TWO Walton Chasers orienteers got the 2004 season off to a winning start, and naturally made the Newsletter sporting headlines.
Adam Bushnell and Matt Crane led the way in the first of the year's selection races, held in Sherwood Forest.
Bushnell won both his races to achieve overall success by six minutes, but Crane faced a tougher time.
He was runner-up in the second race, but still took the overall top prize by 26 seconds. Overall second in her class was Claire Bushnell.
The following day, Crane competed in the trophy competition, finishing second in the elite class, with clubmate Rob Little 17th. The Chasers produced two winners, Amy Langston and Tony Duncan.
In the Stafford Tuesday Pool League, Bushes and Holmcroft A were locked on the same points at the head of division one.
Bushes kept up the charge with a 7-0 whitewash of Emerald Club, thanks to Tim Teece, Andy Bent, Andy Rawlinson, Tim McGann and Mark Bailey.
Holmcroft A kept up their push with a 5-2 win over Rickerscote A, as the quintet of Geoff Robson, Colin Lewis, Andy Prendergast, Kev Daly and Nigel Honeyford chalked up victories.
Ten years ago, Brocton were taking on Nuneaton Griff in the Midland Combination Premier and sharing the spoils in a goalless draw. The Badgers went close to breaking the deadlock through Richard Pemberton, Gary Tinkler and Nick Wellecomme.
On the rugby front, St Leonards 1st XV emerged 12-7 winners over Longton. The Saints' tries were scored by Tony Woof and Stuart Black.
Stafford Rangers ladies produced one of the shocks of the season when pulling off a 1-0 victory over Lichfield Diamonds, in the Staffs Challenge Cup.
Rangers had to tempt club chairperson Kelly Storer out of retirement to replace the injured Sam Goodin and she played her part in the victory, the all-important goal scored by Andi Follet.
Stone Dominoes ladies also enjoyed a fine knockout success, running out worthy 4-0 victors over league leaders Darlaston in the Staffs Cup quarter finals.
It was a great result for the Yarnfield side and four-goal Louise Roberts.