Written by PW
Resume from Tooting.
Rosenheim League Final Tooting, August 11th 2010
Kingston & Poly’s Men put in a spirited performance in the Final, but couldn’t quite match the consistent heavy hitting of new Champions Belgrave and runners-up, Herne Hill.
It felt disappointing on the night, but on reflection 3rd was a decent result in a contest of much higher quality than we normally encounter in Rosenheim matches. The Rosenheim Eastern Division is obviously becoming a robustly competitive league, providing both stimulus and battle-hardening for the clubs and athletes involved. By comparison the other clubs in the Western Division, where we ply our trade, have slipped back into flabby apathy! Only 3 clubs from our league qualified for this final, against 5 from the Eastern Division,though this is not helped by an understandable reluctance towards balancing the number of clubs between each division. K&P at least got in amongst the opposition, but our local “rivals” St. Mary’s and Walton ended up 7th and 8th respectively, and were never in the fight.
The Tooting track was bathed in sunshine as we got started, and James Robertson’s gutsy 2K Steeplechase (2nd scoring athlete: 6.37.10) ensured that we got away well. Maris Kuklis also managed 2nd in the High Jump (1.75m – season’s best), with Chris Dack hitting 45.80m for 4th in a decent Javelin field. Back on the Track, Danny Eckersley found himself trailing Belgrave’s hugely talented Ugandan Olympian, Paskar Owor, in an unaccustomed 800m, and his fighting 2nd place might just have cemented his claim for an unenviable 400H/800m double at Swansea next week! Owor went on to post dominant tactical wins in the 1500m and 3K, with Chris Bannon coming a creditable 2nd in the latter whilst helping Sean Renfer to a sub-9 minute pb. Jamie McCullagh, coming back from illness, found the 1500m pretty tough, with only 5 minutes recovery after his decent non-scoring 400m, but should feel the benefit when he makes a welcome return to the BAL fold at Swansea. Another, who struggled a bit was Chris Hall in the Triple Jump, where the poor state of the runway was of no assistance but another sub-23s non-scoring 200m run should have gone some way towards getting his early-season spark back. Such spark is certainly being shown by the remarkable Nick Owen. He decimated the Shot Putt field with a 14.80m win and only his heavy knee-strapping would give any indication that he’s been out for ages due to major surgery.
In the scoring sprints, Jordan Smith-Bent ran a superb 100m, posting a 10.90 pb, but was narrowly edged into 4th place in a hotly contested, high quality race. Justin Green also found the pace pretty hot in the 200m, but couldn’t quite tap into his best form, finishing 5th. Adam Bellis was also a little below his best in the 400m, where he finished 3rd, feeling tired, but then teamed-up with the excellent Jordan, Justin, and Chris Hall to run a terrific leg of the 4x200m relay, where we finished 2nd in a very rapid 1.29.50. Lots of promise shown then, for the sprints and relays at Swansea, where we’ll need the points!
Overall, Team Manager – Humphrey Waddington could consider this to have been a good night for K&P, especially for those athletes preparing themselves for our final BAL promotion push at Swansea. We need everybody there to fight every inch of the way and to judge from the performances at Tooting we’re “up for it”!
We also had a great turnout from our non-scoring athletes on the night and a special mention must go to sprinter Chris Jennings (U20), who’s been a Rosenheim stalwart and has always done a great job for the team as both scorer and non-scorer.
Now let’s focus on the challenge ahead and get it right at Swansea!
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