BRITISH PREMIER LEAGUE (3)
Saturday's match at Scotstoun was always going to be tough, coming as it did a week after the trials and at a busy time of the season. We also went to Glasgow with the smallest team of the eight clubs competing, with just 21 athletes to cover 36 spots plus relays, so to come out with a fine 3rd place was an astounding result.
I was unfortunately not able to be there (and to compound matters dropped my phone down the toilet - apologies if you tried to get hold of me but failed), but by the sounds of it there were some stirring performances. In the end, Newham, who were and still are fighting relegation, won the match comfortably, with Birchfield 2nd and us in 3rd, just 10 points ahead of 6th placed Shaftesbury. It's a cliche, but every point really did count.
We now go into the final match joint 2nd overall and two points behind leaders Sheffield. Anything could happen, but a match win at Lee Valley on August 8th really would make the league title a likelihood. Please do all that you can to make yourself available for the fixture so that we can head to Europe again next year. Do let me have your availability as soon as possible - I've already had people getting in touch to confirm their intention to compete.
Thanks to John Smith and to Roy Swinbank for their efforts in team management on Saturday and to all that competed.
In the sprints, we had top 3 A finishes from Aaron Crowley (100m - he also won the B 200m), Dwayne Cowan (400m), Gabriel Odujobi (110mH) and Matt Sumner (400mH) and they were ably supported by Umar Hameed, Debo Ademuyewo, Rory Evans and the returning Chris Wakeford.
In the middle distance, Tom Atkinson also returned to the team to pick up strong points in the 800m and was joined by Niall Brooks (1500m) and James Wignall (3000m steeplechase) and we also saw the BAL debut of Alan White, who ran his 3rd best ever time over 800m and then proceeded to run the 1500m and 5000m. Unbelievable.
In the throws, Rimas won the shot and picked up a fine 4th place in the discus, while Alex Smith took 3rd in the hammer. The javelin was great for us - Matt Hunt coming 3rd in the A and Steve Porter winning the B - while Jack Andrew picked up his customary points in the B shot and discus.
We had another A win in the long jump thanks to Allan Hamilton, happily back from college in the USA, and we took the B win, too thanks to debutant Jordan Charters. Allan also did the triple, allowing Nathan Roach to win the B and another debutant, young David Campbell picked up 4th in the PV, where Jack took 2nd in the B.
We struggled in the high jump (thanks to Nathan for clearing a height), but the 4x100m boys (Rory, Aaron, Debo and Gabriel) took an excellent win in the 4x100m and the 4x400m team ran 3:14 for 4th (Matt S, Dwayne, Thomas A and Debo).
All in all a good day - London on August 8th could be even better!
Congratulations, too, to Dave King, on his 4th place at the European U23s in Tallinn.
Posted 15/07/2015 08:30