id897-NYAL S1W M1 Bournemouth May 3rd 2009 Report

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Read Frank Schubert's review of K&P's long trip to the South Coast.

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Match report - NYAL match 1 in King’s Park, Bournemouth 3 May

Our first match after having regained Division One status in a superb season last year led us to the South Coast to meet hosts Bournemouth & Poole, Oxford and Bracknell. Already before the match it became clear that we had a colossal task ahead of us, when one athlete after the other withdrew and even some athletes who had confirmed their participation failed to show up in the morning. In the end, just 27 of our athletes faced the far more numerous competition. Moreover, nearly half of our team made their debut appearance in the National Young Athletes League. What our team lacked in number and experience was more than made up with spirit, enthusiasm, and the willingness to give everything for the team. This was clear from the start when track athletes Adam Curran and Nikolaj Schubert surprisingly won 7 points with their Hammer throws after an ad hoc training session with Maurice Joyce just minutes before the start of the competition. This started a series of three PB’s for Nikolaj, and this trend was continued a short while later when Lauren Edwards clinched 2nd place in the High Jump with a new PB and grade 4 performance of 1.25m, which she later capped with a new PB of 11.1s over 75m. On the track, Matthew Elmore and Hussain Zarei battled it out over the 200m and 400m, both achieving good places and times just short of grade 4. With also winning the 80m Hurdles, Matthew became the highest Kingston & Poly point scorer on the day. Aidan Fahey confirmed his promising early season form with 2nd place in the 100m in a new PB of 12.9s, and Tom Field was not far off his PB with 2nd place in the 200m. On the longer distances, Sam Vassall fresh from the London Marathon ran to a new PB of 5:11.5 in the 1500m, while Jenny Miles stayed under 6 minutes on her first 1500m race. Gaby Miles was well on target to run the 1500m under 5 minutes when she was tripped up by a less sporting runner. A good run of results in the field continued with a well-earned 2nd place for Elliott Fraser in his first Discus throw, and 2nd place with a strong performance for Naomi Kelly in the Shot. Stefan Clarke jumped to 2nd place and new PB of 4.36m in the Long Jump, followed by 3rd places for Lauren Edwards and Katie Miller (with new PB) in the same event. Lauren and Katie were also the top scorers for our girls. Isaac Henriquez improved his Shot result from the Ebbisham League to a new PB of 4.54m. Emily McIlwain’s improving form showed with a High Jump close to her season’s best, and Rahannah Gillette-Vernon whacked out the Javelin to a grade 4, 26.97m to gain 2nd place. Rohit Naha took 2nd places in the Triple Jump and, with a new PB of 2.70m, in the Pole Vault. Asher Nelson got a decent Javelin Throw, and Ashley Leach won 2nd place in the Long Jump ‘B’ string. The most impressive performance of the day came from Claudia Noakes who was 2cms short of her PB with an excellent grade 1 jump of 2.80m in the Pole Vault.

For a number of our athletes it was not only their first NYAL match, but their first ever Track & Field competition for the Club. Naomi Kelly, Jerene Shaw-Captan, Laura Darcey, Phoebe Baveystock, Zak Harding, Jonathan Darcey and Nick Osman should be congratulated for a very good first appearance. Notably, Phoebe braved the 70m Hurdles, while Jonathan not just mastered the starting height but went on to win joined 2nd place in the High Jump, both having who joined the Club just 3 days before the match. The team managers are particularly grateful to the helpers: all parents who supported the athletes during the match, Maurice Joyce who not only drove the minibus, but also was our only licensed official, Sharon Henriquez and Susanne Dietrich who were out all day running field events together with Maurice, and Michele Wicks who provided on-the-spot training for novice hurdlers Katie and Phoebe.

In the match our athletes got mostly 2nd and 3rd place results, showing that they were on a par with the other clubs. However, as we could only contest 66 of a possible 155 events, despite the athletes’ efforts the end result was an inevitable fourth place on the day. The point score looks even more disappointing: we only accumulated 148.5 points, trailing 3rd place Bracknell by 163 points. However, the team spirit and individual performances shown on Sunday bode well for the next four matches. The last season has shown that we are capable to do well in the National Young Athletes League – as long as our athletes come out to compete at home and away. The next competition will be in Hillingdon on 17 May, when we would expect to field a full team that can show our true strength.

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