Yet again I want to say a massive thank you to all the athletes that competed and tried their best. Some came and competed whilst feeling ill, some tried events never done before and some stood in last minute! You were all fantastic and your behaviour was professional and sporting. Weather was not great and proved difficult for many events, you all coped really well!
Thank you to the athletes that came and were mini coaches to other athletes, even if they hadn’t been selected, it showed amazing team spirit, support and maturity… which will be remembered…
Thank you to the officials and coaches that helped and supported all athletes and helped the day to run smoothly.
It looks as though we may finish 3rd this time which is fantastic as we were only 2 points away from 2nd place! Overall we may still be holding onto 2nd… If we finish in 1st, 2nd or 3rd next round we go to the Regional final in Cardiff, the top 2 teams that finish there will go to National Final at Birmingham Alexander Stadium – so all hands on deck!
Athletes: Well done for all your efforts but can I remind you all that it doesn’t matter whether you wear 6, 66 or have a different number… all you can EVER do is achieve a personal best… you are all individual and it’s super important to me that you aim to better yourselves rather than feel you have to win points… Not every round will go as you want it too but that’s all part of the learning curve of athletics and competing – never give up!
Parents: Thank you for your continued support and flexibility in bringing your amazing athletes to the competitions! The next round is SUNDAY 18TH JUNE which is Fathers Day!! @ Cheltenham. Please can I have availability confirmed ASAP as the team gets revised every round depending on performance and availability.
Any questions as always please grab me at the track or email me. Well done everyone once again. Team selections will come out quicker this time to give you all chance of practising your events!
AKA a very proud team manager!
Bristol and West host the second round of the LAG YDL this Saturday at Yate.
Therefore there will not be a club session or earlier coaching on the track. The only session that will be taking place is the Lodge sports session from 10.00 -11.00 on the All Weather Pitch.
The YDL action starts at 10.30 so why not come along and support or help out.
FIRST MIDLAND LEAGUE
SUNDAY 7TH MAY AT RUGBY
Sunday 7th May saw the combined senior team of Yate and Bristol & West travel to Rugby for the first Midland League fixture of the year, with a remaining three fixtures scheduled across the summer.
The conditions were great, and despite a spate of last minute dropouts, the team that made it to the track managed to pull off a magnificent surprise win, scoring a total of 358 points, leaving Tamworth and Cannock & Stafford in joint second place with 335 points and the famous name of Birchfield Harriers in fourth place.
Yate AC members who made up the team (male): Daniel Brooks (U17), Matt Muggeridge (V40), Kane Lee (U23), Steve Beardwell (U23), Joe Connors (U20), Adam Wilson (U23), Jack Moore (U20), Jack Joynson (U20), Matt Spicer (V45), Tyler Molton (U20) & Leon Graham (U20).
Yate AC members who made up the team (female): Georgia Taylor (U20), Ellie Leather (U20), Hattie Dent (U23), Lucy Durham (U17), Georgia Crew (U17), Emily John (U17), Jo Smerdon (U23), Maria Townsend (V35) & Karen Jones (V55)
There were some fantastic performances across the board from both Bristol and West and Yate athletes, with some of the Yate performances highlighted below:
Daniel Brooks , still an U17 athlete, once again showed that he can compete in this Senior League with ease, clocking a wind assisted 22.8s as he won the 200m A-String and 11.4s to finish third in the 100m.
Ellie Leather won the A-string 1500m with a time of 4:48.9s
Jack Moore finished second in the High Jump a new PB of 1.95m, smashing his previous best by 12cm
Jo Smerdon finished second in the A-String Javelin (30.02m), Second in the B-String Shot Put (7.95m), Fourth in the B-String Discus (20.67m)
Kane Lee finished a very creditable second place in the 400m with 51.0s, and finished off the day with a fantastic 49.9s relay leg in the 4 * 400.
Joe Connors won the B-String 1500 with a time of 4:18.7s
Jack Joynson won the A-String Triple Jump with 13.69m, seasons best.
