id593-BAL Nat 3 M3 Abingdon 7th July 2007 Report

Written by DB   

On a sunny,but blustery day at Tilsley Park,the BAL team served up another delicacy;and now we are really in a 'realistic rather than optimistic"(quote PJAW) chance of our first promotion in this BAL era.

After 3 of the 4 rounds,we go to Derby on August 4th,with the scores - BMH 22/1062(clear champions almost),then Notts(884 match pts),K&P(881) & Crawley(844) all with 17 Lge Pts and vyeing for that coveted!! 2nd promotion place.Put simply,whichever of those 3 clubs places highest at Derby goes up with BMH!

Full results via the Main Menu above,but try the Photo Gallery from the Main Menu for the BAL Southampton & Abingdon shots - but,more so,Les's captions! There are also some relevant photos at - www.teamsouthampton.co.uk

Sprints - David Cook(5A) & Andre Nembhard(3B) both ran 11.1 improving the return from the short sprint; Toby Ulm(22.0) & Chris Hall(22.4) took good advantage of the conditions over 200 for 3rd places and PBs. Pat Logan's coaching of the 4 x 100 team(Chris Hall,Dave Cook,James Heptonstall,Andre Nembhard) avoided a third DQ with a useful 43.6 in 3rd with PL himself running an N/S 11.6,the best M45 time in the UK this summer.

400/800 - Our one-lappers found the wind troublesome,but Jamie McCullagh refound form with a gutsy 2nd over 800A(1.55.9).The 4 x 400(Jamie McCullagh,Maris Kuklis,Adam Bellis,Dave Taylor) all ran around 50-51 and took a good 2nd.

1500/5000 - The shorter distance continues to trouble us,but not the scorers too much but Mark Reed conjured up a season's best of 16.24.8 over 5k,ahead of Ross Shaddick's 16.49.5.

Hurdles & Steeple - Fifths for Dave Taylor(15.5) & Chris Hall(a reluctant PB 16.8) was good news whilst Howard Moscrop's U20 gem,Toby Ulm,bound for the European Junior Champs shortly,stuffed 4 secs over his nearest rival over the one lap event(52.0) and fellow-HCA,DT also won easily. HCA John Burnett would have appreciated his season's best over the barriers(10.10.2),ahead of ever-present Andy Arbour.

Jumps - English Schools-bound Gordon Lester(PV) produced a confidence-boosting competitive performance,taking a fine 3A(3.70),whilst watching other vaulters struggle with technique & the tailwind,with coach Maurice Joyce doing the B string business. High Jump also tends to trouble us,but David Cook,on his BAL debut,took both B string Long(6.81) & Triple(13.04),though the wind 'examined' his LJ run-up,by his own admission;James Heptonstall meanwhile refound some confidence with 6.81(3A) & 13.42(2A).

Throws - All 5 of our experts were carrying niggles,but,as always,were undaunted - and prolific. Gareth Cook & Kyle Stevens collected statutory 2nd places in the Hammer(50.11 & 46.86);KS & Chris Dack covered our weakest event,the Discus,adequately;whilst it was clean-sweep time at SP,where a returning Nick Owen(14.93) tested KS again(15.15) and,indeed,at JT,where Felix Hatton(64.60) & Chris Dack(55.36) mostly enjoyed a private contest.Felix won the Man of the Match

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