National Youth Development League, Southern Premier Division, Hendon 30 June 2019

Match Result (provisional)

Posn

Team Name

Points

1

Blackheath & Bromley

811.5

2

Shaftesbury Barnet

717.0

3

Windsor Slough & Eton

575.5

4

Havering AC

555.5

5

Reading AC

512.0

6

Crawley AC

506.5

 

The YDL Under 17s and Under 20s boosted their Premier Division survival chances with their strongest showing of the season to place fourth at Allianz Park Hendon on Sunday.

A strong showing saw the Under 17 Women notch up eight wins, six on the track. Tayllah Barton-Conde pulled off a sprint double, equalling her 100m best for victory and returning to win the 200m as well s anchoring both relay squads. Poppy Ellis won the A 300m and B 200m, with Mali Grant made it full points in the B 300m, and Esther Agnimel's PB placed second in the 100m B. Alice Brown won the 800m and added victory in her discus speciality, with Jess Collier winning the B discus and equalling her season's best in the vault, with Annie Grannell second in the B vault. Annie was also third in the B 1500m with Sydney Foley A string runners up after also taking second in the 3000m in the testing warm but breezy conditions. Second claim athletes Yasmin Uwakwe won the sprint hurdles and set a PB for second in the U20 200m event, Holly Taylor second in the third in the A 300m hurdles, as Alice Atkins added third in the B to her triple jump third, and Anne-Prisca Djondo was third in the shot.

Sam Sanusi' winning long jump mark of 6.75m was the fourth longest ever by a club Under 17 Man and he was also sprint hurdles runners up as James With took the B string win, to add to his win in the B javelin and second place in the B hammer.  Ejiro Akpotor won the A string shot and was B discus runner up, as was A string Elijah Payne, with Hal Hutton third in the A javelin. Alex Ford was second in the 3000m and added 'chase points as Luke Chester was second in the B chase and more top three places came from Kimathi Christie ad Jed Oni in the triple jump and high jumper Daragh Thomas

The Under 20 Men faced strong opposition and did well to cover gaps. Ben Olusesan won the triple jump and was third in the long jump, as Tobi Idowu took full points in the B long jump and Charlie Savill's javelin PB placed second. George Barnacle won the B 3000m on his event debut, Sam Atkins came through for second in the chase, and Louis Berrett's 1500m PB placed him third in the B, before Tayo Harry, Aaron Freshwater, Richard Akinyebo and Reece Harriott were third in the sprint relay.

The small Under 20 Women were short-handed but picked up points where they could. Jess Mitchell won the 1500m from the front, as did Kate O'Neill in the 3000m and Chimdi Okpalauko's season best won the shot, and she added discus, hammer and javelin points.

The much-needed team result gives the squad every chance of survival as they are now level on points with Crawley & Reading, in a three way fight to avoid the bottom two relegation places at the final fixture at Bromley on 28th July. Holiday absences will have some effect but team managers Gary Atkins and Susan Wright will be pulling out all the stops to field a strong team capable of keeping Havering's Premier Division status intact.

Club results

League after 3 of 4 (provisional)

Posn

Team Name

League

Points

1

Shaftesbury Barnet

17

2340.5

2

Blackheath & Bromley

16

2267.0

3

Windsor Slough & Eton

12

1313.5

4

Crawley AC

6

1503.0

5

Havering AC

6

1495.0

6

Reading AC

6

1435.5

A few pics (Kevin White)