Wimbledon sports review of the year - Winners and losers in 2012

What an amazing year it was for sport all over the country - and in Wandsworth

What an amazing year it was for sport all over the country - and in Wandsworth

First published in Sport Your Local Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Sports editor

July: The smell of strawberries and cream filled the air as the tennis world descended on SW18 for the Wimbledon Championships.

It would be another case of so near, yet so far for Scot Andy Murray who was beaten in the final by Roger Federer, picture above, while Laura Robson lost in the first round to Francesca Schiavone of Italy, and Ross Hutchins would only win one mixed doubles match.  

Your Local Guardian: Federer: routine victory

The London 2012 Olympics was a triumph for Team GB with a haul of 65 medals (29 gold, 17 silver and 19 bronze) making it the most successful Games since 1908.

And while new heroes were born in the shape of Mo Farah, Greg Rutherford and Laura Trott, others would have their moment in the spotlight, and their shot at Olympic glory and a medal, only to lose out, and have to live with the disappointment of failure.

Ben Hawes, of Wimbledon Hockey Club, felt the anguish of missing out most after falling short of a shot at a medal in the semi-finals.

Your Local Guardian: Ben Hawes in action for Great Britain

He said: “It’s great that the team reached the semi-final but, on the flip side, I will always remember London 2012 for missing out on that medal.”

Meanwhile, local girl and AFC Wimbledon fan Sophie Hosking had better fortune winning the lightweight double sculls with partner Kat Copeland in front of thousands of partisan supporters at Eton Dorney.

In the aftermath, Hosking said: “I did not grasp how big winning the gold would be, I don’t think anyone can.

Your Local Guardian: Golden girl: Sophie Hosking is considering her future after the Olympic glory of London 2012

“Winning in the Olympics is huge but winning in your own country is bigger than huge.

“I still get emotional when I watch the race back and it was almost two months ago.”

September: There was delight for Neil Turk and Wimbledon Cricket Club as they sealed  victory in front of the Sky cameras in the National T20 Club competition – adding it to the Surrey Championship Premier Division title.

Your Local Guardian: Wimbledon CC

October: It was a case of defence is best when Hercules Wimbledon AC’s senior men of Andrew Penney, Rory McMahon, Kieran White, Fred Slemeck, pictured below, Phil Glynn and Alex Robinson defended the Surrey road relay title for the first time since the 1970s.

Your Local Guardian: Front runner: Fred Slemeck finished the Richmond Park race in 13th place (43:09)

November: Johnny Kinder, pictured below, and Wimbledon Hockey Club’s unbeaten start to the Men’s Conference East comes to an end at Bromley & Beckenham.

Your Local Guardian: Johnnie Kinder

December: The match that no AFC Wimbledon fan wanted ended in heartbreak for the Dons when the MK Dons scored a late, late winner in their 2-1 FA Cup win. Jack Midson’s goal gave the travelling army a highlight in a so-far disappointing season.

Your Local Guardian: Dons hysteria: AFC Wimbledon players and fans alike celebrate the moment Jack Midson’s header brought the scores all level at Stadium MK on an afternoon of high emotion and cruel heartbreak                               				Picture: Press Association

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