Slim pickings this week, I’m afraid.
I’ve recorded the results of 31 sports and there weren’t a lot of outright winners in individual competitions or outstanding performances in the leagues. Nevertheless, I’ve selected one each from ten sports to make up Sport Britain’s Best of the Week for the start of December.
This week, it’s just a quick list format, since it’s all go in this household!
* Laura Renwick (Equestrian) – Two wins as well as some respectable performances in Salzburg for the jumper.
* David Ryding (Skiing) – Despite not qualifying for the World Cup event in Val d’Isere, Ryding won the open slalom competition in Davos.
* Nottingham Panthers (Ice Hockey) – A triple in the Elite League with wins against Coventry, Cardiff and Hull.
* England (Cricket) – They’ve gotten over their stumbling start and have a real chance to win the series in India.
* Shelley Rudman (Skeleton) – Led the way for British sliders by claiming gold at the World Cup event in Winterberg.
* Shanaze Reade (BMX) – Olympic cyclist Reade stormed through the indoor event in Saint-Etienne.
* Mark Selby (Snooker) – He didn’t play his best, but the late final against Shaun Murphy went in his favour in the end.
* Chelsea (Football) – Hard to call it a good week after a Champions League exit, but a 6-1 win against Nordsjaelland and a secure 3-1 victory over Sunderland isn’t bad at all.
* Margaret Letham (Bowls) – Led her fours team to gold at the World Championship, not that the official site helped me discover this…
* Becky Brewerton (Golf) – Improved her sport’s standing with a third-place in Dubai.
Not many other of the “big names” were in finals action last week, as the squash World Championships rolls on into this week. Olympian Daniel Purvis took bronze in the World Cup event in Glasgow, as did world number one Elise Christie in the Shanghai leg of the Speed Skating WC. Wales’ rugby sevens team eventually took the plate after getting knocked out by holders New Zealand. Bath’s rugby team enjoyed a thumping win over Calvisano in the Challenge Cup and Trojans notched up a 21 goal lead over Bearsted in the English Korfball League.