Written by FS
Frank's review of Match 4 in the 5-match series.
NYAL Match 4, 21 June at Kingsmeadow
We went into the penultimate match of the season knowing that we had to make the most of the home advantage if we wanted to keep our hopes of staying in division one alive. This was always going to be a difficult task, since we were up against promotion hopefuls Milton Keynes, and two good midfield clubs (St. Mary’s Richmond and Radley).
When it became clear that various reasons yet again kept many of our U17s away a good result was out of reach. However, the small U17 contingent of Nicole Butler-Aikins, Rahannah Gillette-Vernon, Emily McIlwain, Katja Schlerf, Hussein Al-Kemakchi, George Corcoran, Ali Kokaz, Frank Johnson and Asher Nelson made up in quality and commitment what they lacked in numbers. It was good to see Frank back on the track with some good runs after long injury. In addition to their strong sprints, Ali and Frank clean-swept the Long Jump. Hussein provided 1st place in the Shot, and Rahannah not only won the Javelin, but to her own surprise also the Discus (a massive improved PB with her one and only attempt). George was only narrowly beaten to 2nd place in the 1500m, but was very pleased with his new, grade 4, PB. Emily continued her return to form, taking 2nd place in High Jump with season’s best performance. Nicole got a new PB in the 80m Hurdles, Katja yet again ran a strong 200m race, and Asher won valuable points in the Javelin. Thanks to all athletes who came out, we could run both U17 4x100 relays – well done!
In the U15 age group three athletes made their debut at the NYAL: Maura Maughan won the Javelin with an excellent grade 2 perfomance, Daniel Visser achieved highly valuable B string wins in High Jump and Javelin, and Fabiola Hatahintwali got two 3rd places with good results in Shot and High Jump and thankfully also filled in for the 200m. The turnout for the girls was disappointingly low, but Cathy Hensman and Alex Bartle returned to the team with nice jumps and throws results. Nicole Kendall had lots of reasons to celebrate after new PB’s in 100m, 75m Hurdles and Pole Vault. In the 800m Helen Davies again improved her PB, Rachel Cook confirmed her sub-3 minute running, and Celia Wright made a very welcome return after long injury break. The boys fielded a stronger team, though still missing a lot of athletes. NYAL stalwarts Matthew Elmore, Aidan Fahey, Nikolaj Schubert and Sam Vassall continued their good run this season, with new PB’s for Aidan (200m and Pole Vault), Nikolaj (800m and Hammer) and Sam (hugely improved 1500m) and another good Hurdles time for Matthew.David Fitzpatrick underlined his Hurdles credentials with a nice B string win, while Tom Dawson was just narrowly outside his PB in the 800m. In the field, Matthew and David won 2nd places in the Long Jump, and Alex Macintosh jumped to the same position in the High Jump. Kiran Richards, Adam Curran and Matthew Stevens accumulated plenty of points in the throws, Kiran improving his Javelin PB in the course.
While many of our older girls were missing in the match, we had no such problem in the U13 group: 14 girls were buzzing around for the few slots to be filled in the team sheet. In the sprints, Lauren Edwards was only outrun in the final few metres of a quick race that was run over 80m by mistake; Jerene Shaw-Captan improved her 75m PB, as did Bryony Ross with a grade 4 time for the 150m. The very nice results on the track continued with Katie Miller and Nadia Allen both improving their 70m Hurdles PBs to win 2nd A and 1st B string. Nadia went on to 2nd place in 800m with another grade 4 time, followed by Laura Cook who underlined the progress of our middle distance runners with a new PB and grade 4 performance in the 1200m race. Amy Gooch clocked a new PB for the 800m, and Frances Rennie only missed out on improving her PB for the 1200m because her gutsy run was her first attempt at the longer distance. A lot of our girls made use of the non-scoring 75m opportunity, with the particularly welcome sight of Caitlin Dimbleby back on the track. In the field, Gaby Orlich in her first NYAL match dominated the Shot Putt with a grade 3 throw, while Negeen Zarei with new PB only missed out on winning the B string on back count. Saskia Fitzpatrick in the Long Jump won 2nd place with a grade 4 jump and Bryony Ross got close to her PB in the same event, while the High Jump this time did not work quite as well as usual for Lauren Edwards and Vanessa Saunders. The girls completed the day with a very good 2nd place relay against quick teams. The turnout for the boys yet again was low, but Tim Robinson made a welcome debut, helping the relay team to 3rd place. Oliver Phelps could celebrate new PB’s over 100m and 800m, and Isaac Henriquez, Tom Field and Jamie Walmsley also had good runs. Oliver and Jamie in the Long Jump, and Isaac and Eamon Broderick in the Shot Putt did well against strong competition. Jamie and Tom scored particularly good points in the High Jump with 2nd places each.
Many thanks from the team managers to all athletes who competed and to their parent for their support. Big thanks as well to everybody involved in running the match yet again very smoothly, and to everybody who helped with officiating in the various events. In the end, however, despite all the good results and great efforts by everyone who came out for the match we were well beaten into 4th place. With this result, we are effectively relegated from division one. While our position in the League is disappointing, we can take heart from many talented athletes coming up from the younger age groups. Quite a few of the current U15s will bolster the ranks of the U17 group next year, and many already quite successful athletes can look forward to a 2nd year in their respective age group. The last match for this season will be on 19 July in Guildford. This will offer a nice opportunity to compete and improve PBs before the summer holidays.
The teams: Girls U13: Nadia Allan, Laura Cook, Eva Clarke, Caitlin Dimbleby, Lauren Edwards, Saskia Fitzpatrick, Amy Gooch, Katie Miller, Gaby Orlich, Frances Rennie, Bryony Ross, Vanessa Saunders, Jerene Shaw-Captan, Negeen Zarei;
U15: Alex Bartle, Rachel Cook, Helen Davies, Fabiola Hatahintwali, Cathy Hensman, Nicole Kendall, Maura Maughan, Dannie Searle, Celia Wright;
U17: Nicole Butler-Aikins, Rahannah Gillette-Vernon, Emily McIlwain, Katja Schlerf
Boys U13: Eamon Broderick, Tom Field, Isaac Henriquez, Oliver Phelps, Tim Robinson, Jamie Walmsley;
U15: Adam Curran, Tom Dawson, Matthew Elmore, Aidan Fahey, David Fitzpatrick, Alex Macintosh, Kiran Richards, Nikolaj Schubert, Matthew Stevens, Sam Vassall, Daniel Visser;
U17: Hussein Al-Kemakchi, George Corcoran, Frank Johnson, Ali Kokaz, Asher Nelson
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