UK WOMEN’S LEAGUE –MATCH 3
FECHIN Mc CORMICK
It was an anxious day for Sale at the final UK Women’s League match at Wavertree on Sunday July 6th. Coming to Liverpool, Cara O’Brien’s team were mid-table in Division 1. Hoping for a ‘miracle’ that included no competitive team‘ gaps, it might just result in a return to the Premier Division but also very conscious that, lying fifth of eight teams, another incomplete team and a bad day could result in the nightmare of being demoted yet again to Division 2. On the day’s team sheet, with no-one to fill the 100m hurdles, 400m hurdles, triple jump or some of the endurance events, promotion was out of the question so the challenge was to safeguard against demotion.
As is always the case, every team member admirably gave it everything they had and it’s huge compliments and thanks to every one of them. Jess Taylor – you won’t get better for team loyalty and commitment. She competed in four events and won the 100m ‘B’ and the ‘A’ long jump. Deservedly, she’s on her way to the Commonwealth Games; Welsh international Laura Douglas ended her 14 year career with the club with a b-i-g hammer throw that won the team maximum points; Kirsten Mc Aslan, also on her way to the Commonwealth Games for her native Scotland, ran her heart out in the 800m for 2ndand beat Jenny Meadows and almost whipped Marilyn Okoro; Laura Whittingham and Rosie Sementsyh are a class javelin act and you should see their spears soar so majestically across the stadium to also easily also win maximum points; Rebekan Wilson – how great is it to have her back as specialist sprinter after representing GB in the bobsleigh at the Sochi Olympics ; Jennifer Simmons –s he has to be admired for her heroism in the ‘marathon’ 2000m steeplechase as she trials her new career from being a 400m hurdler and Sarah Barker bravely threw caution to the wind in the 3000m in the hope of snatching a first victory from her nemesis. It didn’t work out but she showed her a clear pair of heels with an impressive 1500m. Tyra Watson, Olivia Callaghan, Rebecca Linney, Imani Modahl, Sarah Mc Keever, Georgia Pickles, Lauren Brennan and Jasmine Burke were also valued points scorers that kept the team just out of the danger zone as the day progressed.
Anxiety turned to real concern mid-afternoon when UKWAL informed us that the club were being docked points because a couple of the team from the first match at Lee Valley were not registered with UKA, This would have guaranteed demotion..........disastrous......but club official Jack Frost bit the bullet and was having none of it. He returned home and, until the early hours with Cara O’Brien, and the following day, he challenged the decision to a successful outcome and the docked points were eventually restored. Well done, Jack!
The final outcome? Ten days after the League ended, the final positions remain undeclared largely because the two teams in the relegation zone have identical points. We, however, remain safe (hopefully) just above them in 5th place.
Well done and thanks to all who contributed this summer - to team manager Cara O’Brien and every team member for your commitment, club loyalty and team effort; to those who risked injury and embarrassment by competing in unfamiliar events to maximize team points; to the important officials who made all the difference in some matches by the points they secured and to those willing and unwilling parents and supporters who gave up their afternoons as spectators to assist as officials and also won match points.
This match brought the curtain down on Laura Douglas’ fourteen year career as a hammer thrower. In those years not only has she been a most valued, loyal and committed club servant who helped win the club’s many Premier league titles during those years, but she also successfully represented the club in European competition and achieved many fine career pinnacles as a Welsh hammer international that culminated with her attendance at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games. In thanking Laura, we must also thank her Wythenshawe coach, Kevin Madden and her training colleagues especially Mike Floyd because both contributed greatly to her achievements. We wish Laura well in her sojourns and we have her assurances she’ll be supporting the club into the future with young Welsh throwers.
The challenge for 2015 still remains to return to the Premier Division where the club has had so much success over the League’s existence. To achieve this, Cara O’Brien will be strengthening the team in almost every area but especially in the middle distance, hurdles and some jumps.
Posted 14/07/2014 21:33