Written by DB
The 2005 edition of the Kinnaird & Sward Trophies Meeting was illuminated by hammer-thrower Andy Frost,in the colours of St Mary's University,who threw beyond the 70m mark for the first time,consolidating his position at 17th in the Top UK throwers of all-time. With three throws in excess of that line,his series was also his best ever: (69.08,NT,70.50,68.15,70.08,70.44).
In the team competition,both Achilles(Kinnaird for track events) & the home club,Kingston & Polytechnic(Sward for field events),were successful in retaining their trophies.
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On the track,K&P performed well in patches but indifferently in general - and not at all in some events.There were pbs from not unexpected sources,where it had been particularly apparent athletes had been working hard through the winter - Craig Price(3A 800 1.56.4);Jamie McCullagh(2A 1500 4.02.3);Kyle Stevens(1B HT 53.20/2A SP 14.70) & Humphrey Waddington(1B LJ 6.13 & 4B 800 2.09.6,not to mention countless other efforts) - and there were useful performances,as usual,from all the sprinters,more so Victor Nwagbara(1B 100 11.4/2A 200 22.5) and Peter Walsh;from Gareth Cook(2A HT 53.66),James Heptonstall(1A LJ 6.56) & from U17 Matt Field(4A HJ 1.75).
In the team comps.,K&P always led the Sward,which we were defending for the 2nd time,but were closed down towards the end by St Mary's and just held on to complete a hattrick - 168 pts to 164. This was in the absence of at least 4 major BAL scorers. In the Kinnaird,Achilles were miles ahead,and,apart from the aforementioned track marks,the team was mostly conspicuous by its absence. Those who were in action or present at Kingsmeadow will be looking for more substantial application come the first BAL match at Abingdon on May 7th - just three weeks hence. Achilles easily retained the Kinnaird for the 7th successive year(and 33rd time overall since 1909) with 234 pts with K&P languishing in 4th of the 8 teams with 110.
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