Chairman’s Report on the Season so Far


TRACK & FIELD REPORT

20th MAY 2013

 We have completed the first match in of each of the 4 leagues we compete in covering all age groups; we start with the first event.

 Triangular League held at Aldersley Leisure Village Sunday the 23rd of April, this competition is for the U11’s Boys and Girls and the U13’s Boys and Girls.

 There was a good turn out by all three clubs which resulted in a very competitive match, the U11 boy’s scores; DASH 44points, Tipton 42 points & W&B 34 points.

 There were 5 events were W&B did not contest, this makes a major difference to the end result.

 U11 girl’s scores; DASH 24points, Tipton 39 points & W&B 52 points.  

 For the last 3years we have lost the league due to the poor turnout of the U/11 girls, clearly that is not going to happen this year. Well done to U/11 girls a great performance, still there were 3 events not contested.

U/13 boy’s scores; DASH 29 points. Tipton 46 points. W&B 44points.

 This was our strongest section last year and again there were some good performances. Considering there were 8 events not contested by the boys they did very well.

 U/13 girl’s scores; DASH 55 points. Tipton 54 points. W&B 47 points.

This was the most competitive section with 38 girls taking part in the 100M race and 19 in the 800M.

  The clubs biggest weaknesses are in the field events and walks, so something for us to consider for the next match.

 This match gives the clubs a good indication for our team selection for the 1st YDL lower age team.

 Our next fixture was in the newly constructed YDL Upper age League hosted at Cardiff on the 28th of April.

 The age group covers U20’s & U17’s men and women; we have been placed in the West 1 division with the new restructuring.  The league comprises of seven teams three composite teams plus Swindon, Telford, & Solihull & Smallheath.

So it was into the unknown with this league, the first event was at 10.15am. Fortunately for the club a small number of athletes had travelled down on the night before so we were able to contest the early events. It got us off to a great start with the lads scoring great points in the Hammer competition.

 All of the athletes on the day performed brilliantly covering as many events as they were allowed to. This at the end of the season it what makes the difference, it is something we need to build into our athletes training so we can fill in if required. The result pharmacy online without prescription went down to the last two events (relays) fortunately we won both. After a long hard day we were rewarded with finishing in first position.

 The following week saw the younger age group contest the East 1 division of the YDL, it was the turn of the U/13 & U/15 boys and girls.

 The division consisted of eight teams, 1composite side Banbury/Bicester plus Halesowen, Cannock & Stafford, Leicester Coritanian, Radley AC, Tamworth & Royal Sutton Coldfield.

 The venue was at Radley AC (Oxford) on Saturday the 4th of May, it was another long journey again into the unknown as far as opposition was concerned. Once again the athletes filled in where ever they could without compromising their core event. For a lot of the athletes it was their first experience of such competition but they rose to the occasion.

 We managed to finish in 2nd place on the day finishing a long way behind the host club Radley AC. Considering it was a bank holiday it was a real good turnout, once again in this age group new talent was unveiled which bolds well for the future.

 On to the Men & Women’s Division 1match hosted at ALV on the 18th of May, the league consisted of 6 teams with newly promoted teams Charnwood, Rugby & Northants, plus Cheltenham, Birchfield & Notts.

 The task again is to stay in the division, the only way you have any chance of this is to fill in every position if possible. There were only 2 positions not filled on the day which is a major achievement in itself, and the team fielded some of the talented U/17’s & U/20’s team.

 We went into the match with only 1 recognised male thrower and he had only had one training session his age 16. But our women’s team has been very strong over the last three years and continues to be so. 

 The match saw the all round strength in depth Birchfield and Notts AC have finishing 1st and 2nd respectively, but Wolves & Bilston finished in a creditable third position 52 points in front of 4th placed Rugby & Northants.  

 There has been a lot of hard work been put in over the last month by many people and without it we would not be in the position we are currently in. So I would like to thank everyone who has been involved so far.

 However this is not the time to get complacent we will need that continued support from all parties to keep the momentum going. 

 Regards  Colin Thompson.

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