National Youth Development League, Division Premier 1, Round 3,

Reading, Sunday 17th June 2018

Match Result

Posn

Team Name

Points

1

Blackheath & Bromley H & AC

542.5

2

Tonbridge AC

535.5

3

Reading AC

498

4

Havering AC

496

5

Southampton AC

467.5

6

Bracknell AC

415.5

 

A battling fourth place by the Under 13s and Under 15s at Reading ensured another year in the National Youth Development League top flight, as the hosts edged them out of third spot by just two points.

The Under 15 Girls again impressed recording seven wins, and five second places.  Tayllah Barton-Conde had two A string victories, taking the 200m for the only track victory in the age group, and long jump, and adding third in the B high jump. Lola Kuponiyi eased to victory in the shot, with Ruby Mace, sticking to field events to rest an ankle knock, winning the B, while Freya Higginbottom was the B string long jump winner. Jessie Collier was joint first in the vault as Alice Brown  took discus honours and improved her high jump best ahead of her pentathlon for Essex Schools next weekend. The sprints yielded a good return as Bella Smith was third in both the 100m and 200m B, Aaliyah Payne was 100m B runner up, as was Olivia Boachie in the B 300m and Chloe rand added third in the 1500m for the only middle distance top 3 spot. Both relay teams were second. The sprint relay squad celebrated their invitation to compete in the UKA Club: Connect Relays at the Anniversary Games next month as Shalom Gbadebo, Aaliyah Paine, Paige Robinson & Bella Smith were second, as were the 4x300m squad of Uche Okpalauko, Olivia Boachie, Tayllah Barton-Conde and Alice Brown.

The Under 13 Girls again scored well with five wins and five second places. Ruby Higgins smashed her 1200m best for victory, in the fifth fastest ever by a club Under 15, as Tilly Canty took full points in the B. Stephanie Okoro added an 800m A string win to her second places in the 75m and high jump, and Freya Long won the B 800m. Paris King won the B 75m and was hurdles runner up, and Rania Richards was second in the B javelin before the sprint relay quartet of Tilly Canty, Paris King, Ruby Higgins and Stephanie Okoro, who will also compete at the Anniversary Games placed second.

The boys' teams found the going tough. The Under 15 boys were affected by absentees but still scored well. Bradley James again exceed 60m for javelin victory and went to fifth on the club all time hurdles list with his winning PB, as Jacob Blanc was second in the A, and also high jump runner up. Patrick McLean-Tattan won the B hammer, Daragh Thomas' high jump PB placed third and there were B string third places for Ashton Thatcher-Gray, pole vault, Jed Oni (long jump), Denzil Achi (shot) and Lewis Edwards (discus). Both relay squads did well as Daragh, Jed, Jacob and Denzil in the sprint relay, and Bradley James, Matthew Thomas, Alex Ford and Daragh again placed third.

Louis Dixon's B 200m victory was the only win for the Under 13 boys and he added B 100m third  Dominic Alexandru lost his unbeaten hurdles record this year as he had to settle for second, and he was also 100m runner up.  Joel Hutton's javelin third and Sebastian Alexandru's high jump third were the only other individual places, before the sprint relay squad of Daniel Lammas, Lewis Dixon, Teddy Matthews, and Dominic Alexandru were third in season's best.

The squad remain third in the Southern Premier table but hopes of making one of the top two spots to qualify for the National final now rest on the fourth and final fixture which Havering host on Saturday 21st July as the team need a two place advantage over second place Reading, and to also beat in-form Tonbridge.

League Table after Round 3 of 4

Posn

Team Name

Total Pts

Total L

1

Blackheath & Bromley H & AC

1608.5

17

2

Reading AC

1517.5

13

3

Havering AC

1510

11

4

Tonbridge AC

1492

11

5

Southampton AC

1433

8

6

Bracknell AC

1238

3

 

 

Link to club results