Hattie Dent won the B-String 100H with a time of 17.4s and came fourth in the A-String 400H with a time of 70.0
Tyler Molton won the B-String Hammer Throw with a new Senior Implement PB, recording a distance of 34.66m
Karen Jones came third in the B-String Hammer Throw with a new 4kg PB of 31.29m which ranks her 6th in the GB ALL TIME Rankings for her age category.
Lucy Durham, and Georgia Crew did fantastically in the Triple Jump, getting within 1cm of each other, a pb for Georgia, and very close for Lucy as well.
Georgia Taylor, fresh from her 18th birthday celebrations, came close to her pb in the 400m, and then matched the time in the relay.
Adam Wilson ran a solid 1500m, before stepping up to the 4 * 400 team, and showing a turn of pace with a great 55sec leg.
These are a selection of the performances, but this is a team event, so all points, great all small, add up to our final total for the day. A big well done to all the team members and officials whose points all added up and managed to secure this early league lead.
Looking forward to the next match, at Alexander Stadium on the 4th June.
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Just to remind everyone the closing date for the Avon County Championships, to be held at Yate on 13/05/17, is tomorrow 06/05/17 on line, so if you have not entered yet please do so before close of play tomorrow!!!
Another event on the horizon is the Westbury Wipe out, all the entry details etc. are on the Wesbury Harriers web site web site.
The South Glos Schools trials are being held at Yate on Wednesdays 24th May from 16.00-18.00 hrs make sure your school has sorted entries out for you, don’t get over looked!
For those who have not managed to get a time/distance/height on to Power of 10 yet, don’t forget the Bristol and West open on Tuesday evening 23rd May, this is your opportunity to get a PB and some much needed competition!
For those of you not aware, we competed in our first YDL Premier Division League Match for under U13/U15 at Yate on 22/04/17.
After gaining promotion last year, the competition was certainly a higher standard than last year, but we more than held our own! Below is the email Sam Hillier Smith sent out that evening, which sums it all up.
” To all athletes
Can I just say a Mahoosive THANK YOU to EVERYONE for today.
Thank you to the athletes that came and “had a go” for the team…
Thank you to the athletes that came for just one event…
Thank you to the parents and family members that gave up their day…
Thank you to the coaches that helped through out the day with supporting athletes…
Thank you to the officials that made sure the events ran well…
Thank you to all the volunteers that helped with scoring , announcing, setting up and tidying away all the equipment…
I’ve not long got home and Guess what?
WE FINISHED SECOND!!!!!
Could not of done it without each and everyone of you…The next round is at our home ground again on Saturday 20th May… Athletes please let me know your availability asap as I’m already working on the team!
Come find me at the track if you need too and check the power of 10 in a couple of days for results.
So proud of each and every athlete trying their best and being professional and friendly in their behavior and performance.
Yate and District Team Manager”
Our thanks should also go to Sam who worked tirelessly putting the team together and worked with all the athletes and officials on the day!
The next weekend (30/04/17) saw us compete in the YDL U17/U20 Premier League Match, where we are part of ‘Team Avon’ made up of athletes from Yate and District AC, Bristol and West, Team Bath, North Somerset.
Yet again we did well by winning!! This sets us up well for the contest to reach regional finals but we have to keep this up over the next two matches to progress! So lets get as many Yate athletes as possible in the team
It is some times not appreciated, that athletes who are U17 and above, need to let the team managers know of their availability for selection. Team managers are, for the male team, Sandra Woodman and females, Jim Strudwick.
Whilst they have sent out availability forms to club members earlier in the year, you may have been missed or you may have missed the notification, please contact them and let them know if you are available for future competitions.
Their contact details and details of the matches are on our web site under ‘Competition Structure’ or on the information booklets given out when you joined.
Please note this process also applies to Midland League matches (U17 and above but throwing adult weights etc) where you need to let Matt Muggerridge know of your availability.
Thanks for reading this best of luck in your competitions and for future selection.