CHAMPIONS: The Jugiong Swimming Club edged out Harden to take the 51st Shine Shield competition. Pictured are members marching in matching club shirts and ‘Play like Lui’ caps. Photo: Jennette Lees
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The Jugiong Swimming Club won the 2017 Shine Shield at home on Saturday January 21, finishing atop the rankings with 1629 points and edging out Harden on 1589. Meanwhile, Yass and Binalong –the top two finishers from 2016 –finished third and fourth on 1541 and 1400 points, respectively.

Jugiong led for mostof the tournamentand clean sweeped the awards,winning the march past trophy and the Terry Sheahan Trophy for the relay events.

In front of about 250 people, the 2017 Jugiong round was the first in which young swimmers sported their #playlikelui capsin memory of Lui Polimeni, a favourite son of Jugiong.

Lui had represented the Jugiong Swimming Club and was a keen athlete across many fields—his main passion being rugby league and playing for his beloved Gundagai Tigers.

Jugiong club wins 2017 Shine Shield June Hardwicke with her granddaughters Lara and Lucy McCelland. Photo: Toby Vue

Olivia Waugh with her mother Camilla taking a break. Photo: Toby Vue

Twins Jen and Helen Willson who form part of the administration team. Photo: Toby Vue

Junior swimmers Ella Widdows, Amber Prins and Alessia Parducci. Photo: Toby Vue

Les Parducci enjoys a sausage sizzle. Photo: Toby Vue

Amber McKay and Brooke Emms representing the Harden Swimming Club wait for their event to start. Photo: Jennette Lees

Jugiong swimmers with the trophy for first place in the march. Photo: Jennette Lees

The kids wasted no time getting back in the water at the completion of events. Club coach Katia Manton, with young swimmer Lucy Robb, holds the coveted Shine Shield. Photo: Jennette Lees

Age is no barrier to participating in the march with his young fella leading the way for Binalong. Photo: Jennette Lees

Jugiong’s caps were in memory of a favourite son of the village – Lui Polimeni. Photo: Jennette Lees

The ET Shine Shield – the last time Jugiong’s name was etched on the shield was 2013. Photo: Jennette Lees

Sharni Manton, and Xavi Holm, were all smiles during the march. Photo: Jennette Lees

Long-time starter for Jugiong’s Shine Shield Norm Bourlet with Joey Polimeni and Ben Wallis on Saturday. Photo: Jennette Lees

Jugiong Swimming Club members excel in the march in matching club t-shirts and #playlikelui caps. Photo: Jennette Lees

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