id1972-YDL Lower Age Group Match Report from Round 1 – Walton

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YDL Lower Age Group

Match Report from Round 1 – Walton

Saturday 27th April 2019

The Youth Development League (YDL) is a National level competition contested in regions by 302 athletics clubs across the Lower Age Group (U13/15 – School Years 6-9) and the Upper Age Group (U17/U20). Some of those 302 team up with other clubs to form composite teams. The Lower Age Group squad from K&P have to contend against two composite teams in the South – Division 1 West. At the end of this season 1 club (or composite) will be promoted to the Premier 2 Division in the South and 2 clubs will be relegated to Division 2.

On the grounds that not everyone will want to read to the bitter end of the report I will start with the spoilers. We escaped the relegation zone by half a match point so every athlete (and parent helper / official) can give themselves a pat on the back for a great team effort.

Youth Development League – Lower Age Group (South) – Division 1 West


Match Pts

League Pts

League Standing

Team Dorset (comp)



Promotion Slot

Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow



Bournemouth & New Forest Juniors (comp)



Kingston AC & Polytechnic Harriers



Horsham Blue Star



Relegation Zone




Relegation Zone

The early arrivals at the Xcel Sports Hub in Walton would have seen the fleet of coaches arriving with our opposition. Team Dorset sent two full coach-loads of athletes, the Bournemouth composite and Horsham managing to fit the majority of their travelling athletes on to one large coach each. We were expecting 34 athletes across all 4 of our squads so we knew from the outset that we were going to have to rely on some Kingston team spirit and a determination to collect points wherever possible.

The day was what might be called blustery at best. We were saved from officiating in the pole vault as it was too windy to stage. The sprinters in the squad looked gleefully at the track as there was a howling tail wind blasting down the home straight without a wind gauge in sight. The sun screen that had been so necessary for the girls’ match at the Lily B earlier in the week stayed in the bottom of the kit bags as the winter coats and even some blankets came out in the stands.

For the purists the highlight of the day would have to have been Ava John’s AAA Grade 1 performance in the Hurdles. For the Team Managers it was seeing Kingston get back to fielding squads in every relay category and securing 3 vital league points.

U13 Girls

7 athletes – Ava John, Caitlin Pemberton, Eva Cerilli, Jeanmarie Keeya, Jocelyn Booth, Josephine Perrin, Rosie Walker

The U13 Girls team was the most complete entry we fielded on the day. Team Manager Louise had managed to fill every event bar the B string High jump.

Jeammarie Keeya set a PB in the 75m with a times of 12.5s. Jocelyn Booth’s 21.8s in the 150m merited her a AAA Grade 4. Caitlin Pemberton set a PB in the 800m B string with a time of 3:06. Rosie Walker took nearly 20 seconds off her 1200m best in the A string race with a time of 4:32.6 and Josephine Perrin broke her PB in the B string. Eva Cerilli extended her PBs in both the Shot and the Javelin.

Ava John produced the standout performance of the day with a AAA Grade 1 in the Hurdles with a winning time of 11.4s, nearly matching it with a Grade 2 performance in the High Jump of 1.36m. Jeanmarie’s time in the hurdles was also a PB.

Jocelyn, Josephine, Caitlin and Rosie all combined for the Relay.

U13 Boys

5 athletes – Alex Cronje, Angus Strachan, George Rees, Harry Walker, Sam Bishop

With only 5 athletes available for the day filling the events was always going to be a push.

Making his debut in the YDL Angus Strachan was always going to set PBs in the 100 and 200. Having seen his speed in the Ebbisham League the year before at the U11 distances it was great to see him pick up a AAA Grade 3 in the 200 (27.8) and a Grade 4 in the 100 (13.6).

Another athlete taking part in his 1st YDL was Sam Bishop. Although he could only stay for a couple of hours early on he showed some indomitable team spirit cramming in the maximum allowable number of events by taking on the Hurdles, the 800m and the 200m in that time, setting PBs in all of them. At the other end of the day Harry Walker filled the last couple of hours with PBs in the 1500m and the Shot.

Attending his fourth YDL George Rees is now a stalwart for the U13s. George lowered his PB in the 100m to 14.4 and set PBs in both jumps. Alex Cronje was another returning YDL athlete – Alex beat his previous best in the Shot with a 5.14m before joining Angus, George and Harry in the 4x100m relay.

