Who’s winning what in 2012?
PUBLISHED: 21:17 28 December 2011
The Journal sports team have been taking a tongue-in-cheek look into the crystal ball to see just what is set to happen across the sporting divide.
In football, Exmouth Town will remain in the Eastern Division title race and they will seal the title at Ottery St Mary on April 14.
It’s going to be a double dose of success at Southern Road for the Town Reserves bag their second successive promotion to ensure they will begin the 2012/13 season in Division Four of the Fresha League.
Budleigh Salterton will continue to climb the Eastern Division table and secure a sixth placed finish by beating Crediton United at Greenway Lane in their final match of the campaign on April 28.
Royal Marines AFC will continue to battle to avoid a bottom two finish and will succeed in glorious fashion by securing the point they need from their Saturday May 5 Endurance Park meeting with Bodmin Town.
In other football, East Budleigh finish tenth in their first season in the Fresha League Premier Division and this is recognised as a great achievement for a side that many tipped to struggle following their promotion out of Division One the season before.
Topsham Town finish third behind champions Seaton Town and runners-up St Martins in the top flight.
Exmouth Amateurs will make a swift return to the Premier Division of the Fresha League with a second placed finish behind Feniton in Division One and with the Ammies Reserves also bagging promotion it becomes a super season for all at Warrenview.
Woodbury’s dreams of promotion from Division Five are hit as they have to settle for a fifth place finish in Division Five with Exmouth Town, Newtown Thirds, Axmouth United and Lords XI, all finishing above them.
In Rugby Exmouth complete their national League season by finishing in a top six berth whilst Withycombe finish in a similar position in the Devon and Cornwall league. Both sides make flying starts to their respective campaigns in the 2012/13 season and the Cockles end the year top of the table.
In cricket Exmouth crown a superb season by lifting the Francis Clark Devon Cricket League whilst Budleigh who pushed them all the way, finish as runners-up. Clyst St George have their best season for some time and feature in the C Division promotion race right up until the closing games. Woodbury are another to enjoy much better times as they finish in a top three berth in the F Division. Topsham St James just fall short of a second consecutive promotion when they finish third in the E Division.
In bowls there are super season at Budleigh, Madeira and Phear Park with Madeira producing a National champion! The Exmouth Sea Angling Association has another wonderful year and sees a number of new catches with members landing record hauls of wrasse and flounder.
In Bridge an Exmouth pairing finish in the top ten nationally in one of the midweek pairs sessions.
In tennis there’s more glory for Budleigh sisters Liberty and Isabella brown whilst more success on the courts also for Exmouth Jack Findel-Hawkins.
In Badminton Ben and Alex Lane continue to jet set, and land victories, in competitions all over Europe.
In sailing its gold for Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes as the pair sail to glory at Weymouth in the Olympics.
In snooker, the Police provide the top two teams in the Exmouth Snooker League.
In running Exmouth Harriers set new marks across the globe led by Dave Stone who sets a new record in the marathon whilst Ellie Sutcliffe storms to success in three big races during the year. Joy also for Scott Jordan as the 2011 male Athlete of the Year has an even better 2012, the highlight being a magnificent victory in a marathon.