Written by DB
A fourth steady performance failed to make up for a very poor first match and the teams will have to strive for promotion again from the 2nd Southern tier in 2007. We were 13th(of 16) and go back down with Epsom,Woking,Oxford & Chichester. Though it is disappointing,not least to the Team Managers,it is not a great disgrace - the competition can often be just as tough at the lower level with teams' strength changing from year to year. What is disappointing is the fact that only 50% of the members on the clubs books in the 6 age groups involved actually accepted,even once,their invites to compete. Full league table can be viewed on the NYAL website - www.natyal.co.uk.
In the U13 Girls comps.,Soracha Healy met her match in Alice Rogers of Wycombe but,with Alice already a 'Match Award Winner",our athlete ran well enough to claim the track prize this time(75m 10.5),whilst,in the field,Victoria Douglas surpassed herself with a 4m42 Long Jump win,which gained her the Field Performance of the Match. Elsewhere,Philippa Allcock & Paige Newman won B strings and Alice Simmons equalled her official HJ best. The 4 x 100 team also won. Of the team,Soracha Healy(100) & Eleanor van Klaveren(Javelin) will represent Surrey in the Inter-Counties at Kingston on July 30th.
At U15s,the response was rather poor. Best performance was,undoubtedly,Molly Renfer's substantial improvement to 2.30.9 over 800 and Abi Gibbs took the honours in the Javelin;otherwise,the team tried but found it hard.
The U17s are loyal(always),happy(mostly) and successful(usually) and,as major contributors to the SWL team,too,are a breath of fresh air. Mary Iheke,Harriet Lester,Emily Kneebone & Roseanne Mackay all won well - Roseanne missed both the 10m mark in the Triple(9.99) and an Athlete of the Match Award 'by a whisker' . All are track-orientated,so it was good to see Amy Simmons & Laura Luxon scoring almost max pts in the Hammer & Discus(and with improving marks,too),whilst Anna Schlerf ran a pb 300(46.3) and won the B LJ. The 4 x 100 fillies(sorry,team) also won in a canter.
The U13 Boys have been a tad reliant on David Fitzpatrick and George Wilkins this summer,but both had off-days(George injured himself during the High Jump) - hopefully both will be fit and well as they,too, have been selcted for Surrey for the Inter County on July 30th.Otherwise,Rohit Naha,Jobie Burke & Aidan Fahey showed up well.
The U15 Boy sprinters were in good form - Josh Bird,Jake Budd,Callum Burke & Richard Smeaton not giving much to the opposition and the 4 x 100 team also winning with Luke Newman & Patrick Hillyer staking claims. Simon Clacher looked good in the 800,Adam Wicks & Matt Clements both went over 1.50 in the HJ and there were field event wins for Josh Bird(LJ),Gordon Lester(PV) & William Trimble(JT).
Thin on the ground as usual,the U17 contribution centred on Oore Sokoya(100/200/LJ - 11.6/23/8/5.68). It was good to see Josh Diffley back in action(TJ 12.00) and Neal Renfer keeps working hard but without any good fortune at present.
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