id1530-Rosenheim League Final Kingsmeadow August 14th 2013 Report

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Team Scores

1 Kingston & Polytechnic(Holders) 75

2 Croydon 66

3 Belgrave 65

4 Hercules Wimbledon 56

5 Epsom & Ewell 50

6 St Marys Richmond 36

7 Herne Hill 34

8 Walton 33

Report from Kingsmeadow

Chris Dack's debut season as Team Manager of K&P's Mens' Rosenheim team ended in a double triumph as his squad retained the Rosenheim Plate to go alongside the Western title and thus emulated his predecessor's successes.

The team took the lead after the 3rd of the 12 events and,though this Final is always closely contested,held sway for the remainder of an initially dry evening but one which became considerably wetter towards the end. The value of having a solid,committed and balanced squad was epitomised with 5x2nd places and 2x3rd positions;even with only two outright wins,that left just three events where we finished outside the first 3 places.

V45 Andy Robinson opened proceedings with a steady 3rd in the 2000 Steeplechase(6.52.0),with U20 Sam Vassall(2.05.5) taking 4th over 800. A narrow win for Jordan Smith-Bent in the 100 in a nippy 11.02 sent K&P into a lead which the team never surrendered. Our leading Hammer exponent for over 13 years,Gareth Cook(V40) again showed the way with 2nd(49.53),and this was matched by improving 2013 U17 newcomer,Max Perez-Diaz,in the 400 in 53.50. The halfway stage was reached with Jonathan Darby,testing out the calf injury he suffered at our Bristol BAL promotion match,proving his fitness with another 2nd over 1500 in 4.08.34, a mere 4/100ths outside his Surrey Champs PB. We led by 7 points at this stage.

As the rain came,the Pole Vault was completed with the irrepressible Bilen Ahmet over 3.80 for 2nd,followed by Jason Bernard,getting a deserved First Team slot for a change,taking 5th over 200(24.23) and by leading BAL track points-scorer,Chris Hall,reaching 6.32 in the Long Jump for 3rd. With 3 events to go,the lead was 10 points and with a bit of luck and no typical GB baton-changing-type shenanigans,CD looked to have it in the bag.

Andy Wheble was next to imperious in the Discus with a commanding 43.55 win and James Robertson's 9.16.2 over 3000 left us with a margin going into the final event,the 4 x 200. Chris Hall,Jason Bernard,Max Perez-Diaz and Jordan Smith-Bent duly did the business in 2nd(1.34.54) and Chris Dack and the Team were able to hold the Trophy aloft,thus culminating a fine Senior Men's campaign. This saw the Club also win both our own Kinnaird and our own Sward Trophies at the beginning of the summer,then achieve promotion back into BAL National Division Two for 2014,as well as very narrowly missing out on a similar elevation in the SAL(with help from the Women,of course,in that league).

Of the Non-Scorers,both Liz Richardson(5.46.70 1500,a season's best) and Mae Thompson(26.13 200,equalling her PB) would have been particularly pleased.

The common thread amongst all these successes has been the very special commitment of a considerable number of Senior athletes,spiced by some redoubtable Veterans and some highly promising U17s and U20s,to the spirit and ethos of Club Senior League Athletics. Though there is much debate as to the reality of whether youngsters in any club look to and take notice of the performances of their senior club colleagues,Men and Women,and whether they are thus enthused and encouraged to continue to enjoy the sport and,indeed,to apply themselves accordingly in their future lives, the successes of our Lily B,Ebbisham and YDL teams in 2013,under their respective Team Managers,would certainly seem to present a very good argument that they indeed are significantly encouraged. What IS true,again for men AND women,is that there IS a clear pathway,through application,enjoyment,commitment and dedication in Kingston & Poly colours to a successful future,both individually and collectively - and that applies to the Team Managers and the Support Teams,too.  It's quite simply any self-respecting Club's Raison d'Etre.


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