NORTHERN PREMIER LEAGUE
Fechin Mc Cormick
The club, competing as City of Manchester in regional and national T & F competitions, were hosts at the weekend for the second of the four matches among the six Northern Premier Division clubs. The objective was to improve on our 4th place from the first match at Hull, won by Derby AC, and to put us in contention to win the league from 2013 title holders Wakefield AC when we were runners-up.
As ever, our club sprinters were the day’s highlight and all were awesome in their speed, power and dominance and, by clear victories in the 100m, 200, 400m and the relays, they bagged the club maximum points – the ‘gold-dust’ of these matches. It’s well done and thanks to power-houses Aaron Crowley, Dominic Sebele, Danny Heald, Liam Grey-Thompson, Clovis Asong and Felix Tighe. Wow! You should have witnessed the excitement they generated as they powered like steam trains in their relay victories. Shaunna Thompson, Olivia Callaghan and Zavia Hill were also brilliant in victory in their 100m and 200m races with J’Nae Ward the 200m runner-up. Reportedly, coach Keith Hunter now owes Danny & Olivia a Nandos meal for under-estimatING their current speedy form.
In the other disciplines, Jordan Carter and Stephen Porter also won maximum club points for their tremendous javelin victories; Nathan Roach and Jacob Brown for their long jump and triple jump double victories; Allen Crouch victor in the shot; J’Nae Ward in the long jump and Annie Williams in the Pole Vault.
We also had Josh Mouland (110m hurdles), Jordan Carter (Shot), Zac Harrop (PV), J’Nae Ward (200m),Zenni Enechi (TJ), Georgina Alexander (TJ) and Emily Cummings (HJ) all impressive big team points winners as runners-up in their events. Athletes like Nathan Roach, Zenni Enechi and Frankie Reid and others produced lifetime best performances in the process.
Our men –Lee Whitely, George Haynes, Matt Metcalfe, Mohammed Ahmed, Mike Kilmartin and Dylan Stanway made a big team points contribution by filling all the middle-distance events except the 3k steeplechase. Our women didn’t fare near as well with only three middle distance representatives. Well done and welcome to Abi Linney (800m) who made her club debut; to Frankie Reid who had a great race and to Amber Towns who, a few days earlier, also did really well in her first British Aquathlon.
Throughout the day, the club won or were runners-up in no less than two-thirds of the thirty-eight match competitions. That’s impressive! So why were we not match winners over champions Wakefield AC rather than finishing joint second with Preston AC....and ranking 4th overall in the league? As is all too often the case, matches are won or lost not on those present but on those who are not!
Sale (City of Manchester) had an unenviable twenty-one ‘gaps’ - twice as many as Wakefield and Preston AC. This was a massive loss of club points! Part of the answer, but not the whole answer, is that other teams did not have another national league competition the following day as we had. However, the reasons merits scrutiny from the athletes themselves for this takes the shine from their own collective performances but must also be an issue for coaches, team managers and parents going forward and anyone else concerned for the club’s objective to maintain its top standings in all regional and national competitions.
Well done and a big thanks to everyone who provided such a great day of exciting and often classy competition at Sportcity; to the all-important field officials who added to the club’s tally of points by their attendance; to the ‘engine-room’ team managers and to all those supportive parents and relatives who created the atmosphere making it a great day at Sportcity.
Posted 10/06/2014 07:21