id1037-Sportshall 2009-2010 Final Round-Up

Written by GLL   

TM Gillian Libretto's Season's Report.

SCAA Sportshall Athletics Final Report.

The Surrey Sportshall Athletics season for 2009-10 finished with the 3rd and final regional match ending on Sunday 24th January at Guildford Spectrum.

The next level is the Regional Final on Sunday 14th February at the Olympus Sportshall in Burgess Hill for which the Surrey County Team Managers have chosen their top Sportshall athletes from each age-group. They will form squads which will battle against teams from Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Channel Islands, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Kent, Oxfordshire and Sussex at the Final and the winners will go forward to represent the South East of England at the National Finals in Birmingham on the 18th April.

Despite the usual absences because of ill-health or injury, conflicting winter sport commitments, holidays over half-term and numerous other factors often causing squads to be depleted in numbers, the K&P Team did very well overall at the Regionals and it was extremely encouraging to see so much enthusiasm and commitment to Club competition from our Juniors during the winter months.

The results were as follows:

Our U15 A Boys stormed ahead in top position overall against 11 other Surrey Clubs, 83 points ahead of Walton, followed by Herne Hill Harriers and Guildford & Godalming. Both squads were depleted out of a possible 6, so team points were lost and the B's had only 3 athletes at one point but nevertheless finished 7th overall, which was an excellent result from the boys involved. Both squads maximised on their points with excellent performances from each athlete, with Stefan Clarke, Alex Mackintosh, Nikolaj Schubert and Matthew Stevens being very close to the Top Ten best by just a couple of points.

However, we are to congratulate Lewis Bateman (4 x 2 Lap Relay), Matthew Elmore (2 Lap Race, Standing Long Jump and Speed Bounce) and Kiran Richards (4 Lap Race, Triple Jump and Shot) for their Surrey County selection in Sportshall Athletics.

The U15 Girls were not quite so productive, missing two of our top Sportshall girls who preferred not to compete this season and missing support from many other U15's from the Club;so they struggled the best they could to cover all events and produced some pleasing results, notably from Charlotte Merrifield who just missed the Top Ten list by a whisker of just 0.5 point! Even those new to sportshall athletics did their very best and worked hard for their squad with a good competitive spirit. The best the girls managed however, was 4th out of 11 Surrey Clubs in the second match, but unfortunately were 7th overall as their total points were low because of absenteeism. Thank you to all the girls who did turn out this season who have shown good spirit and commitment but sadly, we have no K&P U15 Girls going through to the Regional Final again this year.

The U 13 Boys had a great sportshall season finishing in 5th position overall out of 15 Surrey Clubs, even with boys who were novices at Sportshall athletics.

Isaac Henriquez was in the Top Ten best scorers for the first match, with Sujit Naha missing the list by half a point (!) and Nicholas Osman close behind. However, it was newcomer Harry Oosterwyk who stormed ahead in the second match as the 3rd best performer, and Harry is to be congratulated for his Surrey County selection in Sportshall Athletics (4 Lap Race, high jump and Paarlauf Relay).

Out of all the U13 Girls, it is Lauren Edwards who made the Top Ten list at each of the 3 meetings and she is rewarded with County selection (2 Lap Race, high jump and 4 x 2 Lap Relay). Congratulations to Lauren!

Bryony Ross is looking very strong for Sportshall athletics as she was in contention for County selection because of standing long jump, but needs to quicken up in sprints for next year.

The squad did extremely well overall finishing in 7th place out of 20 Surrey Clubs. There were a number of girls who came up from the U11's who integrated well and made an enthusiastic start in this more advanced competition. This year's Sportshall Athletics season finished well for K&P, with 5 of our Juniors going forward to County level, and it was most gratifying to see the competitive spirit, the commitment and enthusiasm not only from our athletes, but also from the many supporting parents who came along to be deafened and entertained!

My grateful thanks go to Coaches and Team Managers Frank & Susanne, Gill, Lyn, Mary and Sue for their support of Sportshall Athletics during training and at Spectrum, for the athletes who worked so hard and for the parents who gave their valuable time to come along. Last to thank, but not least, is our mini-bus driver, Maurice, who coached field events leading up to these competitions and was also one of the field judges at Spectrum.

It all bodes well for the 2010 Track & Field season as K&P Juniors have retained our position as one of the top Clubs in Surrey Sportshall, and individuals have shown that they will be of a high standard by the summer and ready to take on their competitors.

Well done and thank you to all.

Gillian Libretto. TM Sportshall Athletics.

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