ATHLETICS: Vale Royal star Rebecca Craigie has been given a welcome funding boost ahead of this Saturday’s Northern Cross Country Championships at St Helens.

The 17-year-old England international received a £150 support grant from the Ron Pickering Memorial Fund in recognition of her recent performances.

Trustee Jean Pickering said: “We hope it will help Rebecca make the most of her opportunities within the sport.”

Rebecca will be one of a large travelling contingent from Vale Royal at the Northern showcase at Sherdley Park at the weekend.

John’s Sunday best

ANGLING: Last week’s cold snap accounted for Barnton and Frodsham AC’s Wednesday match on Heesoms Pool but John Cheetham kept his cool to take the plaudits on Sunday.

The ice had cleared for the final round of the Scott’s Shield Series and Cheetham’s 3-8-2 of skimmers was enough to pip Steve Walker with 1-10-8 of roach and perch and Dave Blears with 1-3-15 of perch, skimmers and a roach.

But Walker had the last laugh as he was confirmed overall title winner of the six-round series thanks to a total of 97 points. Mark Emmison was second with 96 while Blears took third with 95.

Winnington game off

RUGBY UNION: Winnington Park’s Cheshire Plate tie with Wilmslow was postponed on Saturday due to the visitors having a rearranged league fixture that took priority.

Park’s seconds took on Waterloo 3rds and ran out 29-19 winners with Mark Phoenix (2), Tom Brennan (2) and Terry Jones scoring tries with Chris Jolley kicking two conversions.

This Saturday, Park visit Sale in Cheshire and South Lancs One (2.15pm).

Seniors are invited

GOLF: The Knight’s Grange Veterans Golf Society start their new season on Monday, February 2.

New members are welcome, age limits are 55 and over for men and 50 and over for women. Anyone interested in joining is asked to arrive at the Winsford club on February 2.

Padding up in nets

CRICKET: Oulton Park senior sides have announced their winter training plans.

Net sessions start at Tarporley High School on Friday, February 6 (8-10pm). For further information contact first XI skipper Nathan Dumelow on 07984 450790.

Shining Sapphires

NETBALL: Northwich Sapphires enjoyed two victories on the bounce last week with both the first and third team running out winners.

Charlotte Cawood was the star player as the third team beat Grappenhall 26-16 while Lydia Naylor stole the limelight in the first team’s 39-13 victory over Trafford.

League’s six appeal

FOOTBALL: There are still places available for teams wishing to play in the Winsford six-a-side leagues, organised by Football Mundial.

Sixteen teams have joined so far and each team receive a free playing kit for games, which started this month, being held at Woodford Lodge Sports Centre.

Teams can be registered on 01937 841440 or via the internet at