Written by PL
Update from the TM/President.
Ebbisham League Match 2 at Woking – 4th June We took a good-sized team over to Woking for the second Ebbisham match but our hopes of repeating the highs of last season were ultimately dashed. In the end we finished third behind the victors of the first match, Croydon and Guildford.
1st Croydon 202
2nd Guildford & G 130
3rd Kingston AC & Poly 116
4th Herne Hill 97
5th AFD 91
With the U11s and the U17s not counting towards the score this year, we were pinning our hopes on our talented team of U13 and U15 boys.
It was unfortunate that only five of our U13s could make it this time, but each boy did his utmost for the team.
Isaac Henriguez long jumped 3.17m and threw 15.79m in the Javelin to clinch third place. Eamon Broderick ably supported him with another third place in the ‘B’ string with a PB throw of 11.53m. Eamon also threw the discus 9.52m – the first U13 to do so for the Club this year.
Tom Field recorded a season’s best performance of 3.52m Long Jump, 2:52.6 in the 800m and 14.4s to take 2nd in the 100m. He now tops the club rankings for the short sprint this season.
Tom was joined in the 100m by William Dawson who ran the B string in 15.6s. This is an encouraging start for William in his first scoring race on the track.
The bravest performance of the day though must surely have been from Jason Newell. Jason is suffering from heel spurs at the moment which even makes walking very painful. Nevertheless, he jogged the two laps of the 800m to claim a valuable 2 points for the club and then gamely volunteered to join Isaac, Tom and William to form a 4x200m relay team that finished 3rd. A truly outstanding feat by a boy who has a bright future within the Club.
We had 11 boys out for the U15 team – a magnificent effort for an away match. This gave us the luxury of competing in several non-scoring events. Ashley Leach was certainly glad of this opportunity to try something new having been unhappy with his 80mH (4th, 15.8s). He elected to non-score in the Discus and proceeded to beat both our scoring athletes with a 20.57m throw.
Birthday-boy Matthew Elmore continues to prosper in this age group with a hat-trick of wins. He won the B-string 80m hurdles in a personal best time of 14.1s, won the 400m in 57.6 (another PB) and equalled his best ever long jump distance of 5.19m.
James Khan came close to his PB in the same Long Jump competition by coming second in the B string (4.47m). He also threw 6.58m in the non-scoring Shot.
Another up and coming Shot-putter is Matthew Stevens. He threw 7.14 to clinch a second place in the B string. Matthew showed what a useful club athlete he is by mixing the Shot with a b string 1,500m where he secured runners-up spot with 6:17.2.
We also clinched second in the A string race when Nikolaj Schubert ran 5:20.3, matching his PB from last year. Nikolaj also threw the discus to get second place in the B string and add almost three metres to his PB. The A String Discus was thrown by Stefan Clarke (15.97m), who also ran 13.7 in the 100m.
Sam Vassall (2:31.2) and Thomas Dawson (2:25.4) shared the 800m between them and would surely have run the 1,500m too if the rules did not specifically not permit this double. Sam’s brother, Rory Vassall is also an up-and-coming distance runner. Rory is still an under-11 and therefore limited to 600m where he came 6th in 2:11.5. he was joined in this non-scoring race by Harry Robinson, who ran even faster at 2:00.4. I am sure he will duck under two minutes next time out.
Miles Blackford-Stroud was our only other non-scorer. He has the misfortune of competing in the sprints and Long-Jump – disciplines that we are well catered for. Miles opted for a non-scoring Long Jump, where he leaped 2:95m.
Kiran Richards only joined the Club this season but he is already a key points-scorer for us. He jumped 10.47 in the Triple, only losing the competition by 7cm. This was followed by a 27.5 in the 200m and a 9.53 Shot Putt. The latter tops the club rankings for the season by over 2m.
One of our long-term points-takers is Aidan Fahey. He continues to chips away at his sprint times. He ran 12.8/26.4 in the short sprints, running two PBs in the process. He also PB’ed in the Triple Jump, recording the same distance as the second-placed jumper, but winning on count-back with 9.74m. Aidan combined with Kiran Richards, Mathew Elmore and Ashley Leach in the 4x200m sprint relay. (3rd in 1:51.1).
This competition, like most others, relies on parents to help out with the officiating of some of the events. Frank Schubert, David Barrington, Maurice Joyce and Brenda Ford all did their bit for the boys. My apologies if I have omitted anyone, but it was a hectic day for team management. We are now second in the Ebbisham League, three match points behind Croydon but ahead of last year’s winners, Herne Hill Harriers. I am sure that we will push Croydon all the way when we meet again on 5th July at Sutton. This is the last Ebbisham League match of the season so make sure you are there. Frank Schubert has kindly volunteered to stand in as team manager as I shall be competing that day - Pat Logan.
Pos Club Pts Score
1st Croydon 12 388.5
2nd Kingston AC & Poly 9 256
3rd Guildford & G 8 252.5
4th Herne Hill 7 226
5th H. Wimbledon 3 163
6th AFD 3 146
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