EAL Round 2 – Luton
by David Killick
After the success of round 1 East Anglian League, I was feeling confident of another good day and it didn’t disappoint.
Bad new out of the way first, we finished 7th out of 7 for the match but in this match we were up against some of the big league teams and on their own patch it would be expected Luton would have a bigger squad than last time.
That’s the end of the bad news because some age groups really delivered some great results. Below are the highlights as I cant write everything that was great.
Although the u11s don’t score its a great way to introduce them to competitive full match of athletics. 5 in the squad including 1 debut. I did’t see much of the action but I did see the 600m with Thaila Jade Mason storming the last 300m out to win the race in a new club record of 1:58 and the first girl in club history to break the 2min barrier. Being on a high she then went and claimed the 80m club record as well. Great results but for me seeing the u11s enjoying themselves is what it’s all about.
Squad – JH, Emily Axten Blackwell, Sophie Ford, Sophie Coleman, Thaila Jade Mason
u13girls may have a small squad but they put in some serious efforts with a 5th place finish. Katie Killick may have hated the 800m but she bounced back in the Discus with a PB and almost beyond 13m to win it.
Squad – Katie Killick, Sophia Watt, Jessica Stenner, Harriet Butlin, Charlotte Keane
u13boys slightly bigger in number on this match finished 4th and saw Oscar Butlin again break his 75m hurdles record. Finlay Boyd won the Shot Putt by more than a metre and Toby Evans having been told on the day that he was doing discus, came 3rd.
Squad – Ash Carter, Finlay Boyd, Toby Evans, Sid Mead, Oscar Butlin, Archie Wright
u15girls were the highlight of the day with a big squad finishing 2nd. Some athletes were not doing their preferred event but covered some other events to gain vital points. Niquole Carter broke her HJ PB to 1.45, but a notable performance from Imogen Chesterton who smashed her 1500m PB and would not let the girl from Southend beat her (great elbows out technique!) and showed that hard work in training does pay off. Annie Rose again stepped up her game and threw a discus PB to win alongside her hammer win.
quad– Niquole Carter, Imogen Chesterton, Zara Brooks, Isabel Law, Alicia Down, Julia Bell, Amelia Butlin, Annie Rose
u15boys is becoming lonely for Daniel Coleman but he just does what he does best and throws things far. 38m for the Javelin takes him to another PB and close to the magic 40. Great to see Arty Mead compete at Long Jump but we could so do with more u15s boys coming along and competing.
Squad – Daniel Coleman, Arty Mead
u17girls squad of 4 managed a good 5th place and only 1 point behind Southend. Slightly off form for a couple of them as it is mid exam season but Amy Killick squeezed another PB in the 1500m. It was also nice to see them get the relay baton around with no dramas.
Squad – Amy Killick, Jenny Abington, McKenna Keefe, Dana Carter
u17boys managed a 6th place with both of them jumping beyond 10m for the first time and the following up with some good long jump work. Great results and hard work in training paying off
Squad – Harry Bell, Max Rose
Senior Women, with a must do attitude, Alex Killick decided to do 100m as long as I didn’t tell anyone so when she flew down the 100m straight in front of everyone there was probably the biggest cheer of the day before returning back to her throwing. Llinos Coleman again put on the club colours and gave a solid performance
Squad – Alex Killick, Llinos Coleman
Senior Men managed 5th with what must be the biggest squad in ages and had all but 5 scoring places covered. A welcome return on the track for us by Ben Corfield, supported by F1 globe trotter Will Ponissi and Matthew Brooks making his debut. Such was the strength of the team I couldn’t get into my own throws team but put on the spikes for the 100m and 400m
Squad – Will Ponissi, Nick Stonehouse, Michael Watt, Ben Corfield, James Bell, Matthew Brooks, David Killick
Big thanks to Warren Rose for sorting out all the officiating, Sheryl Carter for managing the Girls team and to the parents/carers who helped on the day.
The next match is Sunday 22 July, also at Luton. For more details ask David or one of the other Coaches or Committee members.