetriou added the third. Francis is the Ace ACE FC ran riot in the quarter final of the Community Football League Cup against E7 Probashi. A first half hat-trick from Lewis Francis inside 25 minutes set them on their way to a superb victory against one of their main rivals. Chris Wright made it 4-0 up early in the second half, before E7 pulled a consolation goal back in the 90th minute. The semi-final draw sees Ace now officer, said: “We are Millwall’s teams had mixed fortunes but have been boosted by a new sponsorship deal delighted to have Carrot Cars supporting the club. “The sponsorship will make a real difference to the contribution we can make to sport, taking on Newark and FC Bengals meeting East One. Quarter final results FC Bengals 8 SOUL 0, ACE 4 E7 Probashi 1, East One 3 London Central 1, Newark Youth 5 Abohani 3. Wildcats tame the Lions LONDON Lions’ unbeaten run came to an end with the 72-83 defeat against Durham Wildcats at the Copper Box Arena, but Rod Brown did make a piece of history by becoming the 13th player to make 1,000 British Basketball League assists. The Londoners had won eight of their nine previous matches, but they were fortunate not to have lost by a greater margin with Durham’s Ray Evans missing eight of 12 free throws. The Wildcats led 21-19 lead after the first quarter and only increased this by one point at half-time. Durham opened a ten-point lead before Chez Marks, with 29 points overall, reducing the deficit to one again. Wildcats then took control and increased their lead to 13 points with 30 seconds left on the clock before Joe Ikhinmwin narrowed the gap by two, but it was not enough. fitness and community engagement in the run up to the 2015 Rugby World Cup and beyond.” Adam Wiltsher of Carrot Cars added: “We are very excited to Hat-trick for Repton REPTON had a hat-trick of victories in Leicester – and the club’s former world light-middleweight champion Maurice Hope saw one of his own prospects shine. Aska Yakita, who is being trained by Hope for the Antiguan Commonwealth Games team, made his lightheavyweight debut and pulled off a comfortable points win over Jason Power (Melton Mowbray). Another debut youngster was Zoard Vincze who gained a majority points win over Alan Wiltshire (Colville) and the hat-trick was achieved by Jake Henty with a clear-cut points win over Tony Rovers (Shilton). Mitchell’s busy 2014 EAST London’s Kevin Mitchell could be facing a busy 2014 under his new Matchroom management team. The new IBF Inter-Continental lightweight champion is scheduled for a slot on the Tony Bellew/Valery Brudov at Liverpool’s Echo Arena on March 15. Having lost to Ricky Burns last year, Mitchell bounced back with wins over Sebastian Benito on points and Marco Lopez. have begun this relationship with Millwall Rugby Club. “It is great to be able to support such a well-run organisation, that is committed to Then just before Christmas came his IBF title fight with Karim El Quazghari at the ExCel Arena in Docklands and his ninth round technical knockout showed Mitchell has what it takes to land a world title fight this year. Super fight back EAST London Hockey Club men’s second team came from two goals down to earn a 2-2 draw with Havering seconds at Campion School. A slow start saw East London 2-0 down at the turn around. A slick start to the second half saw goals from Alex Pooles and Dom Tyler pull the side level and although the pressure continued, the orange army couldn’t get the win. Egunyemi hits three A HAT-trick from Belgian striker Alan Egunyemi fired University of East London’s third string towards their first win of the season, overcoming School of Oriental and African Studies 4-1 at Regent’s Park. SOAS suffered a nightmare start, when on eight minutes, Egunyemi forced the goalkeeper to attempt a rushed clearance, which bounced off making a difference in the community we are based in. “It is fantastic we can help the club in their continued efforts to get people into rugby.” the striker’s chest, allowing him to score. UEL doubled their advantage on 42 minutes, John Silva whipping in a free kick, before SOAS, who had rarely tested Sam Pashley, pulled one back with ten minutes remaining. Then Jamie Smith handled inside the box in the 86th minute, but SOAS’ Abron Kargbo missed the spotkick. The home side, bottom of the South Eastern 6B League, were then stunned by two goals from hat-trick hero Egunyemi. UEL hit six to go top UNIVERSITY of East London seconds returned to the top of Division Four of the British University and Colleges Sport League with a 6-1 win against Herefordshire thirds. It took UEL six minutes to open the scoring, Dylan Feehily’s long throw being headed home by Caney-Brown. Three minutes into the second half the visitors levelled, but Tew-Robinson header restored UEL’s advantage. Substiute Victor Lelis volleyed home the third before Tew-Robinson put the result beyond doubt. Late goals from Caney-Brown and Tew-Robinson added some gloss. 30 NEWS FROM TOWER HAMLETS COUNCIL AND YOUR COMMUNITY 3 – 9 FEBRUARY 2014


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