U15 Girls

10 athletes – Alice Clutterbuck, Caitlyn Harvey, Ellen Ada-Barlow, Evie Priest, Hannah Choudhury, Jemima Harcourt, Jemyra Keeya, Nelly Priest, Sophie Doherty, Tejal Ramphul

Jemima Harcourt set a Grade 3 AAA time of 13.1 in the 100m. Alice Clutterbuck, Hannah Choudhury, Nelly Priest and Tejal Ramphul also took part in the shorter sprints. Nelly set a PBs of 13.6 in the Non-Scoring 100m and 28.4 in the 200m. Hannah set a PB of 30.2 in the 200m.

In the middle-distance races Caitlyn timed her sprint finish brilliantly to win the 800m A string. Evie picked up a Grade 4 for her time of 5:08 in the 1500m.

The hurdles saw a brace of Kingston wins with Jemima Harcourt winning the A string with a PB of 12.1 (AAA Grade 2) and Sophie Doherty winning the B string in 12.5 (Grade 3) equalling her PB.

Jemima picked up another AAA performance with a Grade 4 high jump of 1.45m whilst Evie took maximum points in the B string HJ with a PB-equalling 1.30m. Elsewhere in the field Jemyra Keera threw a Grade 4 shot of 7.97 whilst Nelly equalled her PB with a shot of 6.69. Evie threw a PB in the discus of 12.76. Throwing into a crazily strong wind Jemyra and Ellen Ada-Barlow were just centimetres short of their PBs in the hammer.

For the next meeting we would like to fill the following gaps in the U15 Girls team: B string for the 300m, 800m, 1500m and the Javelin. As with previous years we have no pole vaulters.

U15 Boys

12 athletes – Albert Rowland, Alfie Westley, Charlie White, Dhruv Simmonite, Eternal Nemiala, Ethan Chandler, Finnian Chang, Jack Le Vesconte, Oliver Palmer, Rory Stratford, Sam Atkins, Tom Wilson

As this was the first league meeting of the season a lot of PBs were going to be set. Every boy racing from the 100 up to the 300m set a PB. Ethan Chandler, Eternal Nemiala and Albert Rowland made their YDL debuts for the club. Rory Stratford started his season with a AAA Grade 4 for his 200m in a time of 25.4.

Charlie White, Dhruv Simmonite and Tom Wilson all ran within a second of each other in the 800m (2.31.x across the board for the stattos amongst you). Running the 1500s were Oliver Palmer and Sam Atkins. Oliver took a massive 18 seconds off his PB in the 1500m. Over the season the aim is to alternate the boys in these events so that the whole group get a set of times for the 300 and 800 on one occasion and the 1500 on another.

In the field Finnian Chang and Charlie White took on the Hammer for the first time picking up valuable 3rd place points each. With many of the boys moving up a weight in the throws PBs were guaranteed. Rory Stratford, Jack Le Vesconte and Dhruv did all the jumping; Alfie and Sam joined in with throws in the Javelin and the Shot (a PB for Sam with 4.28m). Jack’s High Jump of 1.45m equalled last season’s PB and Dhruv extended his PB in the 1.25kg Discus with a throw of 16.91m.

Jack Le Vesconte was our sole hurdler (PB of 15.4s) so we will be looking for a second hurdler as the season progresses. Other than the Pole Vault the only other gap in the squad was the B Shot.


In previous years Kingston has always done well through achieving maximum points for fielding a full set of match officials. The latest ruling from the YDL means that only qualified officials achieve full points but parent helpers still earn us half points. Given that we snatched 4th place by half a point this time we are extremely grateful for every one that helped.

A number of our regular helpers have just had the rubber stamp on their official status so we will be getting closer to full points as the season progresses.

A big thank you has to go to Maurice for being our Timekeeper for the full day.

The next match

Our next fixture is at Poole on Saturday the 18th May. Team Dorset will be there in force as will the other composite from nearby Bournemouth.

The club has kindly agreed to part fund a coach for the event in the drive to boost our numbers. Please let either Louise or me know if you can make it.

Richard White


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