BAL Cup Failure

A disappointed Cy Knibb had given up any chance of a repeat of last year’s strong performances in the men’s and women’s competitions when withdrawals saw the men’s team reduced to nine athletes and the women’s team to only two even before competition got under way. Luke Bailey and James Preston both performed for the cause winning their premier events with Luke vaulting 4 metres 40 centimetres to win having earlier finished fifth in the high jump with a 1 metre 65 centimetre clearance. James won the Discus with a throw of 41 metres 69 centimetres before finishing sixth in the javelin with a 22 metre 80 centimetre throw. Adam Speake ran a personal best of 4 minutes 05.7 seconds when finishing a close fifth in the 1,500 metres but these performances apart there was little that stood out from the club’s male athletes. Scott Bajere competed in the 100 metres only and started so badly that he eased down over the line dropping from second to fourth in the last few strides. This performance just about summed up the club’s day. The men’s team eventually finishing sixth of the seven competing clubs.

In the women’s event second places for Bella Hatch – with a 3 metre clearance in the pole vault – and Hayley Green with a 34 metre 1 centimetre throw in the discus weren’t just the highlights they were the team’s total effort as the club recorded only two performances in the whole of the women’s competition.

The full match results can be found at Downloads – Race Results and Rankings – BAL Cup Result.

The club will need a complete turn around from this performance in the final Midland League fixture at Nottingham on Sunday 14th August 2011 to stand any chance of retaining the Midland League title and then subsequently gaining promotion to the National League – but given the current levels of athlete support one has to question whether the club is yet ready for National League Competition.

Keith Brackstone Reports.