Excellent BAL Match
As you'll no doubt have heard by now, we had another excellent day last Saturday at Sportcity where we hosted the 2nd BAL match of the summer. After a solid 2nd in the first match, our hopes were high for a home win to put us in the box seat in the league table. On the day the team scored an outstanding 339 points, which would generally be good enough to win most matches and is by far the highest score we've ever produced that hasn't won us a match. In the end, Shaftesbury pipped us by just 5 points, meaning that they lead the BAL with 16, from us with 14. With the next match also in the North (Sheffield, July 6th), we still have a chance of regaining the league title if we can win the match.
On Saturday it really was a team effort. We had just 4 A victories, but a string of top 3 A and B finishes and a lot of consistency that saw us well clear of Birchfield in 3rd. Big man points have to go to James Bailey, who pulled a hamstring on the final waterjump but still hobbled home to win the chase, while Simon Horsfield in the 3000m was our other individual A victor and he couldn't have made a dominant performance look any easier. Chris Baker, fresh from achieving the Euro U23 qualifying height of 2.22m took the High Jump with a clear victory, while the final A win went to the 4x100m quartet of Allan Hamilton, Chris Craig, Ryan Oswald and debutant Gabriel Odujobi, who anchored the team to a 40.39 clocking, which is certainly the best relay time from a Sale quartet for 15 years and quite possibly 3rd on our all-time list.
Our other top 3 positions were achieved by Ryan Oswald (2nd in the B 100m and 1st in the B 200m), Nick Gayle (2nd A 110mH) Gabriel (B 110mH winner), Pat Swan (B 4000m 3rd), Charlie Hulson A 1500m 3rd), Gavin Hill (2nd B 1500m), Matt Barnes (1st B 3000m), Smithy and Floydy (2nd in the A and B hammer), Jacob Brown (2nd A LJ), Alan Hamilton (1st B LJ), Jack Andrew (2nd B PV), Michael Piccoli (3rd B HJ), Rimas (2nd A Shot) and Tomas Rauktys (3rd B Shot). In truth, even those that didn't snatch a top 3 place still earned vital points, including Roy Ejiakuekwu, Stephen Porter, Ricardo Twumasi, Matt Cullen, Callum Roughneen, Josh Oguntayo and Luke Betts.
Posted 12/06/2013 07:46