Sports Review of 2004 part one

Painter went down on sudden death to the legendary Phil Taylor in a match dubbed the greatest of all time.

SPEEDWAY: Former Showground star Ryan Sullivan won the Australian Championship. The Panthers record points scorer won the final round in Mildura to beat Grand Prix rival Leigh Adams on his home track for the coveted crown. The promising wing forward of King’s School began his career in the Borough Under 7s and is the son of long serving hooker John Humphrey.

BOWLS: Spalding qualifier Graham Smith shook the bowls world by storming through to the semi finals of the World Indoor Championship.

LADIES FOOTBALL: Teenage goal queen Jade White hit an incredible 10 goals in a weekend. wholesale nfl jerseys She smashed seven for Peterborough Diamonds Under 15s on the Satirday before belting another three for the Eye United senior side the following day.

ATHLETICS: An athlete who was once told he would never run again won the big Folksworth 15 road race for the second time in three years. American Jeff Gibson represents the March Braza club.

HORSE RACING: Thorney trainer Pam Sly completed an amazing 43,500 1 treble in the space of a week. Harrycone Lewis triumphed at 33 1, Standing Bloom won at 50 1 and Fullards was first past the post at 25 1.

SPORTS AWARDS: Phantoms scooped four major awards at the annual Evening Telegraph Sports Awards bash at the Moat House Hotel. Coach Kevin King was Sports Personality of the Year, veteran player Doug McEwen took the Sportsman of the Year accolade, long time fan Ken Cross won the Unsung Hero honour and the Phantoms squad captured the team gong.

POSH: The club were dealt a major financial blow when shirt sponsor Van Asten Logistics was placed into liquidation. Bobby Gould agreed to become voluntary head coach at London Road until the end of the season.

FOOTBALL: Folksworth born footballer Jon Challinor was included in the England non league squad after a string of fine performances for Nationwide Conference side Aldershot.

SPEEDWAY: Former Panthers promoter Peter Oakes became the new British Under 21 boss.

ATHLETICS: Veteran triple jumper Femi Akinsanya was called up to the Great Britain squad for the European Indoor Cup. He finished seventh.

MOTORCYCLING: Yaxley racer Midge Smart gave going to see the grandparents a whole new meaning. Smart won the New Zealand 125cc Championship while spending time visiting relatives in the Southern Hemisphere.

ICE HOCKEY: Netminder Kelly Herring won a call up to the Great Britain Ladies squad for the World Championships in Italy.

ATHLETICS: Stan Owen overcame a heavy fall to win the 25th Eastern Vets Cross Country Championship.

KICK BOXING: Ramsey Abbey schoolgirl Carly Irwine proved she is not a girl to be messed with after winning a bronze medal at the World Under 17 Championships.

POSH: Club legend Steve Cooper died suddenly at the age of 39. Cooper scored the goal that took Posh to Wembley in 1992 in the second leg of the Third Division play off semi final against Huddersfield during a short loan spell.

FOOTBALL: A former city fireman swapped the AMP Peterborough League for a World Cup qualifier. Chris Gannon moved to the Turks Caicos in the Caribbean due to work commitments and starred for the islands’ football team in a two leg qualifying contest against Haiti. Turks lost both legs.

FOOTBALL: City based manager Steve Evans took charge of Boston United for a second time after serving an 18 month FA imposed ban from the game.

ATHLETICS: The Peterborough Athletic Club crack Under 17 squad of Daniel Watts, Glen Watts, Matt Gunby and James Mitchell won team bronze in the National Cross Country Championships.

POSH: Barry Fry bolstered his defence with the capture of hardman Guy Branston on loan from Rotherham on the same day homegrown prodigy Matthew Gill slapped in a transfer request.

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