Gallery: Photo review of the year 2008 - Sport round-up
BRIAN Purdy s news review of the year is now over – so it s time for a round-up of the ups and downs of Fenland sport in 2008. We had gold at the Paralympics, an appearance in the World Championship semi-final for snooker star Joe Perry and an amazing run
BRIAN Purdy's news review of the year is now over - so it's time for a round-up of the ups and downs of Fenland sport in 2008.
We had gold at the Paralympics, an appearance in the World Championship semi-final for snooker star Joe Perry and an amazing run in a national competition by Wisbech Rugby Club.
Disabled cyclist Jody Cundy, from Walpole St Andrew, won two gold medals at this summer's Paralympic Games in Beijing, setting a new world record in the process.
Joe Perry, from Chatteris, reached the semi-finals at the Crucible, made his debut in the Premier League and beat world number 1 Ronnie O'Sullivan. He was described by snooker legend Willie Thorne as the most improved snooker player in 2008.
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Wisbech Rugby Club stormed to the quarter-finals of the EDF Energy Junior Vase, eventually coming unstuck against a strong team from Castleford. A similar run is already on the cards for 2009, with Wisbech already in the sixth round.
And Chatteris teenager Katie McGovern added a new page in the town's boxing history, by becoming the first girl to represent the club in the ring.
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It proved to be a challenging year for Fenland's two main football teams. Wisbech Town fans are losing patience with the club's board, with the Fenmen struggling for consistency and currently sitting just above the Ridgeons Premier League relegation zone.
Meanwhile, questions are still being asked of new stadium in Lynn Road, with reports suggesting the club are going to ask Fenland District Council to buy back Fenland Park and lease it to the club.
March Town United are currently mid-table in the Ridgeons First Division, but in recent times have also struggled for consistency. Their highlight from this season was beating Wisbech Town in a keenly-contested Ridgeons League Cup clash.
But then there was the controversy when Wimblington Cricket Club claimed a 10-wicket haul for Ahmed Anver, until it emerged the scorecard was faked.
Sport in 2008 provided many talking points across Fenland - could we be in for the same in 2009?