Written by TM
Final Match Thoughts from Bromley
Relegation can always be a depressing occasion but there's no point in crying over spilt milk so,after a few comments on the best of our season's team results at sun-drenched Norman Park,let's move on and look forward to another crack at promotion in 2013.
As has been the case this summer,it was again the Field events which kept us somewhere in the hunt,with the throwers reaping highest rewards - Nick Owen completed an unbeaten campaign in the Shot(14m65) and,over the 10 years we have been in the BAL this time round,he has now notched his 1000th point for the team and in that event alone he has rarely been beaten in 40 matches and then by the lamented Kyle Stevens!;Andy Wheble won the Discus with his final throw(44m24),with Nick 2B;Gareth Cook proved there is life beyond 40 by taking 2nd in the Hammer(50m78),with his 2nd best effort of the season,with Andy Wheble taking the B(42m44);and William Trimble(55m05) and Chris Dack(50m16) were both 2nd in the Javelin - that's almost 100 of our tally of 243 points on the day. Real class and real pleasure to have the group serving up some delicacies,not forgeting the enormous input from their chief coaches/influencers Tony Cook and Les Hatton.
In the Jumps/Vault,we were not as productive,with a 4th(Chris Hall TJ) and a 5th(Loic Malroux LJ) in the A strings our best results - we were mostly consistent through the summer,and all were committed and supportive at all times,though results were short of some recent campaigns.
The track continued to be a struggle with the standard decisively better than had been the case in our 2011 promotion season in National Three. Even with our handsome sprint squad,anything over 11 dead and 22 dead did not reap much reward,and at 400,sub50 was required for the leading places in both A & B. This time it was good to see SMR HCA,Linus Field,at 49.87,but even that only made 6A.
In the MD,Jonathan Darby did continue to progress and impress,running an identical 1.56.62 to his Rosenheim Final mark for 5th,and set a PB over 1500(4.11.47). It was good to have Ron Taylor back in the BAL after 5 years absence,too,after answering one of the TM's frequent SoS E-Mails! There was a new pairing at 5000,featuring steeplechaser James Robertson and Harry Johnston,the latter never having run a track 5k before and,whilst not troubling the leaders,there was much hope for the future. Danny Eckersley ran himself almost out in the cause in a further taste of the 'chase,clocking a PB of 10.04.29,but reckons 400H/800 is more his chosen forte - another case of real commitment.
In the hurdles,with two absentees,we struggled but again EAC HCA Toby Harris ran himself out,covering 4 events on the day,as did Loic Malroux.
The relays were reasonable,with the sprint squad of Andre Nembhard,Toby Harris,Victor Nwagbara and Justin Green taking 5th in our 2nd best time of the year(43.57),and the 4 x 400 team of Victor,Toby,Linus and Jonathan getting the same position with our fastest of 2012 - 3.26.70.
We finished 6th this time,beating Crawley as well as fellow-fallers,Exeter and though there were quite large margins of deficit in M2 and this one,the results of Ms 1 & 3 gave a clear indication that we CAN match Nat Two teams given a more substantial availability resource from outside the core 20 or so regular team members.
Much admiration and thanks to the Travelling Support at all 4 fixtures,with almost an abundance at Bromley ready to officiate,though the call did not come and they were able to sunbathe and to make good use of the adjacent beer tent - and support!! And not least to your Team Captains,Humphrey and Gareth,who were always available to consider the TM's requests,usually to go to Heathrow and Gatwick.
So,off we go back to Nat Three,and likely 3 trips in the South/South West,with maybe one to Lancashire in 2013. Changes in Team Management must be part of the immediate future equation but let's focus,if that's what the Club wishes to do,on a return to optimism for the next campaign.
Full results of the match and the other Divisions - www.bal.org.uk - which tells us we meet Exeter,Bristol,Swansea,Reading,Victoria Park,Havering and Trafford in 2013.
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