National Young Athletes League – Yeovil – Sunday 19th June 2011

This was the final meeting in the Division for 2011.  The fearful question was which team from those present plus , Llanelli/Neath, Bridgend and Team Bath who were competing at Swansea would end up with the most event points.   Team Bath took a depleted team to Swansea. The after effects of the School Inter Counties which hit other teams as well. The match ended there with the scores 466, 409 & 379 in the above named order.   The outcome is that Bristol & West with Mendip are 10.5 event points clear of Yeovil Olympiads who have finished second with Swindon third. Team Bath drop to fourth having had a 33 point advantage after Match 3.   The final outcome is subject to check and verification. Even so it reflects on the efforts of the team managers and especially the athletes.   With a 10.5 point margin it is clear that everyone has made a contribution that was vital to the final outcome. For the moment we have to celebrate the success but in looking ahead to next year there is much preparation to do.   Athletes will be a year older and may have moved up an age group. Year 11s who we may not even have seen competing in the league will be too old! The challenge to existing members is to develop your skills. The challenge to the club is to recruit and provide event training so that we can on paper at least fill all the event slots across the three age groups. The clubs that can do that are secure in the Premier Division.   The premiership does give more consistent and better competition. The venues are usually further than those we have enjoyed this year. We may have a home fixture but the away trips will probably be 90 miles from home whereas this year it has been 45.   So yesterday. Rhonda Valley did not compete. Ian Humphreys was present and agreed to be our timekeeper until Yeovil found their booked starter did not arrive. Ian then put on his red coat. Field judging with an extra event was very onerous and we were certainly allocated more to do than other visiting clubs. The parental volunteers have throughout the season augmented the qualified officials and have gained the maximum allocation of points for officials. Without officials you cannot hold events so some count officials as more important than athletes.   Freddie Owsley continues to improve and is awarded the club male athlete of the match award. Imogen Fisher and Ellie Allen making their debuts share the female award. All three achieved grade three performances. They will each receive a T-shirt and bag.   Hannah Dyer and Alex Hayhurst  ran very well without company in the 1200m race. Imogen won the long jump and the 150m race. Samantha Barrett set a new PB of 1.20 in winning the U13 girls HJ.   Ellie Allen started off with her grade 3  75m hurdles race  before winning the 200m and long jump. Ellie Norris achieved grade 4 performances in discus and javelin. Ellie made it three throwing event wins with her 7.76m shot putt effort.   Anton Mills won the 800m and high jump. The 4 x 100m relay team escaped disqualification when running wide into an outer lane. The only other team was using an inner lane so no obstruction was possible.   Matthew Mattis didn’t quite make it to the coach feeling rather unwell. We missed him and I had hoped he would be sub 12 seconds for 100m and over 1.66m grade 2 HJ.   Tim Kirkman made a lasting impression on Simonne. Thank goodness for mobile phones which helped sort a team slot problem. Tim won the long jump with legs flying off to the left and later won the shot putt just short of 10m. Corey Haynes made his debut in the 800m and was just adrift of Freddie: both achieved grade 4s.  Freddie ran 56.6 in the 400m for his grade 3.   Chris Stone again completed the sprint double. Jordan Bowen, another first timer,  won the high jump and then very effectively  threw the discus and shot. Ben Millar won the 1,500m and showed his versatility in finishing second in the javelin.   Finally I have to mention Maria Jones who has competed throughout the season doing 200m, 300m and shot. Yesterday Maria opted for 800m rather than shot putt. Maria gained 17 points yesterday.  Her wait to be part of a relay team continues.   It does seem strange that the NYAL season for us has ended but at the Premier Division level they have the prospect of a qualifying meeting in July with the National main and auxiliary finals in September. Bristol has featured in a National Boys and Girls final but not since the change to a joint boys and girls league.  

Team and individual results can be found by following the link to – Downloads – National Young Athletes League.

Report from Hilary Nash.