id388-SWL M1 Worthing April 22nd 2006 Report

Written by DB   

A warm,sunny day heralded an auspicious start to the 6-round 2006 SWL campaign at Worthing Leisure Centre.

There was some apprehension about the likely performance at Under 15 level,following the elevation of our successful quartet to the Under 17 group - tempis fugit,even here! Sadly,this was borne out insofar as only 6 appeared,and 3 of those had only joined the club in the previous 7 days.However,Lucy Jones(100/75H 14.0/12.8) & Phoebe Haynes(75H/HJ 14.1/1.41) took max.pts,supported by Rohanna Gillette-Gordon(our only U13) whilst all 3 newcomers won events - Stephanie Espinosa(1500 5.47.0),Natalie Ellis(DT 20.59) & Suraya Dunsford(1500). We continue to bang our heads against a brick wall on this subject!!

A feature of the afternoon was our complete superiority in the 9 hurdles strings and this was epitomised in the 2 U17 events where Harriet Lester(80/300 13.4/51.0) & Roseanne Mackay(16.3) dominated.Whilst it has to be said that the opposition was not immense,almost all our hurdlers were a class apart.

At senior level,we were generally too good for the opposition - lady 'masters' Rachel Disley & Alison Jones accounted for all at both 1500/3000;Camilla Thrush matched her throwing rivals,not least with a 'tidy' SP victory over Dominique Blaize(10.70 to 10.46);and the Lady Hon Pres,as ever,did her duty in the HT. THE SISTERS,Debbie & Rachel,were exemplary,accumulating some 31 pts,with 3 wins - and the rest - from 11 starts. Dominique Blaize was a cut above most of her rivals,though North Devon's Claire Linskill tested her,and logged up 3 wins,as well as anchoring the winning 4 x 100 squad(51.6) - most satisfying probably was the 14.7 windless 100H success.Elsewhere,Roseanne Mackay had a nifty 100B win in 13.3;whilst Barbara Mueller,debuting for K&P on the track,Sasha Gordon(1 LJB 5.04) & Mary Iheke accumulated generous points around the arena - the latter two,too,are struggling a little with irritating injuries.

So,the final result showed K&P 199(who owns up to not scoring that 200th point,then!),N.Devon 152,Worthing 133,Wimborne/Poole 132 & Newham EB 112. The opening league table places us in an elevated 2nd,3 pts adrift of TVH and one ahead of E&E. One has to say that we shall find tougher opposition later on,but what a good start for Michele and the crew. Full results now on NB at Kingsmeadow.

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