THIRD MIDLAND LEAGUE
SUNDAY 16th JULY AT YATE
Sunday 16th July was the home match at Yate – the third of four Midland League fixtures.
The conditions were good with a nice wind for the sprinters ! We had our usual last minute team reorganisation following some unfortunate drop-outs in the days preceding and on the day itself, but in the end the team that made it to the track, albeit our smallest team of the year so far, managed to secure a fantastic win. That means we have won 2 of 3 matches so far, and are in a strong position overall.
Yate AC members who made up the team (male): Daniel Brooks (U17), Mark Lodge (V45), Matt Muggeridge (V40), Elliot Chard (U20), Steve Beardwell (U23), Leon Graham (U20), Adam Wilson (U23), Jack Joynson (U20), Matt Spicer (V45), David Johnson (U17), Ben Wells (U23), Josh Snook (U20), Anthony Glover (V40) & Eugene Lawlor (V60)
Yate AC members who made up the team (female): Karen Jones (V55), Ruby Ogborne (U17), Lucy Durham (U17), Georgia Crew (U17), Emily John (U17), Jo Smerdon (U23), Maria Townsend (V35), Floren Scrafton (SW), Chloe Phelps (U17) & Hannah Hobbs (U20)
There were once again some fantastic performances across the board from both Bristol and West and Yate athletes, with some of the Yate performances highlighted below:
Daniel Brooks took advantage of the favourable conditions in the 100 and 200, with a SB in the 200m.
Ben Wells got back to his early season form with a PB in the 100m and close to his best in the 200m.
Tom Pallot joined the team for the first time this year, and moved up to the 400m, taking a whole second off his PB, in the closest race of the day!
Georgia Crew jumped another PB in the Triple Jump for 3rd place in the A string.
Jack Joynson won both Long and Triple Jump A strings, with a PB in the Long Jump.
Hannah Hobbs won the A string 800m comfortably in a PB time.
Floren Scrafton , competing in the league for the first time in a while, dominated the 1500m A string.
David Thomas showed that he is coming back into form, with a 1.75m SB performance in the High Jump.
Emily John was second in the A string high jump, with a fantastic 1.60m PB.
Ruby Ogborne stepped up to the Midland League for the first time and jumped close to her best in the Long Jump with second place in the B string.
Jo Smerdon won the A string Javelin and picked up valuable points in the Discus as well.
Chloe Phelps threw the 600g Javelin for the first time, and showed excellent form with the second longest throw of the afternoon.
The hammer squad of Matt Spicer, Eugene Lawlor and Karen Jones all brought home great points with 1st or 2nd place in their events.
And I don’t often mention myself, but was proud of my Triple Jump, going No 1 in the 2017 UK V40 rankings as I head into the European champs.
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 whose points all added up to help us secure the win and increase our overall lead of the division. Thanks also to all the officials and helpers that made sure we delivered a home match that ran perfectly.
Looking forward to the fourth and final match, on Saturday the 5th August in Nottingham, where we will look to seal the league victory.