National Youth Development League – Rugby – Saturday 22nd June 2013

Well done to all who competed at Rugby. An early start, a long day and some very tired young people on the coach on the way back to Bristol.

Thank you to Bill Kingston, Pippa Poore, Dave Bedwell, Simon Hayett, Hermes Da Silveira, Sharon Frazer and Maria Jones who officiated gaining maximum points for team support. I had the pleasure of timekeeping and Bill helped cover shortages from other clubs.

Another 1cm in the long jump and Jessica Frazer would have joined all the other three GU13s as achieving graded standard performances.  The delight is that the quartet will still be GU13s next season. On this occasion Tia was persuaded to do high jump and 1.20m was better than she thought she might do. Timetable clashes meant that Libby Hayett and Jessica were selected for the long jump.

Libby was 2nd and for her fourth event opted to do javelin. A brilliant choice and a terrific 17.86m for 2nd. Libby set three new PBs, Jessica too in the LJ and Katie Jones as well in the 800 metres. Tia was close  to her PB in the hurdles despite a head wind and it was a grade 3 performance

Catherine Clayton was the only “A” string winner which was in the discus. Tricky wind conditions meant distances were a little down on her season’s best. Catherine also managed a “B” string win in the hammer throw. Mary-Lou Poore was third in the hammer with 24.30 metres and also was impressive. Isabelle Parselle opted for 100 metres, 200 metres and relay giving the 800 metres a miss. The 800 metre race at the previous meet was incredibly quick but this time with almost a different set of competitors the pace was much less aggressive.  Nicola Fortune also had to contend with the wind and against formidable opposition was close to a PB (G4).

Bruce Da Silveira made an impact on his debut. 2nd in both the BU13 100 metres and 200 metres with a grade 4 and 2 respectively. Oliver Hulbert improved his javelin PB by almost 3 metres to 21.74. Matthew Colton, Harry Feehily and Stan Harding-Hill tackled a range of events with great enthusiasm.

The under 15s saw debuts by Barnaby Taylor and Jordan Beasley.  A big boost to the team. Barnaby DT 4th, SP 4th and HT 3rd in his first ever HT competition was great. Jordan G4 and 3rd in the javelin with 35.05 metres. Technique improvements under Paul Filer’s watchful eye will see this surpassed next time. Jordan also featured well in SP and also a first time hammer thrower 2nd “B”. Kieran Dunkley as always it seems ran sensibly and in windy conditions was close to his best time for 1,500 metres. Jonny Shine was 3rd achieving 2.30 metres in the pole vault when the cross wind was blowing the bed cover around to distract all vaulters. It was a pity the new bed and cover had not arrived in time for this meet. Kyle Haynes (also LJ) and Reuben Wilmshurst joined forces creditably in both the 300 metres and 800 metres. Tobi Elegbede and Josh Garnett completed the U15 line up.

Subject to any change which might be made at the YDL-Lower Age Group Annual General Meeting the team will compete in the Premier Division 2 in 2014. We will be seeking changes in the programme timetable, pressing for less travel and maybe fundamentally reverting back to the old National Young athletes’ format of u13, u15 and U17s. There is still a lot of dissatisfaction with the YDL imposed by UK Athletics amongst the competing clubs.

The final YDL – Lower Age group meet is at Cardiff on Saturday 13th July. It would be fantastic to field a fuller complement of athletes. In future that is the target and then we/you can make a real challenge and surprise everyone.

A summary of club results can be found at http://www.bristolandwestac.org/downloads/track-and-field-competitions/national-youth-development-league/.

Hilary Nash

23 June 2013