Written by DB
A sumptuous all-round performance saw K&P regain the Sward Field Events Trophy - only 7 points were dropped from a maximum of 224 available.
An inhospitable day for officials,athletes and supporters alike did at least provide the usual early-season marker for the 8 clubs and their team managers in the annual contests for both our Kinnaird(track events) and Sward Trophies.
Blackheath & Bromley prevailed in the Kinnaird from Windsor,Slough,Eton & Hounslow,ahead of Achilles,whilst Achilles and St Marys Richmond followed us home in the Sward.
We were not particularly well-represented in the track events;indeed,we were frequently conspicuous by our absence. Best efforts came from David Cook(2A 11.11) and Chris Hall over 100(2B 11.39),with Jason-Louis Bernard taking a non-scoring race in 11.63 and Draco Mkpa in good shape,as well as new U17 Kyan Koranteng. Otherwise,a trio over 400(Adam Bellis 51.56/James Moroney 51.45/Jamie McCullagh 51.98) promised much for the later challenges;Mike Maranzano & Matt Field looked fluent over their respective barriers; whilst there was a novel pairing over 3000 where Mark Reed was joined by wife,Catherine.
The Sward was an entirely different kettle of fish where,not for the first time,we outclassed the opposition and were only marginally short of a clean sweep over the 8 events. Really,only Nick Owen(rugby) & James Heptonstall(recovering from illness) could not be with us,so we always looked likely to be formidable. Gareth Cook(54.15) & Kyle Stevens(47.70) easily took the Hammer honours,where Rob Smith was also in good form as a non-scorer;David Cook(7.15) & Humphrey Waddington(6.56) cleaned the Long Jump;Under 17s Gordon Lester(3.80) & William Trimble(2.40) headed the Pole Vault;in the Triple Jump,new Track Captain Humphrey Waddington thrice eclipsed his PB with a best effort of 14.23,with U17 Patrick Hillyer in good support(11.87);Felix Hatton(67.86 - a tad less than hoped) & Chris Dack(54.90) annexed the Javelin;the said Felix & Kyle won the Discus where rugby-convert James Moffat also looked the part;the also said Kyle(14.75) & Rob were near-maximum in the Shot;and Chris Dack & U20 Prath Kaneri collected almost top numbers in the High Jump.Though in Achilles colours on the day,new signing Bilen Ahmet showed he will be a real asset for us when the chips are down later.
So,a bit of early-season silverware on the sideboard - and some work to do for the BAL & SML Team Managements before June! Full results on this site via the Main Menu. Hope you've got your County Champs entries in - close May 1st.
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