id1263-NJL M2 Harrow May 29th 2011 Report

Written by DWH   

David Hillyer reports on an excellent team rapport and result at the Bannister Stadium,despite a disapponting response to selection.


Despite the desperate requests for more athletes, we only managed to send a squad of 18 to the second NJAL match at Harrow on 29th May. The team was particularly short in the female events as we only had 5 girls available with several of our “top” athletes unavailable due to various reasons. However, those who did compete put up an outstanding team performance which resulted in 3rd position on the day.

The match result and current League standings are as follows:

1 Harrow AC 513 1 Harrow AC 16

2 Reading 495 2 Reading AC 14

3 Kingston & Polytechnic 330 3 Bracknell/Camberley(comp) 11

4 Bracknell/Camberley (composite) 318 4 Kingston & Polytechnic 10

5 Thames Valley Harriers 276 5 Hillingpon 8

6 Hillingdon AC 268 6 TVH 7

7 Vale of Aylesbury AC 230 7 Vale of Aylesbury 3

8 Sutton & District AC 143 8 Sutton & D 3

On the day there were eight individual victories for K&P with Alex Bartle (Hammer A), Rahannah Gillette-Vernon (Javelin A) and Jenny Miles (400h B) winning their events for the Girls and Tucker Bryant (100 A), Gordon Lester (PV A), Aidan Fahey (PV B), Asher Nelson Javelin B) and Patrick Hillyer (110h B) getting 1st places for the Boys. The athletes managed 16 PBs with many other good performances in conditions that were difficult at times. Particularly pleasing was Tom Parry setting his best ever mark in the 400 (hopefully showing a continued return to full fitness) and Kiran Richards throwing the U20 800g Javelin more than 2 metres further than he had previously thrown the U17 700g implement.

The team for the day was as follows:

Girls: Alex Bartle, Rahannah Gillette-Vernon, Gaby Miles, Jenny Miles and Leah Dyson.

Boys: Matthew Broderick, Tucker Bryant, George Corcoran, Aidan Fahey, Patrick Hillyer, Oliver Horrocks, Kyan Koranteng, Gordon Lester, Asher Nelson, Tom Parry, Kiran Richards, Nikolaj Schubert & Hugh Baker.

Matthew and Kiran made their NJAL debuts and both performed excellently. The top point scorers on the day were Rahannah for the girls and Gordon & Patrick jointly for the boys. However, this was a great team performance which ranks as one of the best efforts the team has put in since we joined the League.

My thanks go to our team of officials (Clare Nelson, Gill Broderick, Michele Wicks (making a brief return to the NJAL fold), David Parry, David Barrington & Maurice Joyce) as well as the parents and families who gave all the team their support.

The next fixture is on Sunday 10th July at Kingsmeadow. With this being a home fixture I hope to put out a far bigger team that theoretically could challenge for 2nd place. It will be disappointing if eligible athletes do not make themselves available and I will be sending out an invitation to compete later in June.

Full results are available on the NJAL, PoT and Tops in Athletics websites.


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