Written by FS
Here's Frank's summary of a far better day for the team.
NYAL match 3 (31 May, Kingsmeadow) report
Enjoying the glorious sunshine on the weekend, our National Young Athletes team was much improved in numbers and consequently the result. While we could not yet match the triumphs of the Junior League team, we secured 2nd place in the first of our two home matches. After the disappointingly low turnout in the two previous away matches, this time 58 of our athletes found their way to Kingsmeadow to more than double both team size and point score. The full results are already listed on the website, but here are some of the highlights. Over the middle distance we had the rare sight of double wins in the U15 boys 1500m (Patrick Corcoran and Sam Vassall) and the U17 Women 800m (Molly Renfer and Jessica Tomlinson). Matthew Elmore, Hussain Zarei, Kyan Koranteng and Molly Renfer continued the Club’s proud tradition by dominating the 400m/300m races in style. In their first young athletes competition, Kiran Richards, Hussain Al-Kemakchi, Tom Brandon, Billy Webb and Ali Kokaz won excellent 1st and 2nd places in their events. Highly commendable were Stefan Clarke’s (80mH), Matthew Elmore’s (High Jump) and Nicole Butler-Aikins’ (80mH) valuable B string wins after stepping in at the last minute. Many of our athletes made use of the nice conditions to improve their PB’s: Katie Miller (150m, 70mH), Vanessa Saunders (High Jump, Long Jump), Minty Allen (200m, 75mH), Nadia Allan (800m), Laura Darcey (800m), Laura Cook (1200m), Naomi Kelly (Shot), Amy Gooch (Shot), Rachel Cook (800m), Parisa Gregg (Javelin), Francesca Currie (1500m), Sujit Naha (100m, 800m), William van Klaveren (Javelin, Discus), Stefan Clarke (Long Jump, Hammer), Rohit Naha (Pole Vault, Triple Jump), Nick Osman (100m), Isaac Henriquez (200m), Aidan Fahey (100m), Matthew Elmore (400m), Hussain Zarei (400m), Tom Dawson (800m), Patrick Corcoran (1500m), Matthew Stevens (Shot), Adam Curran (Discus), Kyan Koranteng (400m). The impressive number of 1st and 2nd places won by our athletes was a clear demonstration that we are fully up to Division One standard. With the match result we have climbed up 3 places in the League table, still in the relegation zone but moving in the right direction. Staying in the division is still achievable, but will be a hard battle in the last two matches – and relies on the commitment particularly of our U17 athletes. Our next match is 21 June, again at Kingsmeadow.
The team (number of NYAL matches attended in parentheses):
U13 Girls: Laura Darcey (3), Lauren Edwards (3), Jerene Shaw-Captan (3), Eva Clarke (2), Naomi Kelly (2), Katie Miller (2), Nadia Allan (1), Laura Cook (1), Amy Gooch (1), Bryony Ross (1), Vanessa Saunders (1)
U13 Boys: Isaac Henriquez (3), Nick Osman (3), Eamon Broderick (2), Sujit Naha (1), Oliver Phelps (1)
U15 Girls: Jenny Miles (3), Minty Allen (1), Rachel Cook (1), Helen Davies (1), Parisa Gregg (1), Danni Searle (1), Mae Thompson (1), Layla Thompson (1), Dominika Wrobel (1)
U15 Boys: Matthew Elmore (3), Aidan Fahey (3), Nikolaj Schubert (3), Sam Vassall (3), Stefan Clarke (2), Adam Curran (2), Zak Harding (2), James Khan (2), Matthew Stevens (2), William van Klaveren (2), Hussain Zarei (2), Patrick Corcoran (1), Tom Dawson (1), David Fitzpatrick (1), Nathan Judson-Richardson (1), Kiran Richards (1)
U17 Women: Rahannah Gillette-Vernon (3), Emily McIlwain (3), Nicole Butler-Aikins (2), Katelyn Aitchison (1), Francesca Currie (1), Molly Renfer (1), Katja Schlerf (1), Jessica Tomlinson (1)
U17 Men: Rohit Naha (2), Asher Nelson (2), Hussain Al-Kemakchi (1), Tom Brandon (1), George Corcoran (1), Matt Francis (1), Ali Kokaz (1), Kyan Koranteng (1), Billy Webb (1)
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