Written by DB
A substantially-committed team performance at Kingsmeadow in this 4th round match gave Clare Nelson's squad a boost in their efforts to retain their Senior Division Two status,with just one match remaining at Harrow in September.
The Table reveals that we are 9th/16,and our match points accumulation,which is how the SWL is calculated,suggests 80 points in the last match will keep us above the danger mark of the bottom four clubs.
Full results on this site.
Mary Iheke,Lana Whatley and U17 Rahannah Gillette-Vernon are ever-presents this summer and they continued to amass points for the Club; 400 specialist Mary had already tackled a 3000 in the cause in an earlier match,and this time added a 5.34.4 1500 to her repertoire; Lana won 3 events including PBs over 400(61.5) & 100H(17.3);whilst Rahannah,whose reputation for attendance at all levels is second to none over the last 2 summers,was only denied a likely JT win by a strange decision to abandon the event.
We were missing 3 leading performers,and there were no takers for either 100 or 800,so the final 88 points score,our best of 2010,should give us a cushion going into the final match at the Bannister Stadium on September 4th.
On the track,Mary Iheke & Lana Whatley wrapped up the 200s,Lana and U17 Gaby Miles(66.5) dropped just 1 pt over 400,Gaby and Liz Richardson were 100% at 3k,and,as well as winning both relays,there were 2nd paces for Mary and Liz at 1500 and for Debbie Raymond only one point dropped over the 2 hurdles events.
In the field,there were some,shall we say,interesting contributions;in the jumps,where the opportunity to garner points was the more likely,TM Clare added her name to our Top Ten in all four disciplines,whilst Camilla Thrush,out of throwing action,Gill English and Debbie Raymond,who was the sole actual winner(TJ 8.48),put themselves about to good effect.Debbie made 2.00 in the Vault for a PB.
There was some irony in the throws,where the competition was somewhat stronger,in that Pippa Wingate,another whose presence has been exemplary in all competitions this year,should throw close to her PB and Club Record with 39.17,only to find she did not progress to an expected further 3 trials.This was because 2 opponents each from Bexley & Worthing were throwing in excess of 39.50,3 of them over 40m - very good competition,but galling for Pippa.A singular landmark was Rachel Brookes' reappearance in K&P colours,albeit as a shotputter!
All in all,a very satisfactory result,but,to be honest,apart from the enthusiasm,enjoyment and commitment of all the members of four small teams,a single Senior SWL match is bordering on the dire for the officials and organisers.